Staining or Not Staining Custom Furniture

Whether to stain or not stain wood is a personal choice.  The benefit of custom furniture is that you can stain the wood to your style, and not settle for a “close match”.  Our preference is for wood to left to its own beauty, but there are exceptions to the rule.

One wood that we see repeatedly stained is American Cherry.   Cherry in its raw unfinished state has a slight reddish brown color.  Overtime, Mother Nature will enhance that color to range from brownish amber to reddish brown.  Cherry finished with a clear finish and left to age on its own will become, in our opinion, one of your most stunning pieces in your home.

Cherry Furniture

This nightstand is crafted from solid cherry and it has been finished with a clear lacquer finish – no stain

But, buyer beware!  If a custom piece of furniture is not within in your budget at the time and you are visiting that local furniture store for a possible purchase, read the description carefully.  Most stores label a piece with the term “cherry finish or walnut finish”.

Bathroom Vanity

This bathroom vanity was crafted from solid cherry, but stained with an Antique Georgian Cherry Stain, and then finished with lacquer.

What does that mean?  It means that the piece of furniture is made from an inexpensive lumber and stained with a burgundy type stain that looks like cherry or a brown stain that looks like black walnut or mahogany.

If you do decide to purchase a custom piece of furniture, certainly ask for samples.  Do remember that  different woods take stains differently, not only different species but wood from the same tree.  Expect some slight color variation.

When buying furniture at the local store or working with a custom furniture builder, make sure you are purchasing what you want.

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.

Custom Bedroom Furniture for a Unique Bedroom

Custom bedroom furniture is the perfect way to create a bedroom that reflects your personality and lifestyle. You are a unique individual and as such, you have unique needs and desires. Whether you have too many clothes for your current storage capacity or too many shoes cluttering your closet, custom built furniture will solve your quandaries.

The advantages of custom built furniture are numerous. By opting for custom built you will be able to decide on all aspects of the project. Would you like contemporary or are you into antique reproductions? You chose the style, design, material and even the finish to be applied to the furniture. Choosing custom furniture allows you to create a bedroom haven where you can relax in comfort and enjoy your down time.

Another advantage of custom built furniture is that it holds its value. Mass produced furniture rarely demands a high resale price; custom built pieces on the other hand, generally hold their value. Those who find the cost of custom furniture to be prohibitive will likely find that used pieces are available at reduced prices.

High quality craftsmanship is the defining characteristic of custom furniture. Most crafters take immense pride in their work and often consider each piece as a potential heirloom. They create furniture that is built to last more than a lifetime.

There are many materials from which to choose for the building your bedroom furniture. Wood is one of the most popular materials for bedroom furniture. Nothing is more beautiful than a custom made wood headboard and footboard to add “wow” to the room. Taking it one step further, commission matching wood pieces like chests, armoire, lamp stands and an entertainment center in matching wood to make the look complete. There is a nearly endless list of types of woods from throughout the world that are available to create your perfect bedroom. Imagine your bedroom in gorgeous cherry wood or warm oak; the material you select is a huge factor is setting the mood of the room. If you want a relaxing setting, choose warm, neutral toned woods; for a more startling effect choose woods like teak or ebony.

When you decide to commission custom furniture for your bedroom, use care selecting the person to build your pieces. Check references, if possible look at some of their previous work. Look for a craftsman who is creative and innovative. Be sure to hire a builder you are comfortable working with, one who will work with you as a partner in the project. After all, your real goal is to use their skills and passions to turn your vision into reality. Don’t forget to listen to the builder’s suggestions; you are hiring not only their building skills but their expertise and knowledge.

Envision the perfect bedroom and then, put your plan into motion. Unique custom bedroom furniture is exactly what you need for creating a haven where you can relax and de-stress.


If you are interested in a custom-built bedroom, contact us for your own unique look.