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The Beauty Of Wormy Chestnut Plantation Shutters

The Coloration Of Wormy Chestnut Plantation Shutters

Have you ever looked closely at two different sets of Wormy Chestnut wood and noticed that they look different? Our plantation shutters at Kirtz® Shutters are genuine wood straight from the source which means that no two sets will be exactly like the last. This is part of the beauty of Wormy Chestnut plantation shutters. Today, we’ll talk a little more about why the grains and coloration of the wood can appear differently.

Although few exist, the growth region for Chestnut is found in the eastern United States. Today, Wormy Chestnut is mostly reclaimed from dismantled barns and other structures. The appearance has a grayish brown heartwood that darkens with age and a narrow, pale-colored sapwood. Holes found in the wood are literally from the worms that invade the trees, and the black streaks are from iron nails that have rusted and left behind a unique patina in the wood.

As you can imagine, processing this reclaimed lumber into beautiful custom Wormy Chestnut plantation shutters is an extensive process. We take a lot of time choosing the best of the wood to ensure a product that lives up to the Kirtz® Shutters standard.

The great part about this type of wood is that it is rated as being very durable. Due to its texture it glues, stains, and finishes well. This type of wood usually goes best in a room with rustic décor and furniture. The best part about customizing homes with Wormy Chestnut plantation shutters is that they can be any shape or size.

At Kirtz® Shutters each of our plantation shutters are individually designed and meticulously crafted to fit perfectly. If you’re looking to add versatile wooden shutters to your next custom built home, let us help make your crafted wood dreams come true. Contact us at 1-800-416-6455!

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Plantation Shutters That Take Stain Easily

The Best Plantation Shutters For Quick Staining

The truth about 85% of people is that they like variety. Whether it’s what to do over the weekend, the temperature in their home, or which elements to incorporate in their home’s interior design. For those that change their furniture or simple décor often, plantation shutters are one such element that can offer the stability of something in the room that doesn’t need to be removed, yet variable enough that they can match many styles. Staining is a technique that can be applied to any of our wooden shutters, but there are some woods that accept the stain more easily.

The top 5 shutters that take stain easily are:

  • Knotty Alder Plantation Shutters: A benefit of this hardwood is that it has no problems with sap or mineral streaks allowing it to have an even, uniform appearance in grain and color.
  • Ash Plantation Shutters: This wood can be made to blend with other woods, such as oak, by simply tweaking the stain. This is best achieved when using a medium to dark color, so that the natural pigments of the two woods don’t interfere with the finish.
  • Knotty Pine (Eastern White Pine) Plantation Shutters: This wood absorbs the stain easily, most often using a light stain color to highlight the knots and the warmth of the wood.
  • Mahogany Plantation Shutters: This wood not only accepts stain well, but when it does it has a lustrous quality. Dark, rich browns with red undertones are the most common complement to the natural beauty of this wood.
  • Wormy Chestnut Plantation Shutters: Wormy Chestnut does well with a simple, light stain to show off its beauty. A tobacco color, for example, nicely accents the wood’s unique characteristics.

If different, in a good way, is what you’re looking for to dress your windows then look no further than Kirtz® Shutters. We have something to suit every window design and every homeowner’s style. Not only do we make the plantation shutters custom to your home’s windows, but we can also make changes to the natural color of any wood you choose simply by staining! If you have a custom project in mind give us a call at 1-800-416-6455.

Distressed Shutters, and Specialty Finishes on Plantation Shutters

Recently we have worked on a number of projects that have required specialty multi-step finishes.  Distressed Shutters have been especially popular lately.   This is one of my favorite things that we do, because we do it very well.    Lots of kudos must be given to the head of our finish department, Allen.   He has both the skill and the willingness to do this type of work.

How does this process work?

Any time we match a finish we request a physical sample.  This is incredibly important in specialty finishes because each finish is unique.   Did the original finisher have a heavy hand, or a light hand when he wiped off the glaze?  What tool was used to do the distressing?  A wire brush?  Chains?  A wheel?  There are an incredible number of variables, and since these shutters are often going up against millwork or paneling, it is critical to get a good match.

So we bring a sample that shows the finished look,  and the stain department does a strike-off (or sample) of their ability to replicate the finish on your plantation shutters.  This is then provided to the homeowner/designer for their approval.  Once approved, we proceed with the finish work.  Distressed, glazed, antiqued and sand thru finishes are going to have a longer than average lead time, due to the complexity of the finish.  But just like fine wine, it’s worth the wait.

Here are just a couple of photos of specialty finishes that have gone through our factory lately.

stained, distressed red oak shutters

stained, distressed red oak shutters

exterior shutters with a sand through finish

exterior shutters with a sand through finish

painted and glazed knotty alder result in an antique distressed look

painted and glazed knotty alder result in an antique distressed look

As nice as these distressed and specialty finished shutters look, they are all an effort to duplicate an old world look.  And the best way to get an authentic old work look is to use old wood.

Enter wormy chestnut……

For a history of this wood, see this link to our site http://kirtz.preview.interworks.com/hardwoods/wormy-chestnut.html
The short version of the story is its old, like 100 years old.  So all that patina and distressing was actually earned by the wood through years of use.  Pretty cool, huh?   The picture below shows wormy chestnut shutters with a tobacco hued stain.  It looks great with a clear finish too, but this stain really gives it some nice warmth.  This wood, more than any other wood, is one that people gravitate towards when we put it on display.
wormy chestnut with a tobacco finish
Another wood that gives a nice authentic decayed look is Pecky Cypress. This wood has been attacked by a fungus that eats the wood.  This in turn makes lens shaped pockets throughout the tree.  The result is a very attractive multi-dimensional wood.   We treated this pecky cypress hardwood shutter with a heavy black glaze, thus intensifying the appearance of variation of the surface.
Pecky Cypress with a glazed finish

Pecky Cypress with a glazed finish

This is just a sampling of our work that I could pull up quickly this afternoon to show the variety in finishing techniques we use.  If you don’t see what you are after, that is only because you haven’t asked us to build (and finish) it yet.  Give us a call and lets see what we can do for you!