Add Your Own Finishes

Not all finish effects have to be massively flamboyant. Some ideas can be simple and similar to some of the ready finished mouldings.Creating your own effects is most useful when you want a bit more depth and texture to a finish.

Coming up in the autumn is the next of our Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames courses (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.


The Right Product

A few months ago we had a careful look at our whole range of finishing products and then updated our Finishing Kits accordingly: the two packages have been fine tuned to reflect the ideas explored on the training days.  But they also offer money saving opportunities to anyone wanting to add that extra something to their framing.

Frame Finishes HH SheetFor more information about what the range does, as well as looking at how to ensure the finished frame is blemish free, have a look at these two HH titles:

40 Products For Fine Tuning & Touching Up Frames

41 Frame Finishing Products & Their Uses

Just to show that we know how to treat our customers, here are a couple of free ideas in black and white. Products mentioned can be found in our Frame Finishes section.



Black & White

Create a black finishBLACK FRAMES are very popular and there are many very good commercially available finishes. If you like the look of real wood and want to show the depth and texture of the grain 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. Leave for 10 minutes before buffing up to a real shine with a soft cloth.


Create a white finishFOR 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: 18 Jun 2015@06:38:22, updated on: 18 Jun 2015@06:38:22.