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Faux-Bois Dresser

Faux-Bois Dresser

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2009

Introduction

An embossed-paint rocker and a combing tool, dragged through a green glaze, leave a faux-bois (wood-grain) imprint.

We used
Base Coat: Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove
Glaze Tint: Benjamin Moore 536 Sienna Laurel

Other Colors to Try
1. Base Coat: Benjamin Moore 1661 Heaven on Earth
Glaze Tint: Benjamin Moore 2142-20 Turtle Green

2. Base Coat: Benjamin Moore 997 Baja Dunes
Glaze Tint: Benjamin Moore Opalescent White

3. Base Coat: Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove
Glaze Tint: Benjamin Moore 536 Sienna Laurel

4. Base Coat: Benjamin Moore 803 Lazy Sunday
Glaze Tint: Benjamin Moore 811 Old Glory

materials

  • Imprinted rocker

  • 9-inch paint roller

  • Base Coat: Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove

  • Glaze Tint: Benjamin Moore 536 Sienna Laurel

steps

  1. Using a 9-inch paint roller with a 1/4-inch nap, paint the surface in desired color using latex paint. Let dry thoroughly.

  2. Mix 1 part latex paint (pearl finish or satin finish) with 1 part latex or acrylic glazing liquid and 2 parts water. (If using oil paint, mix 1 part oil paint with 1 part oil glazing liquid and 1 part mineral spirits.)

  3. Proceed with any of the patterns, applying the tinted glaze over the dried base coat. Tip: Smooth irregularities as you work (they can catch the glaze and obscure its effect).

  4. Working in sections, apply a thin coat of tinted glaze to dried base coat.

  5. Drag a wood-graining rocker through the tinted glaze, working from the top edge of the surface to the bottom, and gradually rocking the tool, tip to end, just once. Turn the rocker in opposite direction (to change direction of grain), and repeat process to create a second panel next to the first.

  6. Drag a combing tool through the glaze, working from the top edge of the surface to the bottom. Repeat process, alternating knots and straight grains. (For the best pattern, alternate 2 or 3 rows of knots with 2 rows of straight grain.)

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