With this simple technique you can create a DIY Plank look without actually using planks. It’s a budget friendly alternative and can help you achieve the look you always dreamed of!
I have to start this post off with an apology. I think I got more requests for this tutorial than I have any other tutorial and I totally dropped the ball. Life got busy, I had blogging obligations, and this post along with my fake wall kind of fell through the cracks! But here I am to finally share with you this tutorial! Then I will share the fake wall ; )
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Piece of wood to plank (at least 1/2″ thick)
Kreg Kreg Rip Cut
How to Fake a DIY Plank Look
I used this process on my Ikea Rast Dresser that I turned into a nightstand.
*You may want to test this on a scrap piece to make sure you’ve got it down before cutting into a piece of furniture!
The first thing you will want to do is determine how wide you want your planks to appear. Since I was using this on a dresser I divided the height by 3 to determine an even spacing to have it appear as though it was 3 separate planks. If you are doing this on a larger surface area, you would just need to adjust accordingly.
Then you need to attach your Kreg Rip Cut to your circular saw and set the depth of the blade to only cut into the wood about 1/8″ – 1/4″ depending on the thickness of your wood. The awesome thing about the Rip Cut is that you set where you want your cut and it’s good to go. If you’ve never used one before it comes with instructions so all this will make sense ; ) In the picture below I already made the cut, but I sat the saw back on the drawer so you can see how it all looks.
Once I had my lines cut, I needed to fill the holes with wood filler for the hardware since I was adding my own and the current holes didn’t line up where I needed them to be. You may not need to do this step, but be sure you do it before you paint or sand for the best finished product! Once your wood filler is dry then you sand everything down so the wood filler is level with your wood. Wipe everything down with a damp cloth to remove any sawdust and then it’s time to paint!
I painted my nightstands with Sherwin William’s Urban Bronze. The trick here is that I sealed it with Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax. Then after I rubbed it on I took a small brush and brushed it into the cracks to give it a little more depth to make it look like it was actually planked and not just cut. : )
Then I drilled my holes for the new hardware and that’s it. It really didn’t take long at all and it greatly improved the look of this simple little dresser!
I hope you can find a fun way to fake this DIY Plank look .
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