It's been almost six months since we moved into our new house and I can say it's finally starting to feel like a home. Furniture that had been ordered months ago is slowly starting to trickle in and much to the dogs' disappointment, rooms are beginning to fill up, making their evening wrestling matches a bit more challenging. I've also been working on a handful of projects here that have recently finished up, and I can now proudly showcase in my home.
It continually amazes me how talented the guys are who I work with and I love putting them up to new challenges. I am always thinking of new ways I can branch out my own business, and I guess being the guinea pig on some of these ideas is just one of the perks of my job! This latest project was probably one of the most labor intensive projects yet, as it was built from scratch.
I had been on the search for a coffee table for our family room and had found several options that were the style I wanted, however I wasn't crazy about any of the finishes.
Once I have an idea in my head, I'm not really one who wants to compromise and settle on a close second. So, instead I worked with one of the guys here to come up with a design and dimensions for a table that would fit our space, and then let him run with it.
Overall, I wanted a slight Asian influence with the Ming styled legs, but nothing too drastic.
I also wanted something in a dark stain. One wall of the family room has dark stained built-ins, so I wanted to tie in that color with other pieces in the room.
We chose to use walnut for the table, as it's a hard wood with beautiful grain detail.
The first step was to build a template for the table to ensure consistency among the legs, sides, etc. Now that the template is made, any tables made in the future will be slightly easier, as this step won't need to be repeated.
The table was then slowly assembled piece by piece. Every inch of the table was carefully crafted, and no detail was overlooked.
To get just the right color, it required several coats of stain which was applied with a spray gun. He then used a toner to even everything out ensure a professional looking finish.
The end result is such a rich color that really showcases the beautiful grain of the wood. The craftsmanship that went into this table is really second to none. It has just enough detailing to keep the piece interesting, but nothing about it is overpowering. I waited for what seemed like forever for this piece to be completed, but now seeing all the work that went into it, it's clear why it took so long to complete.
I'm excited to offer a new product on my site, and am currently taking orders for custom pieces. Email me if you're interested!
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