Conference Table Project
Concept & Design
A few weeks ago, Wendi Gragg asked our Designer Brandon Fitzmorris to find her a table for twenty-four, specifically a conference for seating up to twenty-four people for one of her clients. She also wanted a smaller eight-foot table for a smaller conference room. Once Brandon found a table source, Travis Walker, our company owner made a special trip with Wendi to select the perfect slab for her client.
Pictured above: This large slab had to spend 1 month in Dry Chem. Pictured below: see the difference of sizes. The 8-foot table is sitting on top of the 17-foot table.
Time to sand, finish and find some table legs. Through social media connections, we found a source close to home to design and build the table legs for this project. A collaboration with Chronicle Millworks is born. Pictured below is the design concept for the metal legs.
In order to sand the top on the 17 foot table – we had to bring in a floor sander. In this video watch as Jonathon Champion, from Champion hardwoods unveils the top layer of the slab.
Once the top layer was sanded – much work had to be done by a hand sander and to the edges of the top.
Now off to the finish room.
Meanwhile – table legs are being built to support this massive conference table. Photo’s courtesy of Chronicle Mill Works.
Next – table legs are ready for powder coating.
At Walker Woodworking – we have completed the finishing for both tables and now it’s time to deliver to the job site. We don’t have the space to store such a massive piece of wood.
Next – a four minute video of the delivery at the job site and getting this table into the room.
Next up Final Assembly – Chronicle Mill Works delivers the table legs and we show up for extra manpower.
We will add more pictures after the project is completed. Walker Woodworking and Wendi Gragg did several more projects at this site including kitchen, bathrooms and more. We can’t wait to see the finished project throughout and to share it online. Stay tuned!
Featured Wellborn Remodel Project
Are you on a budget for your kitchen remodel?
Wellborn offers a great product at a great value for you.
Find out how semi-custom cabinets worked well for this homeowner’s budget and why she chose Wellborn cabinetry.
Greenbrook Design Featured Project:
Our clients had debated about remodeling their kitchen. Deciding factors such as budget and time frame were significant for the homeowners during the planning phase as they decided if they wanted to move forward with the project. Knowing their budget from the beginning of the design phase made designing so much more effective. It’s like having the final piece of a puzzle that makes the picture complete. Because the communication was open from the beginning, our designer was able to tailor the needs and give the customer what they needed – within their budget.
We asked: What are the top 3 reasons to remodel their kitchen?
1. Not enough room
2. No cabinet space
3. Tight areas for a growing family
With a family of three, plus additional children, family, and friends visiting and eating together was the inspiration and main focus of this kitchen design.
This was not their forever home, but more kitchen space was needed for a growing family. The homeowner also wanted to brighten and open up the space by removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the living room, creating an open floor plan. The island was designed for the family to be able to sit together, as well as to offer more storage and countertop space for preparing meals.
We were able to make budget friendly selections while preserving the homeowner’s request for function and style.
Communication is key to success! In asking the client…
What was more important to you? The budget or the time frame? Her reply;
“I would say both were very important. First was budget because I couldn’t go over a dime! Second, time frame because my husband tore down the kitchen within a day and with a one year old and not having a kitchen is not fun at all. “
We were able to design, order and install this project within the client’s timeline.
Semi-custom cabinets can typically be ordered and shipped within a four-to-six week timeline.
Let’s break down the cost of this project – Note that a non load-bearing wall was removed & floors had to be replaced.
- Wellborn Cabinets (including hardware & install): $9800.00
- Granite Countertops: $2900.00
- New Appliances: $3000 black stainless
- Demo, Sheetrock repairs & painting: $2500.00
- Flooring: Materials & Labor: $1800
- Tile Backsplash: Materials & Labor: $1300.00
- Electrical & Plumbing: $1200.00
- Total project investment : $22,500
Even with a semi-custom cabinet order, the client still receives Walker Woodworking great customer service, professional installation, and a few custom extras:
*spice pull out
- For More information about semi- custom cabinets: Wellborn or Dura Supreme. Check out our Dura Supreme & Wellborn product page.
