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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Finish Options For Your Wine Cellar

January 25th, 2017

Don’t get us wrong – we love unstained wine racks and wine cellar furniture. We also believe in preserving the natural beauty of the wood in a wine cellar project, especially those with unique grain patterns such as Redwood and Rustic Pine. But of course, not everyone will have the same style preference when it comes to wine cellar projects. That’s where stain and finish options come in handy! By staining and finishing your wine racks and furniture, you can achieve so many different looks to match whatever design you have in mind for your wine cellar. Today, we’ll be talking about some finish options you can consider for your project:

The Lacquer Finish


First up is Lacquer as this can be considered as one of the more popular finish options. Lacquering your wood lends it a smooth and gleaming appearance. This is why it’s so popular with wooden furniture because it really gives i it that elegant vibe. But that’s not all! Lacquer also increases the durability of the wood as it remains clear for years without the yellowing usually associated with varnish, polyurethane or shellac. While it is a bit thinner than other products, this is actually very advantageous because it makes it penetrate the wood deeper. This provides a durable seal that protects the wood from the inside out.

The Dusty Weathered Finish

Dusty Weathered Finish

This type of finish will give your wood a beautiful timeworn look. It’s the perfect choice for those who love that vintage-y, old-country feel. The process to achieve it is quite intricate. First, the wood is run through a proprietary process that strips intergrain material down below the grain in the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. This works particularly well with wood types like Pine, Redwood and Oak. Next, a custom topcoat is applied and the color plays on the grayish-brown hues to complete the weathered appearance to the wood. A variation of this is the Dark Weathered Finish which basically employs the same process, but a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect.

The Whitewash Finish

Whitewash Finish

The whitewash finish is a newer concept and works to give a whitish cast to the wood. It’s geared towards more modern wine cellars or those who lean towards a contemporary appearance to their projects. Whitewash is a versatile finish that complements the clean, open themes of modern décor as well as the seaside appeal of old New England.

The Distressed Finish

Distressed Finish

Last but not the least, we have the Distressed Finish. Note that it takes quite a bit of work to achieve this kind of finish, owing to its unique properties. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of old, used pieces of furniture. Dark coats are then applied to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches dor purposes of highlighting them. Lastly, a medium dark background coat is applied, then finished off with a lacquer finish. The goal is to achieve a look that is very classic, very “antique” and reminiscent of “old-country.”

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