Splash Color on Wood
Bright pigments bring energy and excitement to furniture.
Synopsis: A background as a painter paved the way Scott McGlasson to incorporate bright colors in his furniture. His tables and stools make bold use of pigment and he achieves his look with a variety of finishes, including lacquer, dyes, and stains. Take a look at his pieces and it may inspire you to make use of color in your next project.
I’ve been splashing pigment on hardwood since my earliest days as a furniture maker. The instructor and old-timers at the votech where I took night classes were aghast—I was skewering a sacred cow. But I kept it up, and now it’s second nature to me. Color can do so much: It can energize a simple form, it can be edgy and iconoclastic, or it can be playful and add an element of surprise.
I worked my way through college as a painter and finisher on…