Before & After
While the old vintage chairs are  charming, our Vermont made Shaker Style Ingrid dining chairs are sumptuous and chic.

We’re always happy to see the transformation of our customers homes. It’s exciting because there’s more to it than just the furniture. Seeing their progress reveals a little bit about their own story, and we’re flattered to be a part of that story!

The photos above show a before and after by our customer & new friend, Alice D. After falling in love with her Vermont Made Shaker Table, she decided to add our elegant Ingrid Cherry chairs. We love the way the new chairs have added a feeling of sophistication to the dining space. 

The Shaker Style Ingrid chair in Cherry Wood is a wonderful choice for anyone looking to make their dining space more chic and classy. It’s a modern take on traditional Shaker style furniture, as it uses the same balanced proportions and clean lines but modernizes it with the luxurious upholstery.

The chairs shown in the photo feature American Cherry hardwood with plush Celedon Microsuede fabric seating. Ingrid chairs have a comfortable open back, with the option for side or arm chair style. This chair style is designed to wear well, and the polyester fabric is durable enough to be used by your whole family.

As the centerpiece of the room, the handcrafted Custom Vermont Shaker Dining Table is one of our most popular dining tables. People love it because while its beautiful and luxurious looking, it’s meant to be used. You can feel comfortable seating your friends and family around it! It’s a highly customizable piece and can be built to fit practically any dining room size.

These hardwood cherry furniture pieces add style and sophistication to this already beautiful space. We’re so happy to be a part of it and look forward to seeing more transformation!

What do you think? Do you like the dining room with the vintage furniture or the Vermont Furniture? Let us know in the comments section of this blog! 



This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Open Ladder Bookcases | Real Solid Wood | Custom Made in America
What kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning easier?  If you’ve got nothing to hide maybe an open shelf workstation or ladder bookcase is perfect for you (if only I could be so neat and tidy).

Get excited about Spring cleaning!  It’s time to tear open the shutters and throw up the sash (as Clement Clarke Moore would say).  Somehow inhaling all that fresh Spring air must get people thinking about re-organizing their living rooms because we always have a high demand for custom bookcases during this season.

Big Huge Bookcases with Glass Doors

Real Solid Wood Bookcases | Big Huge Large Sizes | Cherry, Walnut Hardwood
The large Modern Shaker 2-Glass Door Bookcase (left), shown in walnut is hand made in Vermont of real solid hardwood.  Not big enough?  Up-size to our 3 piece Modern Shaker Wall Unit for the ultimate in high end storage and display furniture (our bookcases are available in cherry, walnut and maple wood and they’re on sale for up to 20% off!).

Livin large? Then you need a huge bookcase to safely store your books, media, artwork and other valuables.  The cases shown above are made in America (right here in Vermont) of real solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed oil and wax.   You can customize them online with your choice of hardwood and edge profile (straight edge for a mission furniture style or rounded as shown above).  Or visit us at Stonehurst, our beautiful southern Vermont showroom for help with customization.

Shaker, Mission, Craftsman and Contemporary Bookcases

Tall Shaker Bookcases | Real Solid Hardwood | American Made
For me… when it comes to Spring cleaning I’ll take the shaker bookcase on the far right — with lots of shelves and a wooden door to hide the clutter & keep the dust out.  How about you?  Hop over to our Facebook page and tell us what kind of storage furniture you need to make Spring cleaning a snap.

Shaker bookcases typically have a tapered leg. Mission style: straight legs.  Craftsman and arts and crafts style legs vary in edge profile.  Modern contemporary styles often have a straight kick-board between the legs.  The tops of these bookcases have standard edge profiles consistent with the leg styles but tops can also be customized online, by phone or in the showroom.


Short, Tall, Glass Doors, Wooden Doors, No Doors…

What do you need to store in your new bookcase?  Books, movies, CDs?  Fragile collectibles?  Artwork?  Junk that you can’t bear to get rid of?  Some of each?  Depending on your needs you might want glass or wooden doors, or maybe doors on just the bottom half of the bookcase.  Customize to your heart’s content!  Our bookcases are all made to order (from natural hardwoods: cherry, walnut, maple or oak) and you can modify them to meet the needs and decor of your home.

  • Contemporary, Shaker, Mission, Craftsman, Mid Century Modern and transitional styles
  • Short, medium and tall sizes
  • Cherry, walnut, maple and oak hardwoods
  • Open ladder style or with sides and backs
  • Glass doors, no doors, wood doors, half-size doors
  • Standard dimensions or custom dimension

Over the years we’ve become the go-to-guys for real solid hardwood bookcases of all sorts.  You name it – we’ve got it.  And it’s all on sale for up to 20% off!  So what kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning a snap?



This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

An Oil Finish on Our American Shaker Wood Furniture
Our American Shaker furniture has a hand-rubbed linseed oil finish.  How does that differ from a lacquer or poly finish?

When customers walk into our fine furniture showroom at Stonehurst they often comment about how much they enjoy being greeted by the natural fragrance of wood.  That doesn’t happen in all furniture stores because wood furniture is usually sealed with a protective coating like lacquer or poly which keeps the fragrance inside.  But an oil finish is porous, setting wood’s organic aroma free to permeate your space.  And it smells wonderful!  But there are certainly pros and cons to an oil finish so we try to make sure customers fully understand the differences before they make a purchase.

