Almost every product Ballard sells is finished using one of four hand-applied techniques: “solid,” “rubbed,” “distressed” or “antiqued.” To make sure you know exactly what to look for when purchasing one of our pieces, we’ve put together these easy-to-understand explanations to help guide you.


Product with Solid Finish:

· The surface has been stained or painted to be consistent in color and texture with no “rubbed” areas, dings or dents. Some solid finishes do allow the wood grain to show through and is considered a traditional finishing technique.



Product with Rubbed Finish:

· The primary finish has been lightly rubbed along the edges and some feature areas, allowing the wood tone or secondary color beneath to peek through, creating a timeworn look.



Product with Distressed Finish:

· Distressing takes a rubbed finish a step further. In addition to rubbed edges and feature areas, some places are made to appear “worn over time” and may have some intentional dings or dents to give the piece a convincing aged appearance.


Product with Antiqued Finish:

· This finish goes through an accelerated aging process to give it an authentic antique look. Aging techniques can include light rubbing along some edges to allow the secondary finish to peek through, and physical distressing in the form of nicks, marks and/or stain in cracks or corners to add interest and depth. In some cases, surface glazing with a semi-transparent stain or paint may be used to enhance the patina.


Because nearly all of our finishes are hand applied, you should expect slight variations. If you have finish questions about a Ballard product you’re considering, call Customer Service to speak with one of product specialists