Kitchen Cabinet Organization Tips

Kitchen Cabinet Organization Tips

Kitchen Cabinet Organization Tips

No matter how large or small a kitchen is, organization is key. Even if you have a professionally designed space, you will need to organize effectively so that your kitchen works for you rather than against you. Swirl Woodcraft is proud to provide a customized cabinetry approach for Utah homes and can make any dream a reality. After cabinets are installed, start using your kitchen wisely by organizing your space in a way that suits your needs.

Declutter

You hear it all the time, but it’s really the best thing to do in the beginning. If you use lots of tools and love every one, by all means, keep them. If you have a butler’s pantry or a lovely hutch, or you opted for glass paned doors with lighting to showcase a few things, be choosy about what you want showing. These areas can quickly feel cluttered and overwhelming with too many pretty things. Narrow it down so it looks stylistically organized.

Use Turntables and Lazy Suzans

These bad boys are a storage secret weapon. They’re so popular and useful that you can find them in practically any shape and size and in two or three tiers. They can be useful in drawers, cabinets, fridges, and pantries. If you cook a lot, you probably have a lot of spices—these work really well for small spice bottles and oils/sauces.

Use Drawer Dividers

Drawer dividers used to be reserved for cutlery only but with all the new easy-to-find sizes, you can think outside the box. Use varying sized dividers in junk drawers to keep things from piling up and to sort small items like batteries, paper clips, or business cards. Store utensils and kitchen gadgets with multiple dividers to keep everything in place. Baggies, saran wrap, and tin foil are also good items to store with dividers to keep it tidy.

Use Hooks to Hang Mugs

Open cabinets will remain popular for probably forever. If you have open cabinets, this idea looks great added to it. If you don’t like the open cabinet look, this idea is a great way to add the modern and trendy touch without going all in. Line the bottom of cabinets with nice hooks and display your favorite mugs on them for a fun look that saves cabinet space for other items you don’t want seen.

Store Large, Flat Items Vertically

Platters, cookie sheets, and cutting boards are hard to access when they’re all stacked together. Plus, fragile platters can get scratched or chipped when items are placed on top of them. Cutting board organizers are found in most home goods stores and are a great way to organize items that would otherwise fill up a lot of horizontal space.

Store Like with Like

Storing similar items together looks good and is practical. If you have baking items in one spot, it’s easy to know where to put the sprinkles back when you’re done. And put some labels on those containers, even if they’re clear.  Categorizing and labeling just makes the space feel calmer.

Organizing is an individual process, and not every solution will fit every lifestyle. What are your favorite ways to stay organized? Can you implement those methods into your kitchen?

Gift a Beautiful Hutch This Christmas

Gift a Beautiful Hutch This Christmas

Gift a Beautiful Hutch This Christmas

Hutches may sound like an old-fashioned furniture piece, but this is far from the truth. From luxurious wine displays to a delightful coffee station to displaying priceless collectibles, a custom hutch can be useful for endless possibilities. A hutch can fit into any style. Modern hutches with straight, clean lines fit well into a contemporary look, no matter the wood, stain or color choice. Traditional styles can be achieved by choosing a design that combines comfort and order and matches well with your other pieces to create the harmony that’s the staple of traditional décor. Rustic farmhouse is a popular style tend that won’t be going away any time soon. A painted and distressed hutch with beautiful curves fits really well into this style. Whatever your design style is, a hutch is a sophisticated and attractive addition to any space—big or small. A high-quality hutch can be built into any nook or cranny, or you can design a one-of-a-kind furniture piece worthy of handing down to the next generation. As a Christmas gift, it’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Style and Use of a Hutch

Whether your hutch will be used daily or as a display to store heirlooms or collectibles, styling it should be fun and unique to you. In the kitchen or dining area, it’s common to put fine china on display. You can stack dishes and cups to add visual appeal, and don’t forget to add some special décor items in there to mix it up, such as flowers or plants, candles, or family recipes and pictures. Hutches look amazing with draping garlands and village scenes during the holidays. Also popular in the kitchen is making a hutch into a coffee or hot cocoa station. Display your favorite mugs and treats to create a homey and welcoming feel during the chilly months. Hutches are not just for fine china that’s used twice per year, your daily dishes need a spot, too. Mix it up and draw some artistic flare to your kitchen with a variety of colors and shapes on the hutch.

Hutches are also beautiful areas to display collectibles in living rooms or libraries. We’ve seen our custom pieces used by record collectors showcasing their many albums and vintage record players, bibliophiles showcasing their favorite novels and stories, the grandmother who loves to show off their adorable grandchildren, the collector who hosts a house full of unique, priceless treasures, and so much more. Your imagination is the only limit to what a beautiful hutch can do for your space. We can add lighting inside to highlight special items, glass windows to protect pieces but also make it easy to display, or large drawers and cabinets to easily store some things out of site.

Don’t turn down a hutch because you think they’re out of fashion. Hutches are wildly useful in whatever way suits you. Make an otherwise boring storage solution a beautiful and useful one by creating the hutch of your dreams today.

