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How to Paint Wood Burle Shelves

Learn how to transform plain white shelves into dark faux-knotted shelves, using an artist brush and toothpick.

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paint wood burle shelves
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Apply a Base Coat

Apply a base coat, then allow to dry.

apply base coat

Step 2: Mix and Apply the Glaze

  • Add three parts glaze to one part latex paint to create a topcoat glaze.

  • Next, apply a topcoat glaze over the base coat.

  • Pull a dry brush through the wet glaze to give a wood grain look.

pull dry brush through wet glaze

Step 3: Paint Knot-Like Circles in the Glaze

Finally, use a toothpick and an artist's brush to paint half circles that look like wood knots.

paint wood burle shelves