For having the name Finishing Touches I guess it should be no surprise somehow at least as of late, we have been getting ourselves into a fair amount of finishing jobs. But, I always thought we were a woodworking business, who dabbled in some unique metal work so it is still a surprise when we get ourselves into this mess.

Because, yes painting and staining is messy. Perhaps I am partly to blame. I have a sick satisfaction trying to do something someone tells me,no one else has gotten right, or they don’t know anyone who could make it look like they want it to.

Or even the simple question of who would you recommend to do this finish after you’re done with the woodwork, somehow I get volunteered or volunteer myself, instead of you know handing it off to the “professionals”.

At what point do you become a professional in something?  How many times do you need to do a certain task before you can consider yourself a professional? OK, maybe that’s a whole different topic, I’ll go back to staining.

It’s a different kind of challenge than woodworking, but it does go hand in hand. You can spend all this time building something that is just beautiful, only to be in a sense ruined by a bad stain job. And the opposite can be true as well, you can have a mediocre woodworking job and make it really come to life with staining or painting. So I guess that’s part of the fun.

A few samples as of late.

 

They had found the pre-finished floor they wanted but needed the steps and rail to match.

They had found the pre-finished floor they wanted but needed the steps and rail to match.

Made a wall out of normal white oak flooring and made it look worn and aged like an old wine barrel.

Made a wall out of normal white oak flooring and made it look worn and aged like an old wine barrel.

Another pre-finished flooring that needed steps and nosings to match. This one was one of the hardest color matches I’ve had to do surprisingly.

Another pre-finished flooring that needed steps and nosings to match. This one was one of the hardest color matches I’ve had to do surprisingly.

Another normal white oak wood that got beaten up and stained to look like an old aged barrel.

Another normal white oak wood that got beaten up and stained to look like an old aged barrel.

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A painted garage door, stained over to make it look like a new wood door.

A painted garage door, stained over to make it look like a new wood door.

 

One of those we are already here doing the stair might as well put the finish on too.

One of those we are already here doing the stair might as well put the finish on too.

Again a, hey! We built the stairs, why not do the finish too.

Again a, hey! We built the stairs, why not do the finish too.

Same with this one. And some custom acid stained metal balusters to look coppery and artsy.

Same with this one. And some custom acid stained metal balusters to look coppery and artsy.

We built these gates and found these perfect birds to add and the customer loved the color so much we painted the gates to match the birds.

We built these gates and found these perfect birds to add and the customer loved the color so much we painted the gates to match the birds.

Sort of a finish, shou sugi ban, a japanese wood burning preserving method.

Sort of a finish, shou sugi ban, a japanese wood burning preserving method.

Normal sheet metal made to look like aged pewter, and some custom cabinets and shelves stained to blend with the floor.

Normal sheet metal made to look like aged pewter, and some custom cabinets and shelves stained to blend with the floor.

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Amaleah Graham