Get Furniture With Showroom Shine
It starts with the wood worker
A skilled craftsman takes the wood making it into a functional item. Sometimes it's a chair, bench or dresser. We sit in it , we use it as storage and we decorate a room with it.
The first woodworkers in America came from Europe in the late 17th century. They made jointed furniture and turned furniture. The jointed took a highly skilled craftsman to produce. Needs of the new settlers were minimal at the time and tended to be trunks, benches, and tables. As time went by they wanted to be more comfortable and furniture making became a popular craft with more style.
Furniture style evolved
In the mid 18th century furniture became more than just functional it was a form of art and style. The backs of chairs grew higher, the lines were slimmer and dovetailing became popular. The wealthy wanted comfort and luxury. The William and Mary style made its appearance which, brought energy and movement. John Wentworth from Portsmouth, New Hampshire was instrumental in bringing this style to America, The style never gained widespread popularity in the states. Naturalistic styles became the wave of the future.
In the 19th century, there were a plethora of styles. There was the Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Rococo Revival. People began to explore their own taste and personalities. In the late part of the century, Modern Gothic Oak became the most popular of all.
Woodworkers started designing more of their own styles relying less on the past styles as an influence. The times became a very eclectic period as we entered into the 20th century.
In the 20th century, times of the great depression came and furniture departed away from ornate and back to practical. The Arts and Crafts period came with heavier and straighter lines. Solid functional furniture became the norm. It was a direct reflection of the hard times and values that were held.
Modern times of shine
Today wood furniture remains extremely popular. Now we tend to like clean thinner lines. Shaker furniture made by the Amish is everywhere. It blends well with all decors and takes up less room than bulky pieces of the past.
With the sleek lines of modern furniture, it commands a brilliant shine to show it off. I know I want furniture, to have good reflective properties to make the wood look deep and rich. if you want that look you have to take care of the wood. You have to nourish and protect it. You can't let it sit for years and get dry and dirty. It will compromise the integrity of the wood.
First, you have to clean it. Don't use a harsh cleaner on it. Use an oil soap with water. Never oversaturate the wood because it can result in wood rot and destroy it. When your furniture dries use a good wax on it. There are many great waxes out there but, of course, we like to use our own brand of wax by The Clean Witch. It's all natural and has beeswax and carnauba wax in it which results in high shine and a protective coat. Rub a light layer of wax on the surface in a circular motion. Let it sit for a few minutes, then buff it off with a microfiber towel. The wax needs to cure so don't touch it for a couple of days. When it is cured it will have a strong protective coat on it. We used it on the apothecary media cabinet we pictured at the beginning of the article to show the beautiful rich shine of the wood.
Furniture that last
If you purchase all wood furniture and take care of it well it will last through the next generation. What a great piece of history to pass down. Think of all the memories each furnishing has from the family that sat in it, ate their food at it, and slept in it. It does cost more up front but, in the end saves a great deal of money and gives lasting enjoyment.