Amy and Kelly Taylor never could seem to find furniture and home accessories they needed.

Much of what they saw was either too big, not nice enough or not sturdy enough for a family with four growing children.

So they decided to starting building their own.

The result is Midwest Classic Furniture and Crafts, a Kenosha business that recently relocated to a bigger facility at 7865 Green Bay Road.

“We started making things out of necessity,” said Amy, who paints merchandise and handles shipping arrangements. “We could never find the things we wanted in the stores.”

It started when Kelly, whose father was a carpenter, built a toy storage box for his kids that doubled as a bench.

After that successful project, he said he knew he could build almost anything he set his mind to.

It wasn’t long until people who had seen his work wanted him to build something for them.

He recalled how a friend in Arizona wanted him to build a nifty spice rack. After making that one, he got many more requests for spice racks.

Today, Kelly estimated that spice racks make up 80 percent of the business.

Taylor also builds unique bunk beds with storage units, tables, and many utilitarian items, using genuine, solid wood — oak, pine, hickory — that is appropriate for the project.

“People may send me a picture of something and say they want something like that,” he said.

What began as a hobby soon blossomed into a business. The Taylors began selling their creations at Kenosha HarborMarket.

As the items sold, he began marketing some of his works on websites. His mainstay quickly became Etsy. He also has added other sites, including Amazon.

It wasn’t long before projects came pouring in.

“We were so busy for Christmas that I was sleeping in the shop,” Kelly said.

In February, the Taylors moved into the 3,000-square-foot manufacturing and showroom facility on Green Bay Road.

Special piece

Last month, the Taylors received a request for a special piece.

A mother in Porter, Texas, asked them to build a lamp that would also memorialize her teenage daughter, who was murdered.

“The mother contacted me about her daughter and wanted a lamp that would represent what her daughter had been involved with in her life,” Kelly said.

“She sent her daughter’s softball glove and three autographed softballs — each one with a special significance. One of them was her first home run she hit in high school.”

Taylor made the lamp, mounting the softballs atop the glove on a wooden home plate base. The lamp was shipped to the mother earlier this month.

Taylor said he likes to make things that have a special significance to people. He said he likes to make things that make people happy.

“What really keeps me going are the messages I get back,” said Taylor.

On deck is another special project — a playhouse for Sugar Boxx, 2225 63rd St., a Kenosha ice cream shop that is to open as an after-school and weekend play space for young children.

As the business continues to boom, the Taylors hope to make it a multi-generational family business.

“I would like to get my kids involved to have the business to hand down to them,” he said.

Meanwhile Kelly and wife will continue making dreams come true for their customers.

“We’re artisans. That’s what we do,” he said.