10 projects we loved in 2013


Take a look at these ten amazing projects, each of which exemplify exactly why it means more when it’s made for you.

R2-D2 engagement ring by Paul Bierker When Joe decided to propose to his girlfriend, no ordinary ring would do. With a shared love of Star Wars, this client turned to CustomMade to seek an authentic R2-D2-inspired engagement ring.

Reclaimed bed by Stephen Muscarella Nearly every piece of wood used to create this gorgeous bed was reused, repurposed, or reclaimed. The bamboo is extra flooring from an upscale apartment; the cedar is from a water tower; the plywood was left over from a friend’s project; the legs are blocks of water tower cedar, and each strip is cut off from the community shop.

Boston Strong cufflinks by Chris and Alix A member of the CustomMade team had these cufflinks made to incorporate love for our city, and the Red Sox! They’re made of sterling silver, where the “B” is oxidized to bring out additional detail in the metal, and the background is made of colored enamel. Personalize a set to show your team spirit.

Pinball coffee table by Stephen Jornov Don’t say goodbye to your special pieces just yet! Turn old favorites into new, functional pieces like this one-of-a-kind coffee table made from a client’s old pinball machine.

Initial charms by Britta Ambauen We loved the way Britta personalized one of the biggest trends of 2013 by incorporating birthstones and unique charms. Adding details that are specific to your story can make a piece that much more special.

Black walnut end grain cutting board by Nicholas Henton End grain boards are made by cutting the piece of lumber into blocks, and gluing the blocks together with the end grain up, forming the top surface of the cutting board. They’re made to be passed down from generation to generation, and can be tailored to meet your specific cooking needs.

Halo engagement ring by Nathan McPherson This classic halo engagement ring can be personalized to fit her style from the stone to the metal type. Unlike mass-produced jewelry, these rings are individually made, giving each piece their own unique history.

Handmade leather bag by Rich B. According to Rich, “As a fashion conscious male, I needed a bag that not only looked smart and stylish, but also something I could work out of fast.” The results were gorgeous, handmade leather bags that come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles.

Custom kitchen by Leland Thomasset This completely customized kitchen is proof that your dream home can become a reality. The kitchen was created from rift sawn white oak, and was designed to blend in with the woods and tree bark around that surrounds the home. The upper doors are on sliding track hardware, and the base cabinets are all drawers for added ease of use.

Drum stick table by Tim Sway This unique coffee table was made from a salvaged bass drum and used drum sticks. It’s the perfect example of what’s possible when you combine your decor aesthetics with your interests and hobbies.

Now that you’ve seen some of our favorite projects, here’s a way to save yours on CustomMade:



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