Keep reading to find out how to make wooden dowels look like black wrought iron metal!
In order to remove as much wood grain as possible, sand the piece with 120 grit sand paper. Then apply the primer meant to fill small scratches. This will give it a super smooth finish that will mimic the surface of metal very well.
In even coats, spray the primed wood with the faux metal spray paint of your choice. I used a satin nickel finish. Allow it to completely dry.
Lightly brush black stain over the metal. Repeat as many times as needed to get the desired look.
To mimic the sheen of metal, apply crystal clear acrylic finish to the wood dowels. This will also protect the finish from chipping.