Choosing the Best Dining Room Furniture Finishes
It’s not just the choice of material that matters when you choose furnishings for your dining room. Selecting the right dining room furniture finishes is important too.
Finishes not only vary in color, but in depth and polish as well. Finishes are one of the details that give rooms a professionally designed look.
For wood furniture, stains can give inexpensive woods like pine a richer look. A broad range of colors is available, from pale blond to deep mahogany.
Wood furniture can be finished in matte, semi-gloss or high-gloss finishes that both protect the wood from spills and stains and enhance the look of the wood. Some, like linseed and tung oil, penetrate the wood. Other finishes, like shellac, varnish or lacquer, lay on the surface of the wood. Paste wax is often applied over finishes to give the wood a polished look.
None of the dining room furniture finishes available offers perfect protection against water, heat and scratches, but most handy everyday wear well. Water-based polyurethane finishes are likely the easiest to maintain. All finishes, when applied correctly, can enhance the grain of the wood. An expertly applied finish will look natural, never plastic.