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  • Rustic Bathroom Vanities Worth Your Investment

    You're So Vain. I'll Bet You Think These Rustic Bathroom Vanities Are About You. Don't You?

    Well, you'd be totally right!  Our amazing, rustic bathroom vanities ARE about you.  We build every one of our vanities with you, and your family, in mind.  We handcraft beautiful, complete vanities from real, solid wood; not just a wood frame.  The cheaply made vanity options in Big Box stores feature an awful lot of plywood veneer exteriors.  In other words, we build these vanities to last through the upbringing of your children and your children's children.

    We've all heard the adage, "you get what you pay for."  And when it comes to buying furniture, it has never rang more true.  Buying furniture is a huge investment.  Heck, even the Big Box flimsy stuff is pricey and a lot of it is practically made of cardboard.  According to HomeAdvisor, the typical cost range for bathroom remodels is around $6,000-$14,000.  If you're going to drop that kind of cash, make sure you're getting the best products, made by the best craftsmen, from the best materials.  You've seen enough poorly made, inferior vanities in the Big Boxes, now it's time for a peek at the finest rustic bathroom vanities you'll ever lay your eyes and hands upon.

    Rustic Bathroom Vanities To Reclaim Your Throne Room.

    Craftsmen carefully select reclaimed planks, beams, and other barn wood pieces from century-old barns and construct rustic bathroom vanities that are as sturdy as the original buildings.  Nail holes, knots, and saw marks are commonly found in the reclaimed timber and give you an authentic style that can't be duplicated.

    The stylishly simple Reclaimed Barnwood Open Vanity is perfect for those who don't need a huge vanity or hidden space for all your toiletries.  You're going to love how this 30" to 48" vanity fits into your new rustic bathroom.

    Reclaimed Barnwood Open Vanity Don't be closed-minded to awesome open vanities!

    Barn wood mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?  Obviously it is this beautiful, Reclaimed Barnwood Barn Door Vanity with classic, X-styled doors!  We offer this storybook vanity from 24" to 72" with choice of sink left, center, right or double sinks.  Pair your new, reclaimed vanity with matching barn wood mirrors and the equally gorgeous Reclaimed Barnwood Barn Door Linen Closet.  Live happily ever after knowing you've made a great rustic furniture decision.

    Rustic bathroom vanities This reclaimed barn wood vanity will last just about as long as the barn did!

    You'll Log For These Rustic Bathroom Vanities.

    We design our rustic, log vanities with one eye on quality and one eye on true rustic style.  Fortunately for you, we build them with both eyes on what we're doing!   The result is an amazing array of real wood and log vanities for your cabin, cottage, lodge, or home.

    Nothing says rustic like bark-on log furniture!  The Real Hickory Rustic Bathroom Vanity features solid wood panels, real wood door & drawer fronts, and bark-on log corner posts.  We build this rustic log vanity with hickory log door and drawer pulls and an option to add a solid hickory vanity top with log edging and live edge back splash.

    Real Hickory Rustic Bathroom Vanity Woodland creatures NOT included.

    Our Woodland Forest Log Vanity has quickly become a customer favorite and it's easy to see why.  Here at the mill, we love it too.  We use bark-on branches affixed to circle-sawn, cedar planks to create rustic "trees" on the doors and side panels.  With a multitude of size and finish options, we're confident you'll find the perfect combination to finish off that rustic bathroom project you've been laboring at for too long now.

    Woodland Forest Log Vanity Don't worry, jaw dropping is normal when viewing this vanity.

    You could lumber around those Big Box stores for days at a time, but you're not going to find rustic bathroom vanities like this next one.  The Cedar Lake Rustic Log Solid Wood Vanity may be a mouthful to say, but you're going to appreciate what all those words mean when this stunning, sturdy piece arrives to your home.  We combine hand-peeled logs, tongue and groove side panels, and inset door and drawer fronts to produce a sleek, rustic bathroom vanity that's sure to be an enduring focal point of your rustic bathroom.  The Cedar Lake Rustic Log Solid Wood Linen Closet is a matching piece to pull it all together.

    Cedar Lake Rustic Log Solid Wood Vanity We can't take our eyes off her, either.

