Building a Bathroom Oasis

Building a Bathroom Oasis

Building a Bathroom Oasis
You’ve probably scoured Pinterest for bathroom ideas and have been bombarded with numerous options for layouts and finishes. If you want that Pinterest-worthy bathroom, we have some great tips for you to consider.


For a true spa-like feel, you’ll want to keep colors calm and subtle. Warm neutrals are ideal, keeping your scheme between three to five different shades maximum. If you’re going for peaceful, tranquil blues or earthy greens are great choices paired with creamy or antique whites. Neutral tones are also popular because you can pair them with just about any accessory or artwork you’re drawn to bring into the space.


When you picture a luxurious, serene bathroom, elements of nature usually come to mind. Faux wood tiles are popular because you get the warm look of wood with the durability of porcelain or ceramic, meaning they’ll resist mildew and moisture common in a bathroom setting. Pebbled tiles are a great combination with faux wood tiles in a luxury bathroom. Go the extra step with under-floor heating so you never have cold feet after stepping out of the shower or a delicious hot bath. (Bonus tip: get a towel warmer for even more opulence!)


The right atmosphere is only complete with proper lighting. From makeup application to mood lighting for a soak in the tub to style preferences, lighting will always be crucial to pulling the whole aesthetic together. You can go for rope lighting around cabinetry or mirror areas, colored lights, traditional lighting, or a little of it all. Smart lights are a fresh choice as we become more reliant on tech conveniences, and you can choose energy-efficient options that are programmable for whatever your needs are in the moment.

Tubs and Showers

For a relaxing and rejuvenating bath, a soaker tub will hit the spot. Japanese soaking tubs feel almost like an indoor hot tub—they’re deeper than Western-style tubs and they vary in shapes and sizes to fit your space and desires. You can even go for a customized tub with a wooden frame and build in storage to look like a true piece of art that’s practical too. For showers, we say go big if you have the space. Walk-in showers with a bench and some built-in shelving will feel grand, especially if you add a fully glassed, frameless surround and door. Don’t forget a massaging shower head or rainfall shower heads to really feel fabulous and pampered.


Last, but not least, are your accessories. The little details polish off any look, and bathrooms are no exception. Hardware and faucets should be well thought out, but rugs, curtains, and towels are equally important for completing your bathroom oasis. Choose your artwork carefully and bring it all together with a solid idea plan.

Your bathroom can be a true oasis if you connect with a quality custom build company that will take your project from conception to completion with proper care and attention. At Swirl Woodcraft, we listen to your needs to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for.

The Choice is Yours at Swirl Woodcraft

The Choice is Yours at Swirl Woodcraft

The Choice is Yours at Swirl Woodcraft

When it comes to your home, your comfort is dependent on functionality as well as aesthetics. If your kitchen, bathroom, or entertainment area is beautiful but not practical, it’ll never work for you. When remodeling or building a home, think about how you use your common areas. For example, how do you cook, how do you access your tools, and how does your family gather? Do you like to display your fine china behind glass doors with bright lighting? Do you love your morning coffee routine so much that you’d like a full coffee bar? Do you hate your tools on your countertop and want to hide them in a butler’s pantry? For your bathroom, ask yourself how do I like to get ready in the morning? Do you like to put makeup on in the bathroom or in your bedroom? Do you need extra storage in a bathroom or is it set aside for solely relaxation? Details like these will determine if you love your space, so be sure to think about your routine and interests before deciding on layout and finishings. When it comes to the kitchen, it is often coined the heart of the home and with good reason.

Bathrooms need to be just as practical as kitchens, from the master suite’s to a small guest’s bathroom. Cabinetry should be efficient and attractive so getting ready in the morning is enjoyable. A vanity is often a priority in a master bath with good lighting and a spot to organize all your toiletries. Maybe you need storage in your master bath for towels, cleaning products, and more. Whether your master bathroom is large or small, it needs to be functional and beautiful.

When you opt for custom cabinets, you gain the benefit of picking the exact style that suits you, the color and finish of your choice, and any one-of-a-kind feature you’re thinking about. Shaker style cabinets are very popular with their clean straight lines allowing for any style of hardware to be added. Inset cabinet doors, which are inside the frame rather than the cabinet sitting outside, look gorgeous and unique but still timeless and classy. Floor to ceiling cabinets make a kitchen feel grand and gives you a lot of added storage space. Add a thick crown molding for added warmth and luxuriousness or a thin edge for a modern take. Custom cabinet makers pay attention to every little detail and you will definitely notice.

