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How to Paint a Wall to Look like Wood

Learn how to paint a faux wood grain from decorative artist Aliya Riaz in this Howcast painting tutorial.


Today we're going to be talking about one of the ultimate faux finishes which is copying wood or wood graining. The french call it 'faux bois' which means fake wood and it's something that came into existence a few centuries ago when people were trying to match woods that were possibly imported from lands that were far away. And there was no way of actually matching wood, so artists such as myself started copying the wood to make it look like it was the same as the older wood that was being copied.

So this is a tigerwood and it has just like a very exotic inlay of different woods in there, and this is something that possibly would be used on an expensive piece of furniture, maybe a bureau in a dining room or a dresser possibly. So there are many, many applications for wood graining and some of them are more common like the rosewood which is a Chinese wood and the limed and the pickled oak which also is something that goes in and out of favor, but is a constant when you have to actually match these woods in older homes or apartments.

And one of the hardest ones to copy in fact is mahogany which is called a flame mahogany and that is book-ended quite often, meaning that there are mirror images of it on a piece of furniture or a bureau. So there's the flame mahogany, there's also just straight red mahogany and something that is gaining a lot of interest which is satinwood which is kind of made up into a parquet setting. So all that is some of the use of wood graining by a faux finish artist.

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