One of our NYC designers had a client from Nantucket who wanted a blue faux oak wood graining.
Here is the finished product. Looks like oak, right? The fact that they wanted blue gave me a license for a little creativity when it came to some of the graining, but it is important that it still look realistic and classy.
We did the base coating ourselves. We sprayed 2 coats of the blue oil paint to all areas.
First, our plan was to complete all of the panels. The wide panels had to be divided into sections just as it would have been if it was real oak.
After the panels, the mantle was next.
And then the stiles. After that long day, we waited for all to dry.
The next morning, we repeated the process by completing the alternate panels and rails.
Tools of the trade for the first step. (more on oak graining tools)
On the last piece for the first coat
So far, we’re spot on with the approved sample.
The next day, we begin with the second layer: the overglaze.
Our friend, student, and Nantucket native, Evita Caune (Riptide Finishes, Inc) was a big help since we did the overglazing of the entire area in one day.
Finished panels. Notice how I divided the 2 long panels to include 5 “wood” boards. Always try to pick an odd number within a panel.
This is an example of a “fantasy” grain. I took some liberties on this particular project because of the non-traditional blue color.
Finished project once again.
This was a great project. I had a fun crew, great laughs, and completed this entire project in record time: 4 days! That includes the varnishing, too. Thanks Nantucket – next time, it would be nicer to visit on a warmer month than February!