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Faux Bois - Wood Graining technique

You can use faux bois - or wood graining - to apply a decorative effect to a feature wall in any room. It's easier and far more affordable than wallpaper and you get to choose the colours that you would like to use to match your room decor.



Stepladder or extension pole
Paint tray, brush and paint roller
Wet cloth
Masking tape
Wood grain rocker - available at
Scumble glaze
Angled paintbrush
Prominent Paints UltraMatt - base coat (cream)*
Prominent Paints UltraSheen - top coat (caramel)*

*Your Prominent Paints dealer or Decorating Centre will be able to offer advise on suitable colours for this project.






It is best to start at a corner of the wall that is the focal point when entering the room.

1. Paint the wall in your choice of base coat. For this project we used Prominent Paints UltraMatt - cream. Let this dry overnight before applying the faux bois or wood graining technique.

2. Mix 5 parts of glaze to one part of Prominent Paints UltraSheen - caramel and then mix this mixture with 1 part water.

3. Cut the wall edges from ceiling to trim with the glaze mixture with the angled paint brush and then cut around the ceiling, above skirtings and around doors and windows. Do this to a width that is double that of the rocker.

4. Roll the wall with the glaze mixture, again to a width that is double that of the rocker. Using the rocker tool in the first width, start from the ceiling using one edge of the rocker by pressing firmly to bring the rocker straight down the wall to the top of the trim. Don’t worry if you break the continuity - it will look more like planks of wood.

5. For the next width, slide the rocker up and down to create the grain effect as you slide from the top to the bottom of the wall.

6. Continue as above for the rest of the wall, bearing in mind that these two widths create a section. Work on one wet section at a time. This process will ensure the paint surface is continually wet allowing the Faux Bois tool to work its magic!

7. Upon reaching the end of the wall,  work the width closest to the wall first and then the interior width last ensuring you overlap the previous section. Let the wall dry overnight.

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