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Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:17 pm
by boot
Now that I know what to call it I found some:


http://www.doityourself.com/stry/5-wood ... -explained



http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/decorati ... index.html

http://www.paintinganddecoratingconcour ... ocker.html

Now I just have to talk my wife into letting me buy even more tools.

I also found these on Old House Dreams, does anyone know if these are period appropriate for an 1875 or did they always have exposed wood? All but the first are completely painted.

Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:42 pm
by moonshadow317
Here's a step by step how to do graining with pics from by very favorite site:


Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:27 pm
by sooth
I think in the late 1800's the fashion was to have dark oak for the main floor trim work. But there are always exceptions.

Here's one of the most amazing wood graining jobs I've seen in person. This is old, and original, and it's from the interior of a church in Finch (Ontario), that was being renovated.

This is a huuuuuuge wall, maybe 16-20 feet high or more (you can see an average size doorway on the extreme right). It was all wood grained in a 1/4 sawn oak finish.





I'm a cabinetmaker, and I was fooled by it at first.

Another type of wood graining (also made to look like 1/4 sawn oak) was very popular on furniture made around 1890-1910. Like this dresser:




Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:35 pm
by boot
How can you tell it's fake, they certainly have me fooled? Is there a tell somewhere on it?

Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:44 pm
by sooth
You just need to look at it up close and you can see that it's just painted. If you look at the dresser, for example, the top has chips that show the lighter colour.

An even greater "tell" is that if you look on the inside, it's a paint grade maple that's used in the dresser's construction.


Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:50 pm
by lisascenic
I actually do this for a living.

My advice is to look -- really look -- at the kind of wood you're hoping to imitate. Figure out what the color/colors is/are underneath everything (this is usually a lot freakier and brighter than you might imagine), and then figure out what color forms the "grain."

I tend to paint my wood in the opposite order from the method shown by the victorian house blog. I paint the under-colors first, and then apply the grain. Finally, I'll add transparent glazes as needed.

You've got to be careful with those wood graining tools, because they tend to make marks that look less like wood, and more like phony painted wood.

Now, of course, after I've come across as a total freaking snob, the only example I can find was from a project where we were asked to replicate a crazy shellac-orange finish, that looked more like nacho cheese than anything else.

Blog post:
http://howsrobb.blogspot.com/2007/08/ho ... -wood.html

Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:55 pm
by lisascenic
I found a few more examples of faux bois (that's a fancy way of saying "fake wood).


Everything in this image is brand new construction. It's for a stage production, set in an Irish cottage. Fake wood beams, fake plaster walls, fake stone floors. Loads of fake dirt.

Blog post, complete with more stage blood than you've ever seen in one place:

http://howsrobb.blogspot.com/2009/04/th ... pping.html

Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:02 pm
by sooth
LOLOL Nacho Cheese wood. That's hilarious, though, oddly, not far off. Some people really have bizarre taste. I remember staining a window valance for a client this bright freakin' pumpkin orange. Then there was also a medicine cabinet that we did in a nearly neon canary yellow stain (it hurt the eyes to look at it).

Re: Is there paint that looks like wood?

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:58 am
by Texas_Ranger
That church example is a true masterpiece, indeed! Our original doors come close to it I think, I've got to take a picture of one of them.

In 1987 several late 19th century railway stations in Vienna were completely restored, including oak grained doors and windows everywhere. Unfortunately they didn't get a faux bois artist but rather some poor soul who probably used graining combs for the first time in his life. The end result pretty much looks like bad brush marks rather than wood grain. For some more recent repairs they just stained pine and it doesn't look much worse. One station was completely redone last year, by someone whow as quite a bit better. It still doesn't look perfect, but at least it looks like fake wood and no longer like random brush marks.

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