Monday, September 29, 2008

Life in the Hand-did Lane or Blah Blah Blah

Okay...just a short post to let you know what we've been up to.
Friday: Auction Night in K-town
The auction was as usual...amusing to say the least. Most of the usual regulars were in attendance with an ample dash of city-folk to amuse us. The newbies stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. We scored big time on a very old plank chair. It has the cracked chippy paint we love and has been distressed to perfection through years of wear. The auctