Shabby Chic 101: What it is and How to Apply it in Your Home

Last updated on September 26th, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Shabby Chic kitchen decor
Notice the unsanded, unfinished, and reused wood palettes being used as shelves in this kitchen design, along with vintage rusting ornaments. These design aspects add a feeling of nostalgia and contribute to the shabby chic style. (Source)

Shabby chic is a style of interior design that utilizes distressed, worn, and antiquated decor to deliver an artistic and earthy aesthetic. It originates from Great Britain and in its early form, it was a rather grand style utilized by large country houses. Today this style usually isn’t quite as grandiose since it can be found in a variety of homes, both big and small, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that it still makes for instantaneously captivating accent pieces and furniture.

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5 of the Most Common Types of Cedar Trees

Last updated on August 16th, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Search results for "cedar tables"
You can see that an internet search for “cedar tables” shows what appears to be multiple types of cedar wood. Here’s a breakdown of 5 of the most common types of cedar.

“Cedar” can be a confusing wood because most trees we’d consider to be cedar aren’t from the species cedrela. For example, Eastern red cedar, by its scientific name Juniperus virginiana L., is actually from the species juniper, as the moniker indicates. However, Eastern red cedar is the tree responsible for most of the cedar lumber encountered in furniture in the U.S.

Five of the most common types of cedar trees are covered below.

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5 of the Best Oil Finishes for Wood Furniture

Last updated on April 13th, 2022 at 09:15 am

Oil finishes are commonly used on wood furniture and kitchen utensils. Generally speaking, oil finishes are eco-friendly, food-safe, and non-toxic. They’re also easy to repair and produce a more textured grain pattern than many alternatives. They tend to be considered a more traditional finish, as oils have been used as wood finishes for thousands of years. However, oil finishes generally don’t offer the same level of protection and durability that you’d find with a lacquer or varnish.

Here are five of the most commonly used oil finishes:

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What is Boiled Linseed Oil?

Last updated on September 17th, 2019 at 09:02 am

Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil, is one of the most popular wood finishes in the world. Like other hand-rubbed oil finishes, linseed oil saturates deep into the wood grain to protect against scratches and changes in humidity. It is easy to care for, eco-friendly, and produces a satin finish that really brings out the color and grain of the wood underneath.

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What Ever Happened to Vermont Tubbs Furniture?

Last updated on December 6th, 2022 at 03:00 pm

Vermont Tubbs signage on wood bed dated 2002
Vermont Tubbs signage on an ash wood bed signed by Lewis in 2002 (Image Source)

Vermont Tubbs was founded in 1840 and spent close to 170 years manufacturing wood furniture in Brandon, VT. In the early 2000’s, the company was generating an estimated $16 million per year and employed 250+ people, but it was struggling to turn a profit.

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Figured Maple 101: Spalted, Birdseye, Curly & More

Last updated on September 17th, 2019 at 09:02 am

Figured maple wood is one of the most common types of wood you’ll find in artisan and custom wood furniture, especially here in Vermont.

Some of the most common types of figuring found in natural maple wood are spalting, birdseye patterns, curling, ambrosia, and quilting. Tapped maple is also a common way for craftsmen infuse creativity and uniqueness into their furniture design.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the different kinds of figured maple and what gives each its distinguishing characteristics.

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7 Solid Wood Parsons Tables You’ll Love

 

Modern Mission Parsons Table with matching Grand Mission Dining Chairs
Our Modern Mission Parsons Table built with natural cherry wood and matching Modern Mission Dining Chairs

One of the most common table designs we get asked about is the Parsons table. There’s a lot of misinformation about what exactly this type of table looks like, so we’ve decided to clear that up with a quick explanation of what a Parsons table looks like and a list of our favorites that are made in Vermont.

What is a Parsons Table?

Parsons tables were first designed in the 1930’s by French designer Jean-Michel Frank in a class he was teaching for a satellite campus of the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. Authentic Parsons tables are square or rectangular with square cylindrical legs that are equal in proportion to the height of the table skirt.

In a true Parsons table design, the table skirt is flush with the table top, meaning there’s no overhang on the table, and the legs are positioned squarely on the edges of the table such that the area within the rectangular base is equal to that of the table top.

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Raw vs Boiled vs Polymerized Linseed Oil

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Oiled Wood Furniture
Our Andover Bedroom Set in Natural Cherry with a Raw Linseed Oil Finish

Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil, is one of the most popular wood finishes in the world. Like other hand-rubbed oil finishes, linseed oil saturates deep into the wood grain to protect against scratches and changes in humidity. It is easy to care for, eco-friendly, and produces a satin finish that really brings out the color and grain of the wood underneath.

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Linseed Oil vs Tung Oil: What’s the Difference?

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Often times when considering an oil finish for a piece of wood furniture, you might be comparing tung oil to linseed oil or danish oil. All three terms are often misunderstood and misused.

The term danish oil is a catch all term used by manufacturers to describe a blended oil finish that may or may not contain linseed oil and/or tung oil. But what are linseed oil and tung oil and when is it appropriate to use each?

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What Color is Walnut Wood?

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Modern Walnut Office Furniture
A Catalina Office Set from Copeland Furniture in solid black walnut wood

American black walnut wood is dark, hard, dense and tight-grained. It’s prized by woodworkers for its strength, grain and color. It polishes to a very smooth finish, and the color ranges from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate in the heartwood.

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