Wood finishes – what should I choose for my furniture?
How we finish your item of handmade oak furniture is a very personal choice. We offer a variety of wood finishes that will give a slightly different end look and you will all have different tastes. We are here to advise, so if you have any questions at all please do email us or call us on + 33 (0)2 43 09 63 70. You don’t have to decide what finish you would like until after you have ordered, so do take your time if you wish.
Matt lacquer is the most hard wearing of the wood finishes we offer. We recommend it particularly for bespoke dining tables and furniture that will see a lot of use. The Curved Base Refectory table to the right has been finished with matt lacquer. Lacquer will enhance the colour of the wood we use and it will fully protect your table against spills and stains. Therefore there will be no need to use coasters and mats. After care is minimal. Just a wipe down with a damp cloth after use is all that will be required.
Danish Oil produces a very natural finish with a low shine. The Bespoke Oak Dining Table to the right
has been finished with Danish oil (the bench is unfinished). Oil is a wood finish that will bring a real depth to the grain pattern and colour to the timber. Reapplication will be necessary from time to time in order to maintain a protective surface on your table. We do recommend the use of coasters and mats to protect from spills and stains.
ISOGUARD CHALKED OAK TREATMENT OIL
Several customers have asked for a slightly weathered oak finish. Isoguard Chalked Oak Finish gives a wonderful limed effect whilst keeping the oak as ‘unfinished’ looking as possible and offering protection against spills and stains. Most other finishes like oil, and lacquer will enhance the colour of our oak somewhat. Isoguard Chalked Oak treatment oil will retain the paleness of the oak we use. The special waxes it contains help to repel stains and marks without creating a barrier. Therefore the wood will still look natural and breathe. Linseed oil forms its base. The initial curing time after application is 24 to 36 hours. However, the finish will take a full 21 days to complete the curing process. So care will need to be taken during the first two week after delivery of your furniture.
OSMO POLYX HARDWAX OIL
Osmo Polyx Hardwax Oil is a versatile premium protective oil originally made for flooring. It is is now also widely used as a wood finish for furniture too. Osmo oil is relatively hardwearing and has the advantage of being easily maintained and renovated if required. We would recommend the use of coasters and mats to protect against spills and stains. The ingredients of Osmo oil are made up of a unique blend of oils and waxes which are environmentally friendly and have a very low V.O.C.
We have a choice of either….
- a clear matt Osmo Polyx oil, which will enhance the colour of the wood slightly and bring out the richness of the wood we use.
- or we have Osmo Polyx Oil Raw, which will give the timber a paler untreated look. Untreated wood in its original form has a light, pale character giving it a natural ‘raw’ appearance. Sanded wood also has this effect. Osmo Polyx Oil Raw is designed to retain this appearance. Small amounts of white pigments are used to neutralise the permanent ‘wet-look’ that develops after application of a clear finish.
Bees Wax is most commonly applied to occasional furniture. This finish produces a mid-sheen and will beautifully enhance the grain pattern and the richness in colour of the French oak we use. However, wax will not completely protect your furniture from spills and stains or marks from hot cups and plates. Wax is therefore the natural choice for occasional furniture like console tables and sideboards. It is not generally recommended for dining tables or furniture that sees daily use.
Untreated wood is exactly that. Leaving your furniture unfinished will naturally give no protection at all. No matter how careful you are, the wood will over time, show all the life that it has seen. For dining tables particularly, this may mean a lot of scrubbing or sanding to keep it looking clean. However, this is a deliberate choice for some people. Some of you may prefer their table to look, in the words of one of our customers, ‘like the one Grandma used to have’.