Design Against the Grain makes unique furniture in Mesa County |

Design Against the Grain makes unique furniture in Mesa County

Brittany Markert
Design Against the Grain repurposes a variety of furniture and antique pieces, like this headboard made into a coat rack.
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You just bought a table for your kitchen, but it doesn’t seem to fit no matter how you put it in the space. Imagine having a custom table that not only fits, but is one of a kind. Grand Valley’s newest custom furniture business, Design Against the Grain, has you covered.

“(It’s) pieces of furniture that no one else has,” Design Against the Grain founder/owner Shiara Caubarreaux said. “There are lots of options regarding wood and materials to be used.”

What started last summer as hobby for Caubarreaux (a Grand Junction resident and teacher) has since turned into a booming business with two partners. She finds old doors, bookcases, sewing machines, and other antique pieces, and puts life back into them through custom refurbishment.

According to Caubarreaux, as a teacher with summers off, she wanted something to fill her time. She enjoyed repurposing old furniture, and found it was a fun way to earn a few extra dollars. She has since received multiple requests for work, enough to keep her busy this summer.

All of her projects are unique in some way, no two pieces are alike, and custom furniture doesn’t have to be expensive, she added.

For instance, she recently created an alter out of old doors for a wedding, farmhouse style tables, and a partner desk. She also made coffee tables out of old trunks. Most of her raw material comes from antique shows, garage sales, or even from her customers.

One piece she’s currently working on is repurposing old sewing machine stands into sofa tables. She’s also creating a backyard cooler from an old washer and dryer.

Tired of the stand-up bookshelves? Design Against the Grain takes old doors and makes them into a leaning bookshelves.

“It’s been fun to see the potential in a piece and see it come into shape,” Caubarreaux said.

Both word-of-mouth and social media helped Caubarreaux spread the word about her work since its inception — she’s received calls from as far as Durango and Aspen seeking Design Against the Grain’s expertise.

For more information, pricing, or to check out inventory, head to Facebook at, email or call 970-812-6073.

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