    Quality Should Matter!

    Sure, you can go to a Big Box and buy an inexpensive, cheaply made, rustic bathroom vanity from them.  And then you can return in a few short years for another.  Or you could invest in real, solid wood, log and reclaimed barn wood bathroom vanities that will last generations.  But don't take our word for it, listen to those who were once in your shoes...

    Ryan H., owner of a Reclaimed Barnwood Open Vanity says, "This is an amazing piece of craftsmanship.  It has rustic charm with a subtle polished finish.  You can't find this type of quality anywhere else."

    Molly K., owner of a Reclaimed Barnwood Barn Door Vanity says, "In LOVE! We could not be more thrilled with the beauty, the craftsmanship, nor the service from Log Furniture Place. Our vanity arrived in the window of time given. It was boxed to ensure no damage and arrived as such. And they called with a question on our order to ensure we received the product we were expecting. We would recommend Log Furniture Place to anyone who wants incredible quality and craftsmanship to warm their homes."

    Greg, proud owner of a Real Hickory Rustic Bathroom Vanity says, "Can't beat solid wood and this vanity unlike many out there is made with real solid hickory wood. That means my kids can dent it, gouge it, etc. and I can fix it. Unlike the "hickory" vanity I replaced that I purchased from another company a couple years ago. That one was veneer and the minute I tried to sand it, it ruined the piece. Thank you for letting me 'Keep it Real' - I fully understand that saying now."

    You know what we get from reviews like these?  That quality materials and careful craftsmanship DO matter to people.  They sure matter a lot to us, too.  You'll notice the words quality craftsmanship thrown around a lot in our reviews.  Bet the Big Boxes can't say that about the two-bit rustic bathroom vanities they're shilling.

     

     

  • Quality, Handcrafted Rustic Furniture Could Save Humanity

     Our Robot Furniture Overlords Have Arrived

    "Step One Nearing Completion. Step Two: Strap Human to Cheaply Made Chair."

    Okay, so maybe it is still up in the air as to whether automated, assembly will be the undoing of us puny humans, but you have to admit that robots doing EVERYTHING is more than a little unnerving!  What does a person have to do to find quality, handcrafted rustic furniture??

    Is this funny to you?!

    Second Rate Will Make You Irate

    We realize that there is a market for inexpensive, cheaply made furniture for a reason.  Some people don't care about craftsmanship, can't afford quality built products, or don't realize the lack of quality they are paying for.  But things are just getting ridiculous...

    Popular Swedish Furniture made from particle board.
    Particle board loosely translates to cardboard in Sweden?

    Surely, we aren't the only ones that yearn for the days when it meant something to purchase a handcrafted product!  Remember when a big furniture purchase meant heirloom pieces to pass on to the kids? Heck, even to THEIR kids!  Well thanks to our Robot Furniture Overlords, those days seem numbered.  Around every corner lurks a crappy piece of furniture made in a rush, with inferior materials, with poor craftsmanship, or attention to detail.  A lot of times, real, solid wood isn't even used in the building process!  We don't want to be curmudgeonly, but how do we fight back?

    Teach your kids to build or create something for themselves. It's good for the soul!

    Quality, Handcrafted Rustic Furniture Is What We're Great At

    Fear not, all is not lost.  Not yet.  There are those of us who are fighting the good fight.  Resisting our Robot Furniture Overlords and their cheaply made furniture army.  It may take several weeks, but in the end our handcrafted, solid wood, rustic log & reclaimed barn wood furniture will be built and delivered.  You'll be proud to purchase and own furniture that you can pass down to your children.  We sure are proud to build it for you.

    Whether it's putting together the highest quality, handcrafted rustic dining furniture,

    We don't mess around when it comes to quality, handcrafted rustic furniture!

    or maybe you've had your eye on a brand new, quality, handcrafted rustic bedroom set.

    Sometime's it's good to go dark.

    Maybe you've really need to upgrade to quality, handcrafted rustic bathroom furniture.

    This reclaimed beauty will make you weep.

