How To Remove Marks From Wood Tables

Wood furniture is remarkably sturdy and long-lasting. With proper care, many pieces can become treasured heirlooms. When you’re using your wood furniture every day though, scratches, dings, and other marks are almost inevitable. This is especially likely when you’re entertaining, such as during the holiday season.

You can protect your wood by using tablecloths, placemats, table runners, potholders, and coasters. If marks do show up on your table, try these tips to remove the marks or at least make them less noticeable.

How To Remove scratches From Wood Tables

Water Rings

If hot cups or sweating glasses left water marks on your wood, you can buff them out using any of these common household products:

  • Petroleum jelly – apply jelly to the mark and let it sit overnight. Wipe off in the morning.
  • Non-gel toothpaste – rub toothpaste onto the mark with a soft cloth, following the wood grain. Wipe off with a damp cloth, then let dry.
  • Baking Soda – mix 2 tablespoons soda with 1 teaspoon water to make a paste. Rub over the water mark using a circular motion.

Light colored stains come off the easiest. Darker stains might require several treatments. The petroleum jelly is gentlest, so start with that. If the stain doesn’t come out, try toothpaste next and then baking soda. After you get the stain out, polish your table with a wax polish. We recommend using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner.

Light Dings

Shallow scratches, nicks, and dings are usually surface issues. They affect the finish rather than getting deep enough to damage the wood. If you look at the scratch on an angle and don’t see discoloration, then the scratch is only on the surface.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we finish all of our furniture with satin polyurethane. This finish offers durable protection against everyday use. If scratches develop in this type of finish, start by buffing a paste wax furniture polish into the scratch. This is often enough to hide scratches.

If the wax doesn’t hide your scratch and you want to try refinishing that spot, sand over the scratch with fine steel wool. Sand with the grain using light pressure until the scratch is no longer visible. Wipe the sanded surface with a clean, damp cloth and let it dry completely. Apply a thin coat of satin polyurethane to the scratch and let dry for 24 hours. Repeat polyurethane coats until the finish over the scratch is level with the rest of the table.

Deep Scratches

If the marks on your wood table are from damage that gets through the finish to the wood itself, you have a few options. Most involve filling in or coloring the scratches to make them less noticeable. You can use a commercially available scratch filler or stain pen, or try one of these DIY options:

  • Rub the nut meat or a walnut, almond, pecan, or Brazil nut into the scratch. This works best for light to medium colored woods.
  • Dab coffee grounds or a damp tea bag over the scratch. Wipe excess away with a paper towel, then repeat until colors match. This works best for medium to dark colored woods.
  • Use a felt-tip marker the same shade as the wood to hide the scratch. Polish with a wax-based furniture polish.

You can also try touching-up the finish over deep scratches as described for light scratches. Remember also that wood furniture can be completely refinished if the surface becomes too marred, unlike furniture made with veneers or engineered woods. That’s part of the beauty of investing in solid wood – even many years of wear-and-tear isn’t going to make it unusable.

If you’d like to order a new, solid wood table, get in touch with us at Rustic + Modern. All our tables are hand-crafted from high-quality solid wood. You’ll get a table made to your exact specifications – the kind of furniture you’ll want to keep around for many years.

Authentic Reclaimed Wood and Live-Edge Tables For Interior Design

When you’re searching for furniture to use in upcoming design projects, you only want the best for your clients. It can’t just look good. It also has to be the best quality at a competitive price with stand-out features that match your interior design style.

Reclaimed wood and live-edge tables and desks are a hot trend in solid wood furniture right now. And that means there are more and more options on the market for purchasing live-edge designs and reclaimed wood furniture. But not all solid wood furniture is created equal and you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your clients.

Form and Function

Solid wood isn’t just pretty. It’s a durable option for furniture in the private and corporate setting. With a little care, solid wood furniture can last for so many years. A family table becomes a beloved heirloom. Or an impressive office desk may become a fixture in the CEO’s office for the life of the company.

When your clients want long-lasting furniture that’s clearly well-made, solid wood is the way to go. Few furniture styles speak to elegance and quality better than a solid wood desk or conference table. And here at Rustic+Modern, we’re committed to making sure you and your clients receive the best piece of furniture you can possibly get.

Innovative Design

At Rustic+Modern, we offer live-edge and reclaimed wood furniture done right. We don’t take shortcuts or skip over important details. Whether natural or hand-carved, our live-edge designs are just as sturdy as our more traditional furniture options. And they’re available with the same innovative blend of rustic wood and modern metal as our other furniture.

