Vertical Garden -Cedar planters mounted vertically to the side of the house
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Vertical Garden

I absolutely love living on a wooded lot.  Every day our backyard looks like a Disney movie with deer, rabbits, groundhogs, wild turkeys, and even the occasional skunk.  The downside to all of this activity is that having a garden is virtually impossible—at least if I want to be the one eating the fruits of… Continue reading Vertical Garden

Black distressed hutch, before and after
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Creative Storage Solution

My client originally contacted me to build storage cabinets to flank her distressed black buffet and hutch.  She does not have enough storage for pantry items and needed a solution.  We discussed options back and forth and never really could come up with an option that would give her what she needed without taking away… Continue reading Creative Storage Solution

Completed trestle style dining table with pecan stain and painted white base.
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Trestle-Style Dining Table

If you follow my blog, you know that I have built many farm-style dining tables over the years.  So when I received a request for a trestle dining table, I was excited for the challenge!  I had never built a trestle base before, and I think it is such a fantastic style. The base is… Continue reading Trestle-Style Dining Table

Trivets on board over utility sink
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Problem Solver #3

I’m not sure if you can relate, but when you have pets in the household, guarding your food can be a full-time job.  Baked goods that are cooling can be swiped (or licked) before you can even turn around. I have always wanted to be able to eat dinner and relax without having to worry… Continue reading Problem Solver #3

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Problem Solver #2

Admittedly, having a business built around upcycling can lead to a little bit of a storage problem, and one of the challenges I face is what to do with leftover cuts of wood.  The words “you never know what this could be the perfect solution for” go through my head more often than it should.… Continue reading Problem Solver #2

Wooden note roll holder
Custom Built

Little Problem Solvers

I’m always in problem-solving mode, but at the beginning of a brand new year, I feel especially inspired to come up with creative solutions to small inconveniences around the house.  The satisfaction is disproportionate to the actual original problem, but I’m kinda weird that way! The first “victory” was designing a hanging note pad that… Continue reading Little Problem Solvers

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Custom Built Your Way

One of the great benefits of having furniture custom-built is that you can solve tricky problems in your home by specifying dimensions, colors, and finishes.  My client was looking for a TV console with specific dimensions for her living room.  She sent me a photo from Remodelaholic.com of what she was looking for, and the link… Continue reading Custom Built Your Way

crib, bench, repurpose
Custom Built, Makeovers

A New Spin on Repurposing a Crib into a Bench

I received a lot of positive feedback on my previous crib-to-bench and bed-to-bench repurposing projects.  As a result, I had another client reach out and ask me to do the same for her crib.  The part I love most about repurposing is that each project--while similar in concept--is completely different in execution and final results.… Continue reading A New Spin on Repurposing a Crib into a Bench

Amy's Upcycles, upcycle, custom built, dining table, farm style, farm table, TCACC, Pottstown, PA, Custom built
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Seating for the Gathering

If you follow my blog, you saw last week's post about the farm-style dining table.  You know, the one for gathering friends and family.  The big one.  Well, a huge farm-style dining table requires some long benches.  Once the table was complete and delivered, I had space to build the benches. Here is the finished… Continue reading Seating for the Gathering

Amy's Upcycles, upcycle, custom built, dining table, farm style, farm table, TCACC, Pottstown, PA, Custom built
Custom Built

A Farm Table for Gathering

A client recently contacted me about building a large, rustic, farm-style dining table, and two matching benches.  She wanted a place for her kids and their friends to gather, as well as a place to host family dinners.  She was hoping to seat 10 people.  After measurements and calculations, we ended up deciding on a… Continue reading A Farm Table for Gathering