Cabinet Finishing Techniques

We offer some of the finest finish techniques to enhance the look of your furniture, offering raw wood more depth, beauty and color. It has taken us decades to perfect these unique finish techniques.

Burnished Finishes

Wood Type: Hickory, Maple, Birch, Cherry

The burnished finish technique is intended to give your furniture a warm, classic look and feel. Typically, unfinished drawer fronts and doors are distressed randomly before being over-sanded. It is also common to leave dark stains around the corners and raised areas, offering a burnished effect.

Three complex processes are involved in the creation of burnished finishes: over-sanding, random distressing and application of burnishing stain. The fine finish produced by merging different processes, such as hand-applied techniques and random distressing ensures that no two doors are identical, with every unit offering shades and patterns that stand out from the others.

Flyspeck highlights can be attained using Burnished Ginger and Burnished Chocolate. In this technique, a complementary color is randomly spattered to the unfinished units, offering more depth and dimension to your furniture.

The finish technique you choose varies depending on the wood type.

Highlighted Finishes

Wood Type: Oak, Cherry, Maple, Birch, Hickory

Highlighted finishes are sought by hand-rubbing a base stain color into the wood, allowing maximum absorption of the base color. This is followed by the application of a highlight glaze by hand. Recesses in the drawer fronts and doors are suitable areas for application of the highlight glaze. The result is added depth in finish color without spoiling the look of the base stain.

You can use this hand-detailed technique to offer an artistic look to your door.

The human element involved in this finish technique ensures a distinct look to every finished unit. For instance, no two drawer fronts or doors will look perfectly identical to one another.

The exact finish technique varies for each wood type.

Painted Finishes

Wood Type: Oak, Maple

Some fresh coatings of paint are just the kind of saturation your wood needs to enhance its texture and beauty.

Our special choices in paint give your wood the authenticity and originality that tells it apart from engineered woods manufactured these days.

Keep in mind that the wood characteristics become less prominent in painted finishes, as opposed to stained finishes.

The natural ability of wood to contract and expand may offer some pressure on the door joints, resulting in fine cracks visible in the portion of wood around the joints. Do not take the hairline crack seriously as they do not affect the door construction in any manner whatsoever.

Paint finishes are commonly available for maple wood, which is a popular choice for paint finishes owing to its smooth and uniform appearance.

Paint w/ Glaze Finishes

Wood type: Cherry, Maple, Oak, Birch, Hickory

In this finish technique, base paint is applied to the door to ensure a consistent coverage of color. This is followed by a flood coat of glaze and hand-wiping, giving soft tones in the door recesses and corners. These recesses and corners are brushed with highlight glaze to make the variations more prominent.

The hand-detailed techniques accompanying this process give every door and drawer-front a distinctive look.

The flood coat of glaze helps in softening the base color, while the highlight glaze offers more richness and depth to the recesses and corners.

Owing to the increased capacity of the veneer center to absorb glaze, the wood components of the door get a darker tone than the other parts.

Stained Finishes

Wood Type: Cherry, Hickory, Birch, Maple, Oak

Stained finishes are known for the natural look they offer to furniture. After applying the stain color to a furniture item, such as door, it is hand-rubbed to offer a rich and consistent coverage of color.

Stained finishes are capable of bringing out the inner beauty of different wood types. Natural characteristics of wood, such as knots, mineral streaks and wood grain are enhanced to create distinctive effects in the color.

The color of stain varies on different areas of the same door owing to tendency of veneer and end grain to absorb more stain.

Stain w/ Glaze Finishes

Wood Type: Oak, Cherry, Birch, Maple, Hickory

This technique is largely similar to the Paint w/ Glaze finish, but instead of using the base paint, this technique involves applying a base stain to give the furniture a consistent coverage of color. This is followed by the application of flood coat that is then hand-wiped, leading to soft tones in the recesses and corners. Highlight glaze is then applied to those corners and recesses by hand to help the color variations stand out.

Owing to the hand-detailed techniques, every door offers a unique and classy look.

The first coat of glaze helps in softening the base color. The application of highlight glaze allows the corners and recesses to become more prominent.

The veneer center appears in a slightly darker tone due to its tendency to absorb more glaze.

Thermofoil Finishes

Wood Type: Medium-density fiberboard to which thermofoil material is applied

This is a highly standardized finish that involves the use of cutting-edge heat and pressure-bonding process to offer durability to the wood. It usually comes in soft cream or white colors. These surfaces offer a flawless surface with silky-smooth texture.

The finish is applied by lamination and is designed to offer a consistent look to the furniture.

Thermofoil finish reacts to heat generated by oven and must be used after considering the safety aspects seriously.

A specially designed heat shield can be used to protect furniture next to the oven.

Discoloration of thermofoil finish may occur if exposed to tobacco smoke for prolonged periods.

Vintage Finishes

Wood Type: Cherry

This is a specialty finish that requires a labor-intensive process. It is used to breathe life to old cabinetry. After distressing and over-sanding the unfinished door, it is subjected to several coats of pigmented stain that saturates the wood and offers it a finer color. The stain makes the underlying wood texture more prominent. Corners and recesses are over-sanded yet again for a truly peculiar look and feel of the cherry wood.

This technique involves many different hand-detailed steps that offer a unique and distinctive look to the door.