Distressing & Finish Enhancement Options

Distressing Options Inspired by treasures of the past, Mouser Cabinetry features a beautiful selection of finishing and distressing options. To capture the beauty and essence of antique cabinetry, Mouser offers these distressing options: Weathered Distressing, Heirloom Distressing, Rustic Distressing, and Cobblestone Distressing. If these four packages do not meet your wishes, Mouser also offers A-la-Carte distressing.

Weathered Distressing is our most aggressive distressing package and is intended to simulate the effects on wood furniture that has been subjected to many years of wear, tear, and changing atmospheric conditions.

Heirloom Distressing combines physical and finish distressing to give your cabinetry the look of precious heirlooms that have been handed down from generation to generation. Heirloom Distressing uses various techniques to simulate the wood aging process. Add Heirloom Distressing to any stain or solid color and create a timeless masterpiece.

Rustic Distressing is a distressing technique intended to make your cabinetry look like it was made many years ago and has withstood the elements of time. Rustic Distressing can be added to any of Mouser's wood species or finishes to give your cabinetry a look reminiscent of by-gone days.

Cobblestone Distressing is a more subtle distressing option which uses sanded corner wear and rock distressing techniques to make your cabinetry appear slightly aged. Choose Cobblestone Distressing to give your cabinetry a well-worn appearance.

Glacier Elect is the process in which a solid color finish is striated with a glaze material to produce a "brush stroke" finish effect. With dozens of solid color options and 4 distinct glaze color options, the possible combinations are limitless.

Glaze Choice is the process by which a colored glaze material is sprayed over the cabinetry and then hand rubbed to remove part of the glaze leaving buildup in the corners of the door panel, the deep areas of the edge profiles and the open wood grain. The result is an Old World type finish. To achieve this look, some areas of the wood will be wiped fairly clean leaving only a slight haze over the part, while the corners of the cabinet, door, frame, moulding, panel and edge treatment will have a slight buildup of the glaze material. The beauty of the glazing process is the variation achieved from the buildup of the glaze in various areas of the cabinet.

Spattering, also known as 'Fly-specking', is available on all finishes. Finished exteriors and matching interior surfaces will receive spatter with the exception of the backs of doors and drawer fronts. Your color choices are: Chocolate or Black.  We recommend that your choice provides sufficient color contrast to the finish chosen for your cabinetry. We offer our "Normal" amount of Spattering, or if desired, a "Heavy" amount may be ordered which will result in approximately double the amount of fly-specks as our "Normal".

Waterspots, which are only available on stain finishes, involve the use of "stain droplets" instead of the Spattering materials and create a more subdued effect than Spattering. We will select a stain color that provides sufficient contrast with the finish chosen for your cabinetry. Finished exterior and matching interior surfaces will receive Waterspots with the exception of the backs of doors and drawer fronts. We offer our "Normal" amount of Waterspots, or if desired, a "Heavy" amount may be ordered which will result in approximately double the amount of spots as our "Normal".

Cow Tailing technique consists of small straight and curved streaks of a color contrasting glaze applied randomly over finished areas of your cabinetry. Your color choices are: Chocolate, Black, and Smoke (gray); we recommend that your choice provides sufficient color contrast to the finish chosen for your cabinetry. We offer our "Normal" amount of Cow Tailing, or if desired, a "Heavy" amount may be ordered which will result in approximately double the amount of cow tail marks as our "Normal".

Dry Brush Edges are available for stain finishes and those solid color paints that have our Glaze Choice or Glacier Elect options.  Doors, drawer fronts, vents, and profiled mouldings have a dry brushed glaze highlighting the profiles to produce a broader glaze effect in those areas. Dry Brushing also highlights any distress characteristics selected. Your color choices are: Amber, Chocolate, Black, Bourbon, Java, and Pewter; we recommend that your choice provides sufficient color contrast to the finish chosen for your cabinetry.