Please Tell Me About Finishes - Why is My Mom's Stuff so Awesome?
My mom gave me a 20+ year old coffee table. It's got pretty veneers on top and the rest is solid wood. The thing is, I never use coasters on it and slide around dessert plates on it. AND YET, it is pristine! Well, I can see there are some scratches in it, but you have to angle your head. And anyway, it still looks brand new. Shiny, beautiful.
In contrast, I have a Crate & Barrel coffee table. It does not look new. The color has dulled since I bought it. And every scratch shows. the stain on top is very dark, and the wood underneath is lighter...so the fact that scratches show up makes sense.
But why doesn't the scratches in my mom's old table go need enough to show the underlying wood? And how do I find quality furniture like this myself? Do I need to look for a certain kind of finish? Or is it the technique with which the finish is applied?
Would love your thoughts on this.