My Millwork Outlet Christmas Wishlist

Like most people who work in retail, I have a long list of things I would love to have from the store where I work. Every day I get to hear about all the different ways our customers are remodeling and improving their homes and it makes me think about all the projects I hope to get to one day. I know I am not the only person who has taken a walk around the Millwork Outlet and added to my personal wishlist. The problem is that the Millwork Outlet is often times the last place people think to go to buy a Christmas gift. However, every year I get a few customers who are brave enough to go out on a limb, skip the busy malls and give a gift that keeps on giving for years and years. 

Last year I had a guy bring in his mother-in-law and pick out a new front door for his wife. We prehung the door, installed the door knob and called a super secret number when it was ready to make sure it was a surprise. He hid it in his shed complete with a bow until Christmas morning. When he returned to purchase his back door a few months later he told us how excited his wife was on Christmas morning and how beautiful the new door looks.

I also had a older gentleman who had been in a few times with his grandson who had recently purchased his first home. He bought him a $100 gift certificate because he knew he needed a new front door and figured the $100 would go further at the Millwork Outlet than it would at the Home Depot. If there is someone on your list who is looking for new doors, windows, moulding or reclaim materials we would really appreciate it if you would consider shopping at the Millwork Outlet this holiday season. 

Below I have included my own Millwork Outlet Christmas Wishlist. Now I just need to figure out how to get my husband to check it out :) 

Venise's Millwork Outlet Christmas List 

  • A new custom raw edge maple slab coffee table
  • A new door knob for my front door 
  • A new 10 lite hemlock exterior door with hinge match
  • A reclaim crown shelf 
  • Quarter round moulding installed around my baseboard 
  • New shaker style cabinet doors for my kitchen 
  • Reclaim wood to be used as chair rail in my dining room 
  • Custom built reclaim wood picnic table for my back yard 
  • PVC brickmold for my entry door


Fireplace Bookshelves with Wood Storage

This is the same client (friends, actually) for whom we constructed an exterior door  (see oldest post here- ‘A Castle’s Exterior Door’… at the bottom of the page).
Anyway, this stone house was built over 75 years ago and we believed the old tongue and groove pine was original. Nice old wood but it made the living room a bit gloomy and she wanted to brighten and ‘clean up’ the look. They wanted to keep the stone fireplace and redo everything else.

We designed low shelving for that wall, the wall to it’s left and included a place for cord wood ‘waiting it’s turn’ to heat the house. It was a bit pricey so we eliminated the shelves returning on the left wall and… got to work.

The paneling was removed to expose the studs, the walls sheet-rocked, the stonework re-chinked, floors sanded / urethaned and the walls painted before installing the bookshelves.

We installed all the finish woodwork including some wider molding for the windows (more ‘old-world’ look to work with the stone). All painted white for a nice contrast. I fabricated some thick, oak, quarter round molding for the hearth’s edge as it sat 2″ above the floorRather than build the whole cabinet deeper, I elected to simply extend the floor of the cord wood opening. We protected it’s interior by lining it (floor, walls, ceiling and back) with sheet metal. I’m interested to see how this will stand the test of time.

I usually like the look of very old wood but it’s not quite so special when everywhere you look, you see nothing but walls of dark wood. I think this room is vastly improved… as our friends, all along, believed it would be.

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.