The homeowners had removed old carpets and installed new hardwood floors and lighting throughout their large living/ dining room area. I was brought in on the project by Kaufman O’Neil Architects who had designed a large entertainment center that covered a south wall and then angled to an existing fireplace and mantel which had also been re-designed to include paneling above and a new marble hearth and fireplace surround. I presented stain samples combining aniline dyes layered with gel stain, a process that brings out the beautiful figuring in the wood and has a vintage aged appearance. The total piece spanned 16′ in length and ran floor to ceiling with crown moldings on top. The piece was built in two stages, the first being the entertainment center which was comprised of two cabinets with glass doors and glass shelves, four cabinets with book-matched white oak veneer door panels and dovetailed baltic birch drawers inside. There was also a large upper section to accommodate a new tv and entertainment system. The large unit was installed in six sections and then trimmed out with crowns and base molding on site. Finally a model was made out of poplar and scrap veneer to pre-fit the various pieces and frames for the angled mantel and paneling. Once those were adjusted I was able to confidently move forward building and finishing the final pieces for that. (CLICK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PHOTOS TO SCROLL THROUGH MULTIPLE VIEWS).
White Oak Entertainment Center, Mantel and Paneling
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