- Researching the products before buying and understanding the difference between Stock & Semi-custom cabinets are key information points that will help with decisions when considering a remodel. Check out this information about the differences.
Job Specific Facts:
Wellborn Product Information:
- Door style: Hancock with a painted finish
- Glacier White painted perimeter
- Willow paint on the island
Hardware: Hardware Resources Information:
Product: Cosgrove Cabinet Pull in a Satin Nickel Finish
2 sizes: 6 ½ inch and 7 ¾ inch pulls were used
The homeowner chose to use a pull handle on both doors and drawers. Hardware is the accessory to the cabinets, and is always a great way to include the client in decision making choices. Hardware is always a preference to the homeowner.
- Refrigerator: Black Stainless Samsung 25 cu. Ft. French Door w/ external water & ice dispenser
- Microwave: Samsung 1.6 cu.ft. Over the Range Microwave – Black finish
- Dishwasher: Samsung black finish
- Electric range Oven: Samsung Large Capacity Convection Oven 5.9 cu. Ft. Freestanding Black finish
When asked what the top three things she LOVES about her NEW kitchen;
1 OPEN space in the new design
2 More room for family & friends
3 Modern Style / updated kitchen
When asked the client if she had more storage?
Her response; “Yes, we have tons of storage! So much that some of my cabinets don’t have much in them yet!”
Another successful remodel review:
“I LOVE MY KITCHEN and so glad that we finally were able to do it! Also blessed that Walker Woodworking had a cabinet line that I was able to afford!”
We were able to brighten this kitchen up and add an island with seating for 5!
To view the completed project click here
New cabinets made by Wellborn, cabinets designed and installed by Walker Woodworking. Wellborn cabinets can be installed 4 weeks after your order is placed. Call us today, we can help determine a budget for your remodel with our budget analysis program. This service is uniquely offered by Greenbrook Design & Walker Woodworking.
Cerused Oak Remodel Project.
We were so excited when our client, Mrs. Young, wanted to use a new finish technique that we were in the process of making to showcase at the 2016 Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. After making a few samples, we decided that we would use the color combination of Revere Pewter for the perimeter cabinets with cerused oak on the island. We were just in love with this color combination but before we could get the cabinets made for the show, it caught Mrs. Young’s attention. Dr. & Mrs. Young had just purchased a home and wanted to remodel the kitchen before they moved in.
What are your needs?
First, we had to determine what the homeowner needed and what their style preference was. Travis Walker, company owner met with Mrs. Young in her home and started the process of gathering measurements and information. Travis will usually take pictures like the one above to share with Brandon as part of the planning for the first design meeting. We also ask our clients what they like and don’t like about the design of the kitchen they currently have. Getting as much information as possible prior to the design meeting helps Brandon, our designer plan the layout of the kitchen before meeting with the clients.
“My husband and I both love to cook and spend time together in the kitchen, so a good flow with plenty of prep space was critical. We also really believe in function over form, so we were leaning toward more of a commercial style kitchen… Of course we think we got both function and form with this remodel!” ~ Mrs. Young
What are your style and color preferences?
We also asked Mrs. Young to share her thoughts about this as well as her idea books from Houzz so that Brandon could see which style and color preferences she was leaning toward. Idea-books from Houzz are one of our favorite tools to use when planning a new customer design meeting.
“As to color choices and cabinet style… I have to credit Brandon with quickly figuring out our design style preferences (I.e., clean, simple, elegant) and showing us the new cerused oak cabinet he’d been working on. I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it. While gorgeous, it isn’t formal or stuffy. It perfectly fit the environment of our kitchen, the floors, the stone fireplace, the flagstone patio, and generally, the natural views through the picture window. Once I had the sample doors, I was able to select a complementing paint color and flooring… The granite was the final touch that pulled all the colors together.” ~ Mrs. Young
The cerused oak for the island and bar area are custom painted with a color we named ‘hunting lodge gray’ with a white glaze. Revere Pewter from the Benjamin Moore Historical collection is the perimeter color of the kitchen.
