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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Finishes You’ll Love On Your Wine Racks

March 27th, 2019

If you guys can recall last week’s wine cellar inspirations blog, we talked about our favorite wood and stain combos. Today, is like the Part 2: this time, with finishes you’ll love on your wine racks.  Just like stains, these finishes can bring varied looks to your racks and wine cellar as a whole. That’s why they’re such a great investment! Here are our top picks:

Lacquer Finish Option

This is most likely the most popular finish with wine cellar projects. And it’s not such a big wonder why. A coat of lacquer on the wood really gives it more character. It accentuates the natural beauty of almost any wood type. Lots of our clients choose this finish option because it makes their wine cellar exude a luxurious appearance. Here at WCI, we apply multiple applications of a clear coat sealant. This is coupled with intricate hand-sanding treatments between finishes. The lacquer gives the racks a smooth, gleaming finish and an elegant ambience. You can check out our photo galleries for more samples of projects using this finish.

Dark Weathered Finish Option

We call this the more intense version of the Dusty Weathered Finish. The latter works to make your wood achieve a timeworn look. The way we do it is firstly, the wood is run through a proprietary process. This serves to strip intergrain material down below the grain. This works in the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. The process is no different with the Dark Weathered Finish. However, a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect. This finish option goes particularly well with Pine, Redwood and Oak. The much deeper shades are bold and eye-catching. It’s the perfect choice when you want to go traditional but with a contemporary touch.

Distressed Finish Option

We do not see this type of finish in as many wine cellar projects as we would have wanted to. That’s why there is a need to highlight it more! The Distressed Finish deserves more love because it is just gorgeous. 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 an old used pieces of furniture. After that, a dark coat is wiped on to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches. The purpose is to highlight them. Lastly, a medium dark background coat is applied then finished off with a lacquer finish. The final effect is very classic, very “antique” and reminiscent of “old-country.”


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