When painting a wooden surface it can be necessary to do something called a 'pore fill'. This is a special material which will make the wood surface smooth and eliminate the little dents created by the wood grain. This is especially important with open pored woods like Oak, Mahogany and Walnut. If you have a more closed grained wood such as Cherry or Maple you may be able to skip this 'pore fill' step.
You can see in the third picture our new 'Matte Finish' painted surface. Having 'pore filling' done on a matte finish is very advantageous as those pores would disrupt that perfect surface. Keep in mind, matte finishes are very hard to maintain, a little rubbing and the finish starts turning to satin. Our client was very happy with the finished look of their buffet, that is just the result we are always looking for!