Saturday, September 19, 2009

Autumn Display

Here are a few new signs that I painted recently.  The side door was covered with them...but I wasn't quick enough with the camera and a few have since left the building.

Our candle collection has grown and now includes even more yummy flavours scents.
Hmmm...gingerbread or hot apple pie...I just can't decide!
And...the nicest part...they are made right here in Ontario!!
We love to be able to support local/Canadian artisans whenever we can.

That's right...more signs...I'm a painting fool these days.  I hand letter each one with a stencils or markers for this outfit.
We tend to be purests about some things even if it means painting into the wee hours and guzzling coffee to stay awake.  Goodness knows we do our best to keep the local Tim's afloat during peak times.

I meant to take a few photos of our latest glassware aquisitions but ran out of time....stay tuned for that.  Thanks go out to our number one picker aka Mom for her keen eye and scoring some lovely Cranberry glass. 
Come back soon....we have lots more work in progress.
Until then...enjoy the changing season!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Changing Seasons

Can you believe it is nearly the middle of September??  We can't!!  Terry and I have been busy in the workshop creating some new "Autumn/Halloween" prims and re-arranging the shop floor.  With the approach of fall we just felt we needed to shake things up a bit and a change is as good as a rest as they say.
This afternoon we took down our summer hanging baskets full of tired petunias and replaced them with some sunny mums.  Somehow just that small change put us into high gear as far as creating all things Autumn are concerned.

It won't be long now and we will have to put a fire on in the shop.  Cooler, shorter days are on the way and you will find us huddled up to the woodstove with the tea kettle on. 
 Stop by if you find yourself out our way and plan to stay long enough to have a cuppa with us.

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."
~Japanese Proverb ~
Until next time....enjoy life's simple pleasures.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Good 'ole Summertime

Summer? Right...that one afternoon when it didn't rain...that was summer. I suppose we shouldn't complain when we have a nice afternoon and spend it on a northern lake with a fishing pole in hand.
Hubby poses with a large mouth bass...or as my girls always called them..."Loud Mouth Bass".

ahhhh...Summer love. The girls plant a kiss on this wee one that we released to catch again another day. Some moments are just meant to be captured and this was one of them. A weekend spent at our camp with my just doesn't get any better.
Gotta love the good 'ole summertime.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

We Buy Junk and Sell Antiques

Well....we've been at it again. Buying up crazy, broken down, abused stuff is what we do although, this time we may have outdone ourselves. This flat-to-the-wall is smelly and mouldy. It has lots of chippy paint but not the sort that can be salvaged and besides someone started to strip it and then had second thoughts. We have ascertained that it was originally a painted piece in that iron oxide colour that you can see exposed. I think we are going to have to down a couple of Marguritas before we get down to the nitty-gritty of transforming this one. Did I mention that we were on a roll and couldn't be satisfied to bring home only one junker? True to form, we couldn't leave this bed behind....never mind that the shop isn't big enough to accomodate either the cupboard or the bed. The big question as always is how to re-finish these and turn them into pieces of furniture other people would actually want to put in their homes. We don't usually shrink from the challenge but this is going to take some thinking.

Suffice to say that for today anyway we will begin with a thorough airing out and a good scrub and see if we feel inspired after that.
Hopefully the weather will hold out this week (enough rain already!!) and we can get started on one of these.
Stay tuned....I will post some close ups.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Oh Canada!

Happy Canada Day!

I was going to post a pic of our flag which I have flying over our garage....but because of the thunder storms last night it is hanging like a limp noodle this morning. Instead I perused the internet and have borrowed these wonderful images for your viewing pleasure.

In his speech at the national flag inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Lester Pearson said:

"Under this Flag may our youth find new inspiration for loyalty to Canada; for a patriotism based not on any mean or narrow nationalism, but on the deep and equal pride that all Canadians will feel for every part of this good land."

