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 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.

Get To Know Your Live Edge Tables

Live edge tables are an extremely popular option right now in wood furniture. We’ve been getting a ton of inquiries about them lately. And no wonder since live edge design is so eye-catching and unique.

The down-side is that authentic live edge wood is pricey and it can be difficult to find in the size and style you want. That’s why we decided to incorporate the hand carved live edge option into our designs. This alternative saves you money, is designed to fit your space, and still looks fantastic.

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Authentic live edge tabletops feature the natural edge of the tree from which it was cut, and (depending on the desired width) they are oftentimes one slab of wood. Authentic live edge wood is highly desired and is somewhat rare, so the cost definitely reflects that. Because of the limited inventory, slabs are typically sold quickly, and it can be difficult to find the exact size that will work for your space.

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Hand carved live edge tops are built just like our standard tops are – with multiple boards of the same wood type. But the edges are carved to reflect the appearance of authentic live edge. We love that we can offer this feature because it gives us more control over the final product.

Customers can choose the table top size, the wood type and the stain color, as well as the style of live edge they prefer (bold or subtle). Additionally, the hand carved option is quite a bit less expensive than an authentic live edge.

Get Your Own Live Edge

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All Rustic + Modern tables, benches, and desks are made to your exact specifications and we’ll work with you to create the type of edge you’re looking for. Hand carved live edge can be combined with our other customization options to create a piece of furniture unique to your home without the price of using authentic live edge wood.

If you’re interested in a hand carved live edge table, check out our furniture collections and ask about adding live edge to your favorite styles. Contact us if you have any questions or want us to get started on your very own custom live edge table.

Rustic Or Modern? Narrowing Furniture Options

In rustic decorating, the farmhouse and trestle tables provide a down-home country look. These styles look particularly rustic when you choose a distressed wood finish. For more modern decorating, our industrial and modern collections pair solid wood with metal. Depending on the style you’re going for, modern decor can use smooth woods with rich color and classic lines or go for a rougher industrial look with distressed wood and natural finishes.

When you order a new table or desk from Rustic + Modern, you’re purchasing a unique piece of furniture made to your exact specifications. We offer a wide range of options so you control the appearance of the finished piece. These options include wood type, stain color, and smooth or distressed finish. The style you choose depends on your individual preference and the type of room where you’re planning to place the finished furniture piece.

A Question of Wood

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White pine has some knots and surface character. It’s a great choice if you prefer the rustic look. We also offer rough white pine that preserves natural imperfections and saw marks for a reclaimed wood look. All of our pine tables are made with grooves between the table boards.

Knotty alder and red oak also offer distinct wood grains, but with a smoother table finish. You can also opt for clear alder, which has very few small knots. For a finer, more even texture, choose hard maple. These woods work equally well in rooms with rustic decorations or in a more modern or traditionally decorated room.

Hickory and black walnut are fantastic wood choices, no matter what your decorating style. Both are durable woods with beautiful natural texture. We think our most stunning tables are the ones made with black walnut tops.

Pick A Color

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Color choice depends more on the other colors in the room you’re decorating than on whether the design is rustic or modern. Each of the different woods offers different color options and they’ll all look good on modern or rustic furniture. We don’t stain black walnut and hickory, so their natural color will shine through. For walnut, this is a rich brown color. For hickory, the color is light blond with darker streaks. You can choose to keep the other woods natural or have us stain them.

Pine and hard maple are naturally pale woods. Alder is a slightly darker tan color. Red oak’s natural color is light brown with a reddish hue in the grain. All these woods can be stained with special walnut for a rich brown color, dark walnut for a deeper brown, or ebony for a near-black finish. Click here to see pictures of the different woods with and without stain.

To Distress or Not To Distress

We also offer the option of distressing the table top. This scraped or hammered effect gives your table the authentically hand-crafted look of older furniture. Distressed wood is a popular trend in rustic, industrial, retro, and farmhouse style interior decorating. The texture looks rough but don’t worry – it’s not going to splinter.

Customizing your furniture piece comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer wood with a distinct grain, or something with a more subtle pattern? Would you prefer lighter or darker furniture in your room, and do you want natural wood or stained? Is a rough, rustic look better for your interior design, or will a smooth table top look best? With Rustic + Modern, you have the chance to make those decisions and get a table that fits your space perfectly.

 

3 Irrefutable Rules for Mixing and Matching Wood Furniture

Gone are the days when interior design demanded all the wood furniture in a room matched perfectly. Matching furniture sets still work well for formal interiors, but it’s definitely not a requirement. Perhaps you’re trying to update your home without replacing all the furniture, or you inherited a dining set that doesn’t match the color of your wood floor, or maybe you just like the relaxed feel of an eclectically decorated room. Whatever the case, there’s no need to avoid using different woods if you keep a few guidelines in mind.