What We Love About an Oil Finish

Wood furniture with an oil finish develops a deep, rich color that cannot be obtained with other finishes that don’t penetrate the grain of the wood.  Only oil brings out the depth of color and beauty of the grain that natural hardwoods are famous for. Over time, an oil finish will develop a rich, lustrous patina that’s beautiful to look at and super-smooth to touch.  And a joy to smell!  Another advantage is: if your oil finish gets scratched it can easily be sanded and re-oiled (you can do this yourself with a little 0000 steel wool – see our Furniture Care instructions).

An Oil Finish Requires More Care

than furniture with a poly or lacquer finish, but many people feel the resulting appearance is worth the effort.  How often do you have to re-oil?  Many furniture makers suggest this thumb rule:  oil once a day for the first week, once a week for the first month, once a month for the first year and once a year thereafter.  Quite honestly, most customers are just too busy for that, especially if they have a house full of furniture to oil!  Some don’t touch their furniture for years, while others choose to oil it religiously. Obviously, the more you oil the stronger and more beautiful the finish, but we know many people who only oil their furniture when the wood starts to look dry and that seems to be just fine.

Another consideration with an oil finish is that it’s not as protective as poly or lacquer sealants.   We recommend that you keep a bottle of oil and  a 0000 steel wool pad (or equivalent synthetic sanding pad) handy so you can rub out water rings from drink glasses or smooth out the end grain of a wooden table top if it becomes rough due to variations in temperature and humidity.  Here’s a downloadable pdf on caring for wood furniture with an oil finish that Liz created for you.

Comparison of Different Wood Furniture Finishes

Have a look at our Furniture Finishes and Furniture Care pages for additional information, tips and advice on how to choose the best finish for your wood furniture.  Send us your questions on Facebook, give us a call or, better yet stop by Stonehurst to see, touch and smell the beauty of a hand-rubbed oil finish.



This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Do you dislike having your television as the centerpiece of your living room? If so, we’ve got a solution for you!

Retractable Pop Up TV

 Presenting the coolest piece of furniture you have ever seen.  No, it is not an ejection seat on a Bond-mobile or bed that rocks you to sleep, but, I can assure you, it is both stealthy and pleasurable.  I’m talking about our Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center… the easiest and most stylish way to hide your TV.

Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center 85" - CLEARANCE


Attach a Flat Screen TV up to 42″W to the hardware inside the media center and, with the click of a button, watch it rise of the entertainment center when you want to watch TV and then slowly descend back into it when you’re done! This now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t inspired media center features 85″ of pure media storage space or, for the smaller home, is also available as a 44″wide cabinet or bookshelf.  In Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut, this unit is slick enough for any man-cave and classic enough for the most traditional home.

If you’re not in the neighborhood or unavailable to see, touch and smell (if that’s your thing) the piece yourself, take a look at this exciting video which expertly captures the Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center’s allure:



This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Hardwood Blanket Chests for Storing Winter Clothes

If you are anything like me, winter time usually means an excess of clutter! Call me a hoarder, but my things give me comfort through the chilly winter nights. My jackets, scarves, mittens, boots, heavy knit sweaters, wool socks and handmade hats can usually be found scattered throughout my bedroom & closet throughout the colder months– but finally, we’re starting to see signs of springtime. And finally, I can start to pack up. As I started packing away some of my winter clothes this past weekend, I realized that I didn’t really have a good place to keep everything. Do I just stuff them into a drawer or into my closet? Should I shove it all under my bed and dig it out again come next winter? None of these solutions really worked for me, as someone who favors style and organization. After lots of deliberation, I found my solution: Blanket Chests!

Hardwood blanket chests are a great solution for storing your excess winter clothes! They look beautiful & are actually very versatile. While the images shown in this blog feature blanket chests used at the bottom of the bed, they can also be used as a coffee table or large side table.

My picks for 3 hardwood blanket chests that are perfect for packing away your winter clothes and blankets in style:


Contemporary Craftsmen Hardwood Blanket Chest
Quick Tip:  Rotate between seasons and store your bathing suits, flipflops and shorts during the winter, and your wintery attire during spring and summer!

1. Contemporary Craftsmen Blanket Chest: Our premium quality solid wood Contemporary Craftsman Blanket Chest, with it’s gentle curves and graceful lines is the perfect complement to your contemporary bedroom. Perfect for those thick winter blankets or extra sheets. All our luxury Contemporary Craftsman collection is handcrafted to order by Vermont furniture makers in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

Quick Tip: Add your favorite decorative pillows or cushions to your blanket chest for a chic and comfortable look.

2. American Mission Blanket Chest: The wood for our American Mission Blanket Chest is sustainably harvested right here in America. Store all your comforters in this stylish solid wood blanket chest. A very high end piece of mission bedroom furniture that will become a future heirloom in your family.

Quick Tip: To stay organized, use smaller containers for your items that need to stay in pairs (heavy socks, mittens, etc) and keep that container inside of the blanket chest!

 3. Vermont Made Shaker Blanket Chest: This luxury Vermont-Made Shaker Blanket Chest lifts open smoothly to store all your blankets and necessities in style. Each chest is eco-friendly, made from sustainably harvested woods and handmade to be heirloom quality. Ceder lined bottom and the lid stays where you leave it up.

Are blanket chests part of your spring cleaning and decluttering routine? If not, what do you use to store your winter excess? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments section of this blog! As always, we look forward to hearing your opinions. Stay warm and good luck with your spring cleaning, friends.


This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.