Picture Frame Finishes

The industrial revolution made it feasible for wide scale production mouldings, but it was not until much later that prefinished picture frame moulding became available. Likewise, at Vermont Hardwoods, we started out with only unfinished products but we continually refine and add to our offerings as the market dictates.

There is considerable variation in color in the final product, as wood naturally varies. Further, most woods change color with age and exposure to light, some quite dramatically. Cherry and Mahogany are especially susceptible to darkening, almost appearing to change into a completely different species. While more subtle, Walnut actually lightens and becomes more of a golden color over a long period of time. If matching the sample is important to you or your customer we suggest you look at our New Traditions line.

Picture Frame Finish Options:

Raw

There is no finish whatsoever. Our moulding is run through a moulder by trained personnel for a smooth, consistent surface. Additionally, the visible flat surfaces of all our mouldings are run through our state-of-the-art Delle Vedove profile sander.

Sanded

The surface is sanded and prepped just as we do for our own finishes. This involves hand sanding with a random orbit sander on flat surfaces, hand sanding all curves, and finally a special fiber removal process to clean the surface and open the pores of the wood for proper finish penetration.

Oil and Wax

We take moulding that has been hand sanded and apply a tung oil based finish. This type of finish penetrates into the surface of the wood and reveals an inner glow you don’t get with a surface finish such as lacquer or polyurethane. We use two kinds, depending on the type of wood it’s applied to, as some woods such as Cherry and Walnut benefit from a slight ambering effect while others such as Maple or Ash we want to keep as light and bright as possible. After drying overnight a coating of liquid wax is applied to preserve the oil and add luster.

New Traditions
We offer what we hope will become a New Tradition − stains, paints and washes that highlight natural assets of the wood. We custom blend our own sheens based on the color of the finish, as differing colors represent their own unique character.

Although these finishes do provide more consistency, there will still be some variation in color and grain. However, the parameters will be much narrower than with the clear finishes.

Black Cherry – Dark, almost black, but with a hint of red showing through − while natural cherry has almost no chance of ever looking like this, it is a beautiful color and may match well with commercially produced items.
Black Cherry

Padauk – A rich purple to mimic an exotic, but on a domestic wood.
Walnut − Padauk (P) − Face

Special Dark – Provides a nice even chocolate brown with the sheen of a satin lacquer finish.
Walnut − Special Dark (B) − Face

Ebony – Gray/black with a hint of warmth from the walnut showing through.
Walnut − Ebony (E) − Face

Satin Black – A thin black paint on Walnut allows the grain to show through and is very beautiful in a quiet, elegant way; also available on Maple for those projects where a sleek, smooth look is desired or Ash (shown below) for a stronger grain.
Satin Black

 

Light Grey – Featuring warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. Available on Ash (strong grain, shown below), Walnut (subtle grain) or Maple (smooth and sleek).
Light Grey

Medium Grey – Bold, saturated color that is strikingly reminiscent of battleship grey. Available on Ash (strong grain), Walnut (subtle grain, shown below) or Maple (smooth and sleek).
Medium Grey

Dark Grey – Deep beautiful color with graphite and charcoal tones. Available on Ash (strong grain), Walnut (subtle grain) or Maple (smooth and sleek, shown below).
Dark Grey

 

Aged – Designed to give a naturally aged appearance of the natural wood after 3−5 years of typical conditions.
Aged


Antique –
Portrays the deep, dark coloring of an extremely old piece of Cherry or Mahogany.
Antique

White Wash – Allows you to see the grain and some of the natural color through a light white color with a cloudy appearance − sometimes called pickled or just plain wash.
Ash − WhiteWash (W) − Face


Clear Lacquer –
One step brighter than the Oil & Wax, it also imparts a slightly higher sheen.
Maple − Clear Lacquer (L) − Face

White – Opaque white paint finish − looks grainy on Ash, smooth and clean on Maple. Matches Rising “Polar White” mats.
Maple − White (T) − Face

Rising White – Opaque white paint finish − looks grainy on Ash, smooth and clean on Maple. Matches Rising “White” mats.
Maple − Rising White (I) − Face

Rising Warm White – Opaque white paint finish − looks grainy on Ash, smooth and clean on Maple. Matches Rising “Warm White” mats.
Maple − Rising Warm White (A) − Face

Finishes by Wood Type:

