Wood Faux Finish Super-Powers: 10 reasons to get them. Part 2

Wood Faux Finish Super-Powers, This post is part two of three. Please take a moment to check out Part One. Part Three is here. 

4. Improve ALL your painting and art skills

Oak wood faux finish around roses painted on silver leaf
I painted this for a friend a couple of years ago. Acrylic on silver leaf with Trompe L’Oeil Oak faux finish frame.

Well-executed wood faux finish paint involves a unique layering process. The skill that you’ll develop involves seeing 2 or 3 steps ahead at each stage. Also, you’ll learn how to really see the elements in your model that most need to be duplicated in order to make your work attractive and convincing.

These are unique and valuable skills (explained in easy-to-follow steps in Perfect Wood Grain Mastery). that you’ll be able to apply to all your paint work no matter how basic or involved.

5. Home improvement

There are a multitude of possibilities for wood faux finish in the home. Here are a few:

Doors: There’s no reason to buy expensive doors ($300 or more each for hardwood, plus another $100 each installed) when you can transform existing doors into wood faux finish masterpieces.

Trim: Replacing baseboard, casing or trim? Buy inexpensive particle board or soft wood and grain it to look like old growth Cherry, Walnut, Pine, Oak, Ebony or Maple. 

Reface: Pull off your kitchen cabinet doors and grain them to look like any kind of wood you want. Repaint the boxes and frames a solid, complimentary color to match, or grain them, too.

Inlay: Does your entry have a basic hardwood floor? Design an inlay pattern (lots of ideas in Google image search) and spice up any flooring. Of course you’ll get some helpful tips for painting inlay in the ebook.

6. Rescue damaged pieces

You’re walking through an antique store or junk shop and you see a piece of furniture for sale; it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for and the price is insanely low! The furniture dealer has even draped a lovely cloth on top. Uh oh…

Darn! The top is all scratched up. What a shame, it’s a great piece and the price is really good.

Bummer! The cost of replacing a table top or deep refinishing of any furniture is very high and to make matters worse- “it will never match”. Right?

Coffee Table restored with faux wood paint
The corner of this coffee table was chewed off by the owners Pit Bull. I gave it a new faux figured Oak top with Macassar Ebony inlay.

You can learn to create gorgeous, realistic faux wood on damaged furniture, auto dashboards and trim, doors and more. 

Part 3 of this series includes tips for wood working professionals and more.

Norman Petersen

Thanks for reading



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8 Responses

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  2. Tredway Childress
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    I work at the USHouse of Representative as a senior finisher I would like to get a lot better at wood graining. Could you please call me. ***-***-**** Thanks Tredway.

    • Norman
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      Hey Tredway

      Great talking with you. You’re job offers some really fascinating challenges and I can’t wait to see how you use faux wood to repair and improve furniture in the House of Representatives.

      I’m sure all the Perfect Wood Ggrain Mastery students will benefit from your presence here.

      Thanks for getting on the early-bird list and I look forward to working with you.

  3. Gene Kunkle
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    I discovered this opportunity accidentally while looking for brushes. It has always been difficult for me to find quality information in this area of study. I have done a lot of wood graining but feel I am in a rut. I look forward to learning how to achieve the smooth surface required in automotive finishes. I am also hoping to share what I have learned and networking with others in this field. I cannot afford to go back to school, time or money. Norman, I appreciate you putting this focused study together and look forward to working with you. Anyone can view photos of my work on facebook.

  4. jay
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    I’m a retired cabinet maker, now working fulltime at building hotrods. Current project is a 1949 Chevy Tin Woody. Hoping to learn your program so I will be able to do the faux wood on the car. I’ve been doing custom painting on cars for about 30 years.

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