Choosing the Right type of wood

Choosing the right type of wood for your custom built furniture

A custom built piece of furniture can be a great addition to your home.  I have built all types of furniture from small farm house tables to full wall entertainment centers.  I will explain some of the main differences of the wood types, costs and how to choose the right material for your custom built furniture.

What types of woods are available for table tops?

Most table tops are constructed joining multiple planks of solid wood.  The type of wood that you choose for the tops can make a huge difference in the look, feel and durability.  Table tops typically consist of  ¾” to 1 ½”  thick boards that are glued together.

Here (6) common wood choices for table tops listed in order of most affordable (1) to most expensive (6).

#1 Common Pine Construction

1 ½” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘, board widths up to 11.25”

Most Affordable Option

  1. Pros
    1. Most affordable option
    2. Softwood, so it will show wear from daily use
    3. Great option for farm style furniture
    4. Solid heavy table
    5. Various wide wood grains
  2. Cons
    1. Expansion & contraction greater than hard woods
    2. Soft woods show wear easily (if wear is not your style)
    3. Typically contains lots of knots
    4. Sappy wood (if it bleeds, it will dry)

#2 Knotty Common Pine

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘,board widths up to 11.25”

2X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Affordable 3/4” thick option
    2. Less moisture than construction grade
    3. Softwood, so it will show wear from daily use
    4. Great option for farm style furniture
    5. Light weight, easier to move
    6. Various wide wood grains
  2. Cons
    1. Typically contains lots of knots
    2. Sappy wood (if it bleeds, it will dry)

#3 Clear Pine

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘,board widths up to 11.25”

4X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Perfect pine grain
    2. Contains NO knots
    3. Great moisture levels, dried to perfection
    4. Softwood, so it will show wear from daily use
    5. Great option for a clean looking piece
    6. Light weight, easier to move
  2. Cons
    1. Approaching higher $ material
    2. Not all stores stock Clear pine, may need ordered#4

#4 Poplar

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘,board widths up to 11.25”

5 to 6X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Unique wood color
    2. Hardwood, typically doesn’t wear from daily use like pine
    3. Contains some knots
    4. Great moisture levels, dried to perfection
    5. Great option for a for barn style piece
    6. Light weight, easier to move
  2. Cons
    1. Higher end cost
    2. Limited availability

#5 Oak

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘

6 to 7X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Very tight grain
    2. Looks great with just a clear finish
    3. Hardwood, doesn’t wear from daily use like pine
    4. Typically Knot Free
    5. Great moisture levels, dried to perfection
  2. Cons
    1. High end cost
    2. Limited availability

#6 Barn wood

No real standard sizes

Up to 10X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Most Unique wood choice for Farm style
    2. Aged to perfection
    3. Already has wear so no need to worry
  2. Cons
    1. High end cost
    2. Extremely Limited availability
    3. No piece is the same

So hopefully now you have a better understanding of how a custom built piece of furniture’s cost, look and feel can drastically change simply from your choice of wood.

Tips for removing 6 common Stains in Wood

Farm House Kitchen
Farm House Kitchen

How to remove 6 common stains from wood furniture

Many of the finishes on our furniture does protect the wooden surface from damage by offering a protective coating. However, when you expose your wooden surface to stains, they can decolorize it and damage it if you do not act as fast possible in removing the stains. By removing the stains you can save the color of your furniture and enhance the natural beauty of the surface.

There are so many stains which can damage your wooden surface some of them are oil stain, paint stain, permanent marker stain, red wine stain, coffee stain, and water stain. If you wish to know on how you can remove the above stains your wooden surface then you should read the guide below.

Precautions when removing stains from wood

When removing any of the above stains with chemicals, it is important to wear protective gear such as chemical resistant gloves and safety goggles. Wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. By doing this, you can prevent any stain from getting into direct contact with your skin.

You should also read the instructions written by the manufacturers about the stain removers.

White ring stain caused by moisture (heat stain)

1. How to remove water stain from wood

Using a hairdryer

Just put it at its lowest setting before you direct it at the water stain. Make sure that you only move the dryer around the mark so that there is not direct heat onto the wooden surface as it can overheat and damage it.

