If any of you have ever been interested in the custom order process, today I'm going to outline exactly how it works with a kitchen island as an example. It is super easy and exciting because although we give you a good idea, you never actually know what the finished product will look like until it's done because each piece of reclaimed wood we use is different.
You choose the style of island
you want, the size of the top, whether there are cabinets below, or
just a shelf, whether there are wheels on it, or a footrest. In this
case, these customers chose an island with a metal frame with wood sides
and a metal back, footrest and overhang on one side for stools, a
cabinet with two sets of doors and a 6 foot by 3 foot top made from old
growth BC Fir. We give you a quote for the features and size of unit
you've chosen and you place a deposit so we can start building!
We provide you with a drawing showing the overall look of your island. Here are the examples that we did for these customers:
You would review these drawings and make any changes needed.
create production drawings for our carpenters and welder and send them
out so the unit can begin being built. We mill and prepare the wood
which involves removing nails, planing and sanding, cutting it to size
and gluing together the wood for the top.
the metal frame is done, it is powder coated so it doesn't rust. Then
the wood is built into it and the cabinets and shelves are installed. We
finish constructing the double top by adding a 2" piece around the
outside to give it the look of a thick top without all the added extra
The wood is then stained to the colour chosen and varnished to seal and protect it.
call you to let you know your island is ready, we receive the balance
of your payment and schedule delivery for a small fee depending on where
you live. Finally, you enjoy your morning coffee on your beautiful new
custom made kitchen island!!
process is basically the same with any of our large items that require
more customization such as cabinets, vanities, and TV stands. We try to
make the process as easy as possible. Now you have all our secrets and
how it all works so you can come and order your own!
We love working with local establishments to spruce up their spaces and that's exactly what the wonderful folks at Cherry Bomb Coffee on Roncesvalles had us do for them. We created a beautiful coffee bar for them made from reclaimed wood and steel, complete with drawers and compartments to store all of their necessities. Here are some pictures, or better yet, go see them in person at 79 Roncesvalles Ave in Toronto and grab yourself a delicious Cherry Bomb coffee while you're there.
Monday morning Martin and Joanna drove from our workshop in Toronto to Collingwood to deliver a beautiful 9' X-Frame Harvest Table with matching bench.
Joanna took a really beautiful picture. There are a lot of things I like about this harvest table in this kitchen. I like the contrast with the kitchen counter tops. I like the dark chairs that marry well with the hot rolled steel frame. But, mainly, I like that the table stain is much lighter than the floor. The contrast is pleasing. In store, I regularly have conversations with customers who are looking to purchase a table but are concerned with matching the stain with the floor or they are worried that it will clash or looked jumbled and confused. I always defer to the experts here – Apartment Therapy. Back in September, Joanna posted to our facebook page an article about mixing wood finishes and its got some great tips. That article featured two wood harvest tables with finishes that contrast with a dark or light wood floor. They look great, and it looks great here in this Collingwood home.
The other reason I love this harvest table is due to to its width. Like the X-Frame Harvest Table in the showroom this table is extra wide and I can only imagine how grand it looks.
Dimensions: 9' x 40''
Top Material: Reclaimed BC Fir
Top Stain: Colonial American
One of the things our customers in the showroom always comment on are the large doors in the back behind the counter. Sorry, those are ours and they will be used in store. We get a lot of other questions about reclaimed wood furniture made from doors. Generally people love the idea of using an old door as a headboard and we are behind that idea 100%. But, it takes a lot of work to make it ready for the bedroom. Some people also like the idea of using a door as a table top. I regularly speak to people in store who want to embark on such a project and they ask us why we don't just use doors as table tops. The answer: its not as easy is it would seem. You will find several stories and videos on the internet with ideas and seemingly simple instructions for turning doors into tables. However, they all have a couple of things in common. There is either a glass top or the door that is being used is totally flat, basically the kind of door you find in new construction homes or condos. Old reclaimed doors often have features which make them uneven hence the glass. Also, attaching legs to an old door to make it a table is a difficult proposition. While the rustic furniture look of an old door is absolutely attractive and the idea to upcycle is one we support, we don't think a door as a table top is something that will function and last.
There is an issue with old doors that I, as a layperson to reclaiming old materials, had no idea about before I started at Forever Interiors. Old doors were often finished with lead paint. These doors just cannot go into homes and restaurants with that finish still on them. They need to be stripped safely and in well ventilated areas. As a result, we never work on doors in the winter as we must be outside.
Those of you who come into the shop to see us will know that Martin spends almost all of his time in a toque. Its part of his overall look. His current toque is orange, or 'pumpkin spice' as I call it. I have known Martin for years and have probably seen him sans toque maybe twice – even in the summer.
Perhaps it is a sign of me spending too much time at Forever Interiors (perish the thought) I have spent the entire day in my new toque. Its strangely comforting.
Late yesterday Martin and Stephan came busting in from the workshop with a dark walnut Up and Down Harvest Table and it is lovely. They brought the table in around 5pm and since our days are so short now it was already dark outside and the lights in the showroom really bounced off the newly varnished reclaimed wood tabletop. I wish we could keep it here. But, it belongs to someone else.
As with everything at Forever Interiors this table can be customized to fit your home.
Dimensions: 51/2ft x 3ft
Top Material: Reclaimed BC Fir
Top Stain: Dark Walnut