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How to Make Anything Look Like Real Wood

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  1. Pauline in Rockville, MD says:

    Wow! Looks beautiful and fun! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the look and really can’t believe it’s not real wood!

    You are a faux wood diva to the 10th degree! Since I don’t have mad painting skills like you, maybe I could start out small – I’m talking a matchbox or a piece of doll furniture.

    Baby steps… a girl’s gotta start somewhere!
    Kelly

  3. Tammy says:

    Wow! This is amazing! Pinning it!

  4. christina says:

    I am impressed! On my to try list for sure, I love how it looks 🙂
    Christina

  5. Claudine says:

    AMAZING!!! You are so talented!
    I am not at that skill level yet BUT bookmarked to come back and try this technique!!!

  6. Andrea says:

    Wonderful job, here. I know this took a lot of tedious prep! Great end result. Also, congrats on the feature at Furniture Revival!

  7. cassie says:

    you are SOOOOOO good.

  8. vanessa says:

    This is a great post, I love to learn new techniques. Thanks for sharing.

    Vanessa

  9. Tanya says:

    You are so amazingly talented, thank you for hosting each week, and sharing your skill, Tanya 🙂

  10. Teri says:

    I just love, love this technique!!!! You are very creative. Thank you for sharing!!!

  11. Mandy says:

    Hi Karen – featuring your amazing technique tomorrow night (Monday) at Project Queen’s Highlight Party! Amazing!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Awesome! And what a great tutorial!

  13. Stacey says:

    WOW! Great tutorail and what excellent results! Thanks for those tips!
    Thanks also for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  14. Holy cow you are a genius! This is amazing!

  15. Stacey says:

    You were featured this week – come by and grab a button!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  16. Traci says:

    This is a great techinque and your table turned out beautifully. I like the dark stain.
    Thanks for sharing
    Traci

  17. sherry says:

    This is beautiful! I’m now a follower.

  18. Good to know. Good. To. Know! Pinning for later use 🙂

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  20. Coral says:

    Hey,

    Just wanted to say that this looks AMAZING. Sooooo, I want to do it! But, nobody has the MM glazing cream or colorants? I’ve looked all over online and called all the stores within two hours from my home and they can’t seem to get it either? So my question is, where do you find it?

    Thanks and, again, looks awesome!

  21. Walter says:

    Realmente un trabajo finísimo! Me gusto muchísimo! Un saludo grande

  22. Laura says:

    Hi there! Love, love this idea. I just bought an older home two-story home. The stairs where carpeted so I removed the carpet and refinished them with dark walnut stain. The only problem is the stairs make a turn at the bottom and there are 3 stairs that are triangle shaped and are made of plywood. It would be too much of a pain to sand, stain and varnish so I was looking for a paint that resembled wood. Well I found your great idea and I can’t wait to start. I only have one question, I want to get the color of the dark table top you have pictured out in the lawn. Did you use the Van Dyke brown or coffee bean. I noticed you said the coffee bean was very dark brown so I don’t know which one to get. I love and want the color of the table top. Thanks again for this great idea!!!

  23. Jann says:

    This is an amazing POST! I too, have taken MDF and turned it into a beatuiful piece. Your instructions and post are fabulously detailed and so easy to understand.
    Your tables and projects are so wonderfully done and rich in color and preservation. I have spent hundreds of hours sanding….this is such a GREAT blog….thanks so much for sharing……keep those projects coming!!!!!

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  25. Patty M says:

    This is truly amazing! Do you know if anyone has tried this on a floor? Thanks so much for sharing. I found you on Pinterest and am so glad I did!

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  27. Sherrie says:

    Just in the nick of time! I had bought to end tables which I thought were solid wood and sanded it in spots to the wood. It wasma thin veneer and happy days this tutorial come up. Thank You Thank you!

    • Julie Appletini says:

      Thinking about trying this out on an old laminated buffet that I have been storing for years. It has an old yellow veneer finish. It is recommended to us an “high adhesive primer” before beginning. Two questions. 1) what brand is a good high adhesive primer (I shop Lowe’s) and 2) do I need to sand prior to priming or can I just prime and then follow the other steps? – I am so eager to begin – Love this technique! Thanks!

      • Mindy says:

        I faux finished laminate countertops…I used Zinser brand. I recall the can being specifically labeled as “for slick surfaces”. Good luck!

  28. nicole says:

    Stupid question…. but all glazes must dry completely in between coats ( except when you add the colorant straight from the bottle at the beginning) correct? Befor I put my darker glaze on, the first must be dry??

