This post could also be called Even Cheap, Crappy Quality Spray Paint Can Be Beautiful. It technically isn’t faux bois since it’s real wood grain… but I don’t even know how I’d go about trying to create this on purpose.
With faux bois being so popular, I was delighted when this happened by total accident.
I am working on several Halloween projects. In the process, I stumbled onto a really cool paint technique, and I have NO idea why it’s working or even if I can duplicate it, but I definitely wanted to show you guys, because I think it’s So. Dang. Cool. For one of the projects I’ve been working on (which you’ll see in a day or two) I needed to do a base coat of silver on a piece of plywood and then a top coat of black.
I didn’t prime the plywood, but I used a high quality silver spray paint (Krylon Metallic Silver spray paint) and I sprayed on a nice, even layer.
Even though it was nice and even coverage, you could still see the wood grain because I hadn’t sanded it first. It was rather rough, but that was OK for my purposes.
I used super-duper-cheap-as-can-be black spray paint over the top.
The cheap black paint seemed to be absorbed immediately into parts of the wood grain. I am convinced that is the cheap (and I’m assuming, watery) paint that is the cause of this, because I tried this with a high quality black spray paint and that one covered beautifully. Cheap paint must just soak into the wood.