Custom cabinetry is not just about making your space more beautiful. Everything will last longer and work better. Your woodworker will ensure drawers slide smoothly, add dovetail joints to hold drawers firmly together, and takes extra time to make sure each piece fits perfectly in place and is useable for whatever your needs are. Woodworkers are not always designers, so it’s important to pay attention to the function and design of the area before hiring someone. This is where Swirl Woodcraft has the upper hand. With a huge showroom and designer help at the ready, you can dream up anything you want and we can help you make it a reality.

Four Reasons to Choose Custom Woodworking

Four Reasons to Choose Custom Woodworking

Stores like Ikea and Wayfair may be popular for their inexpensive, quick-delivery storage solutions, but an heirloom piece you can pass on generation after generation will always hold its value. There is certainly a time and place for ready-to-assemble furniture, but nothing compares to beautiful, custom pieces or finish work in a home. Today, we’re going to focus on four of our top reasons to choose custom over convenience.

Four Reasons to Choose Custom Woodworking

Supporting Local, Individual Woodworkers

In our globalized world with Amazon next-day deliveries and constant options with a click of a button, it’s easy to go with fast simplicity that lasts a few years and toss it out and start over. Not only is this terrible for the environment but it also is probably not the look you’re striving for in your home. When you choose a local business making hand-made items, you can feel good about supporting your community and know your money is going straight to the artist(s). It’s less impact on the environment, too, and provides a purposeful story adding meaning and significance to the piece.

Getting a One-of-a-Kind Product

It can be rewarding knowing that you have the only one of something. Plus, whatever piece you choose, whether it be furniture, custom cabinetry, or something exclusive, going custom gives you the freedom to dream up anything your heart desires. The world is your oyster, and you will not regret an investment like this. Custom a piece to your style or your space or to represent a memory of someone or something you hold dear.

High Quality and Long Lasting

When someone is pouring their heart and soul into their project, it’s going to show. Your piece will last longer than a big box store’s piece with the million-step, hard-to-read manual. High quality woodworking is noticeable to everyone walking into your home, especially to you, and you’ll have beauty to last a lifetime and more. Your kids and grandchildren will thank you.

Add Value to Your Home

If you’re in the market to upgrade a kitchen or bathroom, you’ve probably been told those two spots are the most beneficial to upgrade to increase your home’s value. Believe us when we say, everyone can tell the difference between an Ikea kitchen and a custom designed and built kitchen. And in 15-20 years, you’ll be glad you went with the higher-quality, custom finishings.

Your style, specifications, and needs are all addressed when working with a custom woodworker. The sky is the limit. You can choose types of wood, such as maple, knotty alder, zebra wood, cherry, or anything else you have your heart set on. There are numerous stains and glazes to choose from as well, and the finishing touches are completely up to you. Sometimes it’s fun to let the artist put their flair on something and come up with their own unique-to-you design. With Swirl Woodcraft, you can put your confidence in our expert master crafters. Whether you want a bookcase, an entry table, a more functional entertainment center, we are able to help. Our passion is shown in our unmatchable work.

Traditional, Modern or Rustic Kitchen Cabinets: What’s Your Style?

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Here at Swirl Woodcraft, our cabinet makers offer three main styles of kitchen cabinets — traditional, modern and rustic — to serve the needs and tastes of all our Salt Lake City clients. But really, what is the difference among these three styles, and which one is right for you?

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Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

Traditional kitchen cabinets tend to have a more ornate design than the other two styles. These cabinets often have more lines, more carving, more beveling — more depth.

Some have described the traditional style as “Old World,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you like a formal feel in your kitchen and dining room, traditional cabinets should definitely be your choice. But while traditional kitchen cabinets do have a “grownup” feel to them, you can still choose complementary furnishings and decorations in a more comfortable, livable style.

Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Modern kitchen cabinets are sleeker and less fussy than traditional kitchen cabinets. There are fewer lines, fewer places for dust to settle. These cabinets are sleek and smooth, sometimes unadorned even by hardware.

Modern kitchens are clean and without clutter; surfaces are flat and bare. It may be described as somewhat spartan, but it’s really just pure and straightforward.

Rustic Kitchen Cabinets

A classic choice, rustic kitchen cabinets fit nicely into a country cottage or farmhouse style décor. Think knotty wood with a light stain to let the natural grain show through. If you’re going for an antique look, you may want to try pairing this style with iron hardware.

