Creating a Weathered Wood Grain Finish

4 Materials
1 Hour

Are you wanting to add depth to a solid color or create a wood grain type finish? Here’s how, using white wax!

Once your piece is painted. (I used DIY paint. It’s a clay based chalk paint) Apply a clear wax. In the pictures you’ll see my favorite products to use. To order, visit my website or contact me on social media. The link is posted.

Apply two coats of clear wax to ensure complete coverage. (Sealing the piece with clear wax will help with the application of a colored wax. It goes on more smoothly)

After the clear wax dries. Time for the white wax. Use a “chip brush”. Size of the brush does not matter. Chip brushes are cheaply made and create a rough brush stroke, which is ideal for this look.

A little goes a long way! Lightly dip your chip brush into the white wax. As you can see, my brush is not covered. Just enough to get on the ends.

Apply the white wax quickly. Colored wax always absorbs into the paint quickly. Typical back and forth brush strokes the SAME direction is how it should be applied.

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Quick video of white wax application.

It has so much character now!

Here’s the before.

And after!

And of course a close up!

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2 questions
  • Marcia
    on Aug 16, 2020

    How do I get to one I have saved?

    • Re-Picks
      on Aug 17, 2020

      Hi Marcia! I’m not sure I understand your question. Hopefully the comment above helps!

  • Beatriz Orvis
    on Aug 16, 2020

    Could you please explain the process from beginning to end? That is...clean, sand, etc? Thank you.

    • Re-Picks
      on Aug 17, 2020

      Typically with good chalk paint brands there is no sanding required. However, if you have a glossy piece, you can scuff it up a little to help the paint stick better. This post is showing you a technique you can do after a base coat is applied to a piece.

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  • Dee
    on Aug 16, 2020

    Very nice! Did you sand the piece first?

    • Re-Picks
      on Aug 17, 2020

      I did not. I used chalk paint, and typically With good brands there’s no sanding required. This is a technique for after painting a piece with a base coat.

  • Aimee
    on Aug 16, 2020

    So pretty!

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