How To Care For Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Reclaimed wood furniture comes to you with a history. The wood used to build this furniture used to be part of a home, barn, or other structure. It’s durable wood that has already stood the test of time. But that doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. Here are a few tips for keeping your reclaimed wood furniture in top condition.

Protect From Sunlight

One of the best things you can do for reclaimed wood furniture is put it in a safe location. Too much direct sunlight can cause discoloration, warping, and other wood damage. If the furniture is in a room with windows, use curtains to keep UV rays from damaging the surface.

Stabilize Temperatures

Keep the temperature as stable as possible and don’t place the furniture near a heating or cooling vent. Quick temperature changes can cause wood to shrink, split, dry-out, and swell. Also, make sure there’s always a hot pad on the table before you place a hot item there.

Guard Against Moisture

Keep moisture rings off your furniture by using coasters to protect the surface. Another important thing to consider with moisture damage is humidity. Homes often dry-out in the winter, so it’s a good idea to run a humidifier to keep the wood from getting too dry. And if the furniture is in a damp room, like some basements, consider purchasing a dehumidifier.

Clean Regularly

Like all solid-wood furniture, regular cleaning helps keep reclaimed wood from looking dull, getting scratched, and other damage. Dust furniture a least once a week with a soft, lint-free cloth that’s slightly damp. Cotton or microfiber clothes work well. You can even recycle an old cotton tee-shirt as a dusting cloth.

Avoid Harsh Cleaners

Never use harsh chemicals to clean your reclaimed wood. You’ll even want to avoid most wood-cleaners, especial if they’re silicone- or ammonia-based. Instead, invest in a high-quality wax-based furniture polish designed for solid wood. We recommend using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner about once a month, depending on how much you use the furniture.

Start With Quality

When you’re purchasing reclaimed wood furniture, make sure that it comes from a reputable source. If you get poor-quality wood or wood that wasn’t treated properly, no amount of up-keep will improve it. Here at Rustic + Modern, we typically use 100+ year-old long leaf pine that we source from many different deconstructed buildings in north-central Texas. Other reclaimed wood options are also available upon request. We guarantee that our reclaimed woods are just as high-quality and long-lasting as the newer woods we use.

Will A Barn Door Work Here? How To Decide If A Barn Door Is The Right Fit For Your Space

So you love the look of barn doors. Who doesn’t? And you want to have one in your house, but you’re not sure whether a barn door will really work in your space. Well, you’ve come to the right place to figure that out. Here are the questions you need to ask yourself to figure out if a barn door is the right fit for your home.

Do I Have Room?

This seems like a pretty obvious question, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to assume you have room for a barn door and then find out you don’t. Barn doors don’t take up nearly as much floor space as a swing-door, but they do take up wall space. For a single barn door, you need at least as much space along one wall as the door opening is wide. And for double doors, you’ll need at least half the width of the opening on either side of the door. That’ll give the doors enough room to slide all the way open. You also need to have enough space between the top of the doorway and the ceiling so there’s room for hanging hardware.

Is Everything Level?

Most houses are level enough to hang a barn door, but it’s still something you’ll want to check. Make sure your door openings, headers, ceilings, and floor are all level before you purchase your barn door. If any of these measurements are off, you could end up with a door that hangs slightly ajar or which scrapes the floor when you try to open it.

Is There Enough Support?

Barn Doors are heavy, so you need to make sure there’s enough structural support to hang them. If the wall itself isn’t strong enough this problem is easily fixed. You can simply install a header attached to the wall studs above the doorway. That’ll be able to support the weight.

Will It Match My Decor?

Barn doors can work with just about every decorating style. It just depends on the type of barn door you choose. We usually think of barn doors with a more rustic interior design such as rustic chic, farmhouse, or log-cabin style. And they’re perfect for that. But if you want the doors to have a chic and modern look, just opt for wood that’s smooth and polished with a stain that matches other woodwork in the room. You can even order an unfinished barn door and then paint or finish it yourself to match other decorations.

One Door or Two?

How many doors you use depends on available space, what you’re using the door for, and personal preference. Two barn doors will be more expensive than one, but there are situations where double barn doors will fit your space and design plan better. Click here to read a longer article on this topic.

Is A Sliding Door What I Need Here?

Sliding doors work well for most doorways. If you want a barn door there and you have enough room, then go for it. They’re perfect for a pantry, laundry room, or small office that you want to hide away when it’s not in use. Or for acting as sliding room dividers that let you keep the open feel of your home while offering the option to close off rooms, as in the doorway between a living area and dining room. Plus, barn doors are easy for people in wheelchairs or using walkers to open so they’re handicap accessible if that’s something you need.

Where Will I Get My Barn Doors?

