How we do it can be split into two distinctive areas. For example:
- The item has come to us and needs work doing to it
- Someone has seen work that we have done and wants something custom built
- Someone has commissioned a specific piece of work
- Someone has asked us to repair, strip or distress a piece of their own furniture
Then we have the exciting bit. Under the upcycling philosophy, everything has a potential use or value, although it might take some creative thinking to figure out what that is:
- We have a light bulb moment and come up with an idea
- We turn stuff into something completely different
The majority of our work falls into the first category as we have to generate income to pay the bills but always make sure we have time to experiment and be creative.
The techniques and methods that we use are varied. Some are simple such as a bit of TLC and wax. Others are more technical.
The following are brief examples.
- Marbleising or faux marbling is used to make furniture look like real marble using either plaster or glaze techniques.
- Graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for "fake wood") is used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties
- Trompe l'oeil, "trick the eye" in French, is a realistic painting technique used in murals, and to create architectural details.
- Color wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
- Strié, from the French for 'stripe' or 'streak', is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush.
- Rag painting or ragging is a decorative paint-effect created by rolling a paint-moistened rag over the surface to form a pattern
- Crackle glaze is a simple idea, they attempt to re-create the effect of old varnish that cracks and crazes over time.
- Distressing in the decorative arts is the activity of making a piece of furniture or object appear aged and older.
- We may deliberately sand, dent, or scrape the finish off of furniture or object.
- Wood can be hammered softer, or dimpled, bleached, pickled, stained or repainted with crackling paints and varnishes.
- Wood finishes include wax, shellac, drying oils (such as linseed oil or tung oil), lacquer, varnish, or paint.