    No matter what kind of furniture you're in the market for, be sure to do your homework.  Buying rustic and log furniture is a big investment.  We want you to get it right the first time, and at Woodland Creek's Log Furniture Place, our master craftsmen are ready to ensure that happens.

  • Rustic Outdoor Furniture You'll Love

    Goodbye cruel Winter, it's time to get outside!

    As Winter rears its ugly head one last time, it's time to start planning for the warmer months ahead.  With flowers blooming and animals scurrying about, it's time to get that patio, deck, and yard ready.  We're ready to help you Spring into action with some of our amazing, rustic outdoor furniture.

    Turn your yard into a rustic outdoor furniture wonderland.

    You've mowed the yard, dusted off the grill, and now you need a place to relax.  The Contoured Comfort Country Garden Log Yard Swing is a fantastic place to do just that.  Crack open a cold beverage and relax for hours in this rustic log yard swing.  Made from Northern White Cedar and designed with curved slats, this outdoor swing makes for some of the most comfortable outdoor seating around.

    Maybe you're one of those people who likes to go at their own pace.  Fear not, we have the perfect rustic log yard swing for you!  Our Contoured Comfort Double Chair Log Yard Swing features the same comfortable, contoured slats as our Country Garden Log Yard Swing but has two, stabilized swings so mom can go nice and slow while Junior tries to hit the skies.

    Rustic Outdoor Furniture Contoured Comfort Country Garden Log Yard Swing

    As your family comes together more and more with the warmer weather, you're going to need a place to entertain and feed all of those guests.  We have some fantastic options to choose from, including the Contoured Comfort Log Picnic Table and Contoured Comfort Roundabout Table & Chair Package.  We know you'll love the comfort and durability provided by either of these gorgeous, rustic log outdoor tables.  Made from Northern White Cedar, these tables are naturally resistant to insects and decay!

    Rustic Outdoor Furniture Looks like a comfy family to us!

    You'd be off your rocker if you didn't love all this rustic log outdoor seating.

    Lead your partner to ultimate comfort when you both take a seat in our Contoured Comfort Log Rocking Love Seat.  Leave this rustic log rocker unfinished and it will age to a beautiful, silvery-gray, right along with you.  Handcrafted from insect and decay resistant Northern White Cedar, our Contoured Comfort rustic outdoor furniture will last your family for years to come.

    Rustic Outdoor Furniture Contoured Comfort Log Rocking Love Seat

     

     

  • 3 Rustic Holiday Gifts Perfect for The Season

    Here are a few of our favorite rustic holiday gifts, perfect for the season

    We are brought closer together, cherish those we love, and bring positivism and thoughtfulness to one another during the holidays. We curated some of the best rustic holiday gifts for your home this holiday season. Your entire family will enjoy these rustic pieces. From our solid wood dining table where everyone can enjoy a meal, to our original Cedar Lake Log Bed where naps are plentiful; here is a short Holiday buyer’s guide on our top products.

    Enjoy many meals to come on this Cedar Lake Solid Wood Dining Table

    When it comes to classic rustic furniture, this table is it. A finely finished, solid, naturally distressed wood makes this table-top tough when you need it to be. Two inches thick, and securely placed on a hand peeled Cedar stump; the craftsmanship in this piece is just absolutely remarkable. A true rustic charm, you can customize the finishes between clear, vintage whiskey, and honey finishes. Its no wonder our Cedar Lake Solid Wood Dining Table has been one of our highest selling and most beloved rustic furniture pieces of

    Cedar Lake Log Dining Table on Stump in Clear Finish

    Light up the room & take those perfect photos near the fireplace

    Keep the room illuminated and capture those smiles as intended in picturesque lighting, with our Rustic Mesquite Log Copper Shaded Lamp. You will love this gorgeous lamp!  We handcraft this rustic lamp using velvet mesquite from the Sonoran Desert. Finally, we hand-sand the lamp until smooth and give it a custom Watco Danish Oil to preserve the rustic beauty.

    Elk Shade with Turquoise Inlay Base

    Note - The turquoise inlay is optional.

