Faux Bois Tray
Faux bois means "false wood" in French; it is a simple technique that you can use to decorate wrapping paper, dressers, and walls elegantly. Here, it turns a plain wooden serving tray into one that is beautiful and special -- and perfect for a gift.
- Mineral spirits
- 2 shades of paint (one coat for "wood grain" and the other for the background color)
- Paint brush
- Wood-grain tool
- Wood tray
- Glass (same size as bottom of tray; Martha used a 3/16-inch-thick glass plate)
Thin the oil-based paint for the wood grain so that it is 1 part mineral spirits to 2 parts paint.
Brush a thin coat onto glass until it is completely covered.
Drag the wood-grain tool down the glass from one end to the other in a rocking motion. Repeat process over entire surface, wiping the tool clean with a rag dampened with mineral spirits between strokes.
Let the paint dry overnight.
Paint over the faux-bois pattern with a contrasting color. Let the paint dry overnight; then apply a second coat, and let dry.
Set glass into the tray.