How To Faux Wood Grain Paint Walls

Posted on: 24 May 2016

If you want a different look for your walls, consider faux wood grain painting. Faux wood grain painting gives the look of real wood without the expense. Faux wood grain painting sounds intimidating, but it is an easy remodeling project for a beginning DIY enthusiast to do. Here are some tips to faux wood grain paint walls.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need :

  • work gloves
  • face mask
  • screwdriver
  • plastic sheeting
  • painters tape
  • drop cloths
  • box fan
  • clear acrylic glaze
  • rags
  • 6-inch and 12-inch paint tray
  • 6-inch and 12-inch paint roller
  • 5-inch wood grain rocker ( tool with a curved textured pad)
  • two shades of brown latex paint
  • extension pole
  • angled paint brush

Cover doors with plastic sheeting to keep paint fumes from spreading, and lay drop cloths on floors and furniture. Apply painter's tape to window casings and molding. Use the screwdriver to remove outlets, then cover the opening with painter's tape. Open a window to ventilate, or set a box fan to blow outside.

Apply the Base Coat

The base coat is commonly two or three shades lighter than the wood color. Some colors you can use for a base coat include eggshell or beige.

Pour the base coat into the 12 inch tray, then apply it with the 12-inch paint roller. Let it dry according to manufacturer's instructions. Paint the trim and molding with the angled paint brush.

Add the Glaze

The top coat of brown paint should be two or three shades darker than the base coat. Combine equal parts of clear glaze to the second brown paint color in the 6-inch tray, then join the paint roller to an extension pole. You may prefer to practice the technique with the wood grain rocker on a scrap piece of wood or cardboard.

Starting on the left edge of the wall, make a six-inch stripe running from the top to the bottom. Set the wood grain rocker on the middle of the stripe; ensuring the handle points to you. Create a flame pattern with the wood grain rocker by turning the handle as you move the rocker down the wall.

The wood grain rocker removes everything but the glaze. Repeat the technique making 6-inch stripes until the wall is covered, then allow the glaze to dry.

Alternate patterns on each stripe by using the notched edge of the rocker. If you make a mistake, apply a fresh coat of glaze. When the glaze dries, apply a coat of polyurethane sealer.

Faux wood grain will give your room a new look. If you don't trust your skill, hire a remodeling contractor.


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