Friday Finds: Faux Bois

Faux Bois table

Faux Bois is french for “fake wood,” as it looks like wood but it’s not.  Replicating the faux bois look appears to be easy, fun and fairly inexpensive.

These photos are showing a painted base, then one or two (I can’t remember what the Old Masters rep said, I’ll find out) layers of stain that has dried.  Also, shown is the graining tool.  Apply the wiping stain and gently rock the graining tool back and forth as you pull it across the surface. The third photo shows two different wood grains. Can you see the right side has more knots than the left side of the sample? The rep very gently dried brushed the finished product to blur the sharp edges.

With practice, and help from knowledgeable co-workers,  I think this is a look I can achieve and be happy with the outcome. Hirshfield’s has the paint experts, graining tools, paint, stain and white cardboard stock to practice on before the real deal.

What do you think of the look? Interesting or not really?

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3 Responses
  1. Marsha

    I was on the Old Masters site and found an on-line overview of the woodgraining process recommended by Old Masters. Voila!

    I so want to try this, but I need a plan, as my husband harbors bad feelings towards me and furniture I bring home. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

    If anyone tries the woodgraining send me photos.


  2. Faiaz

    Well I might be a little late but it seems like Marsha already has a graining tool, so can I get one IF still available… I’m only a couple of years late 🙂

    P.S. Thank you for being the first page to show me that this even exists… can’t wait to make over my bedroom.

    1. Marsha

      Better late than never is my motto. Too funny! Its all yours. The wood grain design is showing up on all sorts of decorating accessories.
      Remember to share your “before and afters.”

      Email your address to: mrh@hirshfields.com and I’ll send it out. Thanks for your comment.

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