“People are highly complementary when they see the kitchen… Thanks to you all!” ~ Mrs. Young
See all of the photos from this project. Click this link to see our photo gallery of this project.
Making a quiet comeback
For about 2 years now we have been seeing cerused oak in furniture pieces, and now it is being incorporated into kitchens. Cerused oak can have many different colors due to a technique that is used to bring out the grain.
What is Cerusing?
Cerusing is a time-honored French finish technique in which the open grain of oak is filled with a contrasting white pigment. The stain and colors of the white pigments can be mixed and matched to create unique color combinations. What I love the most is the texture that you can see and touch. This technique is mostly used on quarter sawn white oak.
Specifically we use Quarter Sawn White Oak. This wood has an amazing straight grain pattern that lends itself to design. Quarter sawn lumber is defined as wood where the annular growth rings intersect the face of the board at a 60 to 90 degree angle. When cutting this lumber at the sawmill, each log is sawed at a radial angle into four quarters, hence the name. Dramatic flecking is also present in red oak and white oak. When quarter sawn oak is cerused, we are able to add a white glaze and use a special brush to make sure the glaze seeps into the grain without affecting the color of the stain, thus giving texture to the surface of the wood.
Want to see how we can incorporate cerused oak into your home? Give us a call today to schedule a design consultation 704-434-0823.
Sam & Kim’s Kitchen Remodel
In 2015, Sam and Kim decided to move back to Sam’s former home and update their kitchen. Enlisting the help of Walker Woodworking and Tony Brooks of Beam Edwards & Brooks, this kitchen remodel became an amazing transformation from an enclosed kitchen to an open floor plan. Follow this link to see the complete before & after photo gallery.
Sam’s family moved into this house in 1962 as its first owners. Over the years the home was remodeled several times. Multiple additions included adding a master bedroom, enclosing the carport to build a playroom, and adding a sunroom. Sam along with his brother Al and his sister Andrea grew up there. Many children through the years considered it their home while Sam’s mom ran a daycare until the mid 80’s.
Growing up in the home the formal living room was used only on special occasions or to take family photo. The 7 grandchildren considered this their second home and have fond memories of playing and being loved there.
After Sam’s mother’s death, his father continued to live in the house and host weekly Sunday Dinner for the family. After his dad’s death the house was vacant except for grandchildren sometimes living there.
Planning & Design:
In working with Tony Brooks, a plan was formed to open up the formal living room and convert to an open floor plan. The playroom was converted to a den for use during construction.
After a desire for the open floor plan was determined they met at Walker Woodworking with kitchen and bath designer, Brandon Fitzmorris, to complete the kitchen design. Brandon was able to plan out the space for optimized cooking and storage. Since this will be their forever home, they wanted to make the space as functional as possible. One of the design challenges was to achieve seating at the peninsula while still maintaining the feel of an open floor plan. We were able to accomplish this through team work with the general contractor by incorporating a pass through to the living room.
Demo – Demolition started and cabinets came out. Site prep was done by adding a protective floor covering to prevent damage and a dust barrier to the existing living space.
Construction – A wall was removed and carpet from the living room came out. Hardwood was added to the kitchen and den and matched up to the existing hardwood in the living room, a treasure hidden beneath the carpet. The end result was seamless, there is nothing left of the previous wall separating the formal living room from the kitchen.
Plumbing & Electrical – The next part of the process was to update plumbing & electrical. By using our preplanned CAD drawings, the subcontractors were able to quickly and efficiently make the necessary changes to the updated kitchen layout.
Sheetrock & Primary Painting – Sheetrock repair and primary painting is definitely an expectation with an extensive remodel like this one. The wall that needed to be removed was a load bearing wall. We had to build a header across the room and sheetrock that area.
