When we paint pieces for you, we let you choose from our six basic paint colours – shown below – or you may specify your own for a small additional charge of £25.00. Please visit “Questions” for more information on special colours. Our 6 House Colours are all neutral tones designed to harmonise with most situations so normally one of these will work! We lightly drag an antiqueing glaze over the top to soften the look further and bring out the details of the various mouldings and carvings that we use. The paint and glaze is then given further protection using a number of coats of satin lacquer. Please do ask if you would like us to post you an actual paint swatch.
Mango is an exceptionally versatile wood and takes a variety of stains very well. The wide range of colours displayed in mango wood will mean that the stained finish will also display variations but this will give the piece a unique and interesting look. Below we show an example of one of our Empire Chest of Drawers with a stained top on a painted base. This is a good choice for pieces that are going to get relatively heavy usage as a stained and oiled top will generally be harder wearing than a painted surface. This makes it an ideal choice for Dining Tables, Dressing Tables and Desks!
Nothing compares with the silky feel of a piece of furniture that has been lovingly hand waxed. However do be aware of the disadvantages! Wax will mark easily and mats or coasters must always be used to avoid ring marks from cups etc. It will also benefit from having a further coat of wax on a periodic basis (depending on level of usuage). Over time this will build up an ever-increasing level of protection.
A good compromise if you love the look of the wood but wish to have a semi-translucent finish to produce a slightly less varied effect.
For those of you who simply love our raw mango just as it is but want some kind of protection against spillages of liquids etc we recommend a clear matt water based varnish such as the one we sell on this website. This will not yellow with age and will provide an almost invisible layer of protection to the wood.
The Distressed Look
We are often asked if we can “distress” our painted finishes to give them an even more aged look. The obvious advantage of this, apart form the fact that they look very nice in the right setting, is that they tend to show up less marks and general wear and tear. A simple distressed look can be achieved by rubbing some of the paint back to the original wood as we show here on our Georgian Wall Shelf:
Alternatively we can add more detail such as picking edges out in a different colour and adding “tramlines” such as we show on on the Gustavian Console table below. Please contact us for details of prices as this will vary from piece to piece and on the level of distressing etc required.
The “default” handle we supply on nearly all our pieces is the hand forged solid brass ring pull you see above. This has been aged so as to blend very well with the paint finish we use. Please see the item description to check to see if an alternative is generally supplied. However we now carry a number of different handles all of which will give a very different look and these can be purchased seperately should you wish to swap them over (we will do this for you if we are painting the items). You can also supply us with handles for fitting but please check with us to determine suitability with regard to the holes and fixing.