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How can I paint walls to look like wood?

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oopslateagain Tue 25-Sep-12 20:53:22

I've promised DD she can paint her new bedroom any colour she wants (we're moving soon and 'her' room is currently hideously pink!).

She wants Tardis blue (she's just a tiny bit mad on Doctor Who grin). Is it possible to paint woodgrain on somehow? I've done it on a cupboard door before, 'dragging' a dry paintbrush over wet paint, but that was on tiny panels and wouldn't work on a whole wall.

Devora Tue 25-Sep-12 21:55:34

I have no idea! But back in the 80s when paint effects were all the rage [shudders at the memory] you could buy rollers that gave particular finishes. Might be worth a search to see if you can find a specialist supplier?

Devora Tue 25-Sep-12 21:57:26

Not sure this would work for a whole wall...

RubyrooUK Tue 25-Sep-12 22:08:02

What about his kind of thing instead? Might be easier than trying to paint a woodgrain effect. Sorry I can't make the link work on my phone as on the train.....

jicky Tue 25-Sep-12 22:37:47

My mum had a weird plastic thing - a half circle plastic bit with a wood grain pattern on attached to a pivot. You rocked and dragged it down the paint. It did sort of do plank effects - no one would believe they were real but it was to do a beach hut effect and kind of worked.

PigletJohn Wed 26-Sep-12 07:49:30

You might be able to find a blown vinyl wallpaper with a raised woodgrain effect.

The graining effect brushes are for colour not texure

If you're moving soon the next people might not like a thick paint with ridges

minipie Wed 26-Sep-12 13:06:36

If she wants a Tardis effect, how about trying to create a panelling effect (like the tardis has) instead of woodgrain. You would basically need to draw rectangles on the wall (using a slightly lighter blue and a ruler and fine brush) after painting. Easier than woodgrain I would think, though needs a steady hand.

fussychica Wed 26-Sep-12 13:17:31

Ronseal Paint & Grain - used this to create a pirate cabin many years ago and it's still on the market and comes in various wood colours.

oopslateagain Wed 26-Sep-12 15:03:06

Rubyroo that is amazing! grin

minipie that's a good idea, far easier that trying to woodgrain a whole wall.

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