Ash

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Clear Lacquer (L)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Clear Lacquer (L) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Clear Lacquer (L) Finish
WhiteWash (W)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with WhiteWash (W) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with WhiteWash (W) Finish
White (T)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with White (T) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with White (T) Finish
Rising White (I)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Rising White (I) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Rising White (I) Finish
Rising Warm White (A)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Rising Warm White (A) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Rising Warm White (A) Finish
Light Grey (1)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Light Grey (1) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Light Grey (1) Finish
Medium Grey (2)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Medium Grey (2) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Medium Grey (2) Finish
Dark Grey (3)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Dark Grey (3) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Dark Grey (3) Finish
Satin Black (K)
Edge Grain
Ash Edge Grain with Satin Black (K) Finish
Face Grain
Ash Face Grain with Satin Black (K) Finish

Basswood

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Basswood Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Basswood Face Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Basswood Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Basswood Face Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Basswood Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Basswood Face Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish

Cherry

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Cherry Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Cherry Face Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Cherry Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Cherry Face Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Cherry Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Cherry Face Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Aged (G)
Edge Grain
Cherry Edge Grain with Aged (G) Finish
Face Grain
Cherry Face Grain with Aged (G) Finish
Antique (Q)
Edge Grain
Cherry Edge Grain with Antique (Q) Finish
Face Grain
Cherry Face Grain with Antique (Q) Finish
Black Cherry (D)
Edge Grain
Cherry Edge Grain with Black Cherry (D) Finish
Face Grain
Cherry Face Grain with Black Cherry (D) Finish

Mahogany

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Mahogany Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Mahogany Face Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Mahogany Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Mahogany Face Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Mahogany Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Mahogany Face Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Aged (G)
Edge Grain
Mahogany Edge Grain with Aged (G) Finish
Face Grain
Mahogany Face Grain with Aged (G) Finish
Antique (Q)
Edge Grain
Mahogany Edge Grain with Antique (Q) Finish
Face Grain
Mahogany Face Grain with Antique (Q) Finish

Maple

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Clear Lacquer (L)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Clear Lacquer (L) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Clear Lacquer (L) Finish
WhiteWash (W)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with WhiteWash (W) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with WhiteWash (W) Finish
White (T)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with White (T) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with White (T) Finish
Rising White (I)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Rising White (I) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Rising White (I) Finish
Rising Warm White (A)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Rising Warm White (A) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Rising Warm White (A) Finish
Light Grey (1)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Light Grey (1) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Light Grey (1) Finish
Medium Grey (2)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Medium Grey (2) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Medium Grey (2) Finish
Dark Grey (3)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Dark Grey (3) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Dark Grey (3) Finish
Satin Black (K)
Edge Grain
Maple Edge Grain with Satin Black (K) Finish
Face Grain
Maple Face Grain with Satin Black (K) Finish

Oak

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Oak Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Oak Face Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Oak Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Oak Face Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Oak Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Oak Face Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Clear Lacquer (L)
Edge Grain
Oak Edge Grain with Clear Lacquer (L) Finish
Face Grain
Oak Face Grain with Clear Lacquer (L) Finish

Qtrd White Oak

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Qtrd White Oak Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Not available in
Qtrd White Oak
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Qtrd White Oak Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Not available in
Qtrd White Oak
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Qtrd White Oak Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Not available in
Qtrd White Oak
Clear Lacquer (L)
Edge Grain
Qtrd White Oak Edge Grain with Clear Lacquer (L) Finish
Face Grain
Not available in
Qtrd White Oak
Charcoal (C)
Edge Grain
Qtrd White Oak Edge Grain with Charcoal (C) Finish
Face Grain
Not available in
Qtrd White Oak
Mission (M)
Edge Grain
Qtrd White Oak Edge Grain with Mission (M) Finish
Face Grain
Not available in
Qtrd White Oak

Walnut

Raw (R)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Raw (R) Finish
Sanded (S)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Sanded (S) Finish
Oil & Wax (F)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Oil & Wax (F) Finish
Padauk (P)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Padauk (P) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Padauk (P) Finish
Special Dark (B)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Special Dark (B) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Special Dark (B) Finish
Ebony (E)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Ebony (E) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Ebony (E) Finish
Light Grey (1)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Light Grey (1) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Light Grey (1) Finish
Medium Grey (2)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Medium Grey (2) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Medium Grey (2) Finish
Dark Grey (3)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Dark Grey (3) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Dark Grey (3) Finish
Satin Black (K)
Edge Grain
Walnut Edge Grain with Satin Black (K) Finish
Face Grain
Walnut Face Grain with Satin Black (K) Finish
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