When I think back to the type of kitchen table my family grew up with my stomach gets tied up in knots. If you grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s you will remember them well. Some people like to think of them as ‘Retro’. You know the kind, chrome plated, ugly heavy gauge tubular steel and the crowning disaster was the high pressure laminate tops. People who have this type of furniture say that it gives an old room a new personality. I think not.
I remember so many unpleasant things about those types of tables. I can remember the cherry Kool-Aid stain that even bleach wouldn’t get out. When my sister was little she used to bang her spoon on the side of the table for attention. The marks she made were still there when my folks sold it at a garage sale 12 years later. The cracks in the laminate top looked like varicose veins and the scorched spot where my Dad put a hot pot looked like a giant stale croissant. It was a wonder how anybody could still have an appetite looking at that table.
When you put a Farmhouse Kitchen Table in your kitchen, that table will last longer than any other type of table. Why, because it is made of real wood, no veneers, no synthetics and no chrome. These are solid wood tables and built to be passed down for generations. Each barnwood table will have a warm distressed finish that will warm your home. Woodland Creek Furniture is one of the premier Farmhouse Kitchen Table makers in the country. Located in Michigan among thousands of acres of forests, we choose only the best wood to create our beautiful tables.
There is nothing like coming into a kitchen and seeing a solid wood Farmhouse table. Couple that with the aroma of a good meal and you have one of the most relaxing atmospheres any home could ask for. Our website has beautiful pictures of the solid wood furniture we make everyday in our shops. Customers have uploaded the pictures of the rustic furniture in there homes. Wood furniture has stood the test of time. It doesn’t matter what kind of furniture you have, as long as its Woodland Creek wood, it’s good.
When you moved to your first house most of the furniture you had was your parent’s old stuff or what our family called ‘Chippendale garage sale’ or ‘scratch and dent nouveau’. Where ever or when ever you got it; you were glad to get rid of it. Over the years you‘ve gone through several furniture revivals, trying black lacquer tables, one kitchen table had tile inlays and the last one you purchased you thought was solid wood. You remember being so proud of yourself for getting the deal of the century until the veneer began curling up at the sides.
Admit it you have tried every type of table know to mankind, isn’t it time you got serious about your furniture? By serious we mean a quality Farmhouse Table for your kitchen or dining room. Nothing on the market today can compare to the beauty, style and class of a rustic Farmhouse kitchen table. No synthetics, veneers, plastics or chrome just a solid wood kitchen or dinning room table to be enjoy now and for generations to come.
Farm tables can be made from a variety of woods, but Woodland Creek has engineered a way to re-purpose 100 year old barn wood. Using the reclaimed wood from old barns our woodworking experts create beautiful kitchen and dining room tables. These tables have a relaxed elegance you can only get from Rustic Furniture. There are no substitutes for this kind of quality and craftsmanship. Farm tables come in all kinds of styles and if you would prefer something painted there are 100’s of colors to choose from.
Woodland Creek Furniture is proud to be the nation’s top supplier of Rustic furniture. No one else has the wide variety, superior craftsmanship and customer service after the sale than Woodland Creek. Visit our main website to get an idea of what would look good in your home or visit our showrooms in Travers City, Mackinaw City or Kalkaska, Michigan. Either place you visit you will be inspired to forget the rest and buy the best.
Think of a style of furniture and what the first thing that comes to mind is. Let’s start with French provincial…. Marie Antoinette. Retro….50’s soda shop; Art Deco….South Beach, and Baroque…..well, broke. I admit I don’t know much about that style. There is one style of furniture I am familiar with, rustic furniture. This style has depth of character; that is uniquely Americana. It is a mix of Betsy Ross, Abe Lincoln, and Wyatt Earp and a time when mankind respected the land they lived on. Rustic furniture has strength and gentleness at the same time.
Rustic style is the Norman Rockwell of furniture. This style has nothing artificial or fake, no plastic, resin or chrome, just wood. Rustic has the feel of America. Each piece stands strong, steadfast but humble all at the same time. Hand made quilts and woven blankets belong, American flags from every era feel welcome around this type of furniture.