Rustic kitchen cabinets are a popular choice in Salt Lake City, where many residents enjoy a mountain-themed décor with lots of natural materials and accents.

Custom Cabinets in Salt Lake City

The great advantage of hiring a cabinet maker to build your kitchen cabinets for you is that you get exactly what you want. So it’s important to determine your style ahead of time.

Modern kitchen cabinets pair well with stainless steel appliances and marble or solid color countertops. Rustic kitchen cabinets fit nicely with butcher block countertops and an apron sink. With traditional kitchen cabinets, you have a lot of wiggle room for design because they are so basic. Traditional may be the most versatile of the three options.

Custom Woodworking in Salt Lake City

Swirl Woodcraft has been handcrafting cabinets for more than 30 years, and you can see our handiwork in homes all over Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. Take a look at our galleries of traditional, modern and rustic kitchen cabinet styles, and consider one of our other custom wood pieces such as our bookcases, libraries, hutches, mantels and more. Contact us for more information or an estimate.

Read This Before Getting a Custom Built-in Bookcase Made

Custom Built-In Bookcase Considerations

Due to many prominent figures appearing in public with their bookshelves in the background via Zoom and other video conferencing platforms, bookcases have become trendy again. They have now become more than just a means of organization. They have become an aesthetic part of the home and a reflection of one’s taste.

Thus, many are going to expert craftsmen such as Swirl Woodcraft to get custom bookcases in Salt Lake City, especially the built-in type. But whether it is for organizational or decorative purposes, you must weigh certain things before commissioning a cabinet maker in Salt Lake City to build you a bookshelf.

Custom Built-In Bookcase Considerations

Ready-Made vs. Custom-Made

You would think that a custom-made cabinet like a bookcase would be much more expensive than ready-made ones from the store. However, when it comes to durability, most store-bought bookshelves pale in comparison to the former, making built-in bookcases a better choice in the long run.

Do Built-In Bookshelves Increase Home Value?

When integrated into one’s home thoughtfully, built-in bookshelves increase home value. The configuration should be versatile enough to suit your current needs and the prospective next owner’s needs. Bonus if it’s made of sturdy material and can last a long time.

The color of built-in bookcases also increases your home’s value upon resale, especially if they are neutral tones. Technically, permanent fixtures like shelves are considered a wall unit and are left for future homeowners, so the more they can treat it like a blank canvass, the better.

Final Word

At the end of the day, whether you are getting a built-in or movable bookcase made, it all boils down to quality. And when it comes to high-quality custom bookcases in Salt Lake City, you can trust Swirl Woodcraft to deliver. We have been a trusted name in the city for more than two decades and keep an expansive inventory of wood, hardware and finishes to bring the idea you have in mind to life. So if you need to hire a pro, check out what we have to offer.

Why Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities Are a Great Choice

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The cabinet makers at Swirl Woodcraft of Salt Lake City know only too well the value of an expertly constructed wooden cabinet. You may think that splurging on real wood in the bathroom is a waste, but in fact, it’s just the opposite.

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Salt Lake City Cabinet Makers

Bathrooms are a moist and humid environment, there’s no doubt about that. And kitchens can be as well. But that’s why in both cases, these rooms are equipped with exhaust fans. Not only is moisture bad for some types of building materials, but it also promotes mildew growth and hastens food spoilage. Luckily, our climate here in Utah is not humid, so outdoor air is not a threat to our homes.

It is true that moisture can warp wood and cause it to swell and expand. If your home was flooded, it could spell disaster for any wooden structures that spent time underwater.

However, real solid wood holds up much better to any type of moisture in the air than wood substitutes. If your current bathroom vanity is made of MDF, particle board, pressed wood or another substitute for solid wood, you may have noticed moisture taking its toll. These types of bathroom vanities are covered with a thin veneer or even thick paper, which can peel back after years of exposure to humidity, allowing moisture to penetrate the fibers beneath it.

Real wood is solid, and it is much less vulnerable to any type of moisture penetration.

Bathroom Vanities: Sturdy & Beautiful

Further, when we build our cabinets, we coat them with a stain and a sealer to protect them. This not only acts as a moisture barrier, but it also allows you to clean the cabinets more easily without scratching or harming them. Remember that many homes are made with wood siding, which stands up to rain, snow, hail, sleet and even relentless sunshine, demonstrating that properly sealed wood is incredibly durable.

