The choices are endless, the traditional look of stain, the sleek look of paint, the aged look of your favorite glaze. Add distressing and flyspeck or perhaps your project requires finishing on job site to best integrate with all the other pieces of the puzzle, the choice is yours. We are happy to work with you to match something existing, develop a new color from an idea, or bring us a sample of the tile backsplash or granite counter and we'll make up a color.
Our finishes are among the best in the industry. You'll enjoy the fine furniture look for many years.
Penetrating Stain This is a very traditional and common choice. Works great on most of the open grain woods including the Oaks, Alder, Cherry. You can get some blotchy results in the darker colors when working with Pine, Maple, the Birches and in some cases Cherry.
Spray No Wipe Stain Often used on Maple when darker colors are wanted, this type of finish is more opaque then typical penetrating stains. Requires careful application to maintain consistent color. Can be made to offer a wide variety of shades. This process is used extensively when you desire a more uniform color.
Pickle White Used primarily on Birch and Hard Maple, this finish will add a soft white cast allowing the beauty of the wood grain to show through. The need to be very selective with the wood for this stain is responsible for it being a premium finish.
Toned Sealer over Stain This process is used to gain the aged look that is required when adding new cabinets around aged pieces. Adding a yellow, brown or orange tint to the sealer and by carefully applying this material over the base stain we can achieve results that you cannot get any other way.
Glaze over Stain This process adds some age and antique qualities to your project. Generally the glaze will be brown but black and other colors are used also. The glaze will add a mellowing affect and will hang up in corners, deep routs and in the open grain of some woods. You should expect variation from piece to piece as the glazing process is very much intended to “Age” the piece being worked on. Typically only the face and exposed portions of a cabinet are glazed. The interior covered with doors will be left stained only.
Glaze over Paint A great way to make new look old! Generally the glaze will be brown, but other colors are available as well. Too dark of glaze will tend to give a “dirty” or “smoky” feel. Choose your paint color, once the product is painted the glaze is wiped over the cabinets and doors, hanging up in corners and other detail cuts in the wood. Then it is top coated to protect the beautiful results. You should expect variation from piece to piece as the glazing process is very much intended to “Age” the piece. Typically only the face and exposed portions of a cabinet are glazed. Expect natural interior on Connestoga II or use Francisco for melamine interiors.
Glaze over Dye Another variation of Glazing. Special penetrating dye is utilized to create a base color, then the product is sealed, sanded, glazed and top coated. The glaze will add depth to the finish along with leaving hangup in the corners and detail cuts.
Feathered Glaze Instead of the normal method of wiping the glaze down, a very fine brush is used to “Feather” the glaze in a linear method. The feathering will follow the grain direction when appropriate. The net result will be the normal hangup in corners and detail cuts, but also the illusion of aged hand painting. This is a premium finish that you should consider carefully prior to doing an entire kitchen.
Flyspeck Another “Aging” or “Antiquing” finish. After either painting or sealing the Flyspeck is added. The desired characteristics will include small drops, splatters, streaks, etc. Typically a black ink is used for this effect. Please order a sample to insure your satisfaction with this look. Often this is utilized in conjunction with other Aging finishes like Glaze or Sand Through.
Distress Lite Add a little history to your cabinets! We will add some dents, dings and worm holes. The dents and dings will be focused around the edges and handles to add history to your cabinets. The worm holes will be scattered very lightly to create a feeling of age.
Distress Medium This takes Distress Lite to the next level. Worm Track is artistically added to bring more visible characteristics. Light grain cracks and some joint cracks will be added on occasion as well.
Distress Heavy This includes everything from Distress Medium, plus some sand through and heavy edge wear. This works well with a rustic wood like Knotty Alder.
Distress Extreme This takes distressing to the max. Expect all of the features in the other distresses, plus hewn edges, chisel gouges, heavy wear, and rasping. This is recommended only on softer woods such as Alder, Knotty Pine, Cherry and Yellow Poplar. Using a knotty grade of wood is highly recommended to achieve a more realistic look.
Sand Through When you want to add a feeling of use, Sand Through on Alder with a Light Paint works well. We will Sand Through on any combination of finishes, but it works best with paint or dark colored stain. Typically only the edges of the frames and doors are touched in a random, but directed way.
Crackle Finish Another Antiquing method. This is achieved by a chemical process and the size of crackle will vary from piece to piece. The finish underneath the crackle will be exposed so careful consideration of wood color and finish color should be given. Typically a tight grained wood like Birch or Alder will be used. Often, crackle will be used in conjunction with a number of other premium finishes to add additional history or rusticness to a piece.
India Black-Light This process is utilized to give a piece a feeling of extreme age and works well for what is termed the Old World feel. Typically the wood choice will be Alder or Rustic Alder. Then a black primer is applied heavy along edges and mouldings, lighter in the open areas. The black will then be sanded through to get back down to the wood underneath in the open areas and in other accent areas (similar to Sand Through). You should expect open woods like oak to hold the black paint in the porous grain. A brown glaze is applied to add a softer tone to the Black with hang up in corners and other detail cuts. Finally a clear coat is applied to protect the beautiful results. Dull top coat is suggested if you wish to maintain the feeling of age.
India Black-Dark This is very similar to the Light version, but the results are entirely different. You should consider carefully how you utilize this finish as the results are very dark and create a heavy feeling. Ideal for accent cabinets such as islands or buffets. Alder is the most common wood of choice. Black primer is applied heavily over the entire cabinet. Only edges are burnished down to the wood underneath creating a frame around the darker open areas. The brown glaze is then applied to soften the black. Dull top coat is suggested to top it off.
Conditioner Optionally used on Pine, Birch, Maple and Cherry. Can help prevent dark finishes from being blotchy. Well not eliminate all problems, but will help.