Rustic wooden rocking chairs have rocked millions of babies to sleep. Rustic wooden doors have kept wind and rain from invading our homes. And it was a rustic farmhouse table where we all gathered around for the evening meal. Woodland Creek Furniture specializes in a truly Rustic Americana style of furniture; our Barnwood collection optimizes that Americana feeling.
Antique barnwood and timbers ranging from 100 to 150 years old are meticulously crafted into beautiful furniture. The barnwood’s aged patina, coupled with the refined lines; give this collection an “elegant yet rustic” charm. The barnwood coffee tables are made from solid reclaimed barnwood. It is crafted to be passed down for many generations. Many more designs will be introduced in the coming months.
If a picture is worth a thousand words take a look at our main website. Rustic furniture is at the core of American culture. It’s not just a table here or a chair there rustic is a feeling that engulfs the entire room. There is no mistaking the feeling of walking into a room furnished with Rustic pieces, the first thing you think about is strong yet humble America.
You convinced yourself that a Farmhouse table from Woodland Creek was the only table you wanted in your kitchen because of its beauty, functionality and rustic appeal. Now you have that table, what are you going to do about chairs? As my Mother used to say, ‘You can’t sit on your imagination….get a chair.’ Just for one moment let’s do sit on our imaginations. Imagine your family around that beautiful table sitting on Farmhouse Table Chairs. These chairs are made from the same materials used to make your table and they are made by the same artists, too.
Getting a new Farmhouse Table is an exciting addition to your kitchen but, how do your old chairs look around that table. Do the colors coordinate? Are they all the same size chairs? If these chairs aren’t made by Woodland Creek you know they are not the same materials and definitely not the same workmanship.
Let’s look at this from another perspective. Do you entertain a lot? Perhaps there is someone in your house that for what ever reason is a local VIP. Do you have clients into your home frequently? All these are reasons to complete your kitchen with Farmhouse Table Chairs.
If guests frequent your home you have every reason to invest in matching rustic chairs. Your home is a reflection on you. What if a client walked into your kitchen and saw that gorgeous table with worn-out, stained and odd sized chairs surrounding it. What kind of message is that sending? What if your business is designing of any kind, whether its wedding cakes, landscape design and especially if you’re involved with interior design; it will send the message this person doesn’t know what he/she is doing!
Don’t let this happen to you. Take time to choose the right style, size, workmanship and wood to fit your Farmhouse Table and your décor. A good first impression can make a world of difference with any one whether it’s a future client or future friend. Give your guests the WOW factor when they walk in your home. First impressions are everything.
Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons and other historical television series showed them. Movies by the dozens; The Patriot, Dances with Wolfs and The Alamo used them to create an historical atmosphere. Nearly every American home has a place for one. Even the Simpson’s have one. At one time or another every citizen of these United States has sat down to a Farm Table dining experience.
Unless you live and breathe American history you really don’t pay much attention to the history of the American Evening Meal and its importance in family life as we know it. Every wholesome image of Thanksgiving has all the relatives gathered around a table with turkey and all the trimmings. That event takes place at a farm table. How about a child’s birthday party? It may be more than just family but, every one is around the table.
We as Americans like to think of ourselves as family oriented and family focused. What other image conjures up the American family experience better than sitting down at the end of a day for dinner. These days the Farm Table Dining experience is the only time our busy families can sit down and catch up on the happenings of the day.
Farm Table Dining is an authentic American custom. Experts in the field of sociology have told us that a lot more takes place at the kitchen table than we think. Many families still pray before a meal. Regardless of the ages of the children they all feel equally important at the table; a feeling of belonging. Conversation, better described as communication, a vital ingredient in any group, happens at the dinner table. Work ethics are born at the table; one of the child’s first contributions to the family is to help set the table.
Regardless of how many family members there are some how the American custom of Farm Table Dining is ingrained in our culture. Whenever the conversation dulls in any social setting; ask people to share their memories of family dinners, you will be talking, laughing and strolling down memory lane for hours.
