How to Paint Faux Wood
Step 1 - Item Checklist
For the best results, make sure you have these items:
- Enamel paint - Choose from three colors of paint, a base layer, and two accent colors. Be sure to get more of your base color than the other two colors.
- Gel stain
- Paint Brushes
- A wood-graining rocker
Step 2 - Prep and Painting
- 1. In order to make your wood grain look as realistic as possible, make sure you prep the area you are going to paint.
- 2. Apply the base layer of enamel paint, and then let it dry completely.
Step 3 - Using the Gel Stain
- 1. Only use the gel stain if you are painting wood grain onto a surface which is already wood. If you are painting another material, refer to Step 4.
- 2. Apply one brush stroke at a time of gel stain.
- 3. Slide the rocker through the glaze while it is still wet in order to give it an initial wood grain look and feel. For a varied grain look, use the notched edge of the rocker on every other stained section, instead of just using the main part of the tool the entire time.
- 4. If you want to soften the look of the wood grain, simply run your brush over it one more time.
- 5. If you are using gel stain, buy a Wood Grain stamp. This will assist you in the initial look and feel of the wood grain.
Step 4 - Painting the Wood Grain
- 1. You will have to dry brush on the wood grain. Make sure you don't have too much paint on your brush or it will look very unnatural.
Step 5 - Sealing
- 1. If you are working on furniture, seal your project with a coat of clear polyurethane sealant, and you're done.