1-Paint the wood background. These are fun and easy! Wood typically is
not just one color but a combination of colored stripes that are lights and
darks of the same color tone. Mix colors with translucent wall glaze at a
ratio of 3 parts glaze to one part paint. To make
application quick and easy, dip one side of your brush in to the darker
paint and one side in to the
(see more about colors at the end). Stroke on to the surface in a wavy
pattern then blend. You are looking to achieve a striped surface that is
as it looks finished
the stencil to the surface and using a paint brush, apply a 3rd,
darker color, (see our color recommendations below) again mixed with
translucent glaze. Wipe off excess paint before applying to stencil then
paint in the same direction as the wood grain.
3 and 4. Remove the stencil then using a dry brush, drag the bristles
over the top of the stenciled grain to slightly blur the lines. Wipe brush
clean in between strokes to clean. Do not over brush as you want to maintain
the look of graining and not just streaks of blurred paint.
5: After the stenciling has dried, apply wood stain over the entire
surface with a paint brush. Always apply in the direction of the grain. Wipe
excess off immediately with a dry rag, again going in the direction of the
grain. Varnish your new wood surface as desired, once all paint is
completely dry. We prefer using "gel" stains for their non-drip qualities
and ease of use on vertical surfaces.
Stencil can be flipped or reversed for varied grain and
for repeating if desired.
Colors to use for different types of
Maple Wood: Cream and pale yellow background paint
combination, light brown as grain color, then use “maple” as the stain.
Light Oak: Light yellow and gold (not metallic)
background paint combination, medium brown for graining, then use “Oak”
Medium Oak: Medium Gold (not metallic) and light
brown background combination, medium brown as grain color and “Medium Oak”
as your stain color.
Mahogany: Light brown and medium reddish brown as
background combination, dark brown for grain then stain with mahogany stain
Any color combinations can be used with any one of
our stencil designs to achieve the depth of color and grain you are looking
Fun color combinations can be used as well! Try pink
graining over a cream white background on a little girls dresser then simply
varnish with clear, non-yellowing varnish….
Try metallic gold veining over a black back ground
then varnish in high gloss for elegant furniture!
Try metallic silver graining over a dark gray
background for fabulous bathroom cabinets!
Again, we stress that you do a sample board of your
intended finish and practice your stencil graining before applying it to a
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