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Pair Similar Undertones

The first thing to look for when trying to match wood is the undertone. You can pair dark and light woods without trouble, but they’ll look best if you match the undertone. Some woods have a warm undertone, some look cool and gray, others are pale blond. Try to keep the different woods in your home in a similar color family.

If you have a pale gray weathered wood floor, you might consider getting a dining table made of pine, alder, or maple that is stained ebony. The dark finish will form a nice contrast with the paler gray floor without clashing. For rooms where you already have warm tones, try woods finished with a walnut stain or choose red oak. If you’re looking for a pale color, go with unstained alder, maple, or hickory. Check out all Rustic + Moderns custom wood options by clicking here.

Balance Different Woods

If you’re using two different wood tones in the room, try to make one more prominent than the other. Designer Sarah Langtry recommends keeping about 80% of the wood in the room one color and then using an accent for the other 20%. For example, if you have wood floors use the same wood type and/or finish on a few other major furniture pieces and then use a lighter or darker accent in two or three places throughout the room.

You can use more than two types of wood in the room, but try not to overdo it – three different wood tones is just about all a single room can handle without looking too busy and mismatched. Paying attention to the undertones will help you avoid this problem – even if the woods don’t match exactly, they’ll still look good together if the undertones are the same.

Pay Attention To Texture

Decorating with different types of wood furniture doesn’t just mean choosing different stains or woods. It can also refer to the texture of the wood. Wood can be smooth or rough, weathered or polished, knotty or clear. Mixing the different types of wood used in your decorating can make for an interesting contrast.

If you have smooth wood floors, you might shake things up by ordering one of our pine or alder tables with hand-scraped distress. Or you might choose a modern desk with a smooth table top to pair with knotty pine floors. If, on the other hand, you want to minimize the differences between your different wood types and finishes, choose woods with similar grain and texture to create a sense of unity in the design.

When it comes to wood there are many stunning options to choose from.  As long as you stick to these 3 rules, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful stylish space.  If you’re having trouble deciding, schedule an appointment to visit our design center.  We’ll help you design a custom piece of quality furniture that will last.

Choosing the Finish for Your Furniture

To Finish or Not to Finish….

Most of the tables and other furniture pieces that leave Rustic+Modern are completely finished and ready for use in the home. We do, however, offer our customers the option to stain/finish their tables themselves. This can have advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, you might save a little money and you’ll be able to match the table finish to your other furniture or wood trim in the room. On the other hand, doing your own finishing isn’t as cost-effective as it first appears and making a mistake could damage your new furniture.

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Will It Save Money?

If you decide you want an unfinished table from Rustic+Modern, the table will cost $150 less than a finished table of the exact same design. It sounds like you’re saving quite a bit of money, but does it really work out that way?

When you stain and finish your furniture yourself, you’ll have the added cost of stain and/or clear finishes to consider. You also have to decide how much your time is worth – doing your own finishing requires a time investment, especially if you’re going to do it right. Also, keep in mind that if your stain job doesn’t turn out like you want, we cannot cover the damages under our warranty.

Staining Tips

If you decide to stain the table yourself, the first step is choosing a stain. When you pick up your table or arrange for delivery, ask if we have any scrap wood of the same type as your table. Different woods stain differently, so you’ll want to test the stains on a scrap piece to see what the finished color will look like. If using a custom stain, make sure you mix enough to finish the entire piece because it’ll be impossible to match the second batch exactly.

Choose a clean work area for finishing your pieces. Any dust that gets on the furniture or brushes will mar the finished stain. Using a high-quality brush, work from the edges of the table toward the center. Always make sure the final brush strokes go with the grain and keep an eye out for runs or snags so you can bush them out before the stain dries. Let dry overnight, then lightly sand the surface with 240-grit paper. Apply second or third coats in the same manner until you achieve the desired color. Finish with thin coats of a clear lacquer.

Our Staining Options

Have us stain your furniture for you if you want to ensure a long-lasting, professional finish. We offer several finishing options. For all woods, you can opt for a natural look where we apply multiple coats of high-quality clear finish to enhance the wood’s natural coloring and beautiful grain. This is the only option offered for hickory or black walnut, which do not require staining.

For other woods like pine, alder, oak, and maple, we offer three stain colors: special walnut, dark walnut, and ebony. We also offer shadowed edges by using a staining technique to make the ends of the table boards look darker. Each of our stain colors look a little different depending on which type of wood you choose. You can see samples of the finished colors on our website or make an appointment to visit our design center and look at our furniture in person.