... ESPECIALLY if you already love white rooms.
But before I show it off, allow me a quick comment. In the past decade or so we've seen a lot of people paint their furniture, especially those who prefer airy, contemporary rooms in a neutral palette. And don't get me wrong... I love painted furniture and some of my favorite projects have been painted plain white.
But dark, rich brown wood has its place in light-colored rooms. It makes a beautiful foil against the white walls, and it can have complex grains which bring texture and interest to what would otherwise be a bland space.
Walnut is one of my favorite dark woods. It's got a chocolatey purple undertone and a grain pattern which, while subtle compared to oak, can often include arched patterns that add an Art Deco touch.
Case in point: our latest project.
A custom built-in AV cabinet in a bright, contemporary living room.
Or do you like it better without doors?
It's really hard to capture the beauty of this wood in a photograph, because grain patterns move with the light. They glimmer and shimmer.
But here's my best attempt:
There's a satiny ribbon effect that really catches the eye.
By the way, the shelves are adjustable in height to allow you to store larger items like stereo equipment or a hidden TV. I love the versatility of this piece. It could be a pantry, a clothes closet, a display case... you name it.
And it's eight feet tall and four feet wide, so it's much more substantial in real life.
If you've got a modern room that needs a little architectural interest, give us a call. We'll help you design a piece that changes your space... and lets you store all your stuff out of sight... so you can live a clutter-free, stress-free life.
No pun intended, but is this fireplace hot or what?
I've had this project on the website for awhile now, but I recently got a chance to stop by and snap a picture with the books on it.
Here's what the room looked like before we added the shelves, mantel and cabinets. It was a nice, airy room but somewhat bland.
And as with most fireplaces, the chimney breast butted out into the room, leaving awkward niches on either side.
We filled those niches with cabinets which are perfect for hiding electronics.
We've done several projects where we've turned the awkward space next to the fireplace into useful and beautiful storage.
We can help you design a solution for the little niches next to your fireplace. Just give us a call.
This was a small job with a big impact: open shelving for a chef who was updating her kitchen. Let's start with the glamour photo so you can see what we made for our customer.
We actually built these a few months ago, but we've been waiting to get a photo of the finished kitchen.
Check out the "before" photo. Wow, those cabinets sure are orange!
Our client was already remodeling when she called us. She had installed a new tile backsplash and was about to paint her kitchen cabinets.
She also wanted to expand the kitchen peninsula to include an end unit that would hold small appliances like her stand mixer. Since she couldn't find what she needed online, she had us build the custom piece which you can see above.
Soon after we installed the cabinet, she replaced the countertop with a larger slab that extended over the new shelves.
As you can see, the kitchen also lacked open storage for spices and ingredients, which is important when you need to quickly grab a pinch of something to spice up a recipe.
We worked together to design a wall unit that was just deep enough to hold a row of Mason jars, but not so deep that it would get in the way when people walked through the room.
It was still summer time when we built these, so we took advantage of the sunny weather and worked outside.
Faith recorded a video of me making the final touches to the cabinet finish. This is the difference between custom made furniture and the stuff you get from a factory: I personally go over every surface to make sure the finish is perfectly smooth and all of the joints are seamless.
Even in a closeup photo, you can't see any seams at the joints. It's one solid unit.
If you need a special storage unit and you just can't find what you need online, we can design and build a piece that's just right for your home.
I can't resist starting with the "After" on this one.
My latest customers called me soon after they bought a relatively new home here in Asheville. It was in one of the nicer subdivisions, and the builders included a beautiful fireplace with an empty niche next to it.
It can be tricky to find the right piece of furniture for little nooks like these. The prior owners had used a large armoire which was too bulky and dark for the room.
My customer's choice of pre-fab shelves was a little less overwhelming, but it didn't offer much storage.
We worked together to design a simple built-in entertainment center with cupboard doors that could hide the kids' toys.
Above the doors, we added two semi-floating shelves for books and decorative objects. Then we painted the whole unit to match the trim.
The end result is probably what the architects had in mind when they left that empty space.
I did most of the construction in my workshop...
... which minimized the disruption for the homeowners.
The doors were handmade for the unit to ensure a perfect fit. I used oak stiles to resist warping and twisting.
The upper shelves were made with a double thickness of plywood to resist sagging. This is a big difference between handmade shelving and the mass-produced stuff: a factory made piece might be built with thinner material.
The final piece looks like it was built with the house.
The homeowners also had us repaint the room in a light, fresh gray which coordinates beautifully with the white cabinet and mantel.
If you've got an empty niche and need a place to hide your AV equipment (or your kids' toys) give us a call. We'll be glad to help you design a custom storage solution that's right for you needs.
I recently finished installing a pantry that's more like a sculptural assemblage than a piece of furniture. I'll show you the glamour shot first:
A retired kitchen designer recently contacted me for a little help hanging cabinets in her own home. She had recently purchased her house, and the kitchen didn't have much storage.
Since the sink is on a peninsula overlooking the living room, there's a whole kitchen wall that doesn't have upper cabinets, so she had to come up with a storage solution on one of the other walls.
Her plan began with a bunch of cabinets from IKEA's LIXHULT line. These are like sleek little metal storage lockers, and they come in a variety of colors and sizes. Here they are on the IKEA website. Note the rail on the inside of the door. Perfect for holding recipe cards and notebooks!
We created a collage of fourteen cabinets, which turns out to be a generous amount of storage space.
Although IKEA cabinets are well-known as a "DIY" brand, this particular installation wasn't for amateurs. A cabinet like this is heavy when it's full of food, and that means that each cabinet must be fastened to a stud in the wall. That's tricky with such small boxes like these, since a stud isn't always where you want it to be!
If you'd like to try this look in your home, give me a call to get it done safely. I love this stuff!
I'm Arthur Teel, a craftsman who builds custom furniture in Asheville, North Carolina. Give me a call to talk about your next project!