How to create a faux reclaimed wood look on a solid painted wood table top using just a circular saw and paint.
But, it was looking very vanilla along with the beige sofas and beige carpet in our living room. I lurv me some neutrals, but even THAT neutral I can’t deal with. She needed some personality. And I wanted a reclaimed planked wood top, but nailing wood planks on top would have made the toy storage capability completely useless.
And I couldn’t strip the trunk down to bare wood because it is made of veneered MDF.
Thanks to my good ol’ buddy Pinterest, I stumbled upon two wonderful tutorials that set me on the path the achieve the look I wanted without having to buy a single piece of wood.
Here are the two I used:
DIY Faux Planked Desk by Maison de Pax
Then chalk lined where I wanted to make my cuts.
Using a circular saw set at 1/8 of an inch deep, my super sweet hubby cut the lines on the top and sides. (One of these days I’m hoping he’ll trust me with power tools, but for now since he still takes on my odd carpentry jobs without complaints, I’ll take it.)
To give the cut lines more definition and to make them look more aged, I worked Annie Sloan Dark Wax into the grooves and wiped away the excess.
To provide a nice base for the grain, I painted on a base coat. After the base was dry, I used a mixture of glaze and a slightly darker paint to brush a light coat on top, leaving some of the base coat showing.
Once the darker paint glaze is dry, brush on a light glaze randomly on top of the grain.
The gel stain has almost a pudding-like texture, so it’s really easy to work with and doesn’t drip easily. I just swiped it on one plank at a time, wiped it up with a rag, and that was it.
Can you tell the difference? It’s subtle but richer.
Make sure to stain the sides too. (See that sneaky peek of the trunk color? I’m super excited about it, but you’ll see that later.)
There ya go. A faux reclaimed wood table top. There were a lot of steps, I’ll admit, but the end result was well worth it.