There’s no better place to get your barn doors than Rustic+Modern. We offer doors in a variety of woods and styles, and we can customize them to fit your space. Just place your order through our website or contact us to get started on a custom project.

5 Decorating Tips for Mixing Wood Furniture and Wood Flooring

Solid wood is a great choice for both furniture and flooring. But from a decorating standpoint, is it a good idea to use both in the same room? Or is wood in the furniture and on the floors too much of a good thing?

If you love the look of wood you’re in luck. There’s no reason you can’t pair wood furniture and wood flooring in the same room. If you want it to look good, though, there are a few decorating tips to keep in mind.

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1) Don’t Match Furniture and Floor

If all the wood in a room is the same color, it can make the space look boring because the furniture and floor will blend together too much. While you can use rugs to help the wood furniture stand out from the floor, it’s still more visually interesting to mix-and-match wood types. Using different wood finishes is also easier since it’s often hard to find an exact match. Especially if you’re purchasing the furniture pieces and flooring at different times and/or from different suppliers.

2) Limit The Number of Wood Types

While mixing wood types is a good idea, you probably won’t want every single furniture piece to be a different species, color, and texture of wood. Two or three different finishes is usually all that a room can handle. And it’s often a good idea to pick just one wood to be the dominant color in the room, then use the other color(s) more sparingly. In a dining room, for example, you could make the trim, flooring, and cabinet or hutch all the same color then use a different wood for the table and chairs.

3) Think About Wood Species

Each wood from a different type of tree has a different natural color. And if you plan to stain the wood, remember different species of wood take stain differently and using the same stain on two different pieces of furniture is no guarantee they’ll look the same. The tree’s species also affects a wood’s grain. Some woods have a large, open grain while other grains are smaller and less noticeable.

4) Find A Unifying Trait

It’s a good idea to find at least one trait that all the different woods in a room can share. One of the most popular is shared undertone. Different woods often look best together when they share a similar undertone. Try to keep the different woods in your home in a similar color family (e.g. warm blond furniture with reddish floors, or ebony-stained furniture with cool gray floors). You could also go for a more subtle unifying trait, such as similar grain patterns.

5) Focus On Creating Balance

To keep the room from looking lop-sided, it’s generally a good idea to spread the different wood colors out. If you have a natural pine table on one end of the room, for example, you’ll want another piece of light-colored wood furniture on the other side of the room. Alternately, using one piece with a very different wood finish can create a strong focal point. Then you can create visual balance in other ways, such as using the same color in rugs and curtains.

If you’d like to start customizing wood furniture for your space, get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help you select the right wood species and finish to coordinate with the floors in your space.

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Purchasing New Desks For The Office

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Are you looking for new office desks in your company? Desks are one of the most important pieces of furniture you can have in an office. Employees spend hours and hours every day sitting at their desks, so you want those desks to be easy to work at. And in the C-suite having a really nice solid wood desk can take a nondescript office to the next level. But before you run out and start buying desks, here are five questions to ask yourself.

1) Are The Desks Comfortable To Sit At?

People are going to be spending quite a bit of time at these desks, so you want to make sure they’re a comfortable place to sit and work. Ask the employees what they like and dislike about their current desks. Maybe they want more surface space or dislike the shape of a corner desk.

2) How Long Will This Furniture Last?

Office furniture is quite an investment, which means you want whatever you purchase to be high-quality. This is one of the best reasons to choose wood when you’re shopping for desks. You can expect solid wood furniture to last for years. Plus, solid wood isn’t going out of style. It’s going to look just as good in your office 5 or 10 years from now as it does today.

3) What Are We Using The Desks For?

Before deciding on size or style of desk, make sure you take your employees’ take work styles into account. The type of work they’re doing helps determine what type of desk they need. Someone whose job requires a computer with three monitors is going to need more desk space than someone with a laptop computer. Talk with your employees and find out what kind of desk will help them work more efficiently.

4) Do They Fit Our Office Space?

One of the great things about purchasing wood furniture from a place like Rustic+Modern is that we can customize the desks for you. You’ll get to choose the exact size that fits your office spaces. Plus you also have options in wood type, finish color, and overall furniture style so you can match the aesthetics of your office.

5) What Kind of Budget Do We Have?

You might think that solid wood furniture is going to fall outside your budget. But it doesn’t have to. For example, choosing alder instead of something like walnut or hickory for your wood type will help keep prices lower. Also, keep in mind that sturdy, long-lasting furniture should be seen as an investment that will save your company money in the long-run because you won’t have to replace the desks anytime soon.

Are you ready to invest in high-quality, long-lasting, and impressively stylish desks for your company offices? You can browse the products in our online shop or get in touch with us to learn more about the options we offer for office desks. We look forward to helping you create desks that are the perfect fit for your office.

