Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Painting Beadboard To Look Like Wood

I have been working on a lanai ceiling.  The ceiling is vinyl beadboard and it measures 14 feet across and 24 feet long.  The beadboard runs the 14 foot length.  I have painted many a beadboard to look like wood but this outdoor vinyl is a real challenge to work on.  The reason is the slots on either side of the bead part of the beadboard go back about a half an inch and they are so narrow you can't hardly get any brush hairs that deep into them to get the paint to the back.  If you don't get to the back you will see a white line so you really need to get all the way back into the slots.  To further the challenge the slot opening is not square.  By that I mean is does not got straight back, it flars out some so that the rear of the slot is further apart than the opening.  Major hassle.  It took a big effort to get that part of the job done.

In this first picture you can see how I went about it.  I first used a very dark brown and painted in the slots.  Then I used a golden brown as a basecoat.  I rolled that on and back brushed it but it did not go into the slots so the lines stayed dark.

In this next picture you can see the color change after I applied the wood graining colors.  In the picture above I used a Sherwin Williams color called Toasty for the base.  Then in the picture below the top half shows the first pass using a SW color called Fiery Brown.  The lower half of the picture shows the second pass with a SW color called Turkish Coffee.  The combination of the three colors gives a rich mahogany look.
The finish product below came out great.  I also painted the light cans using the Turkish Coffee color for them.