Decorative painter Karen Bateman spent months faux-graining the woodwork in her 3,100-square-foot house.
Karen faux-grained the side lights around the front door. The paneling below the windows is fake. “I just added picture molding to make a panel, and a side molding that joins the base, to make it look like one unit.”
The process, she says, is simple if you keep these tips in mind:
Use a rocker grainer, a comb grainer or even a squeegee you’ve cut random notches in to mimic the look of wood.
Use multiple layers of paint; she prefers four.
Make sure the base layer matches the lightest or second-lightest wood tone so its color can peek through the darker glaze layers to reveal its true “grain.”
By Nancy Ruhling