    Cozy in with your favorite book on The Original Cedar Log Bed

    We all know how important sleep is. And a good night's rest can make or break your day. Especially during the holidays. The Original Cedar Log Bed is built is handcrafted and from carefully chosen Northern White Cedar Logs. The peeling process allows us to leave the inner bark; which accentuates the natural character of the logs. All of the rustic lines in the wood, are from Mother Nature herself. Love your bed finished or unfinished, you can customize how you like. We also have single rail and double rail available. All Original Cedar Log Beds include a headboard, foot-board, side rails, and slats. Choose from Twin, Full/Double, Queen, King, or California King.

    Cedar Lake The Original Log Bed with double side rails with spindles--Clear finish/>

    Rustic charm all sourced and handcrafted in The States

    We use locally sourced materials from the United States to handcraft all of our products shown. You can contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and or customization options.

    We back all of our products with a solid warranty to ensure you are 100% satisfied when you receive your purchase. We work tirelessly and offer some of the most competitive prices around, which is why we're the top log furniture store online.

    From everyone at Log Furniture Place, we wish you a happy holidays!

  • Rustic Design Ideas To Spruce Up Your Bathroom

    If you’re looking for rustic design ideas to change up the look and feel of your bathroom by adding warmth and natural tones, then you’ve come to the right place.  These durable, solid wood rustic furniture pieces will spruce up your bathroom and give you a cozy, rustic vibe for years to come.

    Beautiful Rustic Bathroom Vanities Built Right

    The Cedar Lake Rustic Log Vanity Collection is the perfect way to spruce up your bathroom. It looks fabulous with stone, tile or medium to dark wood floors; and the warm, toasty color it provides adds depth to any space no matter what size.

    Rustic Design Ideas Cedar Log Vanity

    This rustic vanity piece is fashioned to form a true, log furniture aesthetic; made from solid Northern White Cedar logs. Each log is peeled by hand, a process that leaves some of the cambium layer intact for extra character and individuality. Talk about true craftsmanship.

    Rustic Solid Wood Washstands are Making a Comeback

    The Cedar Lake Bathroom line not only can craft and deliver beautiful natural looking vanities; it also revives some of the classics like this solid wood washstand your great grandpa may have used.  Made in the USA, these solid wood counter tops come from real wood and have natural distressing, that really enhances that rustic charm you are looking for!

    Rustic Design Ideas Solid Wood Washstand

    They come in various sizes, from 24 - 42” to  48” - 72”.  See below for additional details on each.

    Washstand Configurations

    • 24" - 42" Vanities with Sink Center will have two doors.
    • 36" - 42" Vanities with Sink Left or Right will have drawers on one side and doors below sink.

    A Double Duty Rustic Design Idea Made for You

    This solid wood double duty toilet paper and magazine holder for the bathroom is a perfect rustic design idea for freeing up floor space. For those who enjoy some reading, your magazine and books will be protected by solid natural cedar slabs.

    Rustic Design Ideas Magazine & TP Holder

    This piece comes with mounts, so you can securely place it anywhere you would like. Available in a clear finish or honey finish to match your rustic decor and or room.

    Don’t Wait. Get These Looks Today

    Transform your bathroom into the rustic escape you’ve always dreamed of all while taking advantage of some of the best prices online. So don’t wait, our rustic design consultants are standing by. Please give us a call or reach out to us online; we are more than happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

  • These Rustic Antler Chandeliers are Perfect for Any Space

    Deliver an unmatched lighting experience with these rustic antler chandeliers.

    It's empowering to be boldly rustic.  As a result, you lift up your chosen space, which is especially true when it comes to lighting.   Rustic antler chandeliers, for instance, can play a pivotal role in interior design, some fancier than others of course.

    No Matter What Size Space, We Have a Chandelier For You

    If you’re looking to light an entrance, an adjacent book room, or a small dining area; the Elk Tripod 3 Light Antler Chandelier would be perfect. Offering sufficient light, the 3 light version of the very popular 6 light; offers the classic antler design in which no one antler is the same. Authentic natural shed Elk antlers deliver the best craftsmanship. Transform your space today.

    Illuminate Your Next Dinner Party With Flare

    The Elk Tripod 6 Light will cast a larger radius of light offering the best ambiance possible for your next dinner or hosting event. The light glows and bounces off the beautiful brown tones from the antlers, casting a warm and rich glow. These beauties usually ship within 4-6 weeks.

