Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Upscale Country Kitchen

 We are mostly known for our painted and primitive style kitchens and furniture. Hiding appliances, crusty paint and curly maple kitchen is what we do. Occasionally we get a chance to work with some clients that want a  David T. Smith kitchen but want a cleaner, more modern look. This is one of those kitchens.

 It still has our collected cabinet style, with cherry, curly maple, white and blue painted cabinets and wood counter tops. These folks had just bought some stainless appliances so we used them in our kitchen design. Our installer/contractor Joe also did all the onsite work and put in a new wood floor and did a subway tile back splash.  The kitchen has a great handmade but clean, upscale, modern feel.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Block Island Rhode Island Project



 The last couple days have been a little crazy . We flew to Providence Rhode Island yesterday and then took a small plane over to Block Island to fine tune our design for a kitchen, a desk, entertainment center and house doors for a project. This is the 2nd kitchen that I have done for this client. It is a great project. The house is on the South side of the island right on the beach.The interior of the house will have our painted kitchen plus lots of painted bead board and trim done in a Cottage style.The lighting is all brass and copper and was salvaged from sunken ships and restored.  Block Island is a really neat place with some great Historic Inns and Houses. I'll bet it is pretty busy here in the Summer time. There are no McDonald's or strip malls - Pretty cool. Watch for more posts as the project continues.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Winter Sale and Wood Kiln Opening 2014 November 22nd 10 - 5

It will be a busy week getting ready for our Winter Sale and Wood Kiln Opening next Saturday. We will have some great seasonal pottery, folk art paintings, handmade Santas, Workshops furniture, baskets and painted smalls. Furniture that is in stock and new orders will be on sale. 
The Wood Kiln will be opened at 3 pm and one lucky person here that day will get their name drawn and win their Pick of the Kiln. You must be here to win. I hope to see you then.
 Bring your kitchen plans and we can talk about your new kitchen. 

David T. Smith 



Monday, November 10, 2014

Making Christmas Ornaments

Getting ready for our Winter Sale and Wood Kiln Opening  on November 22nd. We will have so many beautiful handmade pottery ornaments for your tree and other one of a kind redware pieces. Come see us for American made Christmas gifts and lots of delicious food!



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Designer Finish Kitchen

This kitchen and pantry  is going out to Chagrin  Falls Ohio  tomorrow  for installation.  It has our Smooth  Designer Finish,  in Linen White,  Black,  and Moss colors.  With a soapstone sink,  soapstone  counter tops and cherry countertops.  The cabinet  style is Shaker flat panel doors,  Shaker crown molding and Primitive  feet.  The hardware used on it is a bronze bin pull for the drawers  and small round knob on the doors.

It might not look like much now but will  be awesome  when it is installed.  Stay tuned for more photos.

The pull out baskets and the cabinets  with the slat shelves on the island ends are a nice touch. 

Painted Finish History

Today I was in a clients  house working on finalizing  their kitchen  design.  It is going to mostly  be painted finishes  with Soapstone  and curly  maple counter tops. 

While I was there, I was looking at their antique  furniture  pieces.  They have some great pieces in old paint.  This dry sink has an incredible surface.  Talk about "Original  Finish"  this is it.  Look at the layers of paint and how they have worn off at the wear points.  It even has a great mouse hole. 

The zinc liner also has a great  patina. 

What a great  piece!!! 

This piece will be displayed in the dining room  which is right  off the kitchen, which will be mostly  red,  mustard and curly  maple. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Several of Our Kitchens Are Featured in the Fall-Winter Issue of Early Homes!

     We are prominently featured in Old House Interiors' Early Homes' Fall-Winter issue! One of our favorite kitchens is on the cover, there's a review of an awesome book by Tim Tanner that features our work prominently, and several(!) of our kitchens are featured in an article written by Tanner himself. The images below are just a small sampling. To see everything, you have to get the magazine! For more information, visit www.oldhouseonline.com




One of Our Favorite Workshops Kitchens Is Featured in the Winter 2014 issue of A Primitive Place!

The latest issue of A Primitive Place & Country Journal has a great feature on one of our collected style kitchens. It also features our regular article and an ad for winter specials on the back cover! To see more images and to read the full articles, go and get a copy of A Primitive Place! For more information, visit www.aprimitiveplace.org










Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Sugar Cookies

This is a quick short-cut version. If anyone would like my homemade recipe I will be happy to share that as well. Make your cut-out cookies using Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. Roll them out at least ¼ inch thick so they will puff up nice and high when baked. Be careful not to over bake – take them out when they are just slightly brown on the edges. Remove to wire rack to cool.


