How to Create a Simple Wood Grain Finish

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If you love the gray wood grain look, I’m going to show you how you can create the same effect.

I’ll show you how you can transform a veneer bar, to look like wood in 3 simple steps.

A full tutorial and materials are available on the blog.

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As you can see this veneer bar is a little beat up and needs a little TLC.

The plan for this outside space is to give it a coastal vibe. The color choices were inspired by the furniture in the background.

The first step in the process I painted the base with a tinted ( stix) primer with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. Ask your local paint store to tint it for you.

The graining coat was created with 4 parts of glaze to one Benjamin Moore Valley Forge Tan (I bumped up the paint 50%) Your glaze color should be 3-4 times darker than your base color.

Using a paintbrush apply the glaze to the width of the wood grain rocker.

Then use your rocker to create the wood grain. See the video below.

This is a close up of what it will look like.

Watch the video

To finish the graining effect, I dry brushed the glaze color on the trim.

The last step: apply 2 coats of clear coat to protect your finish.  I rolled it on with a sponge roller and leveled out any bubbles that may appear with a soft paintbrush.

I hope you enjoyed this wood grain finish tutorial and found some inspiration. If you have any questions or need help join my FREE Facebook Group “ Ask Cheryl Phan

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See Ya on the inside!


Cheryl Phan
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