    This Rustic Antler Chandelier is Destined to Rule Them All

    If you’re looking to create a rustic space that truly transforms the interiors into a mighty destination fit for Davy Crockett, the 30 antler chandelier is for you. Wine and dine in the most exquisite lighting experience; perfect for log cabin homes, lodges, or bigger conference style spaces and entrances. Each antler is picked to display the beauty of mother nature, through the antlers’ vivid lines and the chandeliers 21 lights; bathe and illuminate in what is sure to be the talking piece of the night.

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    Design with Ease

    If you’re still not sure which rustic antler chandelier to choose, one of our rustic interior design consultants can help. Contact us today, and let us know your questions and thoughts; or buy online, all of our products are backed by a 1 year warranty and made in the USA.

     

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  • I've Been Reborn! An Exclusive Interview with a Rustic Barn

    From Old Barnwood to Beautiful Rustic Reclaimed Furniture

    It looks quite beautiful to the average eye. But when you’ve seen what it was before and what it is now, it’s hard to think anything would have come out on top of the situation other than bunnies and any other grass grazing animal in the area.  An overgrown green pasture with fallen fence and wildflowers sprouting throughout. You can see an area of pasture to the North where a barn used to stand; tall, strong, and full of use. This is the exclusive interview with that barn. Its rise to fame and glory, its depleting use, the big fall of defeat, and when it found its purpose again.

    LFP: How old are you?
    Barnwood: Is this how you start all your interviews?  That’s sort of a blunt question. Let’s start off by stating that barnwood is like a fine wine, it gets better with age.

    I am a third-generation barn, my great grandpa was one of the first barns ever built in North America. I was the first in my family to be built with a metal roof; man, was my mom proud…. I was built in 1880- you can do the math from there.

    LFP: Metal roofs, I bet that was a huge upgrade back then. What was your purpose when they built you?
    Barnwood: I was built for a family of farmers. I had a multitude of uses. I housed the work horses, the hay to feed them, the equipment they would hook up to plow and plant the fields. I gave the barn cats a cozy place free from weather and generations of kids a place to play and use their imagination. I loved it, I was happy! I stood tall and strong nothing could bring me down.

    LFP: Or so you thought…  When did you start to see your uses be depleted?
    Barnwood: A new family bought the land to farm in 1960, they farmed the land but horses were no longer needed for that and they didn’t raise livestock. There were no animals for me to house, no kids to use their imagination to morph me into a pirate ship or to play house. It was just me and a couple of tractors.  The animals talked with each other and me, but those tractors – they just stayed quiet and wouldn’t talk to me, I felt so empty and alone. This was also the year that they brought electricity in. It would be the beginning of the end of me. There was an electrical fire in 1972 that took a good quarter of me to the ground. What did the tractors do during the fire?  Not a darn thing!  The cows and horses would have at least called out warnings.  The family couldn’t afford the doctor’s (contractor) bill to repair me, so there I sat. Empty and alone, as they took the tractors out of me as well.  I was at the lowest point in my life I had ever been. It was then that that tumor of a shed was built…

    LFP: Oh my! How sad! What happened?
    Barnwood: I sat, depleting. Watching as the new shiny shed get all the attention and use. I was neglected, crumbling physically and mentally for almost 30 years. The land was handed over to the bank in the 1990s, I was forgotten. Besides the occasional teenagers parking behind me to hide while they wrestled it looked like, odd creatures you humans are. It was in 2010 when I was found again. And that was by far, the best day of my life. At first, I was scared, all I heard was a bunch of guys talking about tearing me down. If wood could pee…. I would have created a river. Needless to say I had pitch streaming down my beams.  But as they started working I heard them say how this piece will work great for a vanity, and this would be great color for a dresser. All I could think was, they are only tearing me down to build me back up again.

