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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Custom Wood Treatments - A Nice Touch!

I am starting to experiment more and more with custom wood treatments on my refurbished heirloom upholstered furniture.  While I like the look of the "natural" wood and do believe there is always a place for it in any setting, I also gravitate toward custom finishes - painted/enameled surfaces; unusual stain colors; and, special finishes such as crackling.  Sometimes the painting is necessitated by the extent of existing finish problems and the fact that staining pencils and beeswax alone cannot make the wood look good again.  But sometimes the draw is to create drama or a better match with the fabric used.  I have painted using a small brush and regular (usually more durable outdoor) paint as well as the spray cans (enamel) that can be used on most surfaces.   I have not tackled the more ornate finished but think that I ought to try ... someday.   My upholsterer, Mr. Lee, has been a willing participant in the process and does a fine job as well.

A number of renowned designers recommend the use of some painted surfaces in all settings feeling that a sea of "brown" is too boring or uncreative.  I agree - here are some recent pieces that have "custom" wood finishes - I think they look great!
Ikat Wingbacks (Pair) - Enamel Spray Finish to Match Fabric

Vicki's Wingback - Crackle (pre-existing) Finish

Vintage Ethan Allen - Painted Finish to Match Fabric (sold) 

Brookhaven Settee - Painted Finish to Offset Cream Fabric

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