When people ask me what foods I hate, I usually say, “I’ll eat anything, as long as it’s prepared well.”
I didn’t like Brussels sprouts until I had them roasted. I didn’t like oysters until I tried them right from the creek. And I didn’t like green beans until I had fresh ones (ugh, 1970s canned green beans;I’d rather eat bauxite).
The same thing goes for furniture finishes. Most people don’t like grain-painted furniture until they see a well-done example.
Most of furniture-maker Joshua Klein’s business is restoring and repairing antiques in his Maine studio. So he has to do a lot of inpainting, color-matching and the like. All those skills come in handy when he gets to finish a project he built himself.
Today Joshua published photos of his completed tool chest, which he grain-painted and then detailed with colored shellac. I think the result is fantastic – so good that it might convince some of you to give it a try.
More photos of the finished chest are here.
— Christopher Schwarz