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March 4, 2020

Transform (Pretty Much) Anything with this Faux Wood DIY

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This DIY was one that I did over a year ago now but I realized that I never shared the method I came up with on here! I wouldn’t be surprised if I do this again in any of our future homes. It worked like magic and I really love the way it came out. It’s hard to believe that it’s the same mirror that’s in the ‘before’ shot!

This tutorial can be used on pretty much any item you want to transform. Furniture is probably the most likely! I was definitely thinking out of the box here with this metal frame but it worked like a charm.

Before

Modern Farmhouse

After

DIY Mirror
DIY Mirror

What You’ll Need

  • Chalk paint – to achieve this look I used my DIY recipe you can find HERE with just some gray paint that I had on hand. You can use whatever color you want as your “base” though!
  • White or linen colored chalk paint – I used Fushion Mineral Raw Silk
  • Fushion Minerals Espresso Wax
  • Paint brush
  • Wax brush – this isn’t 100% necessary but I preferred using mine while doing this.
  • Paper towels

What To Do

  • Always clean the surface you’ll be painting first!
  • Add a coat of the chalk paint onto whatever you want to give a weathered wood look to. Let it dry completely before adding a second coat.
  • Once that coat is dry, use your white paint to create a “wood look” by dry brushing strokes in the direction of a “wood grain”. To dry brush – add a small bit of paint onto a dry paint brush then dab off the excess paint onto a paper towel. There should be barely any on the brush when you apply it to the surface you’re painting. Add as much wood grain look as you like!
  • Once the white completely dries, apply the espresso wax onto the surface. Let it rest on there for about 5 minutes before buffing it out. If you have no clue how to apply wax, no worries! There’s a tutorial on how to do it HERE.
  • That’s it! Wasn’t that simple?! The chalk paint dries quickly so the entire project took me only about an hour to complete.

I can’t wait to see what pieces you transform! Make sure to tag me in your photos and let me know if you have any questions!

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