Picking the Perfect Wood Finish

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The type of finish you choose for your indoor and outdoor wood is often as important as the type of wood itself! With tons of options in dye stains, wood stains, and milk paints, it can get pretty confusing. So we’ve made a list of the different wood finishes to help you make the best decision possible for your home.

Dye Stains

If you’re working with woods like cherry, walnut, or maple, you might want to consider water based Dye Stains. These finishes offer deep rich tones that are specifically made to enhance the wood grain, deeply penetrating and producing elegant and vibrant colors. Dye stains can also be used as a toner when mixed with water based top coats.

Wood Stains

Wood stains are ideal when working with softer woods such as Aspen, Pine, and Maple. Water based wood stains offer all the advantages of oil based stains, as they can be spread easily, blended effortlessly, and are reparable. Also, these stains can be open for long periods of time, so you can get the most out of the product without worrying about it going to waste. The wood stains also feature a thicker formula, which allows for controlled penetration and reduces blotching.

Milk Paints

If you’re interested in a more decorative finish on your wood, water based Milk Paints are a great option! Whether youblue-milk-finish want to accomplish a contemporary or old fashioned look, milk paints give you the versatility you need to create the look you desire. These paints are easy to apply, durable, and simple to repair. Water based milk paints can also be used in combination with glaze effects, pearl effects, as well as water based wood stains to create unique finishes such as distressing, antiquing, faux marble, rag rolling, or color washing.

Pearl Effects

Water based pearl effects are used to create specialty finishes. They come in decorative acrylic pearlescent colors that can be used with milk paints, stains, and topcoats to create translucent metallic pearl effects. If you really want a one-of-a-kind finish, consider using pearl effects to make your wood stand out!

Glaze Effects

Glaze effects are another way to create decorative finishes such as distressing, marble, shabby chic, burnishing, color washing, rag rolling, and wood graining. They can be used over water based wood stains and milk paints, and effects can be intermixed or layered to create custom colors. Also, glazes can be layered over one another to create deeper, richer finishes.


Custom Service Hardware offers a wide variety of environmentally friendly, water based finishes to help you accomplish the look and feel you want for the wood in your home. Browse our selection of Dye Stains, Wood Stains, and Milk Paints to give your wood the perfect look and feel!


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