Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Historic Marble Desk and Custom Mahogany Conference Table


So these past couple months, I have been working on this beautiful custom project.  My client had pulled these gorgeous 4" thick marble slabs out of a historic building in Downtown Boise before it was remodeled.  The building dates back to the late 1800's!  How cool is that!?  He was inspired by them and wanted them for his desk top.  That's where I came in.  We sat and drew up a quick design for the desk, and a conference table to match.  The design was tweaked a few times, and I believe we ended up with the best result!  
 
 Everything is constructed out of gorgeous Mahogany, and received several coats of a rich Ebony stain.  Talk about a stunning contrast!

 The marble weighs several hundred pounds, so coming up with something sturdy and safe was very important.  We designed a steal frame to support the marble and keep it from sagging or caving over time.  


 This project was going into another historic building in Downtown Boise, so we had to work with smaller elevators and awkward staircases.  After the last project we completed down the hall, we knew we wanted a simpler delivery and installation process this time.  So we built the conference table in sections.  The whole thing was built in the shop, and finished together, and then taken back apart to get it into place.  Below, Brock is screwing the two skirt/drawer sections together.

 This conference table measures in at eight and a half feet!  102"!!  I built six pencil drawers (three for each side).





This was a fun and challenging project to build.  I am so grateful for the work God has brought my business.  I know that 2016 is going to be another great year for Rustique Restoration!  Thanks for following along and for all of your support through out each year!

xo Jen

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mahogany Writing Desk and Custom File Cabinets


This summer my hubby and I teamed up to build this custom job for my client.  Everything is built out of gorgeous Mahogany wood.  My client had four black file drawers that he wanted to have faced with wood to look more sophisticated for his new office space in one of the historic Jefferson buildings in downtown Boise.  So my hubby and I designed a cabinet to house two file drawer units, with shaker style drawer fronts and face frames.  

This was my first time building cabinet doors!  It was actually fun and once I built a couple, I got pretty quick at it and really enjoyed it. 
  

Everything got a coat of Mahogany stain, and then one coat of Ebony.  These two pictures are before the Ebony.


The corner desk and file cabinets had to be installed before we could build our top.  The top had to be templated just like you would do with granite.  That gave us the best seams and custom fit.



I love all the huge windows in this office space!  Great views and a really luxurious historical feel to it.

After we had the corner cabinetry installed, we began to build the writing desk.  I designed it with a trestle base, using 5" solid wood posts for the legs.  

We layered the foot of the desk with three pieces in different thicknesses and sizes to add character and make this thing solid and sturdy!  Using a router, I gave the edges a nice beveled detail.



I am so pleased with how this desk turned out!  The Mahogany is so rich and has a gorgeous grain to it.



We built a pencil drawer too.  Love the contract between the stained and the natural inside.






This entire project was sealed with six coats of satin Polyurethane to give it a long lasting protection.  

We wrapped this project up just three weeks prior to my due date.  Several late nights turned early mornings trying to get it done to make the deadline!  It was hard, but we conquered it!  Whew!  Well, I hope you are all having an amazing October!  November is just around the corner.  Have a great week!

xo Jen

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Introducing Miss Scarlett Mae

I feel like I have been MIA from my blog for some time now.  Well, I promise I have a good excuse! ;)  I was working very hard at growing this little angel and now we are five weeks into her little life and let me tell you, life is DIFFERENT!  

Meet Miss Scarlett Mae <3


We are beyond BLESSED!  



It's crazy to think that we have a middle school-er and a 4th grader, and now an infant!  We are all just soaking up every second with her.  Our family literally fights over who gets to snuggle her.  I'm not joking when I say that we had to set a timer for how long our girls could hold her before the next one got their turn!  This baby sister is loved!  


And her entrance into this new world of hers couldn't have been more special. Both our girls had the chance to be a part of her delivery.  They witnessed their baby sister breathe her first breath.  



Daddy helped deliver her, and big sister Isabella cut her cord.  We were all bawling our eyes out just in awe of God's most amazing miracle!  This is a moment our family will treasure forever and never forget.  Both Grandmas were able to be a part of our day as well.  Let's just say we had a FULL HOUSE in the delivery room! ;)


 Our family of five couldn't be happier!  I am looking forward to sharing more pictures of Scarlett as she grows.  

While busy cooking up a baby inside, I did still manage to stay VERY busy building custom furniture and doing lot's and lot's of projects!  So I will start sharing those soon and try to get back in the swing of things around here.  Thank you as always for stopping by and be sure to check back soon to see some neat projects!

xo Jen

Monday, June 1, 2015

Custom Built Desk & Hutch

Wow!  Has it ever been awhile since I posted!  Sorry about that :)  I have been so busy, which is a great thing, until it's not.  Work is great, but too much work can be overwhelming.  I have been up to so much, but will get into all of that in another post!  For now, I'm sharing my latest custom job with you all.

My client needed some desk space for her two adorable little girls, so we designed something that would work perfect in the loft upstairs next to their bedrooms.  Two sitting spaces and wide open shelves for storage and decorating.  Here is my plan design before we got started.


My design consisted of two base cabinets, left open, with a scroll designed valence on each one.  Large Support Corbels, and a 5 1/2 ft. hutch for storage and display.

Once we had our initial plan down, we ended up turning the second computer tower cabinet into more open shelving.

I built everything out of solid wood and plywood.  And a lot of glue, nails, and screws! ;)  Then there was a lot of sanding and spackling to make sure everything was prepped perfectly for paint.



And here is our finished Custom Built Desk & Hutch installed! 






And that's it for this project!  My client will be sending me a picture once she has it set up and decorated, and I'll be sure share it and update this post!  Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

xo Jen


Sunday, April 5, 2015

French Gray and Cream Secretary


Happy Easter my friends!  I hope you have had a great day spending time with your families and celebrating that Jesus is ALIVE!  It's fun to dye eggs and eat candy too, but the hope we have been given by the resurrection of our Savior is what Easter is all about!  I spent the day with my family and loved every minute of it. 

So today I'm sharing a new piece I took over to the shop a couple of days ago.  I really love all of the cubbies and drawers this secretary desk has.  Great storage and lot's of character!




I decided to leave the inside it's beautiful mahogany finish. I think it adds a warmth and richness to the desk.


I painted the whole desk in a soft light gray, and accented the drawers and cubbies with cream.  Then everything got a nice messy glaze for that perfect antique patina!


I also dropped off this cute little antique chair I redid.  It boasts one of my favorite new fabrics in a chunky gray and white striped upholstery.  The chair doesn't have a glaze but I think it could go great with the desk.  




That's it for today I guess!  Have a great rest of your Easter and a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by!  

xo Jen

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