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Valspar offers instructional finishing guide

Valspar Wood Products introduced its Peek 2011: Style Guide, detailing today’s most popular trends and techniques for achieving the most contemporary finishes.

Valspar’s Global Color and Design Studio has worked with the largest wooden cabinet and furniture design leaders to create the "looks of the future,” according to Valspar’s Edwin Messer. With the new guide, the company is opening its vault of innovation and creativity to smaller manufacturers and craftsmen, allowing them to see the newest style possibilities and offering information and instruction to help them achieve the newest looks with the most advanced products on the market.

"Our expertise has been to innovate color and finishes for multiple manufacturing applications," Messer said in a statement. "We regularly travel the world for inspiration, from Vermont to Indonesia. From what we see, we come back to the Valspar Design Studio and use proprietary technology to create the same distressed, reclaimed look we saw in the barn in Iowa or the sleek, lacquer finish from an old chest in China. We then work with manufacturers to create custom looks for their lines that allow them to stay ahead of trend. Normally, this kind of knowledge and training is only available to the large manufacturers. Now, we can help the smaller OEMs achieve their vision."

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