Guide for Finishing AVE Raw

The AVE Raw collection of unfinished furniture was developed to give our customers the ability to create one of a kind pieces that can be custom finished to work in any space. Read on for some tips and tricks for finishing your AVE Raw piece.


Inspect your piece for any damage that may have occurred during shipping. Report any damages, along with photos, to Ave Home immediately by emailing Please note that once you begin the finishing process, Ave Home is unable to issue refunds, returns or product replacements. Please refer to our Returns Policy for more information.

Assemble your piece and remove hardware. Follow the assembly instructions included with your shipment. Not all items will require assembly. Remove hardware carefully with a screwdriver (skip this step if you plan to paint your hardware). Be careful not to overtighten screws, as this can cause damage to the wood.


Wipe your piece with a clean, dry cloth to remove any dirt or dust. Carefully read the instructions on all finishing products being used. Surface prep requirements may vary depending on which products you are using. When in doubt, refer to the product manufacturers website. Please note that water-based products may raise the wood grain. If this happens, sand lightly between coats.


Test your finish on the underside or back of the piece to ensure the color and finish are what you want. Follow the application instructions for the finishing product you choose to use. Apply finishing product, and allow plenty of dry time. Depending on the product, you may need to apply several coats for optimum coverage. You may also wish to apply a topcoat, such as a wax or lacquer, for added durability.


Check the label of your finishing products for the recommended cure/dry time. Be gentle with your piece until the new finish has time to fully cure. On