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Old 07-26-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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My fireplace mantel is currently painted white. I would like to redo it so it looks more warm- wood like maybe. I don't want to have to go through the major sanding mess. Is there a product that I can put over the white that would give me a more wood like look?


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Without stripping it or fax painting it,I can't think of any way.


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I know Martha Stewart has some products that can create a faux wood look but I would rather purchase another brand of products.
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Faux painting ,when done well,looks great---

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I think the series is "Recipes for Walls" and I remember the books to be decent primers on faux painting techniques.

You might play with a wood graining tool. I did a table top that actually turned out ok I guess. I just don't have the patience to do faux finishing correctly. As I remember, it was rather fun. I just used to shades of the same color and the wood graining tool through the darker one. You create some grain by rocking and dragging the thing at the same time.

The tool I had was something like this---a piece of rubber on a stick with different patterns for creating different types of grain. I think it was $15-20/retail at the paint store.

While it is certainly true that expert faux finishing can be spectacular, there is nothing worse than bad faux finishing. I have seen some spectacular faux marble work. The good news is it is just paint so you are not out tons of money and can cover over your mistakes.

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Old 07-27-2012, 12:27 AM   #6
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You can try to DIY with dry brushing several stains/glazes in between coats of sealer. But this sounds like a job for a professional finisher if you want it to truly look like wood.


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