Wood is a renewable resource, which makes even our new wood pieces a green product. Using reclaimed wood takes this a step further by making something old new again. And we’re very careful about the reclaimed wood we use. You won’t find damaged or poorly handled reclaimed wood in our furniture. Only good, sturdy, properly treated woods.

Custom Aesthetics

Customization is one of the biggest advantages you get with Rustic+Modern. We’re not just mass-producing standard tables and desks. We customize every furniture piece to fit your style and your client’s needs. Even our standard styles are available with custom choices for wood type (including reclaimed wood), different finishes, and options like hand-carved live-edge.

We also customize to your specifications for width, length, height, and table thickness. And if you have something other than a standard table or desk in mind, get in touch with us. We’re happy to work with architects and interior designers to customize a design to fit your specific project.

How To Choose Between Wood Types

Deciding you want solid wood furniture is pretty easy. It’s durable, easy to care for, and environmentally sustainable. Once you make that decision, though, you’re faced with a few others. These are the fun questions – the ones related to what your finished furniture piece will look like.

Most of these decisions are about personal preference. What color? How large? Which style? With all the different choices, though, you might have some questions. For example, “How do I choose which wood to have my furniture made from?” To narrow down your options, ask yourself these questions:

What’s My Budget?

Some woods cost more than others. Take our classic farmhouse tables as an example. Prices start at $995 for knotty alder or rustic pine. For reclaimed wood or clear alder, the starting price goes up to $1250. Starting price for hard maple, red oak, and hickory is $1495. Black walnut is the most expensive, starting at $1750.

If you’re on a strict budget and want a dark colored wood, you’ll probably not want to go with black walnut. Instead, you might opt for a less expensive wood finished with a dark walnut stain. Click here to request a quote and get a better idea of exactly how much the table and woods you’re looking at would cost.

What Texture Do I Want?

Texture is partly determined by wood type and partly determined by finish. The wood type you choose determines what the grain will look like. Softwoods, like pine, don’t have a very pronounced wood grain and there will be visible knots. Hardwoods like alder, oak, hickory, maple, and walnut offer a more striking wood-grain. If you want more visible knots in a hardwood, choose knotty alder.

You can get all our woods with a smooth finish (though pine tables will have grooves between the boards). If you want a rough, rustic texture you have two options. You can either choose rustic pine as your wood or have us distress the wood. For rustic pine, we lightly sand to prevent splintering but don’t remove the natural rough texture and saw marks. For hand-scraped distress, we take your chosen wood and scrape and/or hammer it to create a more authentically rustic look.

Which Color Would I Like?

The natural colors of woods vary, and you can also customize the color of most woods with stains. We offer four options: natural color with a clear finish, special walnut stain, dark walnut stain, and ebony stain. The only woods we don’t stain are hickory and walnut. They’re just too beautiful to color! You can see pictures of what our woods look like with different stains by clicking here.

We also offer unfinished tables (at a $150 discount) for customers who want to stain and/or finish their tables themselves. If you’re ready to order a table or want to check out some of these woods in person, get in touch with us. We can answer your questions, get you a quote, or set up an appointment for you to visit our design center.

4 Questions and Answers About Reclaimed Wood Tables

Reclaimed wood tables are becoming more popular as the reuse/recycle trend spills over into the furniture industry. You’ll see reclaimed or salvaged wood furniture promoted in stores and DIY projects, such as building bed frames out of old wood pallets, all over the internet.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we offer reclaimed wood as an option when you’re ordering a customized table. But how, exactly, do we define reclaimed wood and does it work as well as other woods for making tables? Keep reading for answers.

reclaimed-wood-tabletop-friscoWhat Is Reclaimed Wood?

Simply put, the term “reclaimed wood” refers to wood that was used for one purpose and is now used for something else. Reclaimed wood can come from a variety of sources, including everything from railway ties to wine barrels.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we typically use 100+ year old long leaf pine that we source from many deconstructed homes, barns and buildings in north central Texas. Other reclaimed wood options are also available upon request.

Is Reclaimed Wood Safe?

It depends. Using reclaimed wood from old pallets, railway ties, or buildings with an unknown history can result in wood that contains things you don’t want in your home. If you search for information about reclaimed wood, you’ll find warnings about insect infestations, unknown chemical wood treatments, and other potential dangers.

For a table made from reclaimed wood to be safe, the people working with the wood need to know its history and how to treat it. We’re familiar with where our wood comes from and are careful to offer reclaimed wood furniture that’s just as safe as the tables made from new woods.

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Are These Woods Environmentally Friendly?

