Are you considering buying unfinished furniture? When most people set out to buy furniture, they look for painted or stained pieces that match their décor. However, unfinished furniture can add another element of versatility. People often buy it to save money, and they’ll often paint of stain the piece themselves. Wood is naturally beautiful and leaving it “as is” is worth considering, as well. Here are some very good reasons why you should consider leaving the furniture unfinished.
Free From Imperfections
Most unfinished furniture pieces have a minimal amount of imperfections, if any. Often, manufacturers will buff out any nicks and dings before painting or staining. If you’ve purchased the furniture new, chances are pretty good that the pieces are as close to flawless as they can get because they don’t want customers to see them. Keeping the furniture bare will highlight how flawless it is.
It’s Naturally Beautiful
Wood that is left in its natural state is beautiful. It doesn’t matter if the natural color of the wood is light or dark. The fact that each piece is unique and has its own pattern of knots and rings makes it appealing to the eye. In fact, natural wood furniture is striking. Even though painting or staining the wood can make it unique, leaving it natural can make it unique in its own way. Because it’s fairly unexpected to decorate with natural wood furniture, it will definitely make a statement.
Embrace the Rustic Look
Decorating your apartment or home with the “rustic look” is a big trend right now. The look is centered on natural elements, such as natural wood, marble, and other design elements that are inspired by the outdoors. You can easily make the unfinished furniture the focal point of the decorating scheme. From there, you can work in other design elements such as dark wood floors, marble countertops, and even polished metal.
If you leave the furniture unfinished for now, you can always change your mind later on. As your decorating scheme changes, you can always stain or paint the furniture at a later date. Keeping the piece in its pure state when you first get it allows you to enjoy the beauty of the wood while it’s still flawless. In other words, buying unfinished furniture and keeping it that way allows you to be more versatile over the long term.
As you can see, you don’t necessarily need to paint or stain the unfinished furniture as soon as you get it. You can leave it “as is” – at least for a while. If you decide to leave it in its naturally state, you might want to give it a coat or to if polyurethane, which is oil based, or polyacrylic, which is water based, before you start using it. This will bring out its natural beauty even further while also giving it a layer of protection from surface scratches and dings.