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How to Apply a Faux Wood Technique to a Dresser

After the walls are painted, the dresser in this bedroom gets a faux wood look using a graining tool.

More in Painting

drag graining tool over topcoat
  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Sand the Dresser and Paint

Sand through the top layer, to prepare the dresser for paint.

Apply a brown latex eggshell paint, then allow to dry.

prepare dresser for paint

Step 2: Mix and Apply the Top Coat Glaze

Add three parts glaze to one part latex paint to create a topcoat glaze. Use a darker shade than the base coat.

Apply the topcoat glaze.

Step 3: Apply the Graining Tool Technique

While the paint is still wet, drag the graining tool over the topcoat using a rocking motion.

drag graining tool over topcoat