Recycling is good for the environment. By using reclaimed wood, we can give new life to old woods and cut back on the demand for new trees being harvested. Reclaiming wood is much better than putting it in a landfill or simply burning it.

It’s rare that reclaiming wood has a negative impact on the environment. The only time reclaimed wood isn’t environmentally friendly is when the reclamation process eats up large amounts of fossil fuels. That can happen when reclaiming expensive, exotic woods and then shipping them thousands of miles before they’re processed. Our reclaimed wood is harvested locally, however, and it does qualify as environmentally friendly.

Is The Quality Good?

The quality of reclaimed wood varies. Some mass-market dealers will sell “reclaimed” wood furniture that is poor quality or isn’t really reclaimed at all. But if you’re buying from a reliable source, reclaimed wood can be even stronger than virgin wood. This is because the older woods often came from old-growth trees.

Most of our reclaimed wood is 100+ year old long leaf pine. This wood is vastly different than the pine you will find at your local home improvement store. Some also call it “Heartpine” because of its large heart center with minimal surrounding sapwood. This heart section is very dense and is unrivaled in beauty, strength, and durability.

We can use reclaimed woods in a variety of tables, so check out our different styles to see what’s available. For more information or to request a quote, call (469) 347-2484 or send us a message.

 

Solid Wood Furniture For The Corporate Setting

In the corporate setting, furniture should be both functional and impressive. Furniture is one of the major decorating elements that sets the tone for interior spaces like offices, reception areas, and conference rooms. If you’re looking for beautiful, hardwood furniture that fits the unique style and space of your corporate setting, you’ll appreciate our high-quality custom furniture pieces.

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Conference Tables

Business meetings, presentations, conferences – they all require a table large enough to seat the attendees. Here at Rustic + Modern, we create custom tables to your exact specifications. You can order something that’s exactly the right size for your room and for the number of people at your events.

Don’t settle for a generic, utilitarian conference table, especially in rooms where you’ll be meeting with clients and investors. A handcrafted solid wood table shows your good taste and appreciation for high quality. Even if people don’t comment, “Wow, this is an impressive table,” you’ll know the table is figuring into their positive impression of your company.

Office Desks

There are several factors in play when looking for a perfect office desk. The size needs to fit your work area – small enough to leave room to move around the office, but large enough to hold all your work. You’ll also want a comfortable height for working and a durable material.

Solid wood desks provide a classy, professional appearance with the durability you need in office furniture. And because you can customize the height, size, and style of Rustic + Modern furniture, you can make sure the desk fits your exact needs.

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Reception Furniture

The reception area provides people entering your corporate office with their first impression of your business. Old, rickety, or cheap furniture gives a negative impression as soon as people walk through the doors. Quality furniture helps ensure a positive first impression.

We can provide end tables and coffee tables for your reception area. You choose the size, shape, style, and wood type. Whatever decorating style you’re going for, we can help by designing furniture to match.

Barn Doors

office-barn-door-dallas-texasBarn doors might not be the first thing you’d think of using in an office setting. But sliding doors let you leave rooms open without the doors taking up floor space or accidentally swinging shut. Sliding barn doors are also easy to close when you need privacy. This makes them perfect for meeting rooms and private offices. We also customize the look of our barn doors, so you can opt for the more familiar rustic-style barn doors or go for a more sleek, modern look with smooth woods and dark stains.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we’re known for detail and craftsmanship. We take the responsibility to create furniture uniquely suited to your exact needs very seriously. We’ll collaborate with architects, interior designers, builders, and you to create handcrafted pieces that are perfect for your commercial environment. Contact us today to learn more.

5 Design Tips For Small Dining Rooms

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Not everyone has the space for the sort of massive family dining table you see in paintings of Thanksgiving dinners. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up your dream of having a beautiful solid-wood table in your dining room. There are plenty of ways to make the most of small spaces and even make them feel a little roomier than they actually are.

Built-in Seating and Storage

In very small dining rooms, there’s not always room for cupboards, china cabinets, or sideboards. Attaching floating shelves to the wall or going with built-in bookshelves helps free-up floor space.

You can also add seating in the form of corner banquettes or benches along the wall or as part of the built-in shelving. For extra storage, put cupboards under the seating.

Use Benches

Chairs can only seat one person. But benches can seat several and they slide out-of-the-way under the table when not in use. Rustic+Modern offers matching benches for most of our tables. And you save $50 when ordering two or more!

Mix-and-match benches with chairs for even more flexibility. Maybe you have chairs on the ends of the table for every day use and benches along the sides to pull out when entertaining.