So a real, solid wood bathroom vanity will actually hold up better than most any other kind. And it will be so much more beautiful! The beauty of real, solid wood cannot be overstated. The craftsmen here at Swirl Woodcraft enjoy their work making cabinets because it’s truly a labor of love for them. They’re artists.

Swirl Woodcraft Custom Woodworking

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, talk to the team at Swirl Woodcraft about a real wood bathroom vanity. We make traditional bath vanities as well as modern bath vanities, and we offer custom woodworking too. We want you to have the perfect bathroom vanity for your Salt Lake City home. Contact us today to learn more.

Properly Caring for Painted Kitchen Cabinets

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While certain elements of cabinet care and basic cleaning will be relatively similar across several cabinet varieties, there will be others that depend on the type of cabinet in place. One particular type of cabinet that may have a few different care items than some others, and also one that’s very popular today, is the painted cabinet.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re happy to offer a huge range of traditional, rustic and modern kitchen cabinets with several color and style options available, including painted cabinets, sand-blasted cabinets and several others. What are some of the top tips we offer to clients on care for painted cabinets? Here are some basic areas to keep in mind.

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Standard Cleaning

Just like any other kitchen items you use regularly, painted cabinets will need to be cleaned regularly. Painted or stained cabinets actually do a better job at concealing dirt and other messes than some other types, but you still need to perform basic cleaning regardless.

This involves using a soft, clean cloth that’s dampened with some water and mild dishwashing soap. As long as you perform this sort of task regularly, at least once a month or so, you should never have to use too much force or elbow grease – but if cabinets are left without cleaning for months, you may find some tougher buildups or stains that take harder work to be rid of.

Spill Care

Painted cabinets are not waterproof, contrary to some myths that might be out there. This means that if drips or spills take place, they can affect the cabinets.

For this reason, prevention of this sort of thing is the name of the game. In addition, any spills should be immediately wiped up and dried to prevent any staining and damage to the cabinet. Also be sure to pay close attention to sources of water and liquid, as keeping these dry will play a role in protecting cabinets.

Scratches or Chips

Just like paint on any other area, such as a car, may chip, so might paint on cabinets. The most common cause of this or scratching issues is actually poor installation, so be sure to take great care in this area. In other cases, items like jewelry, silverware or even fingernails may cause these issues. In these cases, some basic touch-ups to paint and finish may be necessary for your cabinets.

Hairline Crack Prevention

Finally, wood components in cabinets may expand and contract if your interior goes through major humidity changes. To avoid this, ensure your home stays at a regular humidity range – our pros will be happy to inform you of the ideal range for any cabinet you purchase from us. And if resulting cracks, known as hairline cracks, do ever form, they luckily are not a form of structural damage.

For more on how to care for painted cabinets, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities or other services, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

More Signs Your Cabinets Need Replacing

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic signs telling you it might be time for new kitchen cabinets. These signs are often a mixture of practical needs and aesthetics, or could be related to damage that’s occurred on current cabinets in other situations.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re happy to offer a variety of traditional, rustic and modern custom kitchen cabinets for all our clients to consider – but in addition, we also offer expertise and tips on several related themes, including whether your current cabinets have run their course and are in line for a replacement. What are some of the other reasons you might need to replace your kitchen cabinets? Here’s a primer.

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Layout Changes

In many cases, changing out cabinets will be a necessity based on other structural or layout alterations you’re making in the kitchen. Let’s say you’re taking out a wall in the kitchen, for instance, and adding a deck off the side. If there are any cabinets that are on this wall, first and foremost, they’ll obviously have to be taken out.

In addition, though, further changes might be needed. Especially for aesthetic build-outs in the kitchen, custom-made cabinets are ideal for the upgrade, but you need to ensure they will fit in your new setup – another good reason to go with new materials.

Material Changes

In a previous year or generation, metal cabinets may have been installed in your home. They may have seemed wonderful at the time, providing a sleek modern look, but are they still in great shape?

Chances are they aren’t. Metal cabinets tend to show all the dings and dents that take place over the years, plus don’t hide scratches whatsoever. They dull easily and do not provide a great aesthetic, plus can’t really be altered in any way. For many, changing out previous metal cabinets to a better material is a singular reason for replacement.