For the Royal Icing you will need:
4 Egg Whites
1 teaspoon Vanilla or Lemon Extract (using lemon will keep your icing nice and white)
4 to 4 ½ cups Confectioners’ Sugar
Food coloring - black, red + yellow = orange

Combine the egg whites and extract and beat until frothy 2 to 3 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take about 5 to 7 minutes. Divide into bowls and add food coloring to achieve desired shade. Apply icing with a knife or small spatula. Allow to dry. Pipe faces using a contrasting icing shade. I use a small Wilton icing tip that I pierce through the end of a disposable bag. This icing will dry to a nice hard and shiny finish and it will keep in your fridge for up to a week. Note – Black food coloring is hard to find at regular grocery stores, even around Halloween. I can normally find it at Michael’s.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

I used to always order Spinach and Artichoke Dip when dining out. Several years ago I worked on perfecting a rich and creamy version I could make myself. I don’t order it out anymore – this is so good. A family favorite and great for the upcoming holidays or anytime you want some decadent and delicious comfort food!



Spinach & Artichoke Dip
10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
14 oz. can artichokes, drained and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbs. fresh garlic, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese 
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 8 oz. package cream cheese 
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can mushrooms
2 cups heavy cream or half and half
½ cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large deep baking dish. Mix all ingredients very well. Place in baking dish and bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes. Add the slivered almonds to the top of the dip for the last 10 minutes. Serve with bread, tortillas or crackers. This is also great with veggies. 

Note – Use mayonnaise, Miracle Whip will not work with this recipe. Also, I have tried fresh spinach and it does not work well. Too much liquid drains out of the spinach during baking and makes the dip too watery. Make sure and press the thawed spinach well with paper towels – get out as much water as you can before adding to mixture. Feel free to substitute with half and half. It is not absolutely necessary to use the heavy cream but it does make a richer and creamier dip. This recipe makes a lot! I have cut it down from my original recipe, but still, be prepared to freeze some for later use. It reheats very well from frozen state. One last thing – this is a very forgiving recipe. Feel free to make changes here and there if you want – it should work out just fine.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ultimate Beer Bread Recipe


This is a very simple recipe. It has only a handful of ingredients but it will totally knock your socks off. These have been affectionately referred to as cholesterol bombs. Because of, you know - the butter - lots and lots of butter. I recommend making it in a small muffin tin. The crust to crumb ratio is perfect. I’m a crust girl myself. If you choose to make this in a loaf pan it is great sliced and toasted. 

3 cups self rising flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 can beer (Your choice – I prefer a dark full bodied beer)
Melted Butter 
Salt

Combine flour and sugar. Add beer, a little at a time. Mix well, the mixture should have the consistency of a very thick batter. Thicker is better for this bread. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray and spoon mixture into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush melted butter on tops of muffins. I normally remove the miniature breads from the muffin pan and brush butter on the bottoms too. Also, while you have the bread out you might as well go ahead and coat the pan with the melted butter. Place breads back in the pan and then sprinkle with salt. Place back in oven and bake until golden brown - approximately 15 additional minutes. You can also place the breads right on a cookie sheet for the second bake (omit returning them to the muffin tin) this will yield a crustier bread.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ultimate Fudge Brownie


Joining the ranks of Smith holiday desserts - a big platter of these wonderful brownies are really hard to beat! Recipe follows. It has been very hard to find a great scratch brownie recipe. It is one of those things that is actually better from a - UGH - mix. I have tested many and it is always disappointing – wasted ingredients and time. For me, this recipe is the exception I have been looking for. This brownie if fudgy, rich and delicious.


We made this over the weekend to go with our homemade pizza night. Served with brown sugar whipped cream and a garnish of dark chocolate and raspberry sauce. They were so good!!

Ultimate Fudge Brownie -
8 ounces Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup (2 sticks) Butter
2 cups firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
4 large Eggs
2 cups All Purpose Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Espresso Granules
1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 12 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate and butter over medium low heat – stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. Stir the brown sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs and mix well. In a small bowl – mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and espresso granules. Fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, mixing until well blended. Stir in the dark chocolate chips and pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Our Fall 2014 Ad for A Primitive Place!


Our Fall 2014 Article for A Primitive Place - The Shenandoah Tribute Pot

David's Fall 2014 article for A Primitive Place & Country Journal features an amazing piece our potters made which pays tribute to the Shenandoah redware style. For the history of Shenandoah redware and for more pictures of this piece and our process of creating it, get a hold of the Fall 2014 issue of A Primitive Place!

For more information, visit http://www.aprimitiveplace.org/




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ben Franklin Tribute Pot



This heavily researched and highly decorated pot is one of our finest pieces yet. Dedicated to one of America's most influential founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin was a leading inventor, musician, postmaster general, grandmaster, abolitionist, writer, scientist, and politician - just to name a few. This pot tells the story of Benjamin's colorful life and legacy using a combination of highly intricate redware techniques and our serious dedication to accurately representing our proud revolutionary history.