Petroleum jelly

Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly into a soft, clean piece of cloth and use it in rubbing around the water stain in a circular manner. In case the stain still exists, you can try to apply more petroleum jelly product and allow it to stay there for around 1-2 hours before rubbing the surface so that you can remove the stain.

Toothpaste

If you have a stain as a result of a water stain, then you can use toothpaste. However, before you use it, you must ensure that you are using a plain white toothpaste and avoid using colored one or one which is made of whitening chemicals.

Gently squeeze some toothpaste onto a clean piece of cloth and rub it gently into the water stains. Dip another piece of cloth into the water so that you can use it in wiping your wooden surface to remove the stains and toothpaste.

Steel wool

When it comes to removing water stains using steel wool, then you must use one with the finest grade so that can avoid scratching your table. Dip the steel wool into lemon oil and start rubbing it gently over the affected area. Be careful as you are doing this so that you do not damage your wooden surface finish.

Red Wine

2.  How to remove a red wine stain in the wood

It’s possible that you accidentally spill a glass of red wine while you are at home sitting quietly of holding a party. However, if this wine happens to land on your hardwood table or flooring it can easily soak into thereby having a permanent mark on your wood. Fresh red wine will be much easier to remove compared to a stain which has been there for a longer period of time. If you wish to remove the red wine stain then you should follow the methods below.

Blotting

In case the red wine has not dried fully, then you can use your kitchen faucet to dampen an absorbent cloth or paper towel. Blot up this wine by pressing the damp towel directly onto the stain without wiping it.

Oil-soap solution

In case the wood has been stained mildly, then you can use an oil soap solution in removing it. Just mix about 60ml of oil soap with 3.8 liters of hot water. After you have mixed this solution just dip a dry and soft cloth onto the mixture. Make sure you wring this cloth so that it becomes slightly wet before you can use it in scrubbing the wood which has a red wine stain. After scrubbing the stain, rinse the area with warm and dry it using another clean damp cloth.

Using a vinegar solution

Just mix an equal amount of water and vinegar solution. Mix enough solution which can cover the stained area. Soak a clean cloth into the mixture, but in this, you should not wring it since the solution is expected to seep into the wood for you to be able to remove the stain. Place the cloth over the red wine stain such that it starts to lift. After the stain lifting, you can use a clean rag in scrubbing the stain until you completely remove it.

Coffee Stains happen

3. How to remove a coffee stain in the wood

When you accidentally spill coffee wood but you are able to wipe it immediately, you are likely not going to leave ant stain. However, if you allow it to soak into the wood, it can leave a tough stain which may be difficult to remove.

To remove a coffee stain from wood just use the procedure below.

Things which you require:

  • One tablespoon of a wood polish
  • A clean buffing cloth. Absorbent clean cloths or paper towels.
  • One tablespoon of white vinegar
  • Water
  • ½ teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent.

The procedure of removing the coffee stain

  • First, you will be required to take a paper absorbent paper towel and dip it into the ½ teaspoon of liquid detergent and water so as to moisten them. Use the wet paper towels in wiping off the stain from the wooden surface. This method is very useful when it comes to fresh coffee stains.
  • Wipe the stain carefully using the towel and try the blot the stained area using another clean paper towel.
  • Next, you will be required to treat the coffee stain which might be remained by making sure that you use a stronger cleaning agent. In this case, the agent is white vinegar.
  • Pour one tablespoon of white vinegar onto the coffee stain and leave it to settle there for about 1 minute. Using a clean towel to wipe away the vinegar. Allow the wood to dry.
  • If your wooden surface has been discolored by the coffee stain, then you can easily restore its natural shine by using a wood polish.
  • Just pour one teaspoon of wood polish onto a clean cloth and rub your surface using this cloth. Allow it to dry before rubbing again using a clean cloth.

4. How to remove an oil stain in the wood

Since wood is very porous it’s able to absorb oil quickly, thereby leaving a nasty stain. However, there are so many ways on how you can remove the oil stain, the guide below can give you what you can do.