Welcome Light In

Natural light is one of your best friends when trying to make spaces seem larger. Windows open up a room and natural light brightens the space. The room won’t actually be any larger, but it won’t feel so claustrophobic.

Using a mirror when decorating can also make small spaces feel larger. The reflection tricks your eye into thinking the room is bigger. Plus, mirrors reflect light to help brighten up the room.

Color Wisely

Lighter paint colors tend to make rooms feel more open. But that doesn’t mean you need to shy away from rich or bright tones. Rather, try pairing a light neutral with one other main color. Simple color schemes are visually striking without overpowering the space or leaving it with a busy or cluttered feeling.

For example, a white and light blue room feels open and airy. Then you can add depth by using a darker blue tone in a few decorating elements like curtains, tableware, or seat upholstery. You’re still decorating with just two colors – blue and white – but the variations in blues keep things interesting.

Customize Table Size

Customized furniture will help you make the most of a small dining space. Instead of trying to cram a mass-market table into your space, order a table designed to fit your dining room. Not only will it fit the space perfectly, but you can also customize the style, wood type, and other features.

Here at Rustic + Modern, you get to choose 32-, 36-, or 40-inches for the table’s width and customize the length. We’re pretty flexible. Get in touch with us and let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll see what we can do.

 

Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

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RUSTIC + MODERN HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE of PROSPER, TX
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

PROSPER, Texas, January 17, 2017 – Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture of Prosper, TX has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom handmade furniture company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Our team is beyond excited to receive the ‘Best Of Customer Service’ award from Houzz for the second straight year!” said Emily Williams, co-owner and marketing manager. “Our clients are amazing and their creativity inspires us every day. We love that we can customize a piece of furniture so that it fits perfectly with their style and space.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Follow Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/pro/rusticmoderncollection

About Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture

If you appreciate the timeless beauty and practicality of solid wood, you’ll love the quality and craftsmanship that Rustic + Modern has to offer. Located in North Texas, Rustic + Modern creates rustic, modern and industrial style furniture and barn doors. Each piece is custom made, completely unique and original, lovingly handcrafted from your preferred choice of natural solid wood.

Allow us to build you the piece of furniture or the door of your dreams. You customize it, and we’ll build it! If you’re not sure where to start you can select a style from one of our collections and then refine it to your taste by choosing from the many different features we have to offer.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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5 Farmhouse Tables To Update Your Dining Room

Holidays are just around the corner. If you’re inviting guests over, there’s a good chance the party’s going to revolve around your dining room table. You can make a great impression (and get yourself a holiday treat to enjoy year-round) with a new solid wood farmhouse table.

These are the style of tables people think of when they think farmhouse dining room design. But they’re not limited to rooms decorated in a farmhouse motif. Use farmhouse-style tables in all types of rustic design, retro room décor, and even modern dining rooms.

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The Classic

Sturdy, solid, simple. Our Classic Farmhouse Tables are a staple of rustic design. These tables feature a solid wood tabletop with straight, squared legs at each corner. They’d look fantastic in any casual dining room. For the most rustic option, choose hand scraped distressing for the tabletop. We can also make matching benches in your choice of wood.

Turn A Leg

Dress-up the classic farmhouse design with Turned Leg Farmhouse Tables. Whether you want to use the table in a room that’s slightly more formal or just want to add interest to your furniture, this table is a great choice. The legs can be rounded or squared depending on your preference. Stain the table for a classic appearance or have it painted and/or distressed if you prefer the shabby-chic look.

V-Braced

Another variation on the classic design, our V-Base Trestle Tables feature A-frame leg supports and a V-shaped center brace. These tables will look great in any dining room with a rustic decorating scheme. The creative construction also makes it a good choice for modern designs that feature wood as a decorating element.

Up On A Pedestal

Our newest addition to the Rustic Collection, Pedestal Farmhouse Tables let you seat more people without bumping against the table legs. In this design, the legs are tucked under the tables and held in place with a sturdy beam-constructed base. It’s perfect if you plan to entertain or if your family is growing.

Mix in Metal

Veering away from the rustic look, our Industrial Farmhouse Tables mix modern metal with classic farmhouse table design. These tables look similar to the Classic Farmhouse Table, but with metal pipes connecting the table top and the legs. It’s a bold furniture design that’s sure to draw compliments.

With all our tables, you choose from a wide variety of woods, stains, and smooth or distressed finish treatment. These customizations make the furniture extremely versatile. Match your table to existing wood in the room or make it a focal point with the exact characteristics you like. Whatever style you choose, we’ll make sure it’s quality craftsmanship that can last for years to come. Who knows? Sitting around your new farmhouse table might become a favorite holiday tradition.

