Faux wood graining seems to be the hottest new trend around here these days! Or… is it just that its hot and we think we need a new faux painting technique to learn? Lol!
Either way, another question about wood graining has come in to the “THATPainterLady” desk.
Hi there! I would like to paint my wood bathroom cabinet. It is a lighter wood color now, and not very grainy. I’d REALLY like to paint it a dark mahogany or espresso brown color. I saw the technique for a mahogany door and I am thinking of trying that. Do you have any suggestions for a little bit darker finish? And would the technique be the same on wood? Thanks a lot!
Tiffany!!! Thanks for the great question!
Wood graining technique is the same for cabinets as it is for the paneled doors, with just a few simple exceptions. The paneled doors have a “grain” pressed into the panels, so the grain collects in those teeny, tiny crevices and just enhances the grain pattern.
Wood cabinet doors are usually very smooth, so the wood graining with the brush takes a very light touch with the brush. You are going for tiny little grain lines.
I would use the same colors as the mahogany but you will be adding another layer.
This layer will be a thin…I mean almost sheer glaze and the graining should be heavier. These layers give a lustrous depth and the graining patterns will be pretty realistic.
Of course there is a DVD is on the market. Faux Wood Techniques DVD with over 45 minutes of hands on training. Of course… the teacher is one of your favorites – That Painter Lady DEBRA!! :) Debra will show you step by step how to get the most FABULOUS faux wood finish. She doesn’t use a graining tool, but a brush to get those wood grains so amazingly realistic!
So if your having problems with your graining….need a little guidance… some helpful hints… Help is available —>
Anyone else has any helpful tips for Tiffany? We love to share helpful hints & tips, so… leave a comment!
Get out there and splash some paint around!