The nature of our ' Meadow Vintage' items is that they do show wear in accordance with age and use. Although we make a genuine effort to describe items clearly, we will not list every blemish in minute detail, as we believe this adds to the 'vintage-ness' of the piece.
If you prefer items to be in "as new" condition, then "vintage" may not be for you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Each tree, piece of lumber and individual board of wood are unique. As such, the natural grain variations and color will cause the wood to react differently to a finish. It is common to have contrasts in the same piece of furniture, even when all the material came from a single plant. Mineral streaks, pitch pockets, knots, small pits, etc. are natural and in no way affect the furniture's durability or integrity and are not considered defects. Meadow Made Vintage cannot guarantee boards free from these naturally occurring conditions.
The wood in furniture and throughout your house continues to exchange moisture with the air as it responds to climatic changes in your home. It responds to extremely dry air by losing moisture and shrinking a bit. This will correct itself as the relative humidity rises and the wood absorbs enough moisture to expand slightly. Seasonal wood movement on solid wood products is normal. These natural changes do not affect the furniture’s quality or sturdiness.
The Ideal Environment
Wood furniture is best maintained at a temperature of between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit, with a relative humidity between 40 and 45 percent. This may require the use of humidifiers, dehumidifiers and / or heating / air conditioning depending on the season. Follow manufacturer's recommendations when using these systems. Avoid placing fine wood furniture near heating or air-conditioning outlets. If this is impractical, use a shield or guard to direct the air flow away. Exposure to extreme temperature and / or humidity variations can damage any fine wood pieces, including variations caused by humidifiers, radiators, fireplaces, or space heaters. Your furniture can best handle variatians that happen gradually. Abrupt changes increase the risk of potential damage.
Do not store furniture in damp basements, hot attics or other locations where conditions may deviate from those listed above. Allow for plenty of air movement around the furniture and do not stack it or other items directly on its surface. Do not stand pieces on their sides, ends or invert or leave covered for prolonged periods of time. We recommend keeping the doors of your furniture closed when not in use.
Do not expose indoor furniture to continuous direct sunlight. With extended exposure, ultraviolet rays can create hairline cracks in the finish or cause fading or darkening. We recommend arranging furnishings away from direct sunlight and / or using window treatments to block the sun’s rays. Uniformly expose surfaces to light. Avoid only allowing light to hit part of the surface. This may cause uneven fading. Occasionally move lamps, doilies and other objects for more uniform exposure.
Take Simple Precautions
Don’t put anything hot or cold directly on wood furniture. Use non-synthetic doilies or felt pads under lamps and accessories. Use a protective pad when writing and coasters under hot and cold beverages.