Most of our finishes involve a six or seven-step process that we developed from John’s extensive experience in repairing and restoring fine antique furniture. We’ve further developed our applications to use “earth-friendly” products with a low VOC that we feel offers the same durability as manufactured products but with a smaller carbon footprint. With the exception of painted pieces, all details such as staining, rubbing, distressing and antiquing, most of our specialty finishes, are attended to by hand. Spraying both our painted pieces and clear coats ensures a high-quality, professional finish devoid of any brush/roll marks or bubbles. Each piece that we craft is special to us, and we take great care to ensure that the end result is long-lasting and beautiful.
The wood is prepped for stain or paint. If we’re creating a salvaged, vintage, or weathered look, distressing is done at this time. In some cases, we will condition the wood before applying a stain or use a wood primer for painted finishes. Stain is applied by hand until the perfect color is achieved. Painted finishes are sprayed, hand sanding between each coat to ensure a smooth finish. Depending on the specialty finish that you’ve chosen, it will be applied sometime during these steps. The finished piece is then sprayed with water-based polyurethane, again sanding between each coat. Most pieces will get between three to five layers of poly to create the final result, a beautiful finish that will last for many years.