Mango Wood - Finishes & Options

Nearly all of our furniture is made from Mango fruitwood.  It is a strong, dense hardwood and comes from sustainably grown fruit plantations. Grown principally as a “cash crop” for its tasty fruit, the trees are harvested for their timber at the end of useful lifespan. A perfect byproduct which can be used for numerous things including the manufacture of very strong furniture!  

Mango wood is very varied in colour and grain and this is part of the charm of using fruitwood. Extremely versatile, it can be painted, oiled, varnished, stained, waxed, or even left raw. We have no control over the colours as they are not fully revealed until the furniture has been made and receives its final sanding process. But it does mean that customers can have something handmade from solid hardwood for a price that is nearer the cost of mass-produced furniture, often made from veneered particle board and plastics. The longevity of our pieces mean that they can be passed down from generation to generation,  given a fresh look with perhaps a new coat of paint, or even sanded back to the wood to look like new again many, many years after purchasing!

See below for a random, but typical, selection of the sort of colours and grain that can be found on any of our products. Click to enlarge.

1. Painting

When we paint pieces for you, we let you choose from our nine House Colours – shown below – or you may specify your own for a small additional charge of £25.00 per item.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information on special colours. Our 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.

If you would prefer to finish your furniture yourself please view our Woodcare Products page where you can select from our tried and tested range of paints and glazes.

2. Staining

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.

Here is 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.

3. Waxing

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.

4. Liming Wax

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.

5. Varnishing

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.

6. 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 to the left on our Georgian Wall Shelf.

Alternatively we can go for a more heavily distressed finish as shown below on our Gustavian Console Table. This is even more forgiving from a wear and tear point of view and can often make our furniture appear to be of genuine antique origin! If you would like a distressed paint finish please select the special paint colour option and advise which paint colour and whether you would like light or heavy distressing.


The “default” handle we supply on nearly all our pieces is the hand forged solid brass ring pull you see to the left. This has been aged so as to blend very well with the paint finish we use.

We now carry a number of different handles all of which will give a very different look and these can be purchased separately 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.

Please view our handles page for our full selection.