Tips for Choosing the Right Finish for your Furniture

When it comes to choosing the right type of finish for your wooden furniture, you might begin to find your head spinning in circles. It’s not that there are a lot of differences. There aren’t, but for the most part, the manufacturers of these finishes seem to try to confuse people when they read the labels.

There are so many different kinds of finishes, shellacs, lacquers, and varnishes that most people are a bit confused as to what will work on their particular piece of furniture. Unless you are a professional woodworker, it can be quite daunting indeed.

Choosing the Right Finish for your Furniture

Choosing the Right Finish for your Furniture

The good news is that almost all of these products will come pretty close to what you want, depending on the amount of time you are willing to put into it. If you have a lot of time to spare and don’t mind working on the same piece of furniture for a long time, then you can get the same look out of an orange shellac that you could out of a yellow lacquer. However, it would be much easier to just figure out what you want it to look like and go from there.

One of the things you have to think about is the durability of the finish you want to put on a piece of furniture. If it’s a high use piece where children and animals are climbing all over it, you are going to want to get a highly durable finish. This is where varnishes come in handy. They offer great wear resistance and they can handle heat and chemicals fairly well, too. The good thing is you can apply it by hand and let it dry. Then, it’s all ready to go after a small amount of lacquer over the top to make it shine.

You will also want to consider how easy it is to apply the finish and the health concerns regarding the chemicals you are using. If you are attempting to refinish any piece of wood furniture, it is a very good idea to do it outside or in an extremely well-ventilated area. The fumes from most of these finishes are extremely hazardous to your health. You should also wear a chemical mask.

Aug 24th, 2012 | Posted in Furniture 101
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