Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A little Peek

Here is a little sneak peek of something I am working on.  I am refinishing a desk for a client.   She requested the desk to be a viridian green to go with another piece she has in her home.  This was no easy feat!  Matching something to something else I have never seen is not easy at all.  BUT... I think I managed to do it!

Here is the desk before.
(great shape ... ok colour)

The viridian green was too flat and uninteresting by itself.  It needed texture.
Here is a door that was painted just the green.  The rest of the desk had been done already
(click on pictures to enlarge)

I used the most interesting tool.  I LOVED working with this wood grainer. This little handheld thingamagigger just puts the wow into any flat wooden piece.

After it's all painted and dried, mix up a glaze and paint it on.

I wiped down the glaze and then pulled it with a dry brush.

The wood graining tool comes with 2 edges that you run across the surface to put the fine grain in first.

and then comes the fun part... just look at this grain!? The wood graining tool comes in a half moon shape.  To get the desired grain, you simply rock the tool back and forth while dragging it down the surface.  If you don't like it, paint on some more glaze and drag it again.
a sneek peek !
( looks like a different colour in different lighting)

more to come ....  soon !


  1. It's looking gorgeous, Lisa!!! That grain gets me so excited... I think we are kindred souls!

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I love that green and the glaze looks awesome! Do you mind sharing the color of the paint? Thanks! Can't wait to see the finished product!


  3. Hi Shellagh
    Thanks for your comment! The colour of the paint was one that my client chose. It is Behr 490D-6 - Thermal Spring. A great colour and even nicer with the glazing.

  4. Looks marvelous...and that color *swoon*! This is my first time on your blog and it's just dandy :o) I think I'll follow along...

  5. Nice job! That piece looked like a big one and I know those take a lot of work. I like the color.

  6. First, I LOVE your blog! I found you thanks to Pinterest! My question is, can you use the wood grain tool on metal? I would love to make a metal filing cabinet look like wood. Thanks!

  7. Great look! Going to save your page and also share it with some friends....they will love it too. Thanks for taking time to share this tut with us.

  8. Where can I get this wood graining tool?


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