What kind of tables do you have in your home? There is the one you bought at the garage sale down the street. It was light weight, cheap and you thought you got a good deal until the veneer started to pull away from the frame. How about the kitchen table, the salesman said it was made of real wood. What he failed to mention was it was made out of particle board. That’s real wood, right?
Let’s get serious; you are finally at a time in your life where you can get quality products and not cheap imitations. This is the time to think about real wood. Woodland Creek rustic furniture is real wood. Not the used, glued and fused pieces that collapse when you put a casserole on it. Tables, chairs, beds and dressers made from the real McCoy.
The article of furniture that gets the most attention, use and abuse is the kitchen table. A farmhouse table is the most basic and well built of kitchen tables. An authentic farmhouse table is made from real wood. It is not fashioned out of plastic that is made to look like wood or particle wood made to look like solid wood. Woodland Creek farm tables are not made from synthetics of any kind. These farmhouse tables are made to last not just your generation but, for generations to come.
The next time you are out looking for furniture start asking the sales staff questions. If you don’t like high pressure sales or hovering sales people these questions and those like them will make them disappear; perhaps never to be seen again. ‘Is this real wood?’ ‘What type of synthetics is used to build this furniture?’ ‘If this table is real wood, why are you talking about a beautiful veneer finish?’
I suppose I shouldn’t be so hard on furniture sales people but, if they know their products they will know real wood when they see it. Don’t be taken in by synthetic materials that look like wood, it won’t last as long as real wood and it certainly won’t look as good. Come see our farmhouse table collection at Woodland Creek. Once you have seen our real wood tables you won’t settle for anything else.
Farm tables were originally constructed to fulfill the most basic of needs. They are a sturdy piece of furniture serving several purposes – a place for the family to gather, eat and sometimes work. Its place is firmly planted in American history. If we scan all the important events that made America what it is today we will find a farm table as one of the participants.
I know what you are thinking; it’s just a table. Yes, it is but, the humble Farm table was there when the pilgrims sat down with the Native Americans for the fist Thanksgiving. It was on them the Declaration of Independence, Louisiana Purchase and the Emancipation Proclamation were penned and signed.
Every image we have of Abe Lincoln as a boy involves a kerosene lamp and a farm table. These tables saw civil war soldiers gathering around for planning battles and after the war was over, drinking in celebration. And with the exception of a bed the farm table was the first piece of furniture to grace the homes of settlers of the Wild West and Oregon Trail. Now, sociologists tell us when families sit down at the dinner table together the family unit is strengthened.
Perhaps I have woven too much history and romance into a simple table but, these tables have stood the test of time and now deserve an honored place in your home. The kitchen is a gathering place for most families and how wonderful would it be to have a piece of rustic furniture like a farm table in your kitchen?
Some would say that their kitchen or home is too modern for a table of that design. Our farm tables can be constructed to fit nearly any décor. They can be modernized with color, shape and the chairs you choose. The next time you are at a home show and they show a comfortable country kitchen or a kitchen with southern charm, a farm table will be there. Look in any of the kitchen design magazines, it doesn’t matter if it’s a contemporary, early American or farm house design you will see how comfortably a farm table fits. Wouldn’t a farm table look wonderful in your kitchen?
Are you tired of all the plastic and glass furniture you have collected over the years. Take a look around, nothing really matches anything. Is it time for a change? Woodland Creek Furniture carries a back-to-nature style of furnishings. Our collection of Rustic Furniture is unique and stylish, definitely a classic addition to any home.
Plastic and glass have their place but, there is no alternative for real wood. No particle board or veneer, Woodland uses the finest wood nature has to offer. Oak, pine, walnut, birch and hickory are just a few of nature’s gifts given to the skilled and artistic furniture makers at Woodland. Have you ever scanned through a home magazine and seen a room that looks cozy, relaxed and welcoming, with real wood furniture? Chances are that atmosphere was created by a rustic style of furniture.
