I’ve been working on a few DIY projects and yesterday, while painting wood for a project, I wondered if you all know how easy it is to create a color washed effect on wood.  This is so simple that I almost didn’t share it here but if you haven’t ever color washed wood, I don’t want you to miss out on this easy paint technique.

how to create a color washed effect on wood

Using craft paint or any water based paint and a thick paint brush or a foam brush, brush dabs of paint onto the wood.

color washed effect on wood

Wet the brush well and go over the paint dabs and the wood, wetting the brush as needed until the board is covered.  You can alter how dark or light the paint is by the amount of water you use.  If the paint gets too watered down, just add more dabs of paint and continue with the technique.  Apply as much or as little water as you need to get the washed effect you want.

washing paint on wood

You can also wipe the board down with a paper towel to get rid of excess water and paint and remove any bubbles.

color wash on wood

Let the wood dry and cover with a protective coating, if desired.  It’s a super simple paint technique but I love the final washed look and the way the grain continues to show.

color washed wood

Have you ever tried a color washed effect?