What Is Rustic Design And How Can I Use It In My Home?

You’ve probably seen quite a few beautiful home designs labeled ‘rustic’. Finding a common theme between the different rustic styles can get a bit tricky, however. People use this term on everything from log-cabin, to coastal, to Tuscan-style design. So what, exactly, is rustic design?

Rustic design is a catch-all term used to describe a style of decorating that is that’s natural, rough, aged, and/or casual. It’s usually a cozy style with handmade, over-size furniture and natural textiles. Rustic is sometimes considered the opposite of ‘modern’. However, you might find that you like contemporary rustic design, which fuses elements of modern style with rustic elements.

With all that in mind, here are a few common elements that all rustic designs share:


Handmade Furniture

A large percentage of furniture used in rustic designs is handmade, typically from natural materials. We’re talking solid-wood tables, over-sized chairs with comfy cushions, and hand-woven blankets. Typically, rustic furniture has a cozy, livable look and feel. Rustic designs often use wood flooring, barn doors, and exposed beams as well.

Natural Color Palette

Neutrals abound in rustic design. Materials are often left their original color, so you get lots of natural wood and stone tones. That doesn’t mean no bold colors, though. As long as you stick with natural earth-tones you’re good. Greens, browns, and grays are common, but earthy reds and blues that look like sky and water fit the style as well.

Unpolished Materials

There’s usually a certain amount of roughness to rustic design. Raw woods and stone typically form the backbone of the design, offering a variety of natural textures and colors. Reclaimed wood is often used since it has an aged look to it that’s perfect for rustic design. In textiles, you’ll almost never see something with a sheen. Raw fabrics fit the aesthetic much better. For a more contemporary rustic look, you can bring in some modern elements like the metal that we use in our modern and industrial furniture collections.

Comfortable Atmosphere

All the elements of rustic design should come together to create a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. That’s one of the main goals of incorporating rustic elements into your interior design. Even with some raw materials and rough edges, it all comes together to make a space that feels homey.

Do you want to incorporate rustic design into your home? If so, handmade solid-wood furniture and barn doors are a great place to start. You can shop online to see what kind of rustic designs we make or contact us if you have a custom request.

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.

reclaimed-wood-pedestal-farmhouse-table-dallas-texas-750x450Protect 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.

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.

Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017


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.”

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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.

Handmade Custom Wood Tables McKinney

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.


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.