For more fun this Canada Day take the Canada Day Quiz...I'm not going to tell you my score...but it was darn near perfect.... ;)



Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Potting Shed

It is June but the weather here is not very "June like"....only a chilly 15 degrees today and the sun has abandoned us. Rain showers stop and start as I try (again) to pot up my planters. The garden centres are busy places though and we finally have our hanging baskets up at The Red Door. What interesting prims do you put in your garden? Old chairs, rickety step ladders and vintage mirrors are all finding their way into our gardens. At the shop we re-purpose a broken old kitchen chair as a plant stand. Have fun and get your hands dirty.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sweet Little Kitchen Cabinet

This little cabinet came to us last summer for a quick fix up. The owner of this wee cupboard asked us if we could touch it up a know...glue up a piece of lifting veneer and slap a fresh coat of paint on the top. Nothing too difficult and certainly not a complete restoration. Well, not too long after that we got a call from the customer to say that since making a move the cupboard didn't fit into her new home and she wondered if we would we like to buy it. Ummmm....YES!!!

Our next decision was whether to leave it "as is", do a bit more fixer-upper work but keep the basic yellow cupboard with red trim as is or sand it down and begin a complete restoration. We have a hard time leaving well enough alone....a little sanding here and there lead to a bit more sanding and before you could say "Holy Art Deco Motif"....we had unearthed the original finish.

So here she is....back to her original colour and sporting the aforementioned art deco motif in taupe and black.

For those of you who may be is a small kitchen cabinet measuring a mere 36 inches wide and cute as a button! (at least we think so!)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Original Step Back Cupboard

This is an original Upper Canada Step Back cupboard that we aquired at auction a couple of weeks ago.
All it really needed was a good cleaning. So here she is sparkling like a new penny! There's nothing like 150-160 yrs to give pine a patina ya just can't get from a can!

We don't often go to Saturday auctions because it's hard to be open and auctioning at the same time, but this one in Vernon was worth it. There were 2 step backs there....this is the smaller of the pair....the large one was gorgeous but we have to be careful not to buy something too large to fit in the shop. I think 6'4" and we are maxed fact we have had to shuffle things around just to find a spot where the beams are smaller to fit things in. Big cupboards and low ceilings
are not a good combination!
We have another cupboard similar to this one...but it needs a little was an impulse buy and we completely forgot to take it's height into consideration! Luckily for us there is ONE place in the shop where we can display it....however it won't fit in the workshop at all so we will have to
wait for the weather to warm up a bit because we'll have to do all the restoration work out in the yard.
I wish you joy in the simple things!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Welcome Spring

The robins have returned to Eastern Ontario, the sap is running and the Canada Geese are overhead in huge noisey flocks. These harbingers of Spring are a welcome sight to these sore eyes. Earlier in the week our old pellet stove started acting up and although the weather is much warmer now we still need to keep a fire on. This necessitated a trip to the stove store in Spencerville and along the way we stopped to take a few photos. I wonder how many sap buckets this knarly maple has seen over the years?

Find the joy in the simple things....Jackie

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Having Fun Under the Mayan Sun

We couldn't have asked for nicer weather for our late January getaway. Initially it looked as if we would have a dismal week of rain but the weather forecasters were wrong and we had an absolutely fantastic week in the sun!!
These pics were taken at the Coba Mayan ruins. This is a very cool place....our guide was great...and much to my surprise I actually climbed to the top of the big pyramid. I will post more pics later on....the view of the surrounding jungle was breathtaking!
On the home front....we spent the afternoon yesterday re-arranging the shop, dusting, cleaning and basically getting things spic and span after our winter hiatus. A sudden thaw and downpour caused a small flood in front of the shop....and yes it came in under the door...however it stopped before reaching any of the furniture. We are all mopped up and dried out now so if your looking for something to do this weekend to alleviate the winter blahs....come on out....THE RED DOOR IS OPEN!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I was going to post a pic of Terry sunning herself on a tropical beach but I was afraid she would have my head!! So instead...I posted one of myself...don't ask me what I'm doing ...raising my glass in a toast perhaps??? we have sufffered in winters death grip this past week with temps in the vacinity of -36 visions of pristine beaches are dancing in our heads. Terry and I will soon be taking off for the sunny south to rejuvenate and relax for a week. This brings me to the subject of winter hours at the shop. In January and February (the ugly months) we don't keep regular hours. If you pop by we will be open by chance. As you can imagine trying to keep an 1800's barn warm in -30 degree temps in virtually impossible. So...if you do venture out and find someone there be prepared to keep your coat on as it will feel colder inside than outside.
In summing up, here's the skinny: January and February OPEN BY CHANCE
Specifically: January 27 - Feb 6 CLOSED for much needed sunny vacation
Regular hours will RESUME IN MARCH weather permitting

