Step 4: Vary the Grain

vary the grain for faux wood grain painting
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Every so often, comb along the edge of a section you've just completed to vary the look of your planks. Mix up how you use the rocker and comb—twisting the tool to introduce some waves in the grain for a more natural pattern, for instance.
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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