We're desperate to pay for this remodel but not that desperate.
I got a small board to try some paint stripper but still ended up doing a whole lot of sanding too. It looked beautiful with dark stain but the only problem was it would take FOREVER to do ALL the boards! Not to mention dust everywhere! But is that the price you pay for beautiful crown molding?
This was really weird....I went into Sherwin Williams and asked what all I needed to do this wood graining technique. The guy there showed me a tool but said I'd need a whole lot of practice with it because it's difficult to master. And, as long as I was practicing, he said, "You could practice with this returned gallon of paint....I'll sell it to you for ten bucks". He hands me this gallon of dark brown paint and I thought great, that just might work! (Turns out it was the perfect color and finish to match with the beams!!!)
So, I went home and practiced and I thought for my first try, it was pretty darn good! I didn't even have to use the tool the Sherwin Williams guy sold me.....I just used paint brushes. I got a whole piece of crown molding and it seriously took me about 5 minutes to get a nice looking wood grain look.
So, here's the crown molding the way we bought it......
Now, I beg the question.....FAUX.......OR NO????
Can you tell which one is the real wood or the painted one? Okay, you probably can. But, now that it is going up on the ceiling, you really can't tell from 12 feet down.
These two below are also painted......