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I first used this about 10 years ago when we were looking to refurbish our kitchen units on the cheap. A predecessor had painted the cupboard doors sunshine yellow and we had become thoroughly sick of them.
I was intrigued by the product and it seemed a good way of getting a wood finish without having to replace the doors which were otherwise in good condition.
The product comes in a range of wood colours and we chose a medium oak colour. The boxed kit contains two tins of paint plus two tools of which more later.
After thoroughly cleaning and preparing the surfaces for painting, you apply the base coat - depending on the colour you require, you may need two coats, allowing plenty of time for each coat to dry. This base coat goes on quite thick and we found it gave good coverage, so we only used the one coat.
When the base coat which is a lighter colour is dry, you apply the much thinner and much darker top coat and run one of the two 'combs' through the paint before it dries to give the finished product the grain effect you require. It will pay you to practise a little first on some spare wood, but before long you will get the hang of it.
When the job was complete, we had certainly changed the look of the kitchen, but it didn't quite look right. It seemed quite dark, but we got used to it. To me, it never looked quite authentic although the neighbours were complimentary in their comments. I think it had something to do with the fact that it was a large expanse of painted surface. It may also have had something to do with my unpractised hand.
With the leftover paint, I decided to try a metal window frame. We had had double glazing installed in the main house but had not gone to the expense of getting the porch window included in the deal as the eventual plan was to knock it down and replace with a conservatory.
With narrower surfaces, the effect did look more authentic and I was quite pleased with the outcome.
We never did use the product in any other location and now we would always opt for a proper wood finish.
If you decide to try it, I would suggest that you carefully follow all the instructions and have a bit of a practice before you start on your chosen project.
after stripping our hall back to natural wood we wanted wooden doors to match but couldnt afford to change all of our interior doors so I brought a box of this from B&Q. In the box you get two tins, a base coat and a grain coat along with two rubber tools for making the grain imprint.
This is realy simple to use, you paint your door with the base coat untill you have an even coverage, my doors took two coats but when I decided to turn my black ash furniture to beach I needed 3 coats.
Leave this to dry out for a good few hours before applying the grain coat, once you have applied the grain coat you need to run the graining tools around to make the desired pattern, dont worry if it doesnt look right first go all you need to do is run your brush over it and start again, it will look lovely in the end.
To get a wood grain effect I found it best to put streaks into it with the one tool then run the grain tool down after, keep blotting your tools on a piece of material inbetween each stroke to get an even look.
Once this has dryed you will need to varnish it with a clear varnish to stop it chipping and to make it wipeable.
Mine are 2 years old now and still look great.
We moved to our flat over a year ago now, and even though the decorating was ok to live in for a while, it was pretty plain and not really to our taste. So we decided to start with the kitchen. We found this beautiful light terracotta paint and once applied on the walls, it changed my kitchen completely, and made it look really cottage-like? except that the white glossed skirting boards looked a bit too out of place. We went to B&Q and looked at the paint effects, and that?s when we found Ronseal?s paint and grain. Inside the box are four items: - the base coat, - the grain coat - a comb - a graining tool At £14.98 for the kit, you can?t go wrong. And as it?s paint, the worst that can happen is that you?ll have to paint over it! The product comes in different colours too: - Blue, ivory, beech, jade, spring green, pacific blue, limed maple, limed oak, antique pine, pine, deep mahogany, rustic oak. You can use the paint and grain on most interior surfaces. The job is done in 4 easy steps. This is how it works: - 1st step: apply the base coat to your chosen surface. Don?t worry if the colour doesn?t look like you expect it too, this is only the first step, and you won?t really see the results until the end!! - 2nd step: once the base coat is dry, apply the graincoat like you would apply normal paint; - 3rd step: Do not leave to dry this time. With the comb, brush the graincoat to create a line effect. From top to bottom for doors, and from side to side for skirting boards. - 4th step: this is the step you would need to practise on first, but don?t worry. It?s quite easy once you get the hang of it. The idea is to create knot effects on the work. While it?s still wet, with the graining tool, go over the lines you created in step 3. Follo
w the same directions(top to bottom of side to side) and while holding the tool vertically to the surface, d rag it down slowly, while making you hand move in a ?wave? motion (up and down) once in a while, creating ?patches? with the graincoat. This is pretty amazing as it is the moment when you can really see what this is all about. Believe me it looks really good for a wood-looking paint!! My last bit of advice would be to varnish over the whole thing once it?s all dry, to protect the surfaces from chips and toddlers!! One box covers up a big surface: 4 standard interior doors on both sides with 2 base coats, or 40 standard sized kitchen unit doors on one side. So good luck, have fun, and don?t get too addicted. So far we?ve done all our skirts, the banister of the staircase, all our door frames and we have now started on our kitchen unit doors too!!
