Interior painting is one of my favorite jobs to do, because I can make such a difference in a room in a relatively short time.
I recently finished a whole-house interior repaint in a beautiful Craftsman-style home that had a dated brown wall color all throughout the house:
My customers chose a lighter color with more gray in it, and it gave the living room an airy and open feeling. (By the way, you may recognize the built-in entertainment center if you follow my other blog at Artisan Built-ins. I installed it last month.)
Moving upstairs, the kids' playroom was a dull mossy green that made the space feel dark. Check out that before and after! That's not my camera playing tricks on you, as you can see if you compare the tone of the carpet in the two pictures.
The new wall color reflects the light a lot better, which is helpful in a room like this with so little natural daylight.
But I think the biggest change was in the master bathroom. The dreary brown did nothing to flatter the tile.
What a difference a lighter tone makes! It ties in with the pretty marble sinks and bounces light all around the room.
I also installed new medicine cabinets with cherrywood frames that make a nice statement against the pale gray. Now the room looks like a spa retreat where you can escape from the world.
If your home has dingy or dated wall colors and you're ready for a change, give us a call to lighten up. We'll be glad to help you, because we love this stuff!
One of my customers recently asked me to install a countertop over her washer and dryer so that she had a place to set her laundry when she finished.
We decided on a walnut top, and I found a piece of walnut plywood with a gorgeous grain. Take a look at this footage and see for yourself:
(Is there anything more relaxing than watching someone else work?)
For those who can't see video, here's a pic of the top before I finished it out. You can already see the beautiful repeating grain patterns.
And another view after I applied the finish. The pattern almost reminds me of peacock feathers.
I installed the top so that it was tight against the wall. This will keep socks from sliding behind the machines.
Imagine seeing this gorgeous counter every time you did the laundry. It would make household chores way more fun!
We can install custom wooden counters and shelving to fit any space. Give us a call to learn more.
Usually I like to blog about the parts of my job that are glamorous and fun, and this project is a little more down-to-earth.
But it could also be very helpful for those who are getting a little older and would like to be able to age in place... or those who are caring for aging parents or spouses.
Here it is in my workshop, unboxed and ready to be delivered and installed. Can you tell what it is?
It's a special toilet seat for people who have trouble standing on their own. It's also got a bidet seat to make personal hygiene easier.
I've had some family members with health problems, and getting up and down was really hard for them. It was also tough for the caregivers. It can be really hard on your back to lift someone out of a sitting position.
This gadget lifts the seat up and makes it easy to tilt forward and stand.
I don't usually link outside of my blog, but this is a great product, so here's their website:
On a side note, if you have one of these installed, be sure to run it into a GFCI outlet for safety.
If you bought a relatively new home in one of the nicer subdivisions in Asheville, you probably have a beautiful fireplace with a big niche next to it.
My latest customers bought a home with a fireplace nook, and it was a challenge to find a piece of furniture that worked well there. The previous homeowners had put in an armoire, but it was too dark and bulky.
Most of the work happened back at my studio...
... so the noise and dust of building was invisible to the homeowners.
I made the doors by hand, just for this project, using oak stiles to prevent warping or twisting.
I used a double thickness of plywood for the upper shelves, with face frame over the front edge. I prefer plywood for this application because it doesn't move as much as solid wood, so it's sturdier.
Now for the big "before and after." The entertainment center looks like it was made with the house.
If you've got an empty nook in your living room, and you don't know what to do with it, give us a call. We'll work with you to design something that looks as if it belongs there.
When you have a space in your home that's perfect for built-in bookshelves, it can be tempting to cut corners by getting a factory-made piece from a big box store.
But there are several big differences between factory-made shelving and the real thing. Aside from the obvious features like better materials and a better fit, our custom shelving has one more thing going for it: I always make sure every piece of furniture I build for you is as perfect as I can possibly make it.
In this video, you can see me going over every surface of these shelves with a sharp eye, touching up every little burr with my sander so that the final coat of paint will create a smooth and continuous surface.
Your custom shelving gets the personal attention of a craftsman, and it shows.
That finish is as smooth as butter. You just don't get a paint job like that in a factory made piece, so skip the particle-board shelving and get something solid that will last you a lifetime.