Our Woodgrain Tool comes with three parts – two rockers and a comb. The rockers are 4 in. Quarter round, 2 in. Quarter round, and 3 in. triangle graining comb. Wood graining is a faux finishing technique that can transform nearly any surface into look of real wood grain. From metal doors, to kitchen cabinets, once you master the technique of wood graining, the possibilities are endless.
A wood grain rocker is the most frequently used tool to create faux wood graining. You drag and “rock” the tool through wet glaze as you pull it across your piece of furniture or along a wall. Our wood grain rocker is made of durable rubber that has wood graining and sometimes knots on it. You can use more than one wood grain rocker, or simply vary the speed at which you pull and rock one wood grain rocker to produce a diversity of wood graining effects.
This look is easy to achieve in three simple steps:
- Paint your base coat with 2-3 coats of paint, depending on color.
- Select the color you want for your grain. Use premixed Antiquing glaze or mix your own color by mixing one part paint to 4 parts Clear glaze. You can also use Stain and Finishing Oil.
- Brush on a section of glaze, and use your woodgrain tool to drag and rock through the grain, creating your grain effect. If you don’t like it, brush through it and try again. Work a section at a time, varying the rocking to create different effects. Use the comb to drag through the glaze for straight grain.
- Allow to thoroughly dry. You may choose to top coat if you’ve used glaze. Stain needs no topcoat. For light colored glazes, use Tough Coat and wipe on a thin coat or two with a sponge. For dark colored paint, use Natural Stain and Finishing Oil. Wipe on one thin coat.
Here’s an example of how to use the woodgrain tool.