We have always liked the look that a serve stand provides to a dining room. As you have probably seen at your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls, there are many options out there that may or may not work for the look you are going for. We decided to put a contemporary spin on the concept to provide an option that you can do yourself at home if you have the tools needed and are willing to take on the challenge. Another aspect that we like about this design is that you can use different wood species to better fit the exact style you are looking for.
Our neighbors are so supportive of our work and often come to us for help with their projects. We worked on this Ashley Furniture dining table for one family. This pub-style dining table had been well-loved for many years, and the family is working to move from warm brown tones in their home to cooler gray tones. They wanted to update their table with a new finish and a stain color that would help them transition their space as they update their home. We chose to make a custom stain for them to blend the warm and cool tones together to help with a seamless transition.
As the number of projects that we are working on and the complexity of some of our projects increase, we needed a solution to keep us organized while allowing us to store a lot of material. This lumber cart is the result of looking over several lumber cart plans available on the internet and determining what was the best solution for our needs. We hope that you will find this post to be informative and provide enough information to help you build your very own lumber cart for your shop needs.
Have you ever had one of those projects that, as soon as you hand over the cash to make the payment, one of the legs falls off? Probably not. This Empire dresser tested us as soon as we took possession and forced us to learn new skills to complete the rebuild; "rebuild" may be an understatement for what we did to it. We hope you enjoy the journey we went through with this piece. We also hope this prevents you from learning some lessons the hard way as we did.
Sydney is in love with these easy herringbone DIY projects, but it was time for a change in style. We had some scrap lumber and it was time to get it out of the shop. We used some leftover 3/4" plywood for the backboard, and the herringbone pattern was made out of cut paint sticks.
We purchased this Stanley Furniture piece in Lynchburg, VA, where it was stored in a basement. Unfortunately, mid-century modern (MCM) pieces are hard to find at a reasonable price point, even those that need a little bit of love. We ran across several challenges with this piece that made its restoration a bit frustrating at times, but we think it turned out great. More finished pictures are featured at the end of the blog.
Fun fact, Josh interned at Stanley Furniture when he was an undergrad student and has always enjoyed restoring some of their beautiful pieces.
If you have never been to a lumber yard, then you are in for a treat! With wood prices skyrocketing over the past year, lumber yards are your friend compared to big box stores. They have better prices, have more variety of wood species, have a variety of sizes, and have staff available to offer assistance.
We use Wall Lumber Company out of Mayodan, North Carolina, and the trip is always worth it. Most lumber yards have a similar feel, so here are five things you need to understand before planning out what you need and making a trip to pick out your wood pieces.
Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.