Distressing is a technique employed by cabinet designers to give each of their pieces more personality. Traditionally, Distressing is used to give pieces a worn and rugged look, a look that lends itself to the rustic style of cabinetry design. However, it can be applied to any style of cabinetry desired. Distressing involves using tools to roughen a piece’s surface to give a unique look to a design and make certain finishes pop. Cutting Edge offers all the below types of distressing on both doors and trim but some are not available for “slab” style doors.
Wire Brushed - $$
Wire Brushing is a technique where many wires are rubbed against the surface of a board to further accent and wear the natural grain. This can either be done by hand or by a specialized machine. It is most prominent on harder woods such as oak because of its resistance to wear and accentuated grain pattern. This type of distressing is also adjustable to match many looks from rustic to mountain modern.
Circle Sawn - $$$
Circle Sawing is the process of running a piece through a specialized machine which cuts the surface in a circular motion. This look replicates the rough cut of bare wood which can be contrasted with smoothly finished segments or other circle sawn pieces to retain the “recovered” rustic look. This look can also be adjusted to match any look from heavy saw marks to light etchings.
Worm Holes - $
Worm Holes are small holes in the wood imitating the effect of worms eating through the surface of the wood. They range from many small Worm Holes to singular slightly larger Worm Holes and are a great way to add texture and a rustic look to any door type or trim. Worm Holes come in three categories:
Regular Worm Holes are characterized by a medium sized cluster of holes that have some space between each cluster.
Single Worm Holes are characterized by slightly larger single holes that dot the surface of a piece and are each a fair distance from one another.
Small Worm Holes are characterized by small holes in a cluster that are spaced apart from other clusters.