The first time I used this technique was at our old house when I transformed the front door into a gorgeous faux wood. I was BLOWN away at the result so when I was working on my office I knew this would be the perfect solution!
If you’re doing this method in any high traffic area you will get the best results by doing a light sand on the surface you will be transforming followed by a coat of primer. My office is a low traffic area, and I was so ready for this project to be over, so I went with a high quality paint + primer in one. Make sure you tape off all edges to get clean edges.
After your prep is finished, you want to start with a full coat of the paint of your choice. I really wanted the gray oak finish so I found a combo that will work for that and I am using Harvest Brown paint. You want to get the coat as even as possible and let it completely dry before moving on to the next step.
This is where the magic happens! I’m using Varathane gel stain in the color Briarsmoke. I am brushing it on with a decking brush to achieve a thick coat of stain and then I’m following immediately with a broom to add the wood grain texture. It’s truly incredible how real this looks. I was blown away the first time I used this method and I’m still in awe!
This truly is such a quick and easy way to transform the look of the wood in your home! Let me know if you try it!