I know….I know….it has been a while since I’ve blogged. Combination of my day job keeping me busy and just not enough hours in a day. Excuses, excuses. I know. But hey. I am here now and I wanted to share a little project I worked on over the New Year’s long weekend. Speaking of New Year’s………..I wish you all a Happy New Year’s and hope that it will prosperous one.
So, I have this sofa table and it is all black and it has been on the list to be painted for quite some time, but I just couldn’t figure out what color to paint it. I finally figured it out. I decided to make it look like a faux wood stained table.
There she is. There are some cool details on it but you just didn’t really see them because it was all black.
For this project I will be using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints in colors Young Kansas Wheat, Texas Tea, Pittsburgh Gray and a custom gray color I achieved my mixing Beckley Coal into Silver Hill Fog. So let’s jump right in to it.
Paint the entire piece in Young Kansas Wheat. I didn’t do a perfect job painting. The goal was to have some of the black show through.
As you can see it is not perfectly painted. This is so that you can start to create that wood grain look.
Next I dry brushed on some Texas Tea. This is done by dipping the tip of the brush in the paint and then dabbing it off on a paper towel. Then you lightly drag your brush across the top. Do this over the entire piece.
I did the same process as above with the Pittsburgh Gray.
Annnnndddd I hate it. Yup. I hate it.
It was just too much of all the same. So after sitting and staring at it for about 20 minutes and asking my husband what he thinks I decided to continue on with the top and paint the bottom a solid color. But, I did want some of this to show through on the designs so I decided to seal the bottom with Endurance. Doing this allows me to paint over it and then once it is dry I can wet distress it so I can see some of the through the top color. After much debating I decided to go with gray. This is where this custom mixed color comes into play. I didn’t have enough Pittsburgh Gray to paint the whole thing so I mixed up a similar color, but just a tad darker. This was achieved by mixing Silver Hill Fog which is a light gray and adding in a bit of Beckley Coal which is a true black.
Truth be told I wasn’t that crazy about the top either but I know that every project goes through its ugly phase and then somehow after adding a bit of this and a touch of that it just becomes beautiful. So I decided to seal the top too just in case I had to paint that over too. Once I started sealing the top it just started blending the colors as I went back and forth with my brush. It was perfect. Just like I imagined. At least something was coming out like I imagined.
Just look how perfect the colors blend together and makes the colors richer. It has the perfect touch of brown and gray in it. Once I had the top sealed I decided to be done with the top because I loved how it looked. I then sealed the bottom. While that was drying I mixed up my custom gray color.
Paint the bottom of sofa table with the gray. With this application I made sure to have really good coverage.
Once the gray paint was dry I could wet distress using a baby wipe on the raised designs. Once this was done and all damp areas were dry I was able to seal it with Endurance.
And there she is completed. I am very happy with how it turned out.
When it comes to doing a faux wood grain look there are a ton of ways you can do it. Sometimes it just takes some trial and error.
Hope this tutorial helps you achieve your perfect faux wood look.