Step 3: Create the "Planks"

create the 'planks' for faux wood grain painting
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Overlapping the grain, set the heel of the rocker on the panel's far edge. In one smooth motion, pull the tool toward you to drag the full pattern on the curved rocker through the glaze. If it doesn't look right, reglaze that area and try again. To run the grain in the opposite direction, flip the handle.
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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