The Perfect “Brown”

A few weeks ago my blog topic was a table and chairs that a client asked me to refinish.  It was a good quality, oak set that just needed to be refreshed.  I posted before and after pictures of the table in that original post (Dining Table Refresh) with the promise of a follow-up post once I completed the chairs.

The table finishes that the client selected were Minwax Red Mahogany and Benjamin Moore’s Sugar Cookie.  I did some darker dry brushing over the paint to help it coordinate with the table top and the soon-to-be-refinished chairs.  For the chairs, the client carried over the Red Mahogany stain but wanted a dark paint as the accent.  

In my experience, it is really hard to find a brown paint that does not end up looking flat or muddy.  We looked at a number of options and settled on Benjamin Moore’s Wenge.  It is a raisin brown with hints of purple/burgundy.    At first glance, it reads as brown but has so much more depth and richness.  It actually helps pull out the color of the grain in the seat.  Take a look at the before and after.

Looks like I may have found a new go-to color!!  Check out the finished set below.

Hold my wine, I’ve got this…


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