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

Doesn’t it feel wonderful at Christmas time to get nestled under a blanket with a hot cup of cocoa while looking at a beautifully decorated mantel with a warm, glowing fire in the fireplace? Stockings are hung by the chimney with care, but that’s only a small piece of bringing the holiday spirit into your home. Fireplace mantel decoration has been a long-time tradition for many homes throughout the world. Spruce up that fireplace today with a gorgeous hand-carved mantel that suits all your style needs. And here are some great decorating ideas to consider for that new mantel:

Garlands

We’ve gotten real creative with garlands over the years. From bold, pine-scented greenery to colorful felt balls to rustic and natural wooded beads, the options are limitless. Pair any of these together and with some LED lights to really bring in the sparkle of the season.

Mini Villages

Miniature villages aren’t just for your grandmother anymore. There are so many options for winter village scenes. Wooden Scandinavian-themed villages are very popular with rustic, modern styles. Ceramic and aluminum houses are also a hit for displaying those themed towns. Traditional village scenery will never go out of style, and it can be fun to start a small village and add one piece every year as a new family tradition. If you’re the crafting type, a DIY village of painted carboard or gingerbread can be a fun and unique addition to your mantel.

Presents

A newer trend we are seeing a lot of this year is placing varying box sizes with coordinating wrapping and ribbons along fireplace mantels. Go for a bold, monochromatic look or a playful mix of patterns and styles to bring in your unique tastes. Add in some candles or a garland and you’ll have a finished look in no time.

Antlers

Faux or real antlers can look great above a mantel, and not just for the holidays. For a modern look, you can paint them white and leave the décor minimal to draw attention to the simple style choice. It’s also fun to play it up a bit and sting lights or garlands along the antlers, or even display all the holiday cards you receive throughout the antlers. Think about a large mirror behind the antlers to create an artful masterpiece.

Traditional Décor

Pairing traditional items like nutcrackers, an advent calendar, wreaths with ribbons, mini trees and ornaments, and some holiday wording or pictures tops off a mantel piece beautifully in any home. Pinecones and glowing lights create a warmth throughout the whole room.

As with any décor, a beautiful foundation is needed to bring out all the style and sophistication your room deserves. Mantels may get special attention during the holidays, but they are the focal point of your room all year round. It’s very easy to change the appeal of your room with your designs around the mantel, so take some time first to consider your mantel piece. With a custom, high-quality design, you will get a product that will last as long as you want with the ability to easily update as trends come and go.

Read This Before You List

Read This Before You List

Read This Before You List
The Utah housing market has been wildly active recently. It’s certainly been a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean buyers should just take whatever they can get. Many experienced agents have walked buyers through hundreds, if not thousands, of homes across the Wasatch Front and they’ve met with lots of people eager to sell in this lucrative market. Most agents can tell very quickly once they’ve entered a home if the craftsmanship is quality or sub-par. A DIY home rarely brings in the highest offer. If your house needs some work and you’re planning on putting it on the market at some point, invest your money and time where it matters most. Most agents agree on where good returns on investment likely lies when it comes to home remodels and repairs: first in kitchen upgrades, next in master suite remodels, and then in finishing touches that stand out. Other strong areas include a functional layout, good organization solutions, and curb appeal. When it comes to layout, you may not be able to change that much of the core of your home, but the correct placement of furniture and method of organization can transform any room.

Picture This

Customizing a room, even in small ways, to fit its function will not go unnoticed. A small room can still be an incredible space when planned well. Consider built-in storage units or bookcases to maximize wall space while also offering a very high-end feel. Customize a closet or a mud room with efficient shelving and drawer systems to hide away clutter in a clean and effective way. Or create an amazing entertainment center for all your electronics to be stored neatly. Floor-to-ceiling shelving can look elegant and timeless, pulling a room together no matter the size or need. One feature we’ve heard that stands out during showings is built-in bookcases with beautiful crown molding showcasing a person’s mini library. It’s like adding a purposeful, eye-catching picture frame to your library artwork.

Function Shouldn’t Sacrifice Beauty

When it comes to kitchens, function is top priority. After all, what good is a gorgeous kitchen if everything is set up inconveniently? You don’t want to just love the look of your kitchen, you want to love to cook in it, too. It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that seems to be true for most families in Utah. Agents tell us that a great kitchen is typically a top priority for buyers on the hunt for their next investment. Often, if the kitchen looks inefficient on the MLS, the house may be cut from the showings list. Bathrooms are a close second to kitchens. If a home has nicely remodeled bathrooms, it’s often added to the top of the “to-see” list for buyers. Bathrooms need to be comfortable, with even a few small, customized touches creating an amazing feel.

These investments may be worth it for listing your home, but it’s also important that you love your home, too. We often see people wait until listing time to upgrade their home, but with Swirl Woodcraft, you can customize it now and enjoy it for yourself as well.

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.

Colors

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.

Flooring

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!)

Lighting

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.

Accessories

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

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.

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?

custom kitchen cabinets

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

bathroom vanities

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.

bathroom vanities

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.