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Crafting Beauty from Wood: My Personal Opinion for Finishing Rustic Furniture

Updated: Apr 24

When it comes to furniture then modern technology has provided a wide range of material that is quite durable. However, there is something seriously amazing about this all-natural material that always grabbed my attention. I mean why wouldn’t you like a material that cannot be produced synthetically? I always like to craft things from wood. I believe that as a lover of all things wood, I am constantly amazed by the beauty and versatility of this timeless material. Whether it's a rustic farmhouse table or a sleek Office Desks, I believe that wood has the ability to add warmth and character to any space. As an expert in the field of custom wood furniture, I have spent countless hours studying the different types of wood and the best ways to bring out their unique qualities. So here is how I source the wood for the best quality custom furniture.

My Best Source of Obtaining Wood

At Wise Owl Wood Co, I take pride in sourcing the highest quality woods from Costa Rica, including Monkey Pod, Parota, Brazilian Walnut, Mango, Wild Cashew, Jatoba, Guanacaste, and Acacia. Don’t stress if you don’t know about the wood because I always choose each of these woods because of their own distinct character and beauty, and I work hard to ensure that we are getting the best possible materials for our customers. Having this in mind, continue reading about the right type of finishing that may suit your style.

Why Wood Finishing Matters?

Once the wooden furniture piece is completed it needs to be finished. There are a number of wood finishing options and all have their own perks. Bare wood will look bland and will not have that “shine” that one will opt for. The finishing will transform the wood in a much different way. After carefully sanding the wood the finishing is applied to eliminate any bad spots and imperfections. It gives the wood that smooth surface that one is always looking for. Also, with the proper finishing, one can change the color and aesthetics of the wood as well.

Best Choice for Finishing

When it comes to finishing these woods, there are a variety of options to choose from. Stain is a popular choice because it can enhance the natural grain and color of the wood, while also providing protection against moisture and wear. This is why it is a popular finish for live edge dining tables used in homes mostly for dining. It's amazing how just the right shade of stain can completely transform the look of a piece of furniture, giving it a warm and inviting, and luxurious feel.


On the other hand, paint is a great option if you're looking for a more dramatic change in a regular furniture piece. It allows you to completely cover up the natural wood grain and texture, creating a uniform and modern look. This option is especially popular in coastal and beachy settings, where bright colors and whimsical patterns can add a playful touch like exotic wood bar tops.

All Natural

But for those who truly appreciate the beauty of natural wood, the best choice is often to leave it unfinished or simply apply a clear coat to protect it from wear and tear. This option allows the unique character of the wood to shine through, with all its knots, cracks, and variations adding to the overall charm of the piece.

At Wise Owl Wood Co, I prefer to use a combination of stain and natural finishes to highlight the unique character of the wood that I import from Costa Rica. It's amazing how just the right amount of stain can bring out the beauty of the grain, while a clear coat can protect it from daily use. Of course, the choice of finish ultimately depends on your personal preferences and the look you are trying to achieve.


In conclusion, when it comes to finishing rustic wood furniture, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone has their own preferences so it is hard to recommend one solution that fits all. The best choice depends on a variety of factors, including the type of wood being used, the desired look and feel, and personal preferences. At Wise Owl Wood Co owned by Zachary Pascarella, I am committed to using the highest quality materials and finishes to create beautiful and long-lasting pieces that will be cherished for years to come. You can contact me for more information before opting for a custom furniture piece from Wise Owl Wood CO.

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