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.
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.
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