Learn how to use a wood graining tool to create a realistic wood grain pattern. So many options for the faux wood look!
Hello, amazing friends!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We spent some time at our beach condo. Yippee! The weather was out of this world. So warm, felt like summer. I couldn’t believe we had temps in the 70’s in January. I’ll take that anytime!
By the way, if you happen to click over to our beach condo at the link above, keep in mind that is how it looked when we bought it back in 2019. We have completely remodeled it (minus the kitchen but that’s coming this year hopefully!). We are getting new appliances put in next month. (it’s taken 3 months since we ordered them) I will be doing an update post and will share it after they get in. We still have the cabinets and countertop to replace but after that, it will be 100% done!
Today I’m sharing all about the nightstand makeovers I mentioned last week. And the snag we hit…which was several of the drawer slides/tracks that needed replacing.
But they are all done and in place, yay!
How To Use a Wood Graining Tool (to create a faux wood finish)
I paid $60 total. Which is a steal as they are heavyweight wood and large. (tall, which is what I have been looking for)
Remember the set from last week that I found at a completely different thrift store months later?
Same exact set!! So crazy.
Also a steal of a deal.
Both sets were pretty evenly beaten up. I do wish I had found this set first as you’ll see in a bit. But not a biggie, really.
MATERIALS SOURCE LIST
- TSP Alternative
- Ultra Grip
- Cashmere Paint
- Chip Brush
- Microfiber Roller
- Wood Graining Tool
- Driftwood Stain & Finishing Oil
- White Stain & Finishing Oil
- Brushed Brass Hardware
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I lightly sanded both nightstands. Mainly to smooth out chips in the paint and the top which was not wood but a leatherette-looking finish.
I wanted to make sure the paint would adhere very well since these will be used daily.
Next, be sure to clean them well. I used our TSP Alternative to clean them up.
For that top area, I used Ultra Grip just for some added bonding.
I wanted these to have a “wood grain” finish so I purposely tried to have some very small brush strokes here and there.
I would roll the paint with our microfiber roller for good coverage…
Then I would go back over with the small chip brush.
I rolled in places like this, however.
See the interior of the drawers? All of them are in great shape like that and I did not do a thing to them except clean them up!
I painted two coats of Cashmere. I love this color.
Again adding some texture.
I decided I wanted more texture in the form of wood grain. So I found this wood-graining tool and got to it!
WOOD GRAINING TOOL
I applied a thin coat of paint and ran the wood graining tool over it. It was actually quite easy!
The left has not been done, the right has.
Isn’t that neat??
You simply run the tool across the paint, pivoting it as you go. You get the hang of it quickly.
The left top is done, but the right top is not done yet.
It worked especially great on the top because the top was not wood but now looks like it is!
It’s very subtle but could be much more pronounced with different colors. Such as, darker underneath then apply a lighter color and run the wood graining tool through it. In this way, it would leave areas of dark and light so the wood texture would be much more visible. Whereas mine looks like a painted wood texture. I plan to do more projects with this tool so stay tuned!
And just like me, I originally planned to use the same hardware (faux lockplate and pulls) but decided against it at the end. So yep, I had to fill the faux lockplate holes after I’d done all the wood graining, haha! Oops.
It’s okay, it’s all going to be okay. lol
And it was! Can’t even tell.
You can see above also how it looks with the stain and without. The bottom drawer has been stained, the rest has not.
I mixed together (about equal parts) Driftwood and White stains because I didn’t want it as dark as straight Driftwood would’ve been.
I applied it with an old t-shirt, then wiped away the excess with a separate clean, dry t-shirt.
The top is not done, the bottom has stain applied. It just gives it a nice richness and grabs onto that wood grain here and there.
NOTE: The Stain and Finishing Oil is perfect for a layer of protection on these as well since the finish coat is built in. If using over paint, you will want to wait several days in between so that all the water from the paint evaporates before using the oil based stain.
All done here. I forgot to take an after photo of the insides of the drawers, but again, as you can see, they are in great shape!
The wood graining tool is perfect for adding texture and realistic wood grain patterns. I enjoyed using it and it really was easy to do.
In my opinion, it’s fairly easy to “catch on” how to use it. There are a variety of looks you could accomplish. Real stained wood looks depending on the paint colors you choose. You could even paint a medium beige-toned base, for example, and use a darker stain over top and run the graining tool through it.
As I mentioned above, I will be using it on more projects to come!
Before I share these photos, just know that our bedroom is a “work in progress” …again. lol The artwork I created to go above our previous nightstands is not at the correct height any longer. We also have a new headboard so may change out what’s above our bed. I’m considering changing out the bedside lamps to something different as well. Plus, we have new bedding (that we love!) so I’m contemplating what to do with the bed skirt area. I had a bed skirt there previously and I hated it. I really (really!) love the clean look of no bed skirt but I can’t leave it as-is with that adjustable bed frame. Not attractive.
I need something to cover the bed frame. We’ve talked about making some sort of wood frame that just covers that area and sort of sliding it on. I just don’t know. If you have any ideas or know of a way to cover it, etc, (no bed skirts) please comment or email me! I’m all ears!!
I really don’t love the blue as much as I did but don’t feel like painting the wall right now! lol So it will stay for the time being…or forever. haha
Anyway, here are the new nightstands. I LOVE them. And I absolutely love that they are bed height!
My husband’s side.
There was a piece of trim broken off on the bottom drawer there, do you see it?
I considered trying to fix it but in the end, I decided to leave it. This is one reason the other set I found would’ve been a better choice! Believe me, I considered going to get them and doing the same makeover to those and selling these. But I didn’t. I’m okay with it as the only people who will ever see it is us. And all of you… and the whole world wide web!! haha!!
I love the wood grain though! It’s more noticeable in person.
I might put round decorative mirrors behind the lamps and some pretty new artwork over the bed. I don’t know. I might keep the artwork I made and just adjust them on the wall now that we have taller nightstands. We’ll see!
You can find the artwork tutorial here. >>> Abstract Beach Art
The bed frame I need suggestions for. (see above)
And the photos wouldn’t be complete without Ryder and Piper!
Hard to get them to stay still long enough for a non-blurry photo! I try! lol
Funnily enough, I told Ryder the “head down” command, which he was taught and knows and Piper also put her head right down!! haha!! She has not been taught that command so it was so funny. The only command she has learned so far is “sit” and she does it like a champ now! lol
It was short-lived, she popped her head right back up and Ryder said he’d had enough of all this and rolled over to go to sleep!!
And of course, I had to get a close-up of our pretty girl.
Have you ever used a wood-graining tool before? I remember playing around with one, oh gosh, I feel like sometime as a kid growing up in the 70’s-80’s. Remember that old “faux” wood finish they gave everything?? Ugh!! It was not attractive and sometimes you’ll find pieces with it thrifting but it was really popular there for a while. lol This is the “grown-up” version of that, I think. If you are like me and saw these grain tool things and thought “Oh ya, I remember those things, no thanks” think again! They can create a really cool finish done the right way.
- Blanket/throw (My favorite! So soft!)
- Pillow Covers
- Fleur de Lis Round Decorative Wall Decor
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Have a wonderful week! I’ll see you on Thursday!