Stains and Finishes

Our finishers use commercial grade stains and spray application to provide the most even and consistent color. To ensure great durability, a high quality, catalyzed varnish is also applied. This varnish has greater adhesion, hardness, and abrasion resistance than standard lacquers. This finishing system not only protects the surface of the table, but soaks into the wood providing additional protection.

Please note we also do not have all stains currently available on each one of our wood types. Over the course of time, we will be adding all the stains we offer on each wood type for you to view. We realize that viewing stain samples online diminishes the accuracy of the colors. If you prefer to choose from a palette of wood samples, we will send you a set so you may view it in person. All we ask is that you mail the sample back to us.

Note that due to difference in computer monitors, these pictures do not always properly display the stain color, but are here just to give you an idea.

Oak

Asbury Brown

Acres

Briar

Burnt Umber

Driftwood

Ebony

Fruitwood

Hoosier Special

Limed Oak

Lite Asbury

Harvest

Michael’s Cherry

Rich Cherry

Onyx

Mission Maple

Medium

Honey

Almond

Old World Mission

Sealy

Washington Cherry

Golden Brown

Boston

Black Walnut

Colonial

Coffee

Tavern

Vintage Antique

Earth Tone

Golden Pecan

Brown Maple

Asbury Brown

Ebony

Old World Mission

Acres

Michael’s Cherry

Almond

Rich Tobacco

Sealy

Boston

Coffee

Fruitwood

Golden Brown

Rich Cherry

Onyx

Mission Maple

Medium

Honey

Briar

Burnt Umber

Driftwood

Limed Oak

Lite Asbury

Tavern

Vintage Antique

Earth Tone

Harvest

Washington Cherry

Golden Pecan

Cherry

Asbury Brown

Fruitwood

Ebony

Acres

Almond

Old World Mission

Rich Tobacco

Sealy

Boston

Coffee

Colonial

Honey

Medium

Michael’s Cherry

Mission Maple

Onyx

Rich Cherry

Washington Cherry

Briar

Burnt Umber

Limed Oak

Tavern

Toner

Vintage Antique

Earth Tone

Harvest

Washington Cherry

Golden Pecan

Quarter Sawn White Oak

Asbury Brown

Ebony

Fruitwood

Michael’s Cherry

Almond

Old World Mission

Rich Tobacco

Sealy

Acres

Baywood

Boston

Coffee

Golden Brown

Honey

Medium

Mission Maple

Onyx

Rich Cherry

Washington Cherry

Briar

Burnt Umber

Driftwood

Hoosier Special

Limed Oak

Lite Asbury

Tavern

Vintage Antique

Earth Tone

Harvest

Golden Pecan

Hard Maple

Asbury Brown

Ebony

Acres

Michael’s Cherry

Almond

Old World Mission

Rich Tobacco

Sealy

Baywood

Boston

Honey

Onyx

Rich Cherry

Washington Cherry

Briar

Burnt Umber

Driftwood

Golden Brown

Limed Oak

Lite Asbury

Tavern

Vintage Antique

Earth Tone

Harvest

Golden Pecan

Hickory

Fruitwood

Almond

Michael’s Cherry

Asbury Brown

Sealy

Old World Mission

Boston

Coffee

Honey

Mission Maple

Rich Tobacco

Briar

Burnt Umber

Driftwood

Golden Brown

Hoosier Special

Limed Oak

Lite Asbury

Tavern

Vintage Antique

Earth Tone

Harvest

Golden Pecan

Elm

Please use the Questions tab on the piece you’re interested in to get costs on Elm. Visit our wood types page to learn more.

Asbury Brown

Briar

Burnt Umber

Driftwood

Ebony

Golden Brown

Hoosier Special

Limed Oak

Lite Asbury

Michael’s Cherry

Tavern

Vintage Antique

Almond

Harvest

Golden Pecan

Walnut

Please use the Questions tab on the piece you’re interested in to get costs on Walnut. Visit our wood types page to learn more.

Asbury Brown

Briar

Burnt Umber

Driftwood

Ebony

Golden Brown

Limed Oak

Lite Asbury

Michael’s Cherry

Natural

Tavern

Vintage Antique

Almond

Harvest

Golden Pecan

Finishes

Our coatings range from the standard catalyzed varnish to two-toning your furniture. All your choice making it even more green. Amish furniture is a very eco-friendly product. It’s made of wood, real locally grown hardwoods, a renewable resource. For every tree harvested at least 2 trees are planted to replace it. Harvesting and using the trees locally decreases the carbon foot print as well. There is some limited use of cabinet grade plywood and all of the glues and adhesives used are compliant with california environmental laws.

