How to Paint Wood Texture With Acrylics in 7 Easy Steps

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Do you wish to know how to paint wood texture with acrylics?

Painting is fun! And it is even more exciting to know that you do not need to know a lot about painting to do some minor indoors and home painting.

Now, painting with acrylics can be fun and stress-free, yet it is very versatile meaning that you can use it in various ways and apply it in different styles.

However, take note that there are a few steps to take in this process, and you need to follow them step by step without skipping anyone for you to achieve perfection at the end of it.

For you to achieve perfection with your painting, you need the right equipment and the correct technique to go about it, but don’t worry about that. This article will guide you through the process of painting wood texture with acrylics.

How to Paint Wood Texture With Acrylics

How to Paint Wood Texture With Acrylics
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Below is a step-by-step process of painting wood texture with acrylics.

Cover your work area

So let’s get started. You should begin by covering the area you want to work to protect it from the stain of the paint by simply using a large piece of cloth or paper. It is advisable that you do this painting outdoors and to protect yourself; you should put on a work apron.

It is also vital that you take off all the hardware on the cabinet such as screws, bolts, handles, hinges, and knobs. And if there is any part of the wood that you do not want to paint, you can use a painter’s tape to cover it.

Prepare the Surface

Before you start any painting at all, you must first make sure that the surface you are painting on is well prepared.

And that is where sanding comes in. By starting a sanding block, you should smoothen the surface of the wood properly to remove any rough or protruded edges. After using the sanding block, you should now use sandpaper.

The type of sandpaper you should use will depend on the smoothness of the surface after the use of the sanding block.

You are definitely going to be left with a surface full of dust and grime, as a result of the earlier sanding and the use of the sandpaper.

Use a soft piece of cloth soaked with warm soapy water to clean up the surface. After this, go on and now use clean water to mop up the surface and then leave it for a little while to allow it to dry off completely.

Start with a small surface

Your wood texture is now set for painting, and you should start with the small surface first. It is recommended that you use brown color acrylic paint and have them in different shades of light, medium, and dark.

Ideally, you are to start with the base of the painting, and you should use the medium shade for that. After this, go on and choose a darker shade and 2-4 lighter shades which would be used for the highlights and shadow.

Depending on the type of surface you are working on, you should use a coat on acrylic primer on the surface and then allow it dry.

Be sure to have chosen a suitable acrylic primer for your wood texture. It is also recommended that you use a wide and flat paintbrush to apply the paint.

Make sure you carry out this process outdoors if you make use of a spray-on primer and do so in a sweeping pattern; as if you re sweeping the floor with a broom.

The primer must be dry before you carry on with the next step, and it does not necessarily take too long for it to get dry. Some 15-20 minutes will be enough for any primer to dry.

Use a flat and wide paintbrush

For the next round of painting, make use of a flat and wide paintbrush. Apply the medium brown shade paint on the entire surface of the wood.

Be sure that the painting covers the whole surface of the wood and don’t leave any part of it uncovered and you should leave the paint to dry correctly. If there are any crevices, holes, or cracks in the wood, you can use a small paintbrush to paint that part.

You have applied the lighter shade, the medium shade and now, you can go on and paint with the darkest shade of your acrylic paint; but this time by using a dry paintbrush. You should have this particular shade of paint in excess, say in a large tray.

Maintain a particular pattern

Using the flat, wide paintbrush, dip it into the tray of paint but do not dip it in too much to avoid any excess paint. Now, apply the paint across the surface of the wood in a straight line manner.

Whatever pattern you start with, whether from top to bottom of bottom to top, continue that way, just so your painting does not look rough and messy.

You must go over the entire surface of the wood to allow the painting to spread across evenly and it is best to use a brush whose bristles are coarse.

That’s how the beauty of the painting comes out. Once again, for those edges, holes, and crevices in the wood use the small paintbrush to reach there.

Let the paint dry properly

Allow the paint to thoroughly dry before you begin your final painting procedure, which is layering the other colors. Starting with the darker shade and working up to the lighter ones, use a clean and fresh brush for each shade.

Make sure you do not over-do this, just one coat of the colors will do, and it is expected to dry off in the nearest 15 minutes.

Finally, for details like the grain lines and knot holes use comma-like stroke to reach the knot holes properly with the inky paint and use the same inky paint to draw over the grain lines lightly.

Finish off professionally

To finish off, allow the paint dry on the wood completely. The time it takes would depend on the type of acrylic paint you used.

Take note of the time recommended by the paint manufacturer and follow accordingly. You should seal up the surface of the wood with varnish which will serve as extra protection for the wood.

Let the wood vanish dry off completely and replace all the hardware you had taken off the wood earlier before you started painting.

At the end of this, your wood will look refreshed and once again ready to use – and you will be proud of yourself to have done this.

Now, if you have any question on how to paint wood texture with acrylics, kindly let us know in the comment section below.

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