Features That Make Your Home Unique

Hello there! I think we can all agree that we want a home that is unique to us. This got me thinking, that to have a unique house doesn't mean that you necessarily have to do something dramatic like tearing walls down or repaint the exterior. While those things can be great, sometimes we aren't prepared for a giant project like that. So, I've gathered some suggestions for you on how to add small features to your home to make it unique and special! 
First, you could add a built in shelf as a room or space separator in your home. This particular design is modern and sleek, instantly upgrading the look of the rooms. It separates the two rooms just enough so that there is definition, but without closing the spaces off completely. Now the rooms are distinguished but light and airy with an open bookcase for added decoration and storage. This could be done in a master between the bed area and a sitting area, or between a foyer and a living room. This shelf was done by Woodmaster Custom Cabinets.

Cell phone charging stations are genius. This tiny built in can get so much use in a household. Most likely, every member of your family has a cell phone. With a charging station, all you need is an outlet and little shelves to hold the phones. Add one in your kitchen and/or living room since those are the two rooms we socialize in most. These are usually placed mid-way up the wall, so no more bending down to plug in your phone or your guests phone when you have company over. Now, you can stay connected in the most convenient spots in your home without the fear of a dying phone!

A butler’s pantry may seem a tad fancy, but really it is just extra storage between your kitchen and dining room for coffee and beverages. This particular one was also a Woodmaster Custom Cabinets project. We love the glass cabinets above because they will show off your best wine glasses and coffee mugs, and they just look sophisticated. Underneath, feel free to store the mismatch kitchenware that you don’t want guests to see! J This added area is a great spot to use when you are hosting a party, or just to pour a cup a joe in the morning!

Lastly, you could consider adding a barn door somewhere in your home. These are definitely trending right now so it's an instant upgrade that requires minimal installation. Choose any design and finish you like and pick an interesting metal track to slide it on. Put it somewhere creative, like in front of your pantry, laundry room, or even replace your bathroom door for a barn door that locks! This is one of our favorite additions. Thanks for reading and we hope that our ideas will help transform your home!

How To Clean Your Wood Furniture

Fall is here! If your allergies are acting up, you may want to clean up all of those allergens in your home. Use these tips to properly clean your wood furniture.

There are many types of wood furniture out there, so that means there is more than one way to clean them. Use this guide to keep your furniture looking beautiful, and your allergies at bay. Don't forget to dust frequently between cleanings, this is the best way to keep your furniture looking new!

Painted Furniture: 
You don't need anything fancy to clean painted furniture because it's very durable. Just take some mild soap and dilute it in water. Dip your cloth into the water and wring it out so that it's nearly dry - use this to fight grease and stains. Go over with a clean, dry cloth when you're done. 

 Stained Furniture: 
There isn't much to cleaning stained furniture. Just dust it with a damp cloth. If there is something stuck on the furniture that you can't remove with a damp cloth, just follow the instructions for painted furniture. Remember not to leave the wood wet - do not pour a solution onto the furniture, only apply it from the cloth. You will want to rinse and dry quickly.

Unsealed/Unfinished Wood Furniture: 
Take some mild hand soap and dilute it in water. Dip your cloth into the water and wring it out so that it's nearly dry. Go over with a clean, dry cloth when you're done. Remember not to leave the wood wet - do not pour a solution onto the wood.

Varnished Furniture:
Dust the furniture with a damp cloth. If there are areas where it's not coming clean, you can treat those areas with cloth that has been dipped in a solution of mild soap and water (wring cloth before using). You can polish the furniture with a spray furniture polish that has been applied to a cloth, but not directly onto the furniture.

Veneer Wood Furniture: 
Clean with care. The fine top layer of wood may or may not be varnished and a thin varnish can easily bubble up in water. If unsealed, damp dust only. If covered with a hard-wearing synthetic coating, wash sparingly with a sponge dipped in mild-soap/water. Rinse and dry.

DIY Gift Ideas: The gifts that keep giving!

With the holidays right around the corner, I'm sure many of you have begun to consider what to give to your loved ones as gifts.  You don't have to break the budget trying to show your loved ones that you care. With a bit of  time and innovation (and Pinterest) you can make a personalized gift that beats those everyday items AND helps the environment.  

1. Wooden Leaf Chargers

Image: Thistlewood Farms

Give a gift that will be used for multiple seasons.  Wooden leaf chargers made from plywood can add a seasonal touch and a unique way to update the typical place mat.  Here are the following directions from Thistlewood Farms on how to make these simple yet festive wooden leaves.

Don't feel obligated to use a leaf.  Consider other ideas such as an acorn, a pumpkin, a snowman, or any other shape that you desire.

2. Old frames, new purpose

Places such as Goodwill and yardsales can be the perfect place to find old frames.  Give that forgotten frame new purpose with some paint and embellishments.  Here are some other ideas for you to consider.  

Source: Plaid
Make a collage to display old post cards or precious documents. 
Source: Digital Design Scrapbooking
Use an old frame to create a calendar.  

Click here for directions from Shanty2Chic on how to make this project.
Looking for more ideas?

Source: It's Always Autumn

3. Windows

Repurpose old windows by making them into a shelf or unique display for photos.  For directions, click the link located below the picture.

Source: Adventures of a Middle Sister
Source: Jax & Mia
Source: Connoisseur of Creativity

4. Candle Holders

Give a gift that looks good and smells great!

Source: Country Girl Home

Source: The Country Chic Cottage

These are the gifts that keep giving.  Check back with us to see new ideas posted each week!

-Woodmaster Woodworks, Inc.