PLEASE keep checking in as we will be posting interesting pics and tidbits from the auction all winter long! We will be trying to get out on snowshoes whenever possible with "The Hounds" and we hope to share the adventures of Terry and Feu pulling the sleigh.

In the meanwhile keep warm!!

Cheers from The Door

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Early Morning Walk

The dogs wait, not so patiently, for us to get zipped up and hats pulled down. It was snowing lightly and was a crisp -10 degrees as we set out on a 7 km walk. I can't think of a better way to spend the day. The light fluffy snow hid patches of ice making the walking treacherous in places. In fact I went on my rear a couple of times! Good Times! How much do you want to bet I'll be stiff and sore tomorrow!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy Endings

As you know if you follow our blog, or as you will soon discover if you are new here, salvaging furniture that is destined for the landfill is what we do best. Now this cupboard wasn't quite at the "set it ablaze" stage yet...but it had been quite badly abused by someone who thought the only good use for a 1930's Ontario made kitchen cupboard was to use it to store paint and batteries in out in the back shed. (yes...I know....sets off horrific visuals doesn't it??)

So you can just imagine how thrilled we were earlier this week when the new owner of the Knetchel Kitchen Kupboard sent us this lovely picture of herself and her daughter.....Thanks Carol!!! (we nearly teared up some)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas to All Our Friends

We would like to thank all our customers and friends who have made 2008 an outstanding year for The Red Door. The response we have had from both the article in the Ottawa Citizen and our segment on CTV's Regional Contact has been just awesome. Kathy Donovan and the Regional Contact team did an outstanding job and we can't thank them enough.
We have some great plans in the works for 2009. We will be working on a Red Door newsletter chock full of great items for the prim/antique lover as well as continuing to show before and after photos of more great auction finds here on the blog. The drive shed is full to bursting with fantastic pieces just waiting to be rejuvenated and we can't wait to get started on some new projects!!
We wish you all a Safe and Merry Christmas!!
Jackie and Terry

Monday, November 24, 2008

Regional Contact

To see the cupboard pictured in the previous post in "before" condition, go to the CJOH website and watch our segment on Regional Contact. Just click on the'll take ya right to it.

Sellers Kitchen Cupboard

We restored this Sellers Klear Front 42 to "showroom condition". Although it looks light blue in this is really gray...a perfect match for the flecked enamel along the edge of the work top. Unfortunately I don't have "before" shots of this one but it had the usual layers of paint to work through and had lost some of it's hardware. If you've had a chance to watch our segment on Regional Contact then you will remember seeing this cupboard in the was being worked on when the TV show folks were in to film.
I think this one has to be one of my favourite cupboards...but then again they all become my "favourite".

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cutting a Figure 8

If this cold weather hangs on much longer we'll be skating on the creek before you can say Jack Frost!! You will however need more than one of these prim wreaths if you plan on cutting a figure on the outdoor rink since we only painted up one skate per we suggest that you hang one on your door to greet guests instead!! We love the way these turned out and hope to get a few more made up this week.
Let us know what you think....until next time...Keep Warm!

