Faux Wood Grain

The next best thing from real wood grain is faux wood grain. Sometimes you come across a furniture piece that is made out of pressed wood or manufactured wood and it doesn’t have the beautiful wood grain you see on solid wood furniture but you still want to have that look so you have to improvise. Sometimes you just want to create a rustic effect on a surface but you don’t necessarily want a stained wood look but want some color so faux wood graining acts like a cool pattern that gives the illusion of rustic. I love creating faux wood grain for all types of reasons.

If you have a laminate piece of furniture or one that isn’t solid wood but you still want that beautiful stained wood grain, all is not lost. You can create your own stained wood grain using Retique It, a wood grain tool, and stain. Retique It is a patented liquid wood product that allows you to “paint” on the product and once it has dried, you can stain it. It comes in different wood tones: light, medium, and dark. This will effect the color of the stain you decide to use.

You paint the first layer of Retique It onto the surface and allow it to dry. You apply a second layer of Retique It and while it is still wet, use the wood grain tool. Allow it to dry and then stain.

My other favorite method for wood graining is using paint to create the wood grain effect. You can create custom color combos that can be truly spectacular and unique. For my nautical collection, I used the combos of navy blue and white for my hutch. To get a driftwood look, I used white and gray.

My other favorite method for wood graining is using paint to create the wood grain effect. You can create custom color combos that can be truly spectacular and unique. For my nautical collection, I used the combos of navy blue and white for my hutch. To get a driftwood look, I used white and gray.

Allow the first layer to dry so that it doesn’t get scraped off by the wood grain tool. Apply a wet second layer and mist the paint with water to keep it wet. Use the wood grain tool to drag the wet layer and create the wood grain patterns. Allow it to dry and you can lightly distress to make it blend in better. Seal with your favorite topcoat.