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The finishing touch

We’ve done just about every colour there is when it comes to finishing our products to our clients. Different shades of brown, ebony, grey and wax tones but how does one tell what they really want and how to decipher the difference between certain colours?

At Two Birds Furniture there’s more than one way to get to the colour you want and we’re going to show you what kind of finish coats you can have on one product.


Wax coats are our most popular way to finish your door with the most optimal tones you can have. Our waxes come in a handful of finish colours including Tudor Brown (Most Popular), Ebony, Mahogany and even clear coated waxes have been used by us in the past. Just simply apply the product on to the working surface you’re using and apply the wax in nice straight applications. You can usually add 1-3 coats of the product for lighter or darker tones and you can add more than one colour to get a certain shade you’re looking for. Wax looks also depend on like any other product, the texture and condition the wood is in.

Tudor Brown Wax


Oil stains which can be found at any local hardware store. Our colours range from dark walnut, provincial and other brown tones depending what the colour match leads us to. A stained door has a more “Painted” look to it as the application is usually thicker for wood we’re using, stains because they’re oil based and need a more controlled environment to apply them to a surface to and depending on the season, weather conditions (yes even in a heated shop) oil stains can take much longer and be a bit more difficult to control what tones you’re going to get. Sometime 3-4 or even five coats might be used to try and match the colours.

Dark Walnut Stain on a Heritage Door

Wash Coats

Wash coats can be described as two different concepts. The first being added a different colour in a light enough definition to a wood surface but still show the original tone of the wood. Example Grey Wash is with a piece of grey material, lightly lathered in a white or other colour that still shows the grey character (Add pic)

The second of wash coats is lightening the application of a stain or wax. Where you’re going from a potential dark walnut stain and lightening the tones by either applying a coat of sheen to the wood first or by wiping the pigments of an oil stain to get a lighter colour. The same goes for waxes, the less you use, the less dark it is.

Dark Walnut Wash

Straight Application

Like the name suggests and for this case it goes for just applying actually paint to a product, paint on to the wood as many times as needed to match the colour and to make sure no natural colours are breaking through the coats of paint and applying till finished.

Straight Blue Paint Application (Blend of Two Blue Tones)

Paint with a Wax Blend

To follow up on the straight application of paint especially if you’re using a different colour from the regular brown, grey or ebony tones or looking to make something pop with the wood grains, we suggest a blend where paint is applied first and once the paint is dry, add a colour of wax to really expose the wood grains while still staying with your painted threads.

Red Paint with a Black Wax application

The best part about picking a colour with us is simply this, we will show you in our showroom or through pictures what something is going to look like. When choosing a piece of furniture as long as it isn’t a natural tone, we can decide once the piece is through manufacturing and ready for finishing.

For more inquires on colour tones don’t hesitate to ask us anytime!

119 Fisher Street Okotoks, AB


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