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Design The Space

Factory Finish Information - New England Classic Product

Design the Space factory finishes make it even easier to install perfect wood paneling every time.  This page applies to the products labeled "New England Classic"

You can choose from several stain finishes for Design the Space panels and components. Or, for an up-charge, we will match any color stain you desire.

Our finishing process is similar to that of fine furniture. It includes sandings and either water-based lacquer or a conversion varnish, which is preferred for the cherry veneer.

Factory finished panels and components speed installation time, making Design the Space an even more cost-effective solution, and at the same time, producing a superior end product that will bring the warmth and beauty of real wood panels to any home or office.

Finish Samples

Note: Colors may be not be rendered accurately due to varying monitor and system settings. Since computer monitors vary in presenting real wood colors, if you like, DTS will send a wood color sample chip for approval before staining begins. Request this with your order or inquiry.


Wainscoting Wood Choices and Finishes Chart | Design The Space

Since wood veneer is a natural material, normal variations in wood grain and character marks may accept stain differently, resulting in natural color and fill variations. It is these variations that contribute to a wood species' natural beauty and warmth. Our stain color chart, finishes chart are good representations, but every monitor shows colors differently and this is a representation of our stain color offerings

Finishing and Maintenance

Unfinished Oak, Maple and Cherry

Fill all nail holes and splices with matching stainable wood filler. Avoid getting filler on the surface around the hole.  Sand wood filler patches smooth to the veneer surface with 180-grit paper, taking care not to sand through the veneer.  Apply stain, sealer and clear finish coat, lightly sanding between coats with 220-grit paper.

We recommend applying a light coat of lemon oil or furniture oil to replenish the natural sheen, especially in dry environments.  use of wax polish may cause buildup and dull the finish sheen.

Factory Finished Oak, Maple and Cherry

Use touch-up materials included to conceal fastener holes.

Paintable Surfaces

Prior to installation, prime any surface to be painted that is not factory-primed, then sand with 180-grit paper. (NOTE:  DO NOT SAND BEADBOARD PANELS!)  It is not necessary to prime stiles, rails, shoe, cap or casing.

After installation, apply one coat of paint to panels. DO NOT SAND STILES, RAILS, SHOE, CAP or CASING and DO NOT SAND BEADBOARD PANELS.  Fill all nail holes with a paintable vinyl-based spackle, then, finish coat all parts together. 

Gentle household cleaners may be used, if required.