    • Julie Appletini says:

      Nicole, I thought the same thing. Surely letting the coats dry would work best. 🙂
      Did you ever try this technique?

  29. Debbie says:

    Hi Karen, I’ve had this page up in my browser for so long, because I really love the look you were able to achieve, and I’ve been wanting to try it. I finally ordered all the MM products you suggested, but before I give it a go, I have a quick question for you. Do you let the piece dry between step 4 and 5? I just want to be sure I get it right. Thanks a bunch for such a great tutorial!

    Debbie

  30. Brandi says:

    Beautifully done, Karen! Thanks for the how-to. I appreciate your clear descriptions,instructions, and illustrations.

  31. karin says:

    you are a genius!! 🙂 it looks gorgeous of course!
    Hugs
    Karin

  32. Kathy Nielsen, Eugene, OR says:

    Karen, Thank you sooooo much for this tutorial. I was just given a dresser almost exactly like the first on shown it has a laminate top and I was wondering how I was going to finish it. Up pops your “blog” answering my question. The procedure is so beautiful, but I’m not so sure I can duplicate what you have shown using your tutorial. Is Modern Masters colorant available in most hardware stores? Also your glazes, Do you wipe them off immediately or wait a time? I sure wish there was a “Work Shop” here in Oregon using CC Caldwell paints.

  33. Linda Leyble says:

    Hey Karen…

    I found this Pinterest, then I popped over to the MM blog – commented there also. Great project. I didn’t know MM had a cabinetry glazing product! Live and learn. I have lots if their products – but not these!

    While the rest of the world is removing wood from the face of the earth…it’s good sometimes to put it back on furniture!!

    Linda

  34. Logann says:

    This is a great tutorial. My parents had something very similar done to their 1998 honey colored cabinets. However now it’s wearing off in areas that get a lot of use (plate and cup cabinet, stuff like that) and I was wondering if you could recommend a way to touch them up or if I should just find a professional?

  35. P.B. says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your techniques. Much appreciated.

  36. Beth says:

    i opened a 115 year old hardware store, on one end I put in a coffee shop. I would love to put in a checkerboard on a old wooden barrel. But they are so expensive. Is there a way I can paint a plastic barrel to look like wood?

    • GTC says:

      Hi Beth, if you check out my website and search under glaze, you will find a tutorial on how to paint anything to look like readl wood. Good luck!

  37. Heather says:

    I love this look! I just salvaged a small, oak, rocking bench (like a two person rocking chair). It is almost all spindles and is currently stained a light oak. I would love to make it a rich tobacco/espresso finish like the table you show above, but was thinking I would need to settle for just painting it white since stripping all of those spindles would be a nightmare! Maybe I will try this! Still looks like wood, but is actually paint! Two questions:
    1. Do you think this technique would work on spindles where there isn’t a nice flat surface to show the faux grain lines?
    2. If I’m starting with a pre-finished wood piece, would I still use primer as the first step or is there another (not white) product that I could use to give the paint more grip so I could use the existing light oak as the base color?
    Thank you so much for the information! The pieces you have finished are gorgeous!

  38. ranae says:

    where did you buy your gel stain from? do they sell it at home improvement stores?

    thanks

  39. Sue says:

    We are considering buying a home with all white trim, doors, and cupboards that we would want to give a wood look. Are you aware of anyone in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area who we could hire to do the work you have detailed in your blog?

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    Hi, can u explain why in step 1 u say ti apply a varbish before doing any if the fauz painting steps first? Thanks!

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    Hi! I am trying to find the MM Colorant with no luck. Even called the company who told me to find someone who stocks any of their products and order a case of each color. Really just wanted one bottle of each color. Do you happen to know anyone who sells the colorant?

  73. Alison Donohue says:

    Hi! I have the Ikea Kallex shelf in white but I’d love to paint it to look like wood. Is that doable? If so, what do you suggest? Thanks!

  74. gary saltsman says:

    iam a retired truck driver who has turned part time cabinet furniture maker. ive had customers who wanted painted shaker type cabinets . ive used 1/4″ mdf with great results as far as fit and looks.now i have one who wants cabinet in knotty alder wood apperance and sprayed with high gloss poly.is there any way you know of that i can take mdf and stain it to resemmble this wood for the door panels.. any help would be appreaited for sure on this that would look professional.

  75. Martha says:

    I’d like to try it on a wall. Has anyone tried that yet?

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