How to Create a Faux Wood Finish with Dixie Belle Wood Graining Tool

Ever had a furniture top damaged beyond repair that left you in despair? Here's your solution! Follow these steps to learn how to create a faux wood finish.
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Ever had a furniture top damaged beyond repair that left you in despair? Here’s your solution! Create a faux wood finish over top of your damaged surface.

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Follow these steps using Dixie Belle VooDoo Gel Stains and learn how to paint over an existing finish to create a faux wood look.

Materials:

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Step 1

Clean your surface well with Dixie Belle White Lightning. White Lightening is an amazing, low odor cleaner that will easily clean your furniture in preparation for your finish of choice. Check out my quick video below to see how I clean furniture with Dixie Belle White Lightning Cleaner.

Step 2

Patch any uneven spots with Dixie Belle Mud. If necessary, you can even skim coat your entire surface with a thin layer of Dixie Mud to even it out.

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Step 3

Cover your surface in your base color. Similar wood tones such as Dixie Belle Paint in Putty, Burlap, or Driftwood are great options. Once that is dry, seal the base coat with Dixie Belle Satin Clear Coat or Gator Hide, this will help the wood graining tool glide effortlessly across your surface.

Step 4

Squirt Dixie Belle VooDoo Gel Stain in random stripes across the top, alternating colors, then brush the colors together until they fully cover the surface.

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Step 5

Run your Wood Graining Tool across the surface in long, even strokes, applying pressure to the handle, and rocking as it glides.

I made the video below where you will see just how to use a Wood Graining Tool.

Step 6

Finally, seal your new faux wood finish in the Dixie Belle clear coat of your choice.

You can see the entire process for how to create a faux wood finish in the video below with side by side view of color and technique options!

I love the warmth a wood top adds to painted furniture. You will see a faux wood top on many of my pieces where the wood just wasn’t in good enough condition to stain and a solid color painted top doesn’t suit my inspiration.

Have you ever created a faux wood finish?

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Maria Bruce

    On Sun, 15 Mar 2020 at 5:25 pm, Brushed By Brandy wrote:

    > Brandy K. posted: ” Ever had a furniture top damaged beyond repair that > left you in despair? Here’s your solution! Create a faux wood finish over > top of your damaged surface. Follow these steps using Dixie Belle VooDoo > Gel Stains and learn how to paint over an existing” >

  2. rusticlumber

    I really love the final output Brandy, it quite unique and elegant if I may say.

  3. Missy

    How can I get this look with out the wood grain tool? I want a more brushed finish.

  4. Tanya Collins

    Will you help me with some troubleshooting advice? I can’t get a full swipe. It’s like the tool isn’t making full contact with the surface. Sometimes the swipe is only one inch thick, sometimes it is good on just the left, or the right. I keep imagining that a silicone tool would be better than this rigid one. Do I need to press harder? Do I need to thin my glaze? Do you clean your tool after each pass? Thank you in advance!

    1. Brandy K.

      If your surface is not flat, that could be an issue

  5. Cynthia

    Does this work on wood veneer type surfaces or does it have to be solid wood?

    1. Brandy K.

      Cab definitely use on veneer and laminate, I’d prime if needed, put a base of paint down, seal so it glides, then go over that

  6. Cynthia

    Do you recommend sanding down the surface first for a slick wood veneer surface or can I just clean with white lightning, prime with slick stick and then do my base paint? Do you find that cleaning with white lightning is necessary if I am using slick stick too? What final sealant do you recommend for a dining room table when there’s kids in the house? Gator hide, wax or the matte clear coat?

    And for the wood look you created that is pictured above, what base color did you use? Putty, burlap or driftwood? Sorry for all the questions. This is exactly how I wanted to refinish my table.

    1. Brandy K.

      I still do a scuff sanding for laminate, it’s such a simple step for added piece of mind. Gator hide is the most durable clear coat in the line

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