Step 1: Prep the Surface

prep the Surface for faux wood grain painting
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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If using an MDF panel, prime both sides to prevent warping. Apply two coats of satin-finish paint (here, Benjamin Moore's Brown Horse). Once it dries, mix equal parts clear acrylic glaze and white latex paint. Apply with a roller, glazing and faux-graining a portion at a time.
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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