So you’re remodeling your home’s architectural decor, and you’ve just received a shipment of crown molding. But its white! Don’t worry, polyurethane moldings are easy to faux finish. You can achieve the look of any kind of wood from Cherry to Oak.
Let our three step process guide you:
- Apply the first coat fairly thin. You want to just color the molding at this point. Spraying this first coat will give you the most even results, but you should still drag your paint brush through the wet stain. Don’t make this perfect. Wood grain moves all over and is pretty random. This will be the lightest color your finish will be, it will only get darker form here. Let this coat dry completely before applying the second coat.
- Apply the second coat with either a brush or spray it on. This coat needs to go on thicker than the first. We’ll be taking some of this back off with our brush strokes, but we want the stain to pool in the recessed areas of the molding to give the molding depth. If your using this technique on a molding such as the AB108, the randomness of your brush strokes are going to be the highlight of your finish. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Nature isn’t perfect so if you have imperfections it can give it a more natural look. Allow this coat to completely dry before proceeding.
- After the second coat is dry we recommend you clear coat your finish. Stains are not very durable by themselves. A good polyurethane clear in a gloss of you choice is your best option.