    LFP: That’s wonderful! It must have been uplifting to find purpose again.
    Barnwood: Yes it was! I was built into all sorts of rustic furniture. My beams were used for barnwood beds, my planks for reclaimed barn wood hutches, buffets, vanities, and tables. I was useful in SO many pieces. I don’t know what has happened to all of me throughout the years, but looking at how I turned out. I can imagine all the parts of me are happy. Being used in the practical rustic fashion they were meant for.

    LFP: Have you been able to keep in touch with other pieces of yourself?
    Barnwood: ….. Did you really just ask that?  I’m remnants of an old barn.  Not a cell phone, not a tablet, not a computer, how would I have kept in touch genius?

    LFP: Let’s move on.  What have you learned from your long life?  By the way I finally completed that math, you’re 137 years old.
    Barnwood:  And I still look better than you!  Over the years, I have learned that no matter how you feel, how low you fall… your life always has reason. Looking back, even when I was just a structure to block teens’ cars from view of the road… I was useful. But being reclaimed, it has been the best feeling in the world. I’ve been reclaimed!  I am beautiful and useful and ready to live on for another 100+ years!

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  • 15 Budget-Friendly Rustic Makeover Ideas

    Whether you live out in the country or you just want that “rustic” look, it doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands to create that rustic charm.

    No matter what your budget is, here are 15 ideas you may want to consider that are extremely easy to implement.

    #1 Wooden Picture Frames

    Rustic Picture Frames Wooden Picture Frames

    Creating a picture frame is one of the easier tasks where you can enjoy and expose your creativity. You don't need any fancy equipment to succeed. It only takes basic skills and some tools.

    #2 Redone Rustic Cabinet

    Rustic Cabinets Redone Rustic Cabinet

    Find an old cabinet that you don't need any more, along with some wooden planks. Remove the old wood, attach the new pieces together, polish them a bit and make sure the drawers can easily open and enjoy the new look of your private space.

    #3 A Rustic Tin Can

    Tin Can Transformation A Rustic Tin Can

    Believe it or not, but old tin cans can make a living space look rustic, if done right. Mix a few colors, decorate it any way you like and try to make it useful as possible.

    #4 Rustic Ironing Board

    Rustic Ironing Board

    Staining, sanding, and then painting are the only actions you will have to do to turn an old ironing board into an iconic rustic object.

    #5 Wooden Coffee Cup Hanger

    Wooden Coffee Cup Hanger

    Take a smooth piece of wood, preferably old, and buy small hooks to go with your interior design. Attach them together and now decorate your wall with cheap, but beautiful, useful rustic hanger.

    #6 Tree Trunk Coffee Tables

    Rustic Trunk Coffee Tables Tree Trunk Coffee Tables

    Getting a fancy rustic and practical coffee table has never been easier. After you pick up a couple of tree trunks, sand them down and create an even surface by cutting them at the tops. Sand down the surface, followed by a nice polish and people may wonder if you spent hundreds on your new tables.

    #7 Tree Branch Chandelier

    Rustic Chandeliers Tree Branch Chandelier

    The beauty of wood, in general, is that it creates an oldish, classy atmosphere. Add Christmas lights, and you have a wonderful chandelier. Try it out.

    #8 Rustic Headboard

    Rustic Headboard

    This can be a tricky project if your hands can't handle a little weight, but don't worry. After you take care for old barn wood, you just have to nail it together and polish it for that shiny look. Your room will look completely different, in a positive way.

    #9 Pallet Shelves

    Rustic Shelves Pallet Shelves

    Pallet Shelves are one of the best solutions for wall decorations. Practical and good looking, they will be worth of your time. Buy or find some old pallets, prepare the color and adjust it to your interior. It will take you about two and a half hours for each.

    #10 Rope Frame

    Rope Frame

    This can be a perfect birthday present. Just find a frame you don't use anymore and be sure to have a hot glue gun. Use it first and cover the frame entirely. Then, take twine rope and stick it to the glue.

    #11 Twig Candle Holder

    Twig Candle Holder

    A twig candle holder is yet another great addition to your living room. Again, you will need a hot glue, but this time get a few (30, 40) small branches, and set them around a glass or anything round. Glue them and then decorate however you like.