Things which you need

  • Baking soda
  • Dish liquid
  • An iron
  • Thick brown paper
  • Mineral spirits
  • A scrub brush
  • Bowl

Steps for removing an oil stain from wood

  • You can start by pouring an absorbent powder probably baking soda over the oil stain until it is about 0.25 inches thick.
  • Allow the stain to stay there for about 6 hours.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner in removing the stain from the wooden surface. In case the stain has not been removed completely, just repeat the procedure as the many times until you completely remove it.
  • If the above procedure does not seem to be successful, juts ray a piece of thick brown paper over the oil stain.
  • Set the iron at its lowest setting, so that you can start rubbing it slowly over the thick brown paper. When the oil is exposed to cool temperatures they can solidify and by doing this it can liquefy them. Just allow the paper to soak them and in case the paper becomes saturated you can replace it with a new one.
  • After doing this, you can repeat step i-iii
  • In case there are stains which have remained, then you a mix some dish liquid with water and swish it on your hand so as to create suds.
  • Scoop the surface using these suds. Use a dry cloth so as to remove oil residue and soap.
  • In case the oil stain is still stubborn, then you also try using mineral spirits so as to loosen the stain.

5. How to remove a paint stain in the wood

When you are remodeling or painting the interior of your home, some drops of paint are likely to spill onto your wooden surface. The best thing you can do in this is to try removing the paint immediately since if you leave it longer it can seep deep into the wooden surface, making it harder for you to remove it. You can use paint thinner and water in removing the stain.

You must first determine, the kind of paint stain you want to remove. Pain stain which is water based can be best removed with a clean towel and warm water. If it’s paint which is oil-based it will require you to use a paint thinner.

Apply a paint thinner on the stained area in a sparing manner so as to prevent removing the wooden finish.

Using a heat gun:

In case you have a heat gun, then you can point it close to the pain stain so that it softens it. After that, you can try to scratch the paint layers using your putty knife. Use a damp cloth to wipe the stained area. In case this method does not work, then you can try to use a Goo Goo painter’s pal. Just apply directly this product to the paint stain.

Using mineral spirits:

Oil-based paint can continue to cling onto your wooden surface if you use plain water in wiping it away. Just dip a clean, soft cloth into the mineral spirit and use it in wiping the stain. Repeat this process until all the paint stain has been removed.

Using boiled linseed oil:

If the paint spills have dried up you can soften them by soaking a clean cloth into boiled linseed oil and rubbing it over the stain.

6. How to remove permanent marker from wood

Nail polish remover

  • Pour a nail polish remover onto the permanent marker stain.
  • Scrub the permanent stain using a towel and you will realize that it will start to lift u slowly.

Toothpaste

Another is using a regular toothpaste by applying it directly onto the stain.

Toothpaste can offer you so many cleaning features apart from those of oral hygiene. If you have a stain as a result of a permanent marker, then you can use toothpaste.

However, before you use it, you must ensure that you are using a plain white toothpaste and avoid using colored one or one which is made of whitening chemicals.

Gently squeeze some toothpaste onto a clean piece of cloth and rub it gently into the stains. Dip another piece of cloth into the water so that you can use it in wiping your wooden surface to remove the stains and toothpaste.

Penetrating oil

This kind of oil has low viscosity and that is why it’s mainly used in loosening rusty bolts and nuts. If you are able to use it well, it can lift the permanent marker stains. Just apply this oil directly onto the stains on your wooden surface and leave it to stay there for a few minutes. Use a clean piece of cloth to wipe off your surface so as to remove the stains.

Melamine foam erasers

Normally the melamine foam erasers are used in removing scuff marks from painted surfaces, vinyl, tile, and wood. These erasers can be used in wood surfaces in lightening or completely removing the permanent marker stains.

Isopropyl alcohol

Dip a clean piece of cloth into alcohol and gently wipe over the affected areas so that you can remove the permanent marks. Avoid pouring alcohol directly onto the wood surface or saturating the wood as this can damage it more.

