HERE’S AN EASY-TO-DO FAUX WOOD PAINTING TECHNIQUE THAT WILL TRANSFORM ANYTHING INTO AUTHENTIC-LOOKING WOOD!
Hi, creative #sifamily! Did you know there’s another way to get a wood-look WITHOUT having to sand or stain? I’m excited about today’s makeover because this Faux Wood Paint Finish is SO EASY to do and can be used on SO MANY things!
This paint finish is ridiculously easy and to help you along I’m sharing the exact colors and 3 steps. Yup. It’s 3 Easy Steps and you’ll have a gorgeous authentic-looking wood finish. This technique works great on knick-knacks, frames, furniture legs, or pretty much anything you want to make look like wood!
It’s also, it’s Trash to Treasure Day! If you’re new to the #siblog, the second Tuesday of every month we join my super talented blogger friends to share ours before and after trash to treasure projects. I’ll link to their furniture restyles below.
Here’s what I started with. I bought this matching set of carved wall art from the thrift store. They were $2.99 each with 50% off so the set of four was only $6! But every time I went to use them, I changed my mind because they were way too dark for my liking.
I’m so glad I painted them ‘wood’! Check out how fabulous they look now!
Here’s a close-up. What do you think?
I like them so much I’m searching for a spot in my home to hang them!
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Carved Wood Wall Art – SALVAGED
Water Misting Spray Bottle
Burlap Chalk Mineral Paint
Chocolate Chalk Mineral Paint
EASY FAUX WOOD PAINT FINISH
This wood look-a-like finish is simple to do and can be used on SO MANY staging and furniture projects! It works best on pieces with a little detail so the wash can sink into nooks and crannies and be highlighted. Here’s the step-by-step to get this look and I’ve included a video below so you can see it in action!
I started by painting 2 coats of this Burlap base color on the front and back of the wall art. This is an amazing base color for a faux wood finish but if you wanted to go a little lighter and less warm, this Sandbar would be a perfect choice. The best part of painting this finish is you don’t have to be too particular. I brushed in different directions and pounced the brush to create a little texture. So long as you watch for drips, paint freestyle, and go crazy!
Once the two coats of Burlap were dry, I brushed on this Chocolate Chalk Mineral Paint and then sprayed it with my water misting bottle to create a wash. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can create a wash using 50% Chocolate + 50% water and then brush it on.
Immediately after the Chocolate has been painted over the base color and seeped into all the grooves, I wiped off the excess with a shop towel. Depending on how light or dark you want this faux wood to look, you can repeat this step.
STEP 4 (optional)
This last step in creating this faux wood finish is totally optional. I took a chip brush and dabbed the tips of the bristles into the Chocolate Paint. Then I wiped any excess paint off the tips of the paintbrush using a shop towel. With a light hand, I dry brushed the high spots going in one direction. This creates a little more texture and authenticity to this piece.
I’ve done a similar weathered wood technique using brown wax which you can see here. The concept is the same. I’m creating darker areas to create texture and dimension.
Here’s another close-up of the finished look.
I like them SO MUCH better! What do you think?
If you’d like to see me demo this exact same faux wood paint finish on a piece of furniture let me know in the comments below. If you’re interested, I’ll start keeping my eyes peeled for an appropriate piece of furniture.
STEP BY STEP YOUTUBE VIDEO
Here’s the step-by-step on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel here… and don’t forget to subscribe! 🙂
And now for some TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what my creative team of T2T girls do! Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
1. Girl In The Garage
2. Artsy Chicks Rule
3. Prodigal Pieces
4. Confessions Of A Serial DIYer
5. Salvaged Inspirations (happy you’re here!)
Here’s another look at the before and after.
I hope this has inspired you to give this paint technique a go and flip a few thrift store items of your own! If you give it a try, please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #salvagedinspirations.
AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FAUX-PAINTED WOOD TECHNIQUE OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.
I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
PAINTED SECRETARY DESK MAKEOVER
DIY FAUX DRIFTWOOD | NESTING TABLES
DIY FAUX BARNWOOD SPOOL TABLE
GREY WASH WOOD FINISH
WHITEWASHED WOOD PLANTER
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Carli E. says
Denise, love, love, love all the quick transformations you’ve shared with us! It’s inspired me to take a look for things around
the house & garage that I can do my Magic on!
Something I forget to ask, over & over. . . would you please tell us about the gloves you wear ? My gloves always mush around when I’m painting my stuff !? (gurrrr‼️) Your gloves look like they fit your hand well.
Thanks Carli and I hope you find a few items to work your magic on too! Ohhhh gloooooves….I’ve tried SOOOO many because I have such small hands and find it hard to work in ones that don’t fit properly! I use medical powder-free nitrile gloves. I also only buy once that come in SML-MED-LRG because only the SML fits my hands properly. I’ve used a Walmart brand (I don’t remember the name but they sold boxes of 100 in their pharmacy section… but they don’t have them since covid). I’ve also used Kirkland latex free gloves sold at Costco. And right now I’m using the Medicom brand. I’m not particular about the brand but rather the size options like these ones here. Now aren’t you sorry you asked? 🤣 I hope this helps.🤗
excellent project, Absolutely love the way it turned out! I’m going to use this info for a different type of project. not sure you have any history of going from a lighter color project to a darker one. I have a coffee table I chalk painted white with red/duck egg under coats. I’d like to go for a deep mahogany, may just use your info for a jumping off point. cover with dark paint /stain. Why not! if it turns out badly, I can just re chalk it! Thanks for any thoughts
What a Transformation! These are so pretty now….you can see the craving so much better making them more attractive. thanks for sharing
Thanks, Beverly! I think they look a lot better too.:)
Wow! These look gorgeous! I have an old plastic chopping board that I wanted to use to create wall art in my country kitchen but was totally lost as to what to do with it. I’m now so inspired!!
