Overview

essential tools for faux wood grain finish
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Essential Tools

A three-piece wood-graining kit (about $4; The Home Depot) makes the job easy and allows you to vary the pattern of your "planks."
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    Tools List

    • small plastic bucket
      Wide-mouth container and two disposable cups
    • paint pan
      Paint tray
    • paintroller
      9-inch roller frame with ½-inch nap roller cover
    • paint combs
      Paint comb
    • graining rocker
      Wood-graining rocker

    Shopping List

    1. -inch piece of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cut to size

    2. Latex primer to seal the MDF

    3. Latex paint in two colors—one for the base and one to tint the glaze4. Clear acrylic glaze to create a semitranslucent, luminous top coat with an extended working time