As you can see there are many different approaches to removing many of the common everyday stains from your wood furniture.  Some many work better depending on the type of stain that you have on your wood furniture. 

Whenever attempting to remove any stain it is important to try the method on a concealed area to test as you do not want to cause permanent damage to the wood finish.  I hope that this information has helped you with your project.

Modern farmhouse furniture and décor – What is it?

Sliding Barn Door Console
Sliding Barn Door Console

What is the modern farmhouse décor and furniture?

You must have heard, read, in one way or the other come across or even used the phrase “modern farmhouse décor.” The question, what is modern farmhouse décor and furniture? Or better still, what does it mean?

What does modern farmhouse mean?

Modern farmhouse décor is a combination of beautiful contemporary designs and cozy farmhouse aesthetics used to achieve a unique interior home décor. It is a relaxing, cozy, full of charm, character, and beautiful kind of furnishing.

Modern farmhouse decor is known for its simplicity and warmth. Beautiful modern farmhouse decor is a balance of old and new furniture designs in a home. It must be stylish, clean and warmhearted and certainly in tune with nature itself – but not full of dried leaves insects and reptiles.

It is an eye-catching combination of modern innovations; natural custom made furniture, handmade furniture, and rustic items. Sometimes it could be shabby chic, rustic yet comfortable and very beautiful farmhouse furniture.

Modern Farmhouse Chevron X-console

What is modern farmhouse furniture made up of?

Modern farmhouse décor and furniture are made up of natural materials, especially wood and galvanized steel. In modern farmhouse furniture, natural wood is a must-have. A décor made without natural wood cannot be called farmhouse décor.

The natural woods and galvanized steel are used to achieve a natural texture and look for the furniture and the décor in general. To further achieve this natural look, natural colors like cream paired with other bright colors, natural and bold hue colors can be used. Some also choose bright colors like red, which makes furniture’s stand out. 

Pallet Top X Console
Pallet Top X Console

When did modern farmhouse furniture and décor begin?

Before the introduction of metals, woods were in existence. These woods were utilized to make different items which were used in the homes. These woods were also utilized in making different furniture used in decorating the home. So the idea of farmhouse furniture is not a recent development.

However, the combination of beautiful, cozy, comfortable contemporary design with farmhouse aesthetics in other to achieve a unique interior decor is quite a recent development.

The perfect blend and beautiful combination of wood and metal is the idea of brilliant interior decorators and it does not only make a home look beautiful, but it adds class to it too.

What is the cost of modern farmhouse décor and furniture?

The cost of modern farmhouse décor and furniture is speedily on the rise because of an increase in the general acceptability of the farmhouse décor and furniture. So, as a result of the rise in demand, there is a rise in cost or price.

Because farmhouse décor and furniture is so beautiful and makes any home look great it can be hard to find great deals. As such, it would be very difficult if not impossible to place a fixed price on any farmhouse furniture as the cost of these furniture’s increases daily as a result of the increase in demand.

However, some shops or sellers have fairer prices than others. While the prices of some of these furniture’s are outrageous, some are less expensive. So the place, store, or shop be it an online store front or a local market you decide to buy from would determine the cost of the furniture.

However, it is important to compare prices from different shops before purchasing to decipher, which is more pocket-Friendly to you.

If you are in need of a cost you can always contact Home Built Woodworking for some of the best pricing on custom built farmhouse décor in Saint John’s Florida.

Things to look out for when buying farmhouse furniture.

While looking for a pocket-friendly price, there are some important things to look out for before buying farmhouse furniture. Here are some of them. Do not forget to look out for:

Chevron Sliding Barn Door Console
Chevron Sliding Barn Door Console

1. Good quality furniture

It is important to look out for good quality furniture when buying farmhouse furniture because a good quality saves one from a frivolous purchase of quantity. However, poor quality might be cheap from the onset but would require frequent change and repairs, which would be more expensive in the end. Poor quality farmhouse furniture should be avoided because it would need replacement in little or no time as it would wear off in a short while.  Home Built Woodworking strives to make a quality products that fits many budgets.

