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Paint Style Finishes in Furniture Refinishing

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

More of our clients and interior designers have been requesting paint style finishes when refinishing their furniture.  They enjoy the ability to coordinate the furniture with wall, window, and fabric selections they have made for their living spaces.  The resulting furniture pieces are often distinctive, fresh, and unexpected when compared to the usual finishes seen on those types of furniture. 


We are exited by this trend and have incorporated the materials and methods into our repertoire. 

This oak credenza was originally a deep walnut brown and was too heavy and dark for the lighter, colorful theme in a retirement home near the Jersey shore.  The objective was to create a finish that would echo the wall paint, yet provide a subtle accent.  A light cream lacquer was used as a base with a chocolate brown glaze used to pick up the grain and highlight the carvings.  It was topcoated in a clear satin.   We were all delighted with the result.

 The chair on the left shows a more bold color - yellow ochre - with deep brown contrasting glaze to accent the details.  A more delicate treatment was used on the vanity.  A slightly lighter shade of the blue in the walls and seat cover was used and a white glaze was feathered into the details to further soften the piece.


A technical note:  while generically called 'paint', the material we employ is a pigmented cabinet grade conversion lacquer.  It is typically thinner than typical paints and enamels, providing full coverage color without excessive thickness that may 'clog' or 'round over' the finer details usually found on furniture. 


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