Distressing Wood Techniques

Distressing Wood Techniques:

Distressing is a decorative enhancement our artisans perform by hand to create the impression of time worn old-world craftsmanship. Various different marks and techniques may be used to achieve a look consistent with the wood species and desired style, such as:

  • Scratching or Nicking
  • Worn or Rounded Edges
  •  Cracks or Gouges
  •  Chisel or Screw Marks
  •  Worm Holes or Nail Holes
  •  Tear-Outs or Face Chunking

Distressing is key to Old World Style and brings out the character of rustic woods. Hand-Glazing accentuates the grain and markings, and adds depth and dimension. Glaze is a semi-transparent color that can be hand sprayed, brushed or wiped on to the entire surface for added dimension.

Glaze can be carefully hand sprayed for a unique gradient effect that adds visual interest as well as depth. When hand applied and then wiped, glaze remains mostly along profiles and corners creating a shadow effect, or remains in gauges and cracks if Old World is the desired style. Dry-brushing accentuates the hand brushed strokes popular in coastal and shabby-chic designs.

Wire-brushed highlights accentuate the natural wood grain for an heirloom appearance. Glaze can also be applied meticulously with a small brush or needle as an accent along edges and corners for a modern, yet traditional look, or to highlight carved accents or frieze moldings for a truly vintage motif.

Our top-quality HAPs compliant stains, sealers and topcoats enhance the natural beauty and character of the wood grain and are better for both the environment and the longevity of your finish. With over 1,000 color samples to choose from, and our expert ability to mix and layer colors and techniques, any hue or texture can be produced or matched.

We keep on the cutting edge by paying attention to global design trends and researching new formulas, materials and procedures, ensuring our ability to produce whatever our client desires.

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