Rustic Furniture has a character all its own. It has been referred to as Barnwood furniture, Farmhouse, Natural or Reclaimed wood furniture. Chances are, if you live in the United States, you’ve sat down to eat at a farmhouse table at least once in your life. Whatever you decide to call it; there is no substitute for this warm and inviting style of furnishings. Keep in mind, there are different rustic themes and designs. For instance, there is a segment of furniture referred to as contemporary rustic. It has been described at the Ralph Lauren of rustic because ‘it is rustic but it is also elegant and refined’
People who start off putting rustic furniture into just one room will get comments like, ‘I love this room’ or ‘What did you do to make this room so beautiful?’ Your guests aren’t seeing ‘the room’ they are seeing the furniture. When an entire home is furnished in a rustic décor, then the comments are ‘What a beautiful home!’ If clothes make the man, furniture makes the home.
Attention Baby Boomers, are you looking to downsize, relocate or redecorate? Are you planning to build a hideaway in the mountains, near your favorite lake or even at a ski resort? Bedroom, living room, dining room and kitchen furniture in rustic designs can mean the difference between a home and a haven.
Steel and glass may be classified as a modern look but there is nothing as warm and inviting as natural wood furniture when it comes to furnishing your home office. Leave the modern at work and go for the rustic contemporary that Woodland Creek Furniture has to offer. When you furnish your home office you want a desk, chairs and file cabinets that enhance the beauty of your home, not take away from it.
Begin the process of furnishing your home office with a careful examination of the room itself. Ask yourself a few basic questions? Do you want bright and cheerful or dark and comfortable? Will you be keeping the current colors on the walls or adding wood paneling or new trim? Are there many windows in the room and how will the lighting affect the ambiance you are trying to create? Try to imagine what you want it to look like and take a few pictures of the room so you can get some input from others.
Once you have a general idea of what you want, go online and look at the office furniture section of our website or if you’re nearby come to our gallery and see some of the reclaimed wood furniture we have to offer. That look you imagined in your head is here in the showroom. If its not we’ll create it for you. Send us those photos along with your ideas and we’ll make you the office furniture you want and need.
Most people who haven’t seen our work before are amazed at what can be done by master craftsmen who have the knowledge and experience that our people have. All of the furniture we make is environmentally friendly furniture created from reclaimed wood, some of which would have been carelessly discarded if we had not salvaged it. You will be enthralled by the beauty of the coppers, redwoods, birch, cherry, and other hardwoods we turn into furniture for your home and office.
The office in your workplace can have furnishings that are simply serviceable. The office in your home needs to have furnishings that you can live with on a daily basis and that you are proud to put on display when you have guests. If your workplace is your home, you’ll want to spare no expense in making it warm, comfortable, and a place that you don’t mind bringing a client to.
The term “environmentally friendly” has been used more in the past decade than perhaps ever before in history. As the issues related to the depletion of our natural resources, global warming, and pollution come to the forefront in the new millennium there are those in every industry that find a way to do their part to preserve this planet. Woodland Creek Furniture chooses to make eco furniture, our small contribution to the solution for problems that have in many areas reached epic proportions.
Eco furniture is environmentally friendly furniture that is made from reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is wood that is gathered, not cut down. Most often it is taken from the piles made by the demolition of barns and farm houses, preserving the natural resources of our woodlands and forests. With it, we create all natural wood furniture that is taken to the next level, giving you the beauty that you’re looking for in your home without the negative consequences to the environment.
Each piece of reclaimed wood that we collect and bring back to our furniture gallery has a unique look and feel to it that can be used to create something significantly different from any other piece of furniture you may have purchased before. Combining different types of wood and then preserving them with a finish to enhance their natural beauty turns these already rare pieces into timeless classics. Our craftsmen are the very best wood working artists in the business and we do custom orders if you’d like to share some ideas of your own.
Eco furniture is also sometimes called organic furniture. Since it’s created from all natural wood, when the time comes for it to be discarded it can easily be reabsorbed into the eco system it was taken from. Unlike plastics and synthetic materials, wood is biodegradable. It will last for many generations inside or even outside of your home, and there is nothing to worry about when it finally does see the end of its usefulness to you. If you throw it away its safe for the environment and perhaps someone at that point will reclaim it like we did and create something new.
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