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Textured Wood Finishes

Simulate a worn or weathered finish that can be adapted to your choice of stain colors for a custom look.

Two tables with textured wood finishes

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Before beginning this finish on a dowel table like the one shown, please consult the table project instructions for the stage when you should apply a finish. When purchasing wood conditioner and stain, avoid mixing oil-based and water-based products. If you use an oil-based stain, for example, you’ll need to apply an oil-based wood conditioner.

Add the Wood Texture

Step 1

Wire brush on a wood surface

Install a coarse wire brush on an electric drill, and clamp a pine round to a work surface. While wearing eye, ear, and breathing protection, align the rotation of the brush with the wood grain, and brush the top and edges of the pine round in the direction of the grain. Work carefully over the rounded edges as the grain direction changes. Continue brushing until you can feel the firm grain lines of the wood emerge as the soft wood is removed.

Good to Know

Avoid brushing at a diagonal or at right angles to the wood grain.

Step 2

Vacuum off the dust and brush away any loose pieces. Repeat for the second pine round.

Step 3

Apply wood conditioner to the pine rounds according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Now you can apply one of the finishes listed below.

Weathered Wood Finish

Step 1

Brush the pine rounds with a coat of Driftwood stain and let dry. (If you’re building a dowel table, mask 1/4 inch on the ends of each dowel and stain them along with the pine round.)

Step 2

Sand the stained round just enough to expose portions of bare wood on the high points of the surface. Vacuum and wipe clean. Repeat for the second pine round.

Step 3

Faux weathered wood surface

Brush on light amounts of Dark Walnut stain in a random pattern on the wood surface and wipe it off immediately. This will highlight some of the texture remaining on the wood. (Also, apply a light coat to the dowels and wipe off immediately.)

Step 4

Repeat the previous step, this time using ebony stain. Repeat for the second pine round or other project parts. After the stain dries, remove the masking tape from the dowels and resume assembling the project.

Apply a Stain Over Texture

Step 1

On the textured and conditioned pine rounds, apply a coat of water-based tinted stain (Mustard shown) and let dry. (If you’re building a dowel table, mask 1/4 inch on the end of each dowel and stain the dowels; let dry.)

Step 2

Sand the pine rounds just enough to expose bare wood on the high points of the textured surfaces. Vacuum and wipe the surfaces clean.

Step 3

Yellow stained and textured wood finish

Spray two coats of water-based Polycrylic finish over the pine rounds and let dry.

Step 4

Mix equal amounts of an off-white paint (Homestead Resort Jefferson White shown) and water. Lightly whitewash the dowels with this mix, wipe off any excess, and let dry.

Step 5

You can vary the mix of water and white paint to achieve different effects.

Step 6

Resume assembling the project.