However, poor quality might be cheap from the onset but would require frequent change and repairs, which would be more expensive in the end. Poor quality farmhouse furniture should be avoided because it would need replacement in little or no time as it would wear off in a short while.  Home Built Woodworking strives to make a quality products that fits many budgets.

2. Durability of furniture

The Durability of furniture means the length of time a piece of furniture can last or simple put the life span of furniture. The durability of the modern farmhouse furniture you are about to purchase must be put into consideration so that you can fully enjoy the furniture you are purchasing. Quality built farmhouse furniture will aid durability and longevity of the furniture.

3. Cost

The cost of the furniture must also be put into consideration as it is very true that some sellers attach outrageous prices to their farmhouse furniture. So, compare different prices from different sellers and have good bargaining power as well so you’re able to buy good furniture at a minimized rate.

Also, contrary to popular opinion, overly expensive furniture does not guarantee perfect quality. So be on the lookout for extortionist, so you don’t go bankrupt just trying to purchase farmhouse furniture.

4. Size

The size of the furniture must be put into consideration and so must the size of your house. An appropriate sized Farmhouse furniture piece adds beauty to the house whereas, an outrageous sized farmhouse furniture only becomes a cause for humor or simply put, it becomes a laughing stock.

Yes, there are large sized pieces of furniture which are really beautiful. But consider the size of your house, the space available for the furniture you love and intend to purchase before purchasing it.

5. Color & Finish

The color of farmhouse furniture can either make or mar an apartment or house in general. So, before purchasing that beautiful farmhouse furniture, ask yourself, will the color blend with the color of my home? Would it add beauty to my home to make it look even more appealing?

If your answer is a certain yes, then, you can go ahead and purchase the farmhouse decor and furniture. But if you are not certain or quite skeptical about it, ask questions.

Farm House Kitchen
Farm House Kitchen

Without the perfect paint job, can a farmhouse Décor still look beautiful?

Yes is the answer. Without the perfect paint job, a farmhouse décor can still look beautiful. However, to achieve this you need the right furnishings. With the right furnishings, your home does not need to have the perfect paint job.

The modern farmhouse furniture or décor would do the trick adding beauty and class to your home. However, the power of the perfect painting cannot be underrated. The right paint no doubt adds even more beauty to a house.

Truly, paint that exposes the beauty of a piece of furniture is well regarded. If your home doesn’t have the perfect paint and you have no plans of changing the color of the paint in other to beautifully furnish your home, it is best to call or hire the services of an interior decorator. They can help you arrange your home especially if you have no idea as to how to go about it.

Finally, if you’re in the Saint John’s FL area, Home Built Woodworking can assist with your custom built modern farmhouse décor and furnishings.  Send us a message here and I will be happy to assist you with all your needs!

www.homebuiltwoodworking.com

Barn doors increase your homes value – Selling homes quicker

How a Barn Door Can Increase The Value of your Home

The truth is, a barn door would probably not appear in most folks list of top 10 upgrades that would boost the resale value of a home. This is in light of the fact that many people are still unaware of a barn doors potential with regards to boosting a home’s resale value. In fact, recently Zillow gave a report that showed the efficacy of barn doors in boosting the resale values of homes. According to Zillow, of the 2.8 million homes that were sold between the span of 2014 and 2016, homes that were listed with barn doors got the highest sale premium.

While many people may find this hard to believe, it is very true. Indeed, there are a lot of upsides to having a barn door in your home, especially when you are working to boost the price or your home. In the event that you’re looking for simple and cost-effective ways to boost the resale value of your home, you should probably end your search here.

Here’s how a simple barn door will revolutionize your home and make it all the more appealing for prospective buyers.

When the time comes for buyers to shop for a home, they usually look out for stylish and exciting homes. Since you’ll be waking up in this home, every day until you get another one, it would do you no justice to get a boring home. Barn doors, on the other hand, are well renowned for their efficacy in making a somewhat boring home chirpy and chic.