5 Reasons Why Customized Solid-Wood Furniture Is The Best Choice For Your Next Design Project

If you’re an interior designer, you want to find the best-fit furnishings for each project. But that’s not always easy if you have to choose from what’s available pre-made. You might find something that’s the right style, but it’s the wrong color. Or you’ll find a table made from the perfect wood but it’s not the right size for your space.

Customized solid-wood furniture solves those problems (along with a few others) for you. And when you work with a reliable furniture maker, you’ll be getting high-quality pieces that will make your clients as happy as you’ll be. So here are the top five reasons why customized solid-wood furniture is a fantastic choice for your next project.

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1) You Choose The Materials

When you have furniture custom made for your project, you get to control what materials are used. That makes it easy to get the exact wood type you want for your design. And if you want to blend wood with some other material, the way we do when we add steel to our industrial and modern collections, customization gives you the chance to do that.

2) The Style Matches Your Needs

While you do have a wide selection of different styles to choose from in pre-made furniture, it’s just not the same as ordering a custom piece. Custom solid-wood pieces give you the opportunity to create a truly unique aesthetic for your client. Or if your client already has certain pieces that they want to match, you can work with the furniture designer to come up with a piece that’s just the right fit. Plus, if you need furniture that’s not a standard size or shape you can get it custom-made for the room.

3) Solid Wood Lasts A Long Time

When you’re working for a client, you want to turn-in a finished design project that they’ll still be happy with years from now. Solid wood furniture never really goes out of style, so it’s a great choice. Plus, well-made furniture can last for many years. Just think of how many old farmhouse tables from a hundred years ago have become family heirlooms. That’s the kind of quality you get from Rustic+Modern.

4) You Can Make It More Comfortable

Ergonomics are a hot trend in interior design right now. People want furniture that’s comfortable. For tables and desks, the ability to customize height can be invaluable when you’re designing for a specific person. For example, maybe your client works in their office all day and needs a desk that’s a little taller or shorter than normal so their feet rest comfortably on the ground.

5) Solid Wood Is Environmentally Friendly

The type of timber we use for making Rustic+Modern furniture can be harvested and re-planted sustainably. Plus, we also offer the option to use reclaimed wood in your custom furniture. This lets us give new life to previously-used wood, keep it out of landfills and burn piles, and cut back on the demand for new trees being harvested.

Solid wood furniture will be an asset to your next design project. But you don’t just have to take our word for it. Come see for yourself. You can browse our online showroom to see examples of our work or schedule a time to visit our design center. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions and get started designing exactly the type of furniture you need.

This Is What You Need To Know About Your Finishing Options When Ordering Solid Wood Furniture

It’s good to have options. But when you have a whole lot of different options it’s sometimes hard to decide exactly what you want. Here at Rustic + Modern, we strive to create the perfect customized products for your needs. You get to choose from a variety of customizations including style, size, and wood type. But those aren’t the only options you have.

You can further customize your furniture, barn doors, accent walls, and other items with different finishing options. These help make your piece unique and ensure it complements the room where you’re going to place your new furniture. So here’s a quick overview to help you pick which finishing touches to place on your order.

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Distressed v. Smooth

You get to decide whether you want your finished piece to have a smooth finish or some texture to it. If you opt for smooth, you’ll be able to see all the beautiful wood grain and texture but when you run your hand over the surface it will feel smooth.

If you want your wood distressed, we can add a scraped or hammered effect. This wood will look and feel textured when you touch it. However, we’ll still finish it off so that there’s no risk of splinters or snagging from the distressed finish.

Live-Edge v. Uncarved

We offer natural and hand-carved live edges as an option for things like tables, desks, fireplace mantles, and countertops. This creates a unique look along one or more edges of the wood surface. Alternately, you can choose traditional straight edges along all four sides of your table.

If you do opt for a live-edge, you’ll get to choose the type of carving as well. We can do a more subtle look as well as deeper, more dramatic carving. It’s up to you.

Stained v. Unstained

If you want to enjoy the natural color of the wood you picked we apply a high-quality clear coat finish. This type of finish enhances and protects the beautiful color and wood grain. We can also stain most woods if you’d like that (please note that we do not stain reclaimed wood, hickory or black walnut).

There are several reasons you might want to stain your wood. Perhaps you want a certain type of wood because of its price or durability but it’s not the color you need. Or maybe you like the grain of one wood but need it stained to match the other furniture in a room. We’ll be happy to help you pick out the right stain and finish your furniture with that color. Simply contact us to learn more about the stains colors we offer, schedule a visit to our design center, or order your very own custom furniture piece.

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

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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.