Until recently I worked in a DIY store, where the order of the day was usually mockery of people who bought things aimed at ambitious Changing Rooms type projects with the obvious intent of comitting paint crimes on innocent pieces of furniture. However I have seen the light thanks to a chance encounter with a box of Ronseal Paint and Grain. When I moved into my new house it didnt have much furniture and being a poor student I couldnt really afford to buy any and so I gratefully accepted donations from friends and family. Some of these however were more than a little dodgy! My friend gave me a bookshelf, table and chairs that were sturdy enough but she appeared to have had her own Changing Rooms moment on as they were wood washed pale blue and frankly hideous. After some deliberation, I bought a box of Paint and Grain to sort the problem out. Despite having worked in a DIY shop, my skills in that department dont stretch much further that sticking things together with No More Nails, as anyone who has ever shopped in a DIY shop will vouch - the staff are generally useless! With my limited painting talents I was very doubtful indeed that my finished piece would be the beautiful limed oak effect that the box displayed. Paint and Grain is a paint effect kit, which comes in a variety of shades and can be used to cover up lots of different types of surfaces including wood and melamine. The most popular shades are Limed Oak (the colour I chose, which is a pale golden finish) and Honey. The extensive research that led me to this conclusion was gained by counting the ones I used to have to fill up most often at the shop as the most popular! The idea is very simple. In the box you get two tins of paint a comb and a graining tool. You apply the basecoat, allow it to dry, apply the grain coat and comb it through the texture it with the graining tool. Suprisingly enough, it is really that simple. The base coat
is just like thick emulsion paint. It applies easily and dries quickly and has very little odour. My advise here would be to use plenty of base coat and on a dark surface apply 3 coats. If it is not properly covered the final effect doesn?t work very well. The original colour of the piece will affect the colour your base coat goes as well, for example a white piece will look much browner when it dries. After leaving the base coat to dry thoroughly (this takes at least 4 hours, longer if you have applied lots of coats) you apply the grain coat. This is very runny so be careful with it unless you fancy a Paint and Grained carpet. It does splash quite a lot when you are trying to apply it as well. You dont need to be neat with your brush strokes on this step, which is good because the quicker you can apply it the better. Again it is virtually odourless and if you do happen to spill any as long as you wipe it straight away it doesnt stain. It also washes of skin very easily with soap and water. The next step is where the fun starts and where the tantrums do too (well they do if you are me!) This is where you get to use your tools. The tools are a bit of a let down really, they are just bits of thick rubber, one shaped like a comb and one which you curl round and it has groove. First you comb the wet grain coat to leave tracks running through it, then you work over it with the graining tool. This takes a lot of practice to get the motion right because you have to rock the tool as you continuously move it along. Dont start on your actual piece of furniture until you have had a practice because it will go wrong at first. I found just as I was about to call it a day, I got the hang of it. Once you can do it, its really easy and quite impressive too (if you are easily impressed like me that is.) The look is defiantly better once the piece has dried completely so dont panic too much if you don?t like it straight away. You can get it to l
ook like actual wood graining with a bit of practice. The problem is, its addictive. After I painted the bookcase and table and chairs, I couldnt stop myself and I also painted 3 doors a windowsill and a coffee table. Luckily then the paint ran out or my guinea pigs may well have found themselves living in a limed oak cage! I dont know what limed oak looks like but the effect with the paint is similar in colour to pear wood - very nice if you are into the Scandinavian look, but theres bound to be one that suits your décor. Normally I dont tend to bother with instructions - I know its naughty but I like to live dangerously, however with this product you need to read through the instructions carefully before you start then refer to them as you go along. Table tops are the easiest thing to do because there is a large flat surface without the over ambitious size of doors, whilst fiddly things like banisters and spindles are far too tricky for the man on the street and should strictly be left to Laurence Llewlyn- Bowen! Paint and Grain is available in all DIY stores and costs around £15, which considering you can transform most of the furniture in your house with one can, is pretty good value. Right, Im off to find Carol Smilie to see if she wants to offer me a job on the next series!
I was looking for something a little bit different for my dining room paintwork. I decided to try Ronseal Paint And Grain. The box contains a good instruction leaflet,a tin of basecoat,a tin of graincoat and two plastic graining tools. I chose the colour Jade for something a bit unusual for a change. You start off by wiping surfaces clean with white spirits,then lightly rub down with sandpaper to provide a key and your off.Apply the base paint leave to dry for about four hours then recoat and leave to dry again. Now here comes the fun part !!! You are advised to practise the next technique,as believe me I did not find this part easy. You will need good natural lighting(as the Graincoat is quite pale)to enable you to see what graining effect you are achieving. Two coffees are needed to pluck up the courage for the next stage,you know, the feeling you get of not wanting to create an expensive mistake !!! Paint on the Graincoat ,while still wet you run cross wise with the soft plastic combs provided,creating a grain look effect. I did not find this that easy,reason being the colours are pale so it is difficult to see the effects while the paint is still wet. It does show up well when dry. Result I was really impressed.I had an unusual look to my paintwork and family have said how good it looks too. The paint itself has low odour,so I didnt end up breathing in the strong smell like other paints you buy.Which often result in a headache. Inside the box is a note from the manufactuers,saying that if you need an extra tin of either the graincoat or basecoat,just telephone them and they will deliver a new tin to your home,quite handy this. I probably wont attempt this project again,I did find it a bit fiddle to do.
I had some cupboards in my kitchen which were made of wood,but the texture was pretty dull and dark,giving the kitchen a rather dated look. I used Ronseal paint and grain,whereby you put on a base coat,in this case two basecoats.Then you painted on the topcoat and whilst still wet used this small contraption which you use to gived a drained loo.Very effective too,and quite aesy,certainly easier than the instructions. Be careful though,because if you are doing it on a dark surface, two basecoats may not be enough.In my example,the wood surface could still be seen.In fact to make matters worse,I've now varnished the top coat,sealing it in! I will try to sandpaper it down, to give a grip,and then put on another basecoat to give a better coverage.In hindsight I should have bought another tin of paint and grain to allow for the dark colour of my original units,but there you go,could have been worse!