Tag: Stain

Black Rittenhouse Built-In Cabinets

This beautiful black built-in went in right before the end of the year 2018. Installed a the penthouse apartment for Philly area designer Michele Plachter, it conceals the air conditioner and sprinkler heads, provides display for a collection of books, photos and collected items. There’s an alcove for a television above ample doors and drawers for additional storage. A clever hiding spot for a large exercise mat can be found in the left most end panel, while the right side goes all the way to the wall, with over-the-door shelf space.

Crafted from Maple lumber and furniture-grade sheet goods and stained using Saman brand water-based product, these cabinets transformed the room and prove that not everything ought to be white!

Campaign Furniture for the Study

campaign style file cabinet and end table



Three custom Mahogany pieces of campaign furniture are nearing completion for a Philadelphia client of architect Mark B. Thompson Associates.

Two filing cabinets- one lateral and one standard configuration as well as a side table with drawer have been stained to join some existing campaign furniture already in the room. Antique brass hardware completes the look. The drawer sides are rated at 200 lb capacity each to meet the demands of piles of papers.

Lumber for this project was selected at the nearby Mooretown Mill.

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Catalpa Dining Table with Leaf


Catalpa trees are native to our area, and Alderfer lumber had some gorgeous slabs available when the time came to build this dining table. The table is either 42” round or 66” long with the leaf in.

The design features curved legs on casters and a little shelf under the table top. The wood has been lightly stained, shellacked, and lacquered. This piece was commissioned by Mona Ross Berman Interiors for a Manhattan client.

Modern Bedside Table

Sleek Parsons Table
Modern Side Table

Substantial 3” thick legs display a nearly white Caesarstone top on this bold Parsons style occasional table. Caesarstone is made from quartz and should be less likely to stain or scratch compared to marble or other light colored natural stone surfaces. That way, you can rest your red wine or coffee nearby without worrying about marks on your tabletop.

The size of this table is 36” Wide x 20” Deep x 17” High. It is constructed of solid Pennsylvania Maple toned to a deep nearly black brown and finished with satin waterborne lacquer.

East Side Wall Bed and Office

This wallbed, bookcase, and desk are being delivered in Manhattan this morning. The client wanted a full-size fold down bed and an office that would go with her existing modern Cherry kitchen as well as her more traditional craftsman oak furniture.  The bookcase features adjustable shelves and three dovetailed drawers on soft closing slides. The arch pulls are by Lee Valley. The bookcase and desk are freestanding so that they may be moved if need arises. The trim mimics the trim on the kitchen cabinets.

The desk features decorative corbels, an expansive pencil drawer, and a legal file drawer. It also has a hidden shelf in the back. The Maple wood is stained a rich saddle leather tone that is between cherry and oak. All the surfaces were waxed before we carefully wrapped and loaded it all up for delivery today.

Just a Glimspe

…of this lovely new home in Plains, PA. The kitchen is Maple stained Cherry, with a large island and a Hoosier-style baking center. The house features walnut bathroom cabinets and a walnut bedroom set made by the Springhouse Woodshop as well as other built-ins. More photos to come!