About Andy Steinberg

Andy Steinberg is a master craftsman who creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind, all-wood, custom furniture pieces at Big Drawers Furniture. He specializes in building plus-size chests and other furniture that fits larger clothing or just larger wardrobes. In addition to stand-alone pieces, he creates custom built-ins to fit unique spaces. His museum-quality furniture is destined to become heirlooms.

Custom Make-up Vanity

Of all the pieces that we have crafted, none had more input for custom design than the make-up vanity.  This custom vanity had input from professional make-up artists.   All of these folks have heard feedback from their clients over the years as well as the issues they had experienced.

The most desired aspect of the vanity was organized space.  A constant complaint was a place for each type of make-up within the vanity.  Depending on your cosmetic choices, we can incorporate drawers for lip liners, eye liners and lipsticks.  On either side of the work area of the make-up vanity, we incorporated trays within trays for your eye shadows and blushes.

A place to store and separate the various brushes was the next most sought after resolution.  So, the custom brush caddy was designed.  For one client, because of the numerous brushes, we crafted a caddy to hold 20 brushes.  The holes for each brush were drilled at an angle for optimum storage.  The caddy has a handle so you can lift the caddy out from the drawer and take your brushes to the sink area for cleaning.

The concept of this vanity is the time it saves for makeup application because all of your make-up is organized and easily accessible.  All the products are right there; there is no frantic search through a drawer trying to locate that favorite eye shadow or eye liner.

When you finish your makeup application, all your products go back into their designated space and you simply close the drawers and tops and have a clean and beautiful vanity.  All your makeup is in a concealed, dust-free area.

To avoid those surprise make-overs from the little ones or to prevent your teenage daughter access to Mom’s makeup, we can put locks on the vanity.  So, the make-up vanity is just as Mom left it.

And, if have your own ideas, let us know.  We will do what we can to incorporate your ideas into the vanity.  Remember, this will be a custom vanity built just for you.

Key Feature – Listening

One of the key features of crafting a custom piece for a client is listening.  Most people desire a custom piece for one of three reasons: a specialized need, a different size or a different color.

How often have you seen a piece of furniture and were told “it only comes in that color or wood” or, you said, “that piece would be perfect if it was a little larger”.

Recently, we were given such a challenge.  A client came to us with multiple ideas for a wine rack.  They wanted a wine rack similar to the rack shown.

However, they wanted more “cubbyholes” for wine (60 as opposed to 55)).  And, since, the wine that was to be placed in each cubby hole was for show, could we craft and idea that allow for light to cascade from the to back light the wine bottles?  They also wanted a warmer and darker wood in the wine rack.

And, they wanted a different base.  The base of the wine rack that you see above was too enclosed.  So, the challenge came; we were provided two different bases and were asked, “Can you come up with a design that incorporates both styles?”  They wanted pull-out drawers in the middle, but they wanted open sides for display.

After a few drawings and discussions with the client, we presented them with a custom wine rack that met their requirements and provided a few bonus features.

We custom built this wine rack. It has been crafted from Angelique (a wood in the teak family).  The finish is a natural lacquer.  As requested, we created a base that has drawers in the middle.

Each drawer is mounted on a full extension, under mount, self-closing slide.  We incorporated open space on either side of the drawers for a wine glass storage as well as ample room for openness or a decorative item.

We also added a bonus feature to the base.  Immediately to the left and right on the drawers are not just support features; they are hidden compartments.  It seems that our client was also an aficionado of scotch and desired a location to hold is preferred adult libation.

Now, the client has a unique piece that satisfies their tastes and requirements.

Marble Bathroom Vanity Adds a Glamorous Look

A marble bathroom vanity adds a glamorous touch to any restroom. With incredibly beautiful color patterns and veins, every piece of quarried marble is unique. Due to its beauty and texture marble has historically been used to add glamour and a touch of luxury as a building material.


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Marble has also been widely used as a sculpting material; Michelangelo’s masterpiece “David” is sculpted from the best Italian marble he could obtain. The floor of the Senate in ancient Rome was decorated with designs created of various colored marble; purple marble from Egypt, white marble from the marble pits near Rome and various other colors from areas in the Roman Empire.

Limestone is the parent stone to marble. Marble is created when limestone is subjected to high pressure over a long period of time. Marble is much stronger than limestone and much more beautiful.

Modern designers often incorporate marble into their bathroom plans. For those who want their bathroom to reflect a look of luxury, no vanity top material is finer than marble. Natural marble is available in a wide array of colors; white, cream, pink, blue, grey, lavender, green, black, brown, gold and every tone in between. Natural marble is a very expressive material and used properly it will give your restroom a look of pure, timeless elegance. Each unique slab represents the culmination of a natural process that began eons ago; each slab is literally a unique piece of history.

Natural marble does require upkeep to keep it clean. Marble polish should be applied regularly to maintain the stone’s shine. Marble is a porous material and as such, will absorb liquids. For example, make-up is spilled onto an unsealed marble vanity top. The make-up will dry eventually but its coloring agents will remain; in other words, the color forms a stain in the marble. The best way to prevent staining is to seal the marble with a high quality stone surface sealer. Apply the sealer once a year; polish after each sealing.

Natural marble can be rather expensive and many find it to be cost prohibitive. Today we have an alternative to natural marble termed “cultured marble”. Cultured marble is a manufactured cast polymer material made from polyester resin and crushed marble (marble stone dust).

Cultured marble is poured into gel-coated molds; the shape of the mold determines the shape of the finished product. Manufacturer specific formulations and techniques create trademark colors, vein patterns and surface finishes. Once hardened each piece of cultured marble is turned out of the mold, trimmed up, ground down, polished and inspected before being shipped for sale.

The advantages of cultured marble are numerous; the gel-coat makes the surface waterproof, chip resistant, durable and shiny. It is easier to maintain than natural marble; it requires much less effort to retain its sheen. The one negative feature of cultured marble is that manufacturers have not been able to duplicate the veining of natural marble.

Marble has been used for millennia to enhance the beauty of man’s environment. Today we continue the age-old tradition of admiring marble in all its forms.

If you are interested in having a marble-topped table or bathroom vanity, Big Drawers Furniture can custom build a piece for you.