Paint or Polish?

Deciding which finish to apply to your furniture can be a really difficult task, especially since there’s such a wide range to choose from. Which is better, Paint or Polish? A common question we get asked.


Ok let’s look at Polish; if you like visible grains and natural wood colours then polish is the way to go. Polish gives a more traditional look and adds a richness to the furniture. The final polish colour is heavily influenced by the original wood colour, this limits your options slightly as you can only apply a stain that is darker than the wood itself, so bear this in mind when opting for this finish.








Now let’s explore Paint, the colour possibilities are endless. We can colour match to leading paint suppliers such as Dulux, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and most RAL and Pantone colours. Perfect if you’re trying to match up to an existing colour scheme or simply want something unique. Turn a traditional chair into a modern piece by adding a splash of colour.







Paint can chip more easily than polish and has a longer drying time, so keep this in mind when opting for this finish. Distressing or rubbed back effects can be applied to paint to give a more aged look and feel, think French Shabby Chic.

Both options complement our antique reproduction furniture collection. Whether you opt for a paint or polish we apply a lacquer to protect/finish the furniture, this is available in a matt, satin or gloss sheen. In addition we can add hand painted highlights to either paint or polish in gold or silver to emphasise the carved detailing on each piece.







We love creating furniture unique to you so get in touch if you have any bespoke finishing requirements. If you’re feeling inspired and fancy a bit of DIY then visit our Ebay store we sell raw mahogany frames for you to finish and upholster yourself.

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