beautiful wall of wood and brass
Here are a few finished shots of the large custom gray wall TV wall feature installed in the family room of a Villanova residence. The entire span is just over 12 feet, nearly 9 feet tall; with six slab doors below a counter.
Designed by Michele Plachter Design with AV by simpleHome of Paoli, PA.
The toe kick and counter edge detail are antiqued solid brass. Casement fastener latches from Whitechapel.
The beautiful warm wall unit is stained solid Ash with custom mixed aniline dye protected with waterborne satin lacquer. The finish suggests the graceful patina of barn wood- with refinement.
One of the designers wrote: “The built-in looks GORGEOUS! we are so happy Thank you both for your wonderful work and great service.”
The biggest project nearing completion in our woodshop is currently this large gray TV wall unit for a client of Michele Plachter Design.
The texture of the wood has been emphasized by treating it with a wire wheel prior to sanding, creating a rustic, worn look without having to use actual reclaimed lumber or leave it splintery in the least. Next, the surface is bleached with special wood bleach, then it will be stained gray with water soluble aniline dye. The top coat is a satin waterborne lacquer.
A large flatscreen TV goes in the opening, with sconces on either side. The toe kick and counter edge will be brass. This entire piece is created from Pennsylvania grown lumber, no plywood was used.
This piece utilized a new tool for us, the Festool Domino joiner, and already the thing is indispensable.
Gray wood stain samples with textile samples from the room
“Invisible” wall cabinet will blend with paneling
The guys in the shop are churning out some beautiful work for a Philadelphia residential renovation. This job is coordinated through Mona Ross Berman Interiors. Last week, a very large white entryway cabinet with a bleached and soaped bench were installed wall to wall, as well as the cabinet above which will disappear into matching paneling in the living room. A white oak office, child’s built-in cabinet with tempered glass panels, and a large oak mantel are underway.
Doors to be sanded
unfinished beaded doors mocked up
For installation this joint comes apart (see photo directly above). The wall to the left of the built-in is angled making the room smaller, yet this will be scribed to fit from wall to wall.
Interested in custom cabinetry? Contact us and let us know what you are looking for.
vanity designed by Danziger Interiors
finished photos courtesy of Adele Danziger
Like a determined postal worker, unfazed by the driving snow, Adam set out yesterday morning to install this gorgeous white bathroom vanity for Danziger Interiors.
Four doors have mirrored panels and curved mullions; nine drawers will store everything under the sun. The beautiful hardware
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The latest installation we completed is a custom made bunk bed for a boy’s room in Philadelphia. The bed provides plenty of storage with three large inset, dovetailed drawers under the lower bunk. At the foot and head of each bunk there are built-in bookcases with fixed shelves for safety and durability. This bed fits seamlessly into
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Built in bunkbed under construction
Coming along nicely in the woodshop is this custom bunkbed for a boy’s bedroom in Philadelphia. It will hold two twin beds in an angled alcove and provide storage in the form of two integral bookcases and three drawers under the bed.
The interior is paneled with shop made V-groove and the piece will
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Mahogany Campaign Desk
This mahogany campaign desk was designed by Springhouse Shop and Studio, Inc. for Kravet, Inc. Beautifully decked out in polished solid brass details, this desk houses three dovetailed drawers on soft closing concealed slides.
The case is dovetailed solid mahogany, with X-shaped bracing in the back. Campaign pulls and trim are from Paxton Hardware and brass
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Philadelphia Custom Built-ins
Freshly installed before Thanksgiving, this pair of floor-to-ceiling display cases with push-to-open bottom drawers are full of special glass items and frame out the window near Rittenhouse Square, Philadlephia beautifully. Designed by Mona Ross Berman Interiors with asymetrical layout perfect for this collection, the custom cabinets are painted to match a Donald Kaufman Color (DKC-51) in
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A very lucky little girl in Villanova, Pennsylvania came home yesterday to a new 90 gallon fish tank housed in a large custom built bookcase designed by Michele Plachter Design. The piece will be painted in place and have a wallpapered back and clear crystal globe knobs as well as fish, of course!
The weight of
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white wall to wall custom cabinets
In our latest finished work, two wall-to-wall cabinets create some classy storage with Carrara marble counters. Seven drawers and seven doors flank the carved mantel in this beautiful home in center city Philadelphia. The inset doors feature a raised panel with historic style and brass knobs. The paint is semi-gloss waterborne lacquer tinted
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The following text was our entry into this year’s American Made competition (different images accompanied). From the About page: “Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way
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This week and last, Adam returned to New Hope, Pennsylvania in Bucks County to install a large modern vanity and some closet built-ins in a dramatic overhaul of an old stone farmhouse. The kitchen, described by the homeowner as “Extreme Shaker” style, also features white countertops and Miele appliances including an induction stovetop, oven, and steam oven in
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Unique Kitchen Island doubles as dining table and wetbar
It is always a joy to go back to one of the kitchens we have created and see the totally finished space in use. The front door to this home needed some Cherry interior trim installed, and a couple custom thresholds put in (all handmade and finished in the shop).
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This campaign style crednza in Benjamin Moore’s Champion Cobalt was ordered by a New Jersey based interior designer for a client in Manhattan. It features two soft close inset doors (each with two shelves inside) and three dovetailed drawers. The brass legs, campaign trim, and solid brass handles look sharp against the deep glossy blue.
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Have you checked out our online store? No? Well, now’s the time. Most in stock furniture has been marked down for a September sale running to 9/27/14.
Plus, if you are lucky enough to be located within a 3 hour drive from our location in Northeastern Pennsylvania – New York City is included- you can take an extra $200
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custom Maple vanity with curved mullions
Bleached and natural Ash samples
dovetail joint detail
shop made sheet goods
Ash bathroom vanity
Custom campaign credenza dry fit
Hand cut 2″ hard Maple dovetail
Dovetailed Ash drawer
In the shop currently we have several projects currently underway. There is a custom vanity
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Awaiting installation in Manhattan, this beautiful Queen size custom Walnut Wallbed features a handcrafted over-sized handle, elegant paneled sides and front, and matching crown molding.
The clients, a musician and an urban garden designer, came first to visit the Schoolhouse studio to see our Ash Murphy bed in person. After reviewing the tones
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Handcrafted Desk with reclaimed chestnut barn beam leg
Carved by nature – one of a kind desktop
In between the custom jobs that have long been our bread and butter (where many of the details are dictated by client desires), it is always gratifying to mix in a piece that comes straight out of the craftsman’s imagination and
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Maple Murphy Bed with Side Cabinets
Late last week this gorgeous Maple number was installed in a private residence in Philadelphia. Stretching wall to wall in the guest room, the full size vertical Murphy bed with side cabinets features pullout surfaces and custom handmade pulls as well as an integral ventilation grate. The finish here is satin waterborne lacquer.
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The woodshop has been bustling with the design and creation of two wallbeds, nearing completion. One is a full size bed, made from Maple, with custom wood pulls, and will be flanked by matching side cabinets that stretch from wall to wall. The second is crafted from Walnut, and will go to an apartment in Manhattan.
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