Monday, December 17, 2012


We have been so busy this month at Against the Grain and we are very excited about a much deserved break over the holidays! Even though we won't be building for three weeks, the work doesn't stop. We already have a work list started for January and we're excited about the fun pieces and projects in the works for 2013. If you are interested in placing an order, let us know so we can get you on the list for January.

We did a love of revamping furniture this month! So keep us in mind if you find a piece that needs some TLC. With a little love you can bring even the ugliest pieces of furniture back to life!

To get a quote for a furniture revamp - send us an email at with a picture of the peice and what you are wanting done to it!

This was a beautiful, hand made, solid wood cabinet. It was a little banged up but super sturdy!
We added a new farmhouse style top and repainted and distressed the base in an antique white.


This table had been through some major wear and tear as a craft table.
We refinished the top of the table and bench and added two matching oak chairs. A little paint on the base and it looked brand new!
This is a classic, Queen Ann syle coffee table - we see a lot of these and wanted to switch it up!

So, we turned it into a great bench!

A client brought us this peice. It was rough around the edges and painted a horrible green.

We replaced the laminate countertop with an Ebony stained top, repainted the base a dark grey and replaced the hardware. Looks like a completely different cabinet! The client used it as a TV stand.

This end table needed some love! The top was warpped and stained.

We replaced the top and painted the base a bright turquoise!

We've also added a new items to our Custom Made furniture. This is a storage headboard we built for a client. You can order this as a headboard alone, or like this one as a complete bed. Email us for pricing -

Monday, December 3, 2012

Welcome to Against the Grain

Welcome to Against the Grain! Against the Grain was started by my husband and I when we hit the harsh reality that our budget was never going to be big enough to fund all of the things I wanted from Pottery Barn. So, I begged Nick to try to build me a set of Z shelves for our living room and he hasn't stopped building since! Our goal is to provide you with unique home decor and furniture pieces! 

We are a home based business, so we unforunatly do not have a store (maybe one day though!) or the space for inventory in our tiny little garage; but, you can get an idea of the items we can custom make for you and the items we have "revamped" or redone on this site. If you haven't "liked" us on Facebook please do! We post the items we have for sale there and pictures of pieces we are working on. You can like us here: Against the Grain Furniture . The available items will stay in the "For Sale" album until someone arranges to pick them up. All of our pieces are one of a kind so if you see something you must have, please jump on it! If you are looking for a particular item, let us know and we'll keep our eyes open or built it for you!

I am very excited about this new blog but am completely new to the world of blogs, so please be patient with me as I learn the ropes. I'll be posting more pictures and information in the next few days!

- Ashley @ ATG