New Winter Creations

This is the snowman we have affectionately named "The Red Door Snowman"....he has been created with arms and without... with a snow shovel and without one...done large and freestanding or a tiny painted version on an old skate. It doesn't seem to matter how we make him up he's just as popular as all get out.
I will post a picture of the skate version a little later...for now I need to stoke the wood stove....brrrrrrr.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

So much to do and so little time

Okay...I should be busy working on shop stuff and not playing around with the blog. The dogs had me awake way too early this morning and instead of using this time productively to finish off half a dozen stitcheries for the shop I'm playing around finding our Fairy Names. I'm Tangle Goblinglimmer and Terry is Buttercup Hailfilter. You can read about us on the left of this page. Sheeeesh...I need a good swift kick in the pants....I should be producing....NOT procrastinating!!! :)

Wait until you see what we got at the Friday night auction!!!!!!!
Pics to you might have is Deer Hunting season and I am again without a camera!!!! We scored the cutest vintage kitchen table, a child's bobsled, a dry sink that needs stripping and restoration and........(saving the best for last) A FLAT TO THE WALL CUPBOARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is amazing and VERY old. Unfortunately it has had a hard life and someone started to (unsuccessfully) strip it. Damn that cousin Ralph!! Looks like we won't be getting down to the nitty gritty of working on it until after the Christmas rush but we will keep you posted on it's progress because it is a rare gem that you won't want to miss!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hoosiers R Us we are starting to look like a Hoosiers R Us franchise. We can't help has become an obsession of sorts. Really now...could any of you turn this little gem away? It is 100% original....I mean all original hardware, original flour sifter, tambour, door fronts, everything! And best of has never been tampered with....this is the original oak finish.
Usually we pick up stuff that good old cousin Ralph has know the kind of repair I'm talking about....the "Don't worry about the broken hinge 'cuz good old cousin Ralph has one that looks almost like the original 'cept that it's got a few coats of paint on it and it's only an inch or so bigger but you'll hardly notice after Ralph works on it." kind of repair. "Oh, and while he's at it he might as well slap a coat a paint on her 'cuz he has a half gallon of chartreuse enamel left over from paintin' his motor home." So you can imagine our delight at acquiring this wonderful kitchen cupboard in pristine condition, because we just aren't usually this lucky. (This one didn't even smell bad.)
It looks great in the shop especially all decked out with vintage accessories.
Don't ya just love the hooked mat in front of it???? I may have mentioned that mat in a prior post...but it is just so folky it deserves a second look!
Stay tuned because we have a couple more kitchen cupboards to show off...they just need the usual 2 weeks worth of reconstructive surgery don't rush off now...ya hear?
From The Door

Please Step Back in Time

A Hearty Welcome to New and Old Friends...join us for cider by the fire.


A View of Our Shop

A View of Our Shop
Purchased from our local second hand furniture store (which by the way is chock full of possibilities for the vintage lover) this cabinet was a hideous green colour with rotten plywood on the backside. A lot of elbow grease and a complete re-working rendered it into this amazing distressed black/red cupboard. It's a BEAUT!!!

Another peek inside the shop.

Another peek inside the shop.
A nice mix of handmade, antique and found primitives combine to make this display. We purchase a few items from suppliers to fill in spaces....but the vast majority of our inventory is made by us...right here at 'The Door'.

Large Spindle Santa (formerly known as a table leg)

Large Spindle Santa (formerly known as a table leg)
Santa Spindles have become a shop specialty. They range from skinny to roly poly and from tiny hanging ones to massive freestanding newel posts. (Those are the big old fancy posts you can find at the foot of the stairs in big old houses like South Fork.)

Old Kitchen Cupboard Finds New Life

Old Kitchen Cupboard Finds New Life
We aquired the top of this cupboard at auction. Terry envisioned it transformed into a reproduction Pail Cupboard. When Terry envisions something...look out. With it's fresh coat of Wheatsheaf with Mallard Blue back the transformation was nothing short of spectacular. And yes...she planned that 2 mm clearance from the log beams. ;)

Another Make-do

Another Make-do
What do you get when you take an 1880's cupboard with the words "ye old preserves cupboard" written across the front in black Tremclad and pair it with a warped table with broken legs? Well...when you live in Terry's world you get this amazing secretary desk. The paint is Benjamin Moore Aura in Savannah. (What else would she use??)

It's a good drying day Margaret!

It's a good drying day Margaret!
Nothing beats hanging freshly dyed wool on the line. These bright yellows and greens will make fine additions to my next hooked rug!