Finished Framing?

Not all finish effects have to be massively flamboyant. Some ideas can be simple and similar to some of the ready finished mouldings. Where these finishes can be useful to do for yourself is when you want a bit more depth and texture to a look. In fact we have just completed another, very successful, Adding Finishes to Frames course (click title for details). These sessions take you through a whole range of guiding, fundamental principles when undertaking this type of project. They also illustrate how you can use a whole range of colouring agents and finishing products in combination to produce stunning, individual finishes. By joining one of these days, you get to try the products out before you choose ones that you might buy to match your particular, favourite styles.

Also check out our whole range of finishing products and click Finishing Kits to see some money saving packages.

Just to show that we know how to treat our customers here are a couple of free ideas in black and white.

BLACK FRAMES are very popular and there are many very good commercially available finishes. If you like the look of real wood and want to shown the depth and texture of the grain as well as the strong lines of a square cut moulding, try this. Make the frame, fill, sand and brush with bronze brush. Brush onto the frame, either Liberon, ebony palette dye or a water based acrylic, blackboard paint to provide a black base. After a few minutes, wipe away excess colour with a rag. Leave the colour base to dry. If you like a distressed look, use steel wool (0000 grade) to rub away colour on edges and some areas of the grain. Apply a coat of Liberon, Dark Oak Black Bison wax using a short bristled brush or steel wool. Leave for 10 minutes before buffing up to a real shine with a soft cloth.

FOR A WHITE FINISH which doesn’t make the moulding look like plastic, this is effective and provides a more intense white than liming wax on its own. It is also a finish that works well on ash and oak mouldings, as well as the usual obeche. Again make the frame, fill, sand and brush with bronze brush. Apply a brilliant white emulsion paint, or a white Liberon colour dye, to the frame using a cloth. Work it into the grain until there is an even coverage without masking the grain completely. Leave this to dry (see drying times on the colouring agent container). Now apply Liberon liming wax to the white frame, again working in well before buffing it to a sheen.

Posted on: 8 Jun 2007@10:24:02, updated on: 8 Jun 2007@10:24:02.