Along these lines, every potential buyer that comes across the listing of your home would want to explore the added advantage that a barn door offers in a home. Also, barn doors style and designs blend well with both traditional and industrial home decors. As a result, buyers who go for homes with barn door would get to enjoy flexibility in their home décor (and they are aware of this fact).

By simply slapping on a barn door in your home, you can create the perfect hanging space for your artworks. For people who don’t like nails on their walls lest they chip their wall paint, a barn door may be the best alternative. As a matter of fact, the barn door itself can be the art in your home. Rustic barn doors don’t just add character to your home, but they also signal to the potential buyer that your home is more stylish than those without ban doors. This simple realization can help you sell your house quickly and at a much higher price.

In the event that you are not planning to sell your home soon, having a barn door can also be a big bonus for you. So that when you finally make up your mind to sell, you’d get a better offer for your home. Farmhouse furniture like barn doors, rustic bench, rustic nightstand, etc. are the latest home décor trends.

Judging from how long they’ve been trending and how popular they’ve become in our modern day society, the value of a home with a barn door can only be expected to rise. This implies that your investment in a barn door today would fetch a lot of returns for you in the nearest future. Even more than the returns your home would generate if you should sell it with a barn door now.

How much value can a barn door add to your home?

Based on Zillow, the 2.8 million homes that were listed for sale within the span of 2014 to 2016, homes that had barn door in their description had the highest sale premium (about 13% more than the expected values).

To put this in plainer words; you can boost the resale price of your home by a whopping 13% when you include a barn door in your home listing description, which is more than we can say for many of the renovation ideas that we have out there. As a matter of fact, some remodeling ideas that are not as cost-effective as a barn door might not increase your home resale price more than a mere 3-5%. If you are looking for remodeling options that would give you huge returns on your investment, this is it.

Barn doors are also useful when it comes to delineating spaces in your home. Therefore, you can make your home appear as if it has more room than it actually does. This would not only boost your returns on the sale of your home, but it would also quicken the sale process.

Will having a barn door sell my home quicker?

The answer to that question is; yes! It does.

One of the most obvious upsides of having a barn door in your home is character. Consequently, this character would make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Barn Doors in a home signal to potential buyers that your home is more stylish than those without barn doors.

Even though it might not be true for all homes, buyers are still more inclined to go for homes that they perceive as stylish.

When buyers are more attracted to your home than other homes that are listed with yours, you can sit back and relax knowing that your home would get a buyer in no time at all. On the other hand, you shouldn’t use low-quality barn door in your home as it can reduce the overall value of your home. Instead, look for premium quality wood and give your home a nice upgrade. Your home would thank you for it, and the next proprietor would pay good money for your home.

How to Build a Barn Door time lapse Video by Home Built Woodworking

What will a barn door add to my home?

Farmhouse style has gained the appeal of the world, because of a lot of reasons. But then again, all of these reasons revolve around one basic fact – they give the home character. Just like all other farmhouse furniture, barn doors add beauty, style, and value to your home.

Since you have the option of staining or painting your barn door (which makes the barn door all the more appealing to the eyes), barn doors can make your home chicer than any other remodeling alternatives. They are also the best ascent for your home. For people living in homes with limited space, barn doors can help you manage your limited space. This is in light of the fact that barn doors are very effective when it comes to delineating space in the home. But how does it save space in the home?

How will a barn door save space in my home?

We have said earlier that barn doors are great for defining spaces in the home. What we have not told you is that you can also integrate storage spaces in your barn door where you can store essentials. But then again, this would require a bit of inventiveness on your part.

So now that you have ventured into doing your homework on what a Barn Door can bring to your house here’s a quick video straight from our woodshop to give you an idea on the process!

If you’re the handy type, check out our blog post on “How to Make a Barn Door the Easy way” which will help you in building your own Barn Door!

If you’re interested in having a custom barn door made to add value to your home why not contact Home Built Woodworking to help!  We are located in Saint Johns FL and specialize in all sorts of custom build Farmhouse Furnishings and décor.

www.homebuildwoodworking.com