Did you know you can fake the look of mahogany wood using paint? Mahogany has a rich and expensive feel that perhaps your modern, mass-made pine furniture simply doesn’t. The beauty with Chalk Paint® is you can give your generic furniture a completely makeover – and we don’t just mean by concealing the underlying wood, but by transforming the look of the wood itself too!
Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll discover how creating a stain with Chalk Paint® can reduce the amount of yellow in pine and create a rich, dark brown colour. Just like mahogany.
Step by step guide to creating a mahogany wood finish with paint
- Check the wood you are painting for any wax or varnish. If you do find it has been waxed or varnished, you can remove this by sanding it down with coarse sandpaper. What you want to do is get to the wood underneath so that the paint you apply sticks to this and not to the varnish on top.
- Mix together Napoleonic Blue and Burgundy in a bowl or paint tray until you reach an aubergine colour. Tip: the more yellow the wood is, the more purple you want your stain to be!
- Load a large Chalk Paint® Brush with your paint mix and start painting. If the paint feels a bit hard to put on, you can dilute it with a little water.
- Wipe over the paint with a cloth while the paint is still wet. Keep going, wetting your cloth with water as you go. You might have to change your cloth a few times. You really want to rub the paint into the grain of the wood.
- Go over the surface one last time with a dry rag, taking off any remaining excess and drying the paint as you go.
- Once the paint is dry, you’re ready to move onto waxing in Part 2 of this tutorial.
Now you know how to use paint to create the effect of mahogany wood, you know that Chalk Paint® can be used as a stain, not just a traditional furniture paint. Staining allows you to alter the colour of your furniture while still maintaining the appearance and qualities of the wood itself. You’re not hiding the wood – just enhancing it! Skip forward to Part 2 of this guide to understand how to deepen the colour of your stain and also seal the finish to protect it for years to come.