Cabinet Install – Usually a 2 day process for a kitchen similar to this one. Our trucks show up full of cabinets, already assembled including the decorative hardware. One of the things that we do differently than most companies is to apply the toe kicks after the floors are finished. In most cases this eliminates the need for shoe-moulding. This will give the cabinets more of a finished furniture style.
Counter-tops – Typically counter-tops are ready for the template after the cabinets are installed. Once the template has been done, it will typically take 1 to 2 weeks before the tops are ready to install. Each fabricator is different. Granite can be installed in a kitchen like this usually in half a day.
Appliances – In most situations appliances will go in after the counter-tops. Every project is unique and having professionals that realize the importance of when certain things should happen is important for a smooth remodel. This will also help to ensure that cabinets, flooring and counter-tops are not damaged during the process.
The Finishing Touches – The last few things that need to be done include the tile back splash, final coat of paint, and the final sanding & finishing of the floors.
“Both Tony and the team at Walker Woodworking held our hand through the process, which at some times was emotional because of the changes being made to the family home. The end result was more than we could have ever dreamed possible.The remodel was completed in time for us to continue family traditions of Thanksgiving & Christmas in the home.” ~ Kim Davis
We would like to thank Sam & Kim for allowing us to share their story. Follow this link to see the complete before & after photo gallery.
Newgrass Brewing Company opened their doors in August of 2015. We were very proud to be apart of the project. Here is a timeline of our part of the project. We have updated this post with pictures from recent visits. We hope you will enjoy reading.
Spring of 2015 ~ The History.
We are so excited to be involved in this complete renovation in historic uptown Shelby, NC. The renovation of the historic 1909 structure will preserve Shelby’s heritage for years to come. The interior of the building will showcase heart pine reclaimed from Dover Textiles Mill.
Dover Mill was the workplace of many people in Shelby, NC including the grandmother, and father of Travis Walker. There is a piece of history in every board from the mill, as there will be new history made at the Newrgass Brewing Co. The reclaimed wood from the floors of Dover Mill have been milled into the NEW floors and walls at the Newgrass Brewing Co. in Shelby, NC.
(The original piece of wood was 3 1/2 in thick and 8 1/2 in wide. Each Dover piece now makes 5 pieces for the floors/walls at Newgrass.)
The ground floor will house the brewing area, highlighted behind glass walls. The brewery will feature a stage area where local and regional artists will be able to perform. The stage floor and walls are made from reclaimed wood. In addition to the main floor the brewery will have a mezzanine level for additional seating, and the third level will host private parties and events. The building has an elevator (original to the Hudson’s store) which is also flanked by the reclaimed wood.
While machining the reclaimed lumber from Dover Mill, our metal detector found a 36 caliber musket ball from around the early 1800’s. It’s before they started putting tin in with the lead. This created excitement around here at Walker Woodworking, and at Newgrass so much so that talk of naming a brew after the musket ball may seen on the future tap list.
It has certainly been rewarding and exciting here at Walker Woodworking, to see all of this come together and help in the preserving process of this building. The historic character of the Newgrass brewery as well as the transplanted history of the Dover Mill reclaimed wood will definitely be worth a visit in uptown Shelby, NC.
Newgrass is expecting to OPEN for business in August 2015, just in time for the American Legion World Series Events including the 7th Inning Stretch.
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The Opening ~ August 2015
The final 3 things Newgrass needed before opening up was Flight Paddles and some Chalk Boards. As things were winding down for construction crews, employees at Newgrass were getting ready for an unannounced opening day, the last week was spent for them moving-in and for us – getting the flight paddles finished up and making and hanging the chalk boards. Since this is not something we do everyday, it was certainly a change of pace, and we enjoyed the excitement of seeing this local business open their doors with much success!
We wish the best to Newgrass Brewing Co. for much success for many years to come in Uptown Shelby, thank you for allowing Walker Woodworking to be apart of your project!
The Walker Woodworking Showroom is located at Greenbrook Design.
112 North Lafayette Street
Shelby NC 28150