Faux wood grain table top with chalk paint

by | Dec 19, 2019

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I did a “thing” today…..a very spontaneous thing….a faux wood grain thing….and I LOVE it!!!!

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My black dining room table has been in need of “freshening up” for quite some time.  It tends to be a catch all for anyone that enters our home.  It sits immediately to the right of the front entry and everyone seems to throw their belongings there as soon as they come into the house…which drives me nuts by the way!!! 

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So it has suffered tiny nicks and scratches over time.

I initially planned to paint the entire table top in a soft gray.  I then decided to go with an off-white and try to vein it with multiple grays.  Then suddenly….I remembered my wood graining tool by Dixie Belle….and without any further thought…..I just went for it!

I painted the entire table top in an hour!!! 

It was really so very easy and this same technique can be used on any flat surface….dresser tops, coffee tables, and even doors!

I’ve listed below my exact process so you too can get this fun look.

How to create this Faux Wood Grain look

  • Clean the table really well with White Lightning and rinse thoroughly with water.
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  • Paint one solid layer with Fluff.
  • Then paint long stretches with two colors (Sawmill Gravy and Hurricane Gray).  I used a different brush for each color.  I did this very haphazardly…no real pattern….just free formed each row.  
  • Then use the wood graining tool.  Begin on one end of the paint stretch…..apply light pressure….and pull down along the row of two paint colors….rocking the tool back and forth along the way.  It is absolutely mind blowing to watch the wood pattern take shape right before your eyes!!!
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  • Just repeat the process row by row….until your surface is complete!  
  • Let this dry for several hours before apply your top coat.
  • Apply Gator Hide for durability….using the life-changing application pad!!!  No streaks!  No issues!  Easy application!!! I waited about 30 minutes between coats and applied three coats total!

Done!!!  

See the process in action here….

I had the table fully set and decorated the very next day!

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The tone and hue of the three colors together is just gorgeous!

Eventually I will have my chairs painted and reupholstered…..so try to look past them for now!  I already own the traditional leopard print fabric and teal crushed velvet to do them…..its just not been a priority!  Soon!  Very Soon!

One project at a time…right????

I hope you’ll give this one a try!

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And while we are in my dining room, let me tell you about that eye-catching harlequin wall and my fun and festive hand-made (by me) Whimsy Tree.

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The products listed here are what I used for this project!  Dixie Belle Paint company offers amazing products that will make all of your projects successful no matter what your skill level! Just click on any of the products shown below!  You can also find my favorite products and tools in my Amazon influencer list here.

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See you next week!

XOXO, 

Tracey

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12 Comments

  1. Renee

    Hi Tracey, I’m trying to use my wood grain tool like you did with chalk paint as both my base coat and my top coat…only thing is, my wood grain tool is pulling up my base coat! I’m using quality paint (Debi’s DIY) and my piece had been cleaned very well. Any tips? I live your table!

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  2. Gretchen VanLue

    Did you let the base coat dry before adding the 2 colors on top?

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  3. Amy Leiker

    Can this technique be used on a table with a veneer top?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Yes! You’ll want to use a coat of slick stick first though so the paint will adhere properly to the slick surface.

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  4. Andrea

    I. Love. This.

    Is there any chance this could be done with latex paint instead of chalk paint? I have a huge area to cover and latex is much cheaper….

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  5. Lexie Rubincam

    I am refinishing a coffee table and end tables for a family member who wants the wood grain look and I felt lost until I came across this video! The legs of the table are white (and distressed) so I was looking to do a little darker of a top. What are similar paint brands you recommend aside from the Dixie Belle?

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  6. Candace

    This is awesome!!! Can this be done on a floor?

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  7. Carol

    Beautiful! Have you ever tried this technique with a laminate top?

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  8. TS

    So I notice you didn’t do base and legs of table. What wouuld you do to those paint them or try and distress?

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  9. Becca

    Looks beautiful! I would love to do this to my kitchen table although it is not solid wood. Will these products still work?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Yes they will! These product work on all surfaces!

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