FURNITURE & CABINETRY
Refinishing furniture is one of my favorite things to do. It gives new life to a piece that other wise would be discarded. We do a number of different faux finishing techniques ranging from stains, paints, glazes, stenciling, decorative painting, faux marbling, gilding and basically anything it takes to produce the desired finish. Let us give your furniture or cabinetry new life and more personality.
For those of you new to the industry and it’s services, some of the definitions can be puzzling. You may be asking “What exactly is Faux Finishing, Faux Painting and Decorative Painting? Is there a difference between them?” All three terms describe a trade that’s been in existence for hundreds of years but called by different names. In modern terms, Faux Finishing or Faux Painting comes from the French word ‘faux” meaning “false”. In simple terms it means to finish something to look other than what it is. For example, you will see photos in our portfolio of columns and other surfaces that have been painted to look like marble, granite, or stone. The surfaces are often simply wood, MDF or PVC substrate painted and finished to look like the desired finish, mimicking another material.
Gilding is another term you might hear that describes the process of applying a very fine sheet of metal, be it aluminum or real gold, to a surface. Traditionally this craft was achieved by applying a very thin sheet of real gold of varying carats over red clay and then buffed. In additional to using real gold leaf, today we have sheets of aluminum that has been tinted to resemble gold, copper, or left in it’s natural aluminum color, to resemble silver. You may also hear the process referred to as ‘gold leafing’ or ‘silver leafing’ a surface. Some common applications and examples you will see in our photo gallery include picture or mirror frames, accent ceilings, trim and architectural moldings. Gold paint can be a substitute but it isn’t as brilliant as metal leaf.
And last but not least, you will see photos of cabinets described as having an ‘antiqued’ finish. This is achieved by sometimes distressing the surface, then glazing it to replicate normal wear and tear that would naturally occur over time. This could also include adding small holes mimicking worm holes and dark spots replicating fly-specs and glazes, rubbed into the crevices and on the surface to give the affect of paint color aging and worn areas. When applied well the technique can be very effective adding warmth and character to a piece that is relatively plain. “inking” is a term used to describe a technique that only applies the glaze in the crevices to pop or accent the molding or trim and not necessarily age the piece.