Types of Finishes

Stain
All of our stains involve a multi-step process to achieve the perfect finish. First, a semi-transparent penetrating alkyd stain is applied and hand-wiped into the wood. Next, a high-solids content catalyzed sealer is applied. It is then air-dried and oven-dried before being hand-sanded to smooth the finish. A clear top coat is applied before the finish is oven cured again to bake in the durability. The result is a stained cabinet with even coverage and consistency. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Stain with Glaze
Glazing begins after the staining process is complete. First, a glaze is applied to the entire component, not just the areas where it will show. It is then wiped away by hand, leaving “hang-up”, or areas where the glaze has built up and will be most apparent. The finish is then oven cured again to bake in the durability. Please note that glazes will be less apparent on door styles with less detailed profiles where there are fewer nooks and crannies for glaze to hang-up in. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

We glaze stain with: Chocolate Glaze, creating a warm brown tone highlighting a door’s detailing; Ebony Glaze, providing a subtle unifying black tone in the grain, door details and molding elements for the cool color palette; Latte Glaze, which gives the wood surface a creamy taupe tone and highlights detailing with a taupe hang-up; and Nickel Glaze, which adds a cool, subdued pewter tone.

Tinted Varnish
Tinted Varnish produces a paint-like finish, opaque and colored, without any of the durability issues of a traditional latex or acrylic paint. Our Tinted Varnish finishes are catalyzed conversion varnishes which are far more durable and provide a far smoother finish than traditional painting methods. To create this look, we apply three coats of catalyzed varnish to the Maple or Oak components, sanding lightly between each coat to coax a smooth finish from the final coat. The finish is then top coated and oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Tinted Varnish with Glaze
Glazing begins after the varnishing process is complete. First, a glaze is applied to the entire component, not just the areas where it will show. It is then wiped away by hand, leaving “hang-up”, or areas where the glaze has built up and will be most apparent. The finish is then oven cured again to bake in the durability. Please note that glazes will be less apparent on door styles with less detailed profiles where there are fewer nooks and crannies for glaze to hang-up in. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

We glaze stain with: Bronze Glaze, which adds a soft, sun-kissed bronze tone; Chocolate Glaze, creating a warm brown tone highlighting a door’s detailing; Latte Glaze, which gives the wood surface a creamy taupe tone and highlights detailing with a taupe hang-up; and Nickel Glaze, which adds a cool, subdued pewter tone.

Amaretto, Bordeaux and Licorice
The Amaretto, Bordeaux and Licorice finishes begin their lives as Black tinted varnish on Maple. The finishes are rubbed in spots to expose the raw wood underneath. Butterscotch, Burgundy and Nickel tones are applied, respectively, to accent the wood and door profiles. The finish is then top coated and oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Cottage
Cottage is a mildly distressed finish created by sanding through the finish to expose the raw wood underneath before adding glaze. This brings out the wood’s unique texture, be it on a tinted varnish or stained finish. Light chain distressing is optional. The finish is then top coated and oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a specialty finish created by hand-applying our Champagne stain to Maple, and then antiquing it with Chocolate Glaze. It is accented with burnished and broken edges, rounded corners, and light chain distressing. The finish is then top coated and oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Villa
Our Villa specialty finish creates a look that suggests brush strokes, a so-called false brush stroke effect. Variation of color and brush stroke technique will appear from door to door and will blend throughout the kitchen. To create Villa, the base coat is tinted varnish and a coat of glaze is applied in such a way to suggest brush strokes. A clear top coat is applied. The finish is oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Villa can be applied to any of the following six tinted varnishes: Black, Moss Green, Ivory Cream, Marshmallow Cream, Mushroom or Pearl.

Chateaux
Chateaux is a specialty distressing technique applied to Cherry which creates an antique look. Several techniques are applied, including dips, light chain distressing, knife cuts, padded edges, rounded corners, worn and softened edges, rasping, speckling, and worm holes, which create shadowing and accentuate the finish. The finish is then top coated and oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Chateaux distressing can be applied to the following stained finishes: Brittany, Cappuccino, Nutmeg, Oregano or Toffee.

Old World Distressing
Old World Distressing is a specialty distressing technique which creates an antique look. Several techniques are applied, including dips, light chain distressing, rounded corners, worn edges, rasping, knife cuts, and worm holes, which create shadowing and accentuate the finish. The finish is then top coated and oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.

Homestead Red and Homestead Fog
The Homestead distressing techniques begin with Red or Crystal Fog Tinted Varnish applied to Alder and Rustic Alder. They are heavily distressed with the following techniques: dips, light chain distressing, knife cuts, chiseling, rasping, rounded corners and worn edges, and many, many worm holes. The finish is then top coated and oven cured for durability. Because the finish is hand-applied to natural wood, there will be variations in intensity and color owing partly to the nature of the wood and partly to the hand-applied process. These variations are normal, and are considered part of the beauty of owning a custom finished wood product.