Types of Wooden Furniture Decorations

Newly finished furniture can be decorated, old pieces can be refurbished without having to strip it, or special effect touches can be added to unfinished and inexpensive pieces to create anaura of distinction. A wide range of options can be chosen when deciding to decorate wooden furniture. For instance, surface flaws can be hidden with the help of enamel finishes or if you are looking to create an aged or worn wood appearance you could opt for antique glazing or flyspecking.

wooden furniture decorations

You can use your creativity and imagination to create any kind of special effect you have in mind. Here are some simple and economical ways of adding decoration to almost any finish that you desire. However, before you commence on initiating any special effect technique, ensure that the surface of the furniture is smooth and clean.



Enamelling furniture is easy, and can be used over any old finish or wooden furniture, unlike clear finishes. Enamelling is useful in covering up a number of flaws and is attractive to look at, tough for future use and easy on maintenance. Poor quality or uninteresting wood can be taken care of by enamelling, while badly stained surfaces and furniture pieces created from varied kinds of woods can all be evened out a good coating of enamel. Old finished furniture products and bare wood are usually rescued with the help of striking, accentuated enamelling.

old finished furniture

Creating an antique glaze on your furniture

In order to create an interesting colour effect or stimulate bare new furniture, look out for the technique of glazing with the help of a base finish known as antiquing. Although the most common ways for antiquing is enamel, other surfaces can also be glazed such as varnished, shellacked and lacquered surfaces. However it is important to note here that real antiques should not be processed with the technique of antiquing, but it can be used for cheap, unfinished pieces bought from thrift stores.


The random spattering of furniture with the help of tiny drops of paint is known as flyspecking. In order to create the effect of worn-out wood and aged appearance, furniture is sometimes flyspecked, as this technique can be particularly competent in finishing bargain-priced pieces. Before flyspecking any furniture, a thin flat black paint is used. Flyspecking is not really misleading but it can be quite captivating if it is done accurately with the right kind of materials and proper technique. Flyspecking is done by using a piece of wire screening and applying the specs by spattering thin paint or shellac through the screening. By experimenting on finding the right brushing angle, keep practising until you are able to cover the entire test surface correctly before moving on to the actual piece of furniture that needs to be flyspecked.

flyspecking furniture

Wax Gilting

Another interesting way of restoring wooden furniture is by applying a gold finish or gilting that is particularly used in rendering a polished appearance to carved mirrors, picture frames and ornate carvings. Conventionally, gilding is done through gold leafing, with the help of fine and thin sheets of gold foil. Another recent technique, known as bronzing is done with powdered gold colour, which is either blended into another vehicle or directly applied. The best way of applying gold is through wax gilting. Sold at most art supplies and craft stores, wax gilt comes in the form of a paste that is prepared in copper, bronze, silver, gold and silver and similar such colours which is not only inexpensive but also appears exactly like gold leafing.

Erin Emanuel

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