The Beauty of Wood
Variation in grain and color creates the beauty of real hardwood. Quality wood
finishes highlight the unusual graining and color patterns. After hardwoods are
finished they are affected by exposure to sunlight and the elements. That’s why
new cabinets will never be the same color as an aged sample or bathroom display.
Some people find natural variety distasteful, but most welcome it as the reason
they chose real wood instead of an imitation wood grain or plastic. Light stains
show the color variations most clearly—but the color will change. Wood “mellows”
as it ages, often darkening significantly as it expands and contracts over the
course of a year. Some species of wood
Cherry is an old
favorite that finishes to a glass-like finish with textured accents provided by
small knots, irregular black streaks or pits. The Natural finish and Golden
stain show off this variation, including natural dark streaks more than four
inches long. The white, cream, pink, mahogany and reddish brown colors tend to
become richer and deeper with age. Sable, Dark and Medium stains will moderate
some of this natural change, but sharp eyes will still see the wood age.
Espresso and Burgundy stains completely masks the color change, but the dark
surface highlights the texture of Cherry's gum lines and pits, which once
carried nutrients throughout the tree. The surface texturing can be more than a
quarter of an inch wide and run the entire length of a piece of wood.
Cherry Rustic is an
old favorite that finishes to a glass-like finish with textured accents provided
by knots, irregular black streaks, and pits. Expect the rustic character of
larger knots, open knots, gum lines, pitch pockets, pits, surface splits, dark
mineral streaks and worm holes to appear unpredictably throughout to emphasize
the natural beauty of the wood. When glaze is applied expect these rustic
characteristics to become much more obvious. The Natural finish and Golden stain
show off this variation, including natural dark streaks more than four inches
long. The white, cream, pink, mahogany, and reddish brown colors tend to become
richer and deeper with age. Sable and Medium stains will moderate some of this
natural change, but sharp eyes will still see the wood age. Espresso and
Burgundy stains completely mask the color change, but the dark surface
highlights the texture of Cherry Rustic.
Maple possesses warm
color and a strong closed grain, which may display vine marks and "bird's eye".
Occasionally, a wave-like grain called "flame" maple graces a cabinet: it is
prized by makers of guitars and violins for its strength. Dark streaks of black
and burnt umber complement the creams, tans and rich browns of the long-time
favorite. Lighter finishes show off the contrasting colors and grain
characteristics, while darker finishes provide a mellow, traditional finish.
Paint disguises the color, but certain grain characteristics add texture to the
sheen. As with all paints, cracks will appear at joints of the doors, drawers
and cabinet frame as the wood expands and contracts throughout the year.
Red Oak creates fine
American furniture that adds quiet strength to your home. Smooth, luminous rays
run throughout the wood and complement the open grain, providing abundantly
textured cabinetry in shades of pink, tan, and white, with touches of green,
brown and black. Natural finish and Golden stain highlight the red and pink
tones in the wood, while darker stains transform Oak into warm shades of brown.
Paint disguises the color, but highlights the open grain - especially when the
discerning owner chooses a Glaze combination. As with all paints, cracks will
appear at joints of the doors, drawers and cabinet frame as the wood expands and
contracts throughout the year.
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