Thanks Kerrie! And brilliant to use it on a plastic chopping board for wall art! Have fun. 🙂
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
These are amazing!! I love how you did this to make them look just like wood. So good! x
Thanks my friend! XOXO
So pretty! Would love to see a video of this technique on a piece of furniture!
Thanks, Karen! I found a really cute vintage desk I might be able to demo this technique on. Hopefully for next week’s post!!!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
These look so good, Denise! Beautiful work! xo
Thanks so much Jen! XOXO
LOVE IT! I have done a similar treatment on a pair of ornately carved resin lamps that had a weird turquoise wash when I bought them. So instead of a faux wood, I was going for old world stone. I alternated a warm gray and cream paint on-off until I got it just right and they looked like amazing stone antiques.
And isn’t it great how a little paint can transform almost anything?! Your lamps sound amazing Cora!
Another home run.
Thanks Denise! XOXO
I have to try this, it really looks like wood! Thanks for sharing and I’d also be interested in how this works on furniture! ~ Nicki
Hi Nicki! Thanks, and if you give it a try I’d love to hear how it turns out for you! XOXO
They turned out amazing! Yes I would love to see that technique applied to furniture. Great job!
Thanks so much Rosie and will do! XOXO
Karen Parker says
I love this look , and like the other commenters, I’d really like to see this technique done on a piece of furniture – or anything else for that matter lol. I do have a question tho, what are your wall pieces made of?
Great job thanks for posting it
They are made of a wood composite I believe. And for sure… I like your idea, Karen. If I find a good piece of furniture AND some other thrift items I’ll be sure to post. 🙂
Hi Denise. I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and say please do this technique on a piece of furniture. These wall plaques turned out so lovely I have to see you transform more pieces into faux wood:)
Hi Monique! Thanks and will do. I just have to find a good piece that’s suitable! 🙂
These are beautiful! This is a great tutorial.
Thanks so much, Olivia! x
Absolutely amazing. I love it. Hope to see you do this on a piece of furniture. You do inspire me.
Thanks so much, Suzanne! 🙂
Love the look of these! Can’t wait to find something to try the technique on! Definitely would LOVE To see more pieces done like this! Great Inspiration!!
Thanks so much, Gail! 🙂
Denise, I love these! They do look like wood! If you decide they don’t work in your house , they will in mine😘! Thanks for all your inspiration!
lol… thanks Ranell! So glad you like them! 🙂
Wow! You did an amazing job on these!
I’m amazed at the difference! Yes please, I’d love to see this technique on a piece of furniture!
Hi Susan! Okay, hopefully, I’ll find an appropriate piece soon…and thanks! 🙂
Oh brother!!! NOW we know what I have to go hunt!!! lol lol Great job! I love how this looks.
lol… enjoy the hunt and I hope you find something fabulous to try this on Linda!
I would love a tutorial on this !
Okay, thanks for chiming in! Appreciate it! 🙂
This is fantastic! I have a few items this would work great on. I would also love to see how you do furniture with the faux wood technique. Thanks so much for sharing your passion!
Hi Laurie! Thanks for being here and chiming in. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a furniture demo. 🙂
Wow ! That looks so nice. 😉
I’m really liking lighter wood finishes. This has great potential.
I’d also love to see this on a furniture piece.
Thanks for sharing !!
Hi P! I’ve really been liking the lighter wood finishes as well! Thanks so much! 🙂
I would love to see the faux wood finish done on a piece of furniture. I love how that turned out. Great look!
Good to know and thanks so much, Janice! 🙂
Nailed it again, Denise! Yes, absolutely want to see more like this..
Thanks, Diane and okay… I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you! 🙂
Love to see that on furniture. Beautiful!!!
Okay, and thanks Lee! 🙂
Really cool way of making these look like real wood. I like this technique. If you do find the appropriate piece of furniture, I too, would love to see a DIY video! Thanks for sharing.
Okay Sue I’ll keep on the lookout for a piece and thanks so much!
You’ve inspired me to paint a mirror frame using this technique. I would love to see what you could do with a piece of furniture using this faux wood finish method.
So glad it’s given you an idea for your frame. If you give it a go, I’d LOVE to hear how the mirror turns out for you!
I love it!! Totally changed the look and made something beautiful out of something that quite frankly was ugly! Great job 👌 I would love to see a piece of furniture done this way too!😁
Okay, and thanks so much Angee! xo
These look amazing, Denise! And, it was so easy to do….I love it! They look fabulous staged with your beautiful secretary!! XOXO
Thanks! The secretary desk was still sitting in my staging room so it started out being a “staging time saver” but once I saw them with the piece I loved them together too! XOXO
Dana Manning says
These are fabulous! I can’t wait to try this technique on some of the things in my stash that I wasn’t really sure what to do with. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Dana! I hope it brings a few things in your ‘stash’ back to life! 😉
Wow! Love the new look! I will be trying this technique soon. Thanks for sharing.
I’d love to hear how it turns out for Karen! Have fun!
Yes! Amazing. Do that with furniture. I’d love to see it!
Thanks, I’ll keep my eyes peeled then!…just for you Kellee!🤗