If you've recently decided to purchase handcrafted, solid wood furniture you are probably now facing the decision of what type of furniture finish to have applied.  Different furniture makers have their own favorite recipes for finish.  Some craftsmen only offer one tried and true finish– something they have used for years which has withstood the test of time.  Other craftspeople will offer a plethora of different kinds of stains and protective coatings for their wood furniture pieces.

At Vermont Woods Studios we offer a number of standard finishes plus custom finishes, but over the years our customers have pretty much gravitated towards these two options, either:



  • An old fashioned linseed oil finish just like the one used on Gramma's traditional oak or cherry furniture or
  • A contemporary, low-maintenance finish that looks like linseed oil but protects as well as polyurethane

Sometimes customers will go with both.  They'll choose a protective sealant for the tops of their tables, dressers, chests and cabinets (where drinks might be spilled) and a pure linseed oil for the sides.  What kind of furniture finish is best for you?  Give us a call and we'll help you decide.

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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