5 Essential Tips for Solid Wood Care

Solid wood furniture has a reputation for being sturdy and long lasting. With proper care, it will live up to those claims and many solid wood furniture pieces become family heirlooms.

Caring for wood furniture is fairly simple. You just need to keep the surface clean, polish occasionally, and protect the wood from temperature and humidity extremes. Here are our five essential tips for taking care of solid wood furniture:

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1) Dust Often

Dusting at least once a week prevents dust buildup that can damage the furniture finish. A little dust might seem harmless, but it can actually scratch the finish if left to build up over time.

Use a soft, lint-free cloth to dust your furniture. Microfiber or soft cotton both work well. Dampen the cloth slightly with warm water and a mild dish soap. Remember to follow the grain pattern of the wood when you’re dusting.

2) Cleaning and Polishing

Never use harsh chemicals, like bleach, to clean your wood. Instead, you’ll want to invest in a good quality wood furniture polish. Avoid products that contain silicone and go for wax-based polishes.

We recommend using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner for solid wood furniture from Rustic + Modern. It’s a wonderful product that you can use as needed to polish and help protect solid wood surfaces. Aim for polishing at least once a month, depending on how much you use the furniture.

3) Beat The Heat

Natural wood can warp or crack in response to excessive temperatures. Don’t position your wood furniture right next to a radiator or heat register. Just putting a little distance between heat sources and your furniture makes a huge difference in maintaining solid wood furniture.

Also, avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight. The heat of direct sunlight can damage finishes and cause the wood to dry out and shrink. Hanging curtains or blinds in the windows is a quick-fix for this problem.

4) Watch Humidity

Extreme changes in humidity can also damage the wood. Run a humidifier during dryer months of the year to keep the wood from drying out and shrinking. A 40 to 45 percent humidity level is ideal.

Depending on the climate, you might also need to run a dehumidifier during some months to maintain the right humidity. Alternately, you can beat excessive summer humidity (and heat) by running an air conditioner.

5) Protect The Surface

Avoid placing hot, wet, or sharp objects directly on the wood surface. You can cover the bottoms of vases, lamps and other decorating items you want to keep on your table or desk with felt. For other items you want to place on the wood surface, table runners, placemats, doilies, and coasters are your friends.

Think you’d like to add a new solid wood furniture piece to your home? Rustic + Modern offers a variety of furniture styles you can customize to your exact specifications. Contact us today to learn more or set up an appointment to see our designs in person.

 

Impress Holiday Guests With A New Custom Table

If you’re having guests over for Thanksgiving or other holidays this year, you’ve got a good excuse to update your dining table. A beautiful handcrafted wood table will earn ooohs and aahs from guests and also makes a great holiday present for yourself. Solid wood tables aren’t just impressive to look at. They’re also a high-quality furniture piece that, if cared for well, can become a family heirloom.

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Choosing A New Table

The perfect table is a highly individual choice. You’ll want something that reflects your personal tastes and fits in with your dining room and/or kitchen décor. Rustic + Modern makes personalizing your table simple.

You choose rustic, modern, or industrial style. Then you customize the size to make sure there’s room for all your friends and family. Next, you get to choose from several different wood types, stain colors, and finish effects.

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Holiday Table Care

Tables can take a beating during the holiday season. You have more people around the table and more food on the table than usual. Solid wood isn’t hard to take care of, but you do want to follow a few guidelines.

We recommend cleaning your new table with mild soap and a soft cloth, like microfiber. Polish the wood surface as-needed using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner. This also helps protect the surface. Never use harsh chemicals, such as bleach, on your new furniture. These chemicals can eat away the finish over time.

Protective Table Settings

Fast changes in temperature can warp and damage wood. This means it’s a good idea to keep your table away from radiators, fireplaces, and heating ducts. But you’ll also want to avoid placing hot food directly on the table. Always use hot pads to protect the wood surface from warm pots and serving dishes.

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You’ll also want to consider using placemats under each table setting to keep from scratching the wood. If you’re choosing any table decorations with sharp edges, put them on a mat or table runner as well. Scratches wouldn’t be very noticeable on a table with a distressed finish, but if you opted for a smooth finish on a wood like walnut or hickory, you’ll want to protect it.

Ready to order or talk about customized table options? Send us a note or call (469) 347-2484 to get in touch with us. We’ll work with you to answer any questions and help you pick the right table design for your space.