How to Paint A Wood Grain Pattern on Pegboard (or Anything Else)

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When I was coming up with my design plan for the One Room Challenge, I ran across a picture of woodgrain pegboard and fell in love. It was from Menard’s, which we don’t have on the East Coast. So what’s a girl to do besides make my own! Today, I’m sharing how to paint a wood grain pattern. Don’t run away! It’s much easier than you would think and requires NO artistic skills at all! And best of all, this process is very forgiving. And you would never know it, but it took less than 30 minutes to paint two 4’x4′ panels!

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Learn how to paint a wood grain pattern. This faux painting technique is much easier than you would think!

How to Paint A Wood Grain Pattern

Supplies

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  • Paint brush
  • Gel stain
  • Background color paint (we chose white)
  • Wood graining tool
  • Wood (whatever you’re painting on)
  • Scrap wood to practice on

Practice on scrap wood. It took a while to get the hang of it. My husband was much better at it than I was! 

Learn how to paint a wood grain pattern. This faux painting technique is much easier than you would think!

Here’s a quick video we took while painting.

  1. Paint on a thin layer of gel stain.
  2. Use the graining tool and drag it along the surface of the wood. Use the middle part of the rocker more than the edges for the best results.
  3. Wiggling it slightly provides a more realistic wood look.
  4. Mistakes are okay. If you hate it, apply more stain and repeat your steps. But remember that wood is not uniform or perfect, so imperfections are okay!
  5. When you get to the end of a row, apply your next row close to the last one. You will be tempted to not get too close to your previous one, but it actually looks better to go over the edges a little. Learn how to paint a wood grain pattern. This faux painting technique is much easier than you would think!Isn’t it lovely?

Other tips

  • It went really fast with 2 people. One person brushed the stain on, while the other person applied the wood grain.
  • The imperfections are my favorite parts, so don’t worry too much about them!
  • Look at real pieces of wood to get an idea of how it looks. But don’t worry too much if you can’t get it perfect. It will never fool anyone, but the exaggerated look is part of the appeal.

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Learn how to paint a wood grain pattern. This faux painting technique is much easier than you would think!

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