Standard Catalyzed Varnish

Each piece we finish is finished in our Standard Catalyzed Varnish. Catalyzed varnish has become the standard when durability and ease of use are both required. Catalyzed varnish tends to be more durable than lacquers, pre-catalyzed and post-catalyzed lacquers. It is also easier to use than 2K polyurethane and plural component polyester and does not require the extensive curing equipment UV does.

With this type of finish, your furniture is sealed in a durable coat that will last for years. Your able to put a sweating glass on any surface and not worry about leaving a ring. If you happen to be writing on a piece of paper with a permanent marker and it goes through and gets on the top, don’t worry, you’re also able to get that out too.

Two Tone Finish

Two Tone refers to applying two different stains on the furniture. Shown as an example is the Albany Single Pedestal Dining Table with a two tone finish. In this example, the table top is shown with a Michael’s Cherry color and the base of the table is painted with a blank paint. Not all two tones work this way.

Applying more than one stain doesn’t work for the most part. You make the furniture look too busy which is why only applying two stains works best. Other examples of two toning is making the frame of a dresser one color and having the drawer fronts be another.

The best combinations for two toning are two colors that are very far apart (IE: Brown top with a black or white base) or having two colors are are slight contrast of each other.

Burnishing

The burnishing process is done by hand to create the look of antique furniture. A glaze like substance is hand brushed onto the wood furniture that creates a darker look around the edges. Often items are burnished by rubbing and there are many types of burnishing tools that use spinning disks with burnishing pads to increase the shine. Traditionally, burnishing differed from polishing in that no polishes were used.

Light Distressing

Our light distressing is a mixture of different techniques to create the look of antique furniture that has aged naturally into a beautifully patina. The distress marks add character to the finished furniture. Some of the techniques used in our light distressing package may be light to medium pinholes, some indentations and nicks, lightly eased edges and wear through, light rasp markings and hand rubbed glazing. Flat sheen is recommended and usually standard however a semi-gloss varnish can also be requested.

Heavy Distressing

Each of our heavy distressing package is definitely an substantial amount of hand distressing for the furnishings. There could be heavy pin holes, indentations and also grazes, rasp white markings and also worm holes. The actual sides of the furnishings are generally heavily worn. Simulated fractures are created about each of our seriously distressed package. It is possible to tell your current Amish furnishings specialists if you prefer not to have the simulated cracks in the furniture. Our heavily distressed furniture creates a finish that suggests several centuries of wear and loving care. Medium hand burnishing and also hand applied glazing might be part of the actual heavy distressing. Flat sheen is recommended and also generally common nonetheless any semi-gloss varnish will also be inquired.

Hand Planing

Hand Planing truly adds a more rustic look to a piece. By roughing up the surface of the wood you’re able to mimic the “barn wood” look without having use to actual aged wood. Pair hand planing up with light or heavy distressing to create the perfect aged piece. Using a lighter sheen level to create a more matted appearance is usually recommend on this look.

Sheen Level

The level of sheen determines how glossy or how matted your piece will appear. 30 sheen is standard on every finished piece we offer. Lowering the sheen level will make your furniture more matted. Having a more matted look is paired best if you are looking for a more rustic type look. One thing to consider though when lowering the sheen level is the natural oil that comes from your hands can buff the piece back up to a 30 sheen. This however is dependent on how you use the piece. For example if you were to order a table set with a low sheen level, over time grabbing your chairs and pulling your table apart you will notice where you have buffed out the table and chairs. On glossy pieces, scratches are much more likely to appear due to the reflective appearance.

Paint

We recommend using a maple wood (Brown or Hard) for paints as they are smooth woods.

White

Panda White

Country White

Pearl

Georgian

Black

Decorator White

Glacier

Metropolitan

Chelsea Grey

Coffee Bean

Antique White

Pomegranate

Sand Dollar

Frost

Celery

Paint with Glaze

We recommend using a maple wood (Brown or Hard) for paints as they are smooth woods.

Aloe Brushmark w/ Cocoa Glaze

Appaloosa

Black w/ Warm Brown Glaze

Boardwalk w/ Portabella Glaze

Chelsea Grey w/ Warm Brown Glaze

Georgian w/ Warm Brown Glaze

Pearl w/ Early Wheat Glaze

White w/ Warm Brown Glaze

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