A Rich Wood-Look-Painting Effect For Furniture
I used this wood-look-painting technique aka faux painting on my bathroom vanity to make it look like rich mahogany wood. It worked great!
A new vanity would have been costly and wasn't in my budget but my old one looked dated and had a honey colored finish. I wanted a deep rich maple to coordinate with my master bedroom furniture, and besides, I really liked the style and size of my old one.
Have An Outdated Vanity or Cabinet?
Use This Wood-Look Painting Technique
Today's decorating trends for wood cabinets and floors are dark, rich, mahogany and ebony wood colors and grains.
Here's my faux finish wood-look-painting "how to" for a bathroom vanity makeover that you can do too! It can be done on any piece of furniture! Scroll down to see other pieces I've used this wood-look painting finish on...
- Remove all knobs and doors and drawers
- Scruff up the surface with sand paper and take the sheen off.
- Find a template of the type of wood you want to duplicate (I used a drawer from my dresser)
- Look closely at the template for the lightest tone in the grain
- Buy some paint sample colors and match the color the best you can (I used a coral color flat paint)
- Paint the piece that color
- Purchase a few different color craft paint colors that you see in the wood template.ex., brown, black, red, burnt umber, ochre, and get a clear glaze( I use craft acrylic paint and glazes from Walmart)
- Mix a few colors together with some glaze and a little water to make the different tones you see in the wood (don't try to be perfect, let loose, glaze is forgiving and takes a while to dry so you can wipe it off if you don't like it.
- Dry brush one color mix at a time on starting with the lightest colors first using your chip brushes.
- Use a side to side paint stroke like the grain in wood.(The chip brush will do the work for you and it will look like a wood grain, you can twist your wrist while brushing on the paint to get more of an effect or you can use a wood grain tool purchased from the craft section)
- Use your artist brushes to add worm holes and squiggles that you see in your template.
Let it dry overnight or for 4-5 hours at least.
Seal it with a clear satin polyurethane or add more dimension like I did and used a mahogany stain with a sealer in it.
Warning! This takes a long, long time to dry (cure) It will be tacky for days, but be patient! It does dry to a nice hard finish, and it looks just like wood! No one will know.
Almost complete, just need to add the center piece
Materials Needed For This Wood-Look-Painting Technique
- Paints: browns, something in the red family, black,raw umber, burnt sienna, ochre.
- clear glaze
- artist brushes
- chip brushes
- sand paper/fine
- wood template
- plastic cups for mixing
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