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Oil Finish on Cherry

Oil Finish on Cherry

How Oil Finish Looks on Cherry wood. This stair finishing project is from a new construction project we did a few years ago. I had the pleasure of applying clear oil finish to the very curvacious cherry rail system. Cherry continues to be my favorite interior wood species to work with, and there really is nothing […]

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Wood Grain Profiling: By Eye

Written by on June 23, 2011 in Topcoat Finishes, Wood Snobbery with 8 Comments
Wood Grain Profiling: By Eye

Wood finishing is misunderstood. Rightly so. Every species has its own traits that affect product and process to be used on it. The best way to learn about wood is to work with it, on as large a scale as possible. The wood will teach you. Pattern Recognition I remember finishing an antique heart pine floor […]

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Fir Porch Floor Restoration

Fir Porch Floor Restoration

  Can’t say it enough…pressure washing is such a cool service to integrate into a paint contracting company. Today, we brought back to life a rather tired old tongue and groove porch floor in Burlington. We will be restoring this porch over the course of the next week. It’s beginning to feel a lot like […]

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Screened Porch Wood Restoration – Lake Champlain

Screened Porch Wood Restoration – Lake Champlain

In the spirit of our custom exterior services for exotic natural wood species, Topcoat employees John and Sam recently completed a very special lakeside octagon screened porch ceiling restoration. The eight sections of the ceiling culminate in a single point in the peak, from which is mounted a ceiling fan. The ceiling material is fir […]

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Exterior Wood Care in Vermont’s Elements

Written by on June 1, 2011 in Home Improvement, Topcoat Finishes, Wood Snobbery with 1 Comment
Exterior Wood Care in Vermont’s Elements

Topcoat Finishes’ relationship with red cedar continues this season as we prepare new homes with visually appealing exterior coatings that perform, and we are also maintaining homes within our client base that have been subject to the most unusual weather patterns we have seen maybe ever. Vermont homes that are located in harsh lake and […]

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Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

Written by on May 5, 2011 in Topcoat Finishes with 3 Comments
Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

Here’s a recent story about my paint company. We are full time, year round painters who use the best available equipment, products and processes to deliver to our customers a high level of service with aesthetically pleasing, high performance finishes. We believe in sharing information with other professionals to try to help raise standards among […]

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Cabinet Finishing

Cabinet Finishing

Cabinet finishing is one of the most fun types of project that we do at Topcoat because everything involved in the prep, product and material delivery system has to come together in harmony. And, the hands being laid on all of the above have to be, well, having a good day – every day. Cabinet […]

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Family Room Makeover with Natura Paint

Written by on January 31, 2011 in Finishing, Home Improvement, Publications, Topcoat Finishes with 4 Comments
Family Room Makeover with Natura Paint

A very cool blast from the past. In 2009, we did a series of makeover projects with designer Stephen Saint Onge for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I just stumbled across this on Youtube. This project was cool because it was one of many test projects for our Benjamin Moore Natura Review. The BHG projects […]

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Deck Restoration (2009)

Deck Restoration (2009)

Decks and porches have really come into their own in recent years as practical and appealing extensions of indoor living spaces. We have learned to “bring the outdoors in” and also to “bring the indoors out.” Pressure washing is a misunderstood component in home maintenance. This article helps to clarify some of the myths and […]

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Venetian Plaster (2009)

Written by on November 26, 2010 in Home Improvement, Topcoat Finishes with 0 Comments
Venetian Plaster (2009)

Walls are one of the easiest and highest impact home improvements that can be done. Decorative walls take things to a much more custom level. This article discusses some of the higher end options for transforming interior wall spaces, with a particular emphasis on the visual and tactile appeal of venetian plaster.

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