New Appliance Adjustments

Finally, what if you’re making some significant appliance changes to the kitchen that will impact cabinets? Many older appliances you might be changing out will not be the same size or dimensions as previous ones, and in many situations, this will significantly alter the layout of the entire kitchen – including the cabinets. This area features a mix of both practical and aesthetic areas; not only do you want cabinets that work with any new appliances you’re installing, you want them to look great together and provide a similar aesthetic – which won’t happen if you’re placing old, worn cabinets next to brand-new appliances.

For more on how to know when it’s time to replace kitchen cabinets, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities or other woodworking projects, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

When to Consider Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

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In certain cases, the entire kitchen space in a home will give you clear signs that a major remodel is needed. Not all remodeling projects are comprehensive, however, and there are some cases where subtler signs of issues may dictate focusing the remodel on a particular feature of the kitchen – with cabinets being a common consideration here.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re happy to offer numerous selections when it comes to kitchen cabinets, with options ranging from traditional cabinets to modern, rustic and many other styles. In addition to providing a wide range of custom cabinets and other woodworking products, we’re also here to assist clients with their remodel – including some of the signs your current cabinets might be giving you that it’s time to move on. This two-part blog will go over several of these signs for homeowners to keep in mind.

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The first sign here is likely the most obvious, and also the most common: The cabinets have begun to fall apart, either in small or large ways. You may have noticed that certain attached hardware, such as doors or knobs, are becoming loose or even falling off. Shelving may be pulling away from the wall, or perhaps paint is fading significantly in visible areas.

In many cases, this is due to cheap or flimsy material used for the cabinets when they were first installed. In these cases, re-painting or resurfacing these materials won’t do any good – they won’t become stronger, and will simply fail again in short order. Replacement is necessary when this is the case.


Have you noticed strong odors that are clearly coming from your cabinets? Unfortunately, odors may make their way into wood, at which time it can be difficult to get them out. They can be from mold, food, mildew or even pest invasion in some cases, and many of these smells will not go away once they’ve embedded themselves. Often, the most cost-effective (and healthy, in the case of mold) solution is to replace the cabinets.

Simple Aesthetics

In other cases, your cabinets may still be functional, but creating a very poor aesthetic. Maybe they’ve experienced significant cracking over the years, or perhaps they have chipped paint, broken corners or worn-down coloration. Some of this is natural after many years of use – cabinets are not meant to last forever, and if you’ve had yours for many years, they may have simply served their purpose.

As we noted above, small repairs and patch-overs here will only go so far. Eventually, the much more cost-effective move is to simply replace the cabinets altogether for a new look.

For more on signs your cabinets are giving you that they require replacement, or to learn about any of our custom cabinets, bathroom vanities or other woodworking products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

Why Fall Might be Ideal for Your Home Remodel, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the reasons why the fall season we’re currently in often makes sense for certain home remodeling projects. From contractor availability to the way paint dries in cooler temperatures and more, there are several potential advantages to scheduling your home remodel at this time of year.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re happy to provide a wide range of kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and other custom woodworking products to assist with a variety of home remodeling projects. While part one of our series mostly touched on the reasons why fall is often ideal for these kinds of projects, today’s part two will look at the specific sorts of projects that are often best carried out at this time of year, plus some basic tips on each of them.

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Kitchen Remodels

There are several reasons why a kitchen remodel is often perfect for the fall period. Many trace back to areas we discussed in part one – many contractors have freer schedules, for one. For another, many kitchen remodeling jobs include some kind of painting or repainting needs, which are great at this time of year because of the improved way paint reacts with cooler temperatures.

In addition, there’s the holiday theme to consider. Whether you entertain guests or just have family gatherings around the holidays, much more cooking and entertainment time is common – and the kitchen is a big part of this. If you schedule kitchen remodeling now, during the fall period of the year, the kitchen will be finished and ready for any increased use or attention it gets during the early winter.

Bathroom Remodels

Down similar lines, if you’re planning to have guests in your home during the holidays or any period of the winter, getting that bathroom remodel you’ve been thinking about done now will go a long way. Bathrooms are some of the most common home locations used by guests, and you want them to be in great shape. Even if guests aren’t part of your plans, performing this task now instead of waiting until winter, when certain parts of the process will be much less convenient, is often prudent.

Window Themes

Finally, is your home dealing with older windows that struggle to prevent temperature loss? The fall is often the ideal time to replace them with modern windows providing better air themes. Getting this done before the winter, where such air loss risks could cost you hundreds a month in excess heating bills as your furnace struggles to keep up, often saves you huge sums and presents great return on investment.

For more on why fall is a great time for many home remodels, or to learn about our kitchen cabinets or other products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.