How To Use A Wood Grain Tool: It’s So Easy

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Have you ever wanted to know how to use a wood grain tool? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use this fantastic tool, and it’s so easy.

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The story of my table… I bought a table for $10 and I upgraded it for a Hometalk Live show. Sadly the veneer didn’t hold the paint and it started chipping. I am excited to share the re-do of this table with Dixie Belle Paint Company products!!!

I wanted to redo this piece of furniture and give it a wood grain effect. I used paint and a wood-graining tool to make this table look new.

The faux wood top of the original re-do was peeling up. It wasn’t hard to get the rest up. The first step is to scrape all the old paint off. Make sure you use a smooth motion with the scraper so you don’t damage the table.

Back to its original form.

How To Use A Wood Grain Tool Materials

How To Use A Wood Grain Tool instructions

1. Clean the furniture

The next step was to clean it with Dixie Belle White Lighting Cleaner. I did this by using a clean, lint free cloth and then I rinsed it with clean water.

2. Coat the furniture with a primer (optional)

After the table was clean, I painted the base color. I did 2 coats of Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick which is an awesome product that helps paint stick to a glazed surface or slick surfaces. For this I used a natural bristle brush but you could also use a foam brush.

3. Paint the furniture

I let the 2 coats dry completely.  Once that was done, I painted the top of the table with Dixie Belle Manatee Gray.

I let the paint dry completely.

4. Mix the glaze

I mixed Dixie Belle Whitewash Glaze with a little Dixie Belle Cotton. I used the wood grain tool to put the glaze onto the table. I mixed 1 part paint to 4 parts glaze.  You can get this look by painting the wet glaze mixture onto the table, then use the wood grain tool.

5. Use the Wood Grain Tool

The easiest technique of wood graining is to rock the wood grain painting tool back and forth over the glaze to get the faux wood grain finish.

6. Add a Top Coat

 Once it’s completely dry, I will use Dixie Belle Gator Hide to protect it.

If you’d like to watch the video of how to use the wood grain tool to get a faux wood finish please click on the photo below.

How To Use A Wood Grain Tool

Think of all of the possibilities with this wood grain rocker! You can easily update any of the following with wood-graining tools

  • kitchen cabinets
  • metal doors
  • tables
  • floors
  • doors

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Have you ever wanted to know how to use a wood grain tool? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use this fantastic tool, and it's so easy.

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  1. GM Chas, I’m going to keep this just in case my hubby changes his mind about the look he wants for his dresser. We’ve looked at several different ideas and I really love the idea of the rocker tool, but he’s not so sure. We’ll see what happens when the time comes to actually do it. I love the colors you used this time even more than the first one. Fabulous job!

    1. Thanks Linda – maybe show him the look and the tutorial, maybe it’ll change his mind 😉 Tell him he can pick any color combo he likes (maybe even one of his sports teams – lol)

  2. What a great makeover. You would not know that you had created the woodgrain effect yourself. A very clever project

  3. UGH, I just hate it when that happens, but the second redo looks amazing Chas. Love the wood grain effect you created. It’s so perfect

  4. Pretty! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link Party! Have a great week and join us again!

  5. Wow I’ve never seen a tool like that before, I’m sure it must make it so easy to create the wood grain. Can you believe I thought it was a real wood table?

    1. Thank you so much Mary! It is so fun to use and work with. I need to make some more things with it… and I’m so pleased it looked so realistic to you 🙂

  6. Sally Evans says:

    Love it! Cute way to spruce up something!

  7. Steve Bathke says:

    I would like to do this to our kitchen table that is 36×48. But I don’t know what sizes of Slick stick, glaze and paint to buy? Any recommendations would be helpful.

    Fellow Coloradoan

    1. Hi Steve – and local friend 🙂 Can you send me a picture of the table? when you get this reply you can just reply to it and it should come to my email.

  8. That’s one awesome way of creating the faux wood effect 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial, Chas!

    1. Thank you so much Kasia, I’m so glad you like it!

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