A recent project for American Flatbread in Middlebury, Vt., gave us the opportunity to use Valchromat in some new and interesting ways. This composite wood product from Portugal is made from FSC-certified wood waste, blended with specially formulated resins and organic dyes.
Valchromat has some appealing advantages over similar products. It is moisture and UV resistant, non-toxic and 30% stronger than standard MDF. Vachromat is available in 10 standard colors and all can take a variety of finishes, including oil, wax, lacquers, varnish and paint.
At American Flatbread, we used Valchromat for the framework of a number of custom light fixtures as well as barn sash, host station, service area cabinets, back bar cabinets and bar face. Most of the wood surfaces in the dining room and bar area are either recycled barn board or locally sourced hardwood. The Valchromat introduced a splash of color that’s playful and contemporary.
We have also used Valchromat for kitchen cabinetry, vanities and custom furniture. When used on its own, the finished products have clean lines and a contemporary look. Valchromat is also very attractive when combined with the color and grain patterns of natural wood.