Concrete is a composite material composed of coarse aggregate bonded together with cement. Concrete is a durable stone-like material that has many uses. One of these uses is countertops. Learn how we made a cast concrete countertop for a client’s bookshelf unit with storage. Follow this step by step tutorial to make your custom concrete countertop.
Bookshelves are so much more than just a place to store books. For us, they test our engineering training and function as an expression of modern art. This project involves a client with a ton of books and a growing collection of board games that need a home. These custom bookshelves with storage cabinets and concrete countertop are technically challenging with a beautiful farmhouse style.
A back wall in the family room that measures 12 feet in length with 9-foot tall ceiling height, will serve as the location for the custom unit. There are a few obstacles in the space to work around, an upright piano, an exterior door and some light switches. The client’s design style for the bookshelf unit has both traditional and farmhouse influences. For the bookshelves, a traditional symmetrical look is dressed up with crown molding. The base storage cabinets are made of reclaimed wood topped off with a cast concrete countertop.
Revisiting the 70’s
Our customer presented us this 70’s style vintage wooden sewing chair to restore back to its original glory. This seat is upholstered in print vinyl which covers the padded seat cushion and storage box. Our patient arrives in critical condition as seen in the photo. The original print vinyl has large rips and cigarette burns!! The wooden legs have also lost all the finish and color over the years. Even with all the damage, this seat has good bones and needs a makeover. New print vinyl, padding, stain and some topcoat makes this vintage seat ready for another 40 years. Catch you on the flip-side!
For this master bathroom remodeling project; the existing builder grade bathroom cabinets are upgraded with a new custom vanity. Our customer could not find the perfect solution at a big box store. We were consulted to design a replacement vanity. After discussing requirements and some help from inspirational photos, a final design is chosen to include three base cabinets, a center tower with multilevel counter tops. This elegant vanity features solid wood construction, sleek inset doors and drawers and plenty of storage space.The look is completed with bright white paint.
Reproduction of a Water Damaged Dresser
Our customer had a washing machine supply hose burst in their house. Ain’t nobody got time for that! We were asked if we could restore the dresser since it matched the rest of the bedroom furniture. As you can see from the photos below, this dresser absorbed a lot of water and collapsed. The existing dresser was mostly made of medium density fiberboard (MDF). MDF swells up when water is present and then become very unstable. As it turned out, this piece of furniture was in a state of disrepair. Due to the existing condition of the dresser a decision was made to start from scratch and make a replica of the dresser. For the rebuild; solid wood materials and General Finishes products are used to recreate this dresser.
Water damage can happen in many ways: pipe bursts, washing machine overflows, drain backs up, flooding, etc. In this case; steam from the dishwasher’s drying cycle created a large hole in the cabinet panel. This cabinet is made with particleboard panels. Particleboard is a wood material that is commonly used to make furniture and cabinets. Particleboard is made from sawdust, wood chips and glue. When particleboard gets wet, it swells and disintegrates. Manufacturers use particleboard because it is less expensive than plywood. Most home builders and retail box stores sell particleboard cabinets.
Our solution: replace the side panel of the existing cabinet with a solid piece of pre-finished plywood laminated with an oak veneer and edge banded to match the existing grain pattern. The panel is color matched using General Finishes Ready To Match (RTM) Stain System and General Finishes High Performance polyurethane topcoat. Below are the steps in more detail.
1800’s Press-back Oak Chairs
This project involves four oak press backed chairs from the “Golden Oak” era of American furniture (1880-1930). Press-back chairs are made from high quality solid quarter sawn oak. These chairs feature extensive ornate carvings on the seat back, curves, turned legs, cane seats and doweled construction. We stripped, refinished and re-caned these chairs to match their kitchen table.
Who we are:
Golden Restoration LLC is an up and coming furniture restoration and custom cabinetry company based in Katy, TX. Our professional team has over 20 years of experience in the restoration business. Our customer’s compare our owners to Chip and Joanna from “Fixer Upper”; maybe its the resemblance or perhaps its just their passion for and knowledge of woodworking and furniture restoration. We also provide upholstery services, commercial building maintenance and antique furniture restoration. If you or someone you know have a piece of furniture that needs some TLC or a space that needs a built in; please contact us to discuss your needs.
Why a blog?
We enjoy sharing the process of restoring treasures and building customer’s ideas. This blog follows projects from start to finish, provides “do it yourself” tips, small business wisdom and anything else that pops up during the journey.
Golden Restoration’s Services:
We offer a variety of services including the following:
- Custom Built In Cabinetry – storage, book shelves, fireplace surrounds
- Custom Commercial Cabinetry – banks, offices, medical and retail stores
- Kitchen/Bathroom Cabinets – reface, paint, restore, repair and retrofit existing cabinets.
- Commercial Services – managed maintenance program for restoring wooden surfaces and furniture in common areas, elevator cabs and conference rooms to building standards.
- Furniture – repair nicks, gouges, scratches and dents.
- Upholstery – dinning chairs and bench seats.
- Fire & Water Damage – repair cabinets and furniture damaged due to fire and water damage. Emergency removal services for cabinets and furniture.
- Moving Claims – provide inspection reports for damage incurred during a move.
- Antiques – restore antique furniture.
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