The Osmo Experiment


Osmo’s range of products is extensive and can be a bit of a minefield to navigate, so we spent 3 months testing various Osmo finishes on our Birch Plywood to get exactly the result we were after. We had two goals. First – we needed a finish which would not turn the plywood yellow (no easy feat in the sunny Australian environment!). 

Well Finished Ply vs. Badly Finished Ply

Well Finished Ply vs. Badly Finished Ply

Second, we were looking for a bold colour option that would still highlight the beautiful grain of the ply, without providing a washed-out stain. Our final swatch choices are Pink, Clear, Green & Blue.

Of course, both options needed to result in a durable finish. For us this meant withstanding coffee spills and wine splashes as well as providing a level of waterproofing to protect the timber. 

We’re so happy with how these products are working with our designs. All our clients are now Osmo-obsessed as well and we’re over the moon with the custom colours that Sophie mixes up!

Fun fact: no matter what brand you buy, if it is an oil-based finish, the colour is subject to the ‘dark yellowing’ phenomenon. Read about it here and save yourself from any nasty surprises!