    #12 Wooden Mail Sorter

    Wooden Mail Sorter

    All you need is little wood and tiny coat hooks. Nail a few pieces together and have an organized nook of your apartment where you will keep mail and keys on hooks. When painting it, use any color you want but make sure it fits your interior. This wooden mail sorter is the definition of rustic and functional.

    #13 Rustic Porch Bench

    Rustic Porch Bench

    Nice benches are always so expensive when buying in store, but you can make your own for about $25. After you find the preferable wood, all you need is to connect all the pieces. As you can see, the wood can be of different types, and if you want, you can even paint it. It is always fulfilling to make something that's going to be of big use.

    #14 Step Ladder Side Table

    Step Ladder Side Table

    When making a side table for the bedroom, make sure to pick the right boards for the project. After that, you will have to cut them so that you can assemble them together to make a ladder. Attach supports, and let the imagination do its part when decorating. Don't worry about the perfection in this procedure, just do your best and have fun with it.

    #15 Mirror with Wood Slices

    Mirror with Wood Slices

    Take any old mirror you have, or buy a new one and cover the endings with foil. Cover the foil with glue and place the wood slices on the sticky part of the mirror. Wait at least an hour, and you have a new piece of furniture of your taste.

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  • Storage, Style and Satisfaction

    Coffee Tables for the Rustic Living RoomI have developed a sincere appreciation for furniture pieces that include hidden storage compartments. Specifically, coffee and end tables. With a family of four humans and two dogs, there are plenty of odds and ends (and, frankly, ugly stuff) that need to be hidden away from visitors and ourselves alike.

    What makes a great coffee table? For us, it’s a combination of things. We gather around its edges some Fridays and Saturdays for family game night, so it requires a sizeable surface. As an added bonus, said games can be stored inside the coffee table for easy accessibility. It must be sturdy and easy to wipe clean after the countless art projects it hosts. Since a table of the proportions we desire will likely be the centerpiece of the room, it must have rustic style and character. Last, but certainly not least, it must function as a comfortable footstool. Yes, we are a casual family that puts our feet up on the table when we’re relaxing.

    Finding a coffee table that checks all the boxes can be quite a daunting task. I’m always on the lookout for one, even though we are more than satisfied with the one we have now. You never know, however, when the one you love is suddenly broken beyond repair and you have to replace it. Shopping in a state of desperation can lead to bad purchases, so having a reserve selection of furniture is never a bad idea. If you find an artisan or design that you love, add the contact information into your idea file, along with a photo, so it’s at the ready when you need it.

    Storage, style and satisfaction…the ingredients for the Reclaimed Barnwood Coffee Table with Drawers. Add a smile and a sign of happiness as you put your feet up on its reclaimed barnwood top, and all the world is right for a while.

  • Renovation Bathroom

    Rustic Style VanitiesOn a recent episode of a home remodeling show, the contractor was explaining the two rooms that are most likely to sell a home: the bathroom and kitchen. I’m a sucker for a spacious and well-appointed kitchen, so that room came as no shock to me. But…the bathroom? It’s a space that is necessary, but not one that I would give extra attention to in plans for remodeling.

    At the conclusion of that show, I ventured into my master bathroom and took a look around. Instantly I hung my head as I realized it was more “before” quality than “after”. I knew it was time for a little renovation.

    As I contemplated a plan of attack for the bathroom, I decided that the changes would be mostly cosmetic. The size and layout were more than functional, it was just the appearance that was dull and outdated. New paint, vanity, fixtures and wall décor would be just the trick.

    Over the years, we have become fans of the rustic style. As a result, every time we purchase new furniture for our home we buy quality reclaimed wood pieces. Our search led us to the Reclaimed Barnwood Barn Door Vanity custom built out of solid wood to our specifications then shipped direct to our door. The process was so easy; the builder sent us a sheet that walked us through how to take the correct measurements, we did so and emailed them back in, and our beautiful vanity showed up about six months later, ready for installation. A truly effortless experience.

    I’m proud to say that now our bathroom is HGTV-worthy. I no longer cringe when I watch the beautiful bathrooms flash across my TV screen. In fact, I’m so proud of our “after”, I’m already making plans to do a renovation project on the kitchen. Next up: reclaimed barnwood cabinets!

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