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Faux Bois.

Faux bois literally means "false wood" or "fake wood." The finish simulates the texture and grain of wood and can be achieved over previously painted surfaces. Faux bois can also be used to enhance the appearance of less expensive building materials.

The mantle shown in this image was initially painted with a creamy, off-white color. In order to create the appearance of wood grain, several layers of stain were carefully brushed in specific directions. A more natural look is created by changing the direction of the grain according to how the piece is constructed. It is possible to achieve nearly any color or grain of wood on just about any surface. Typical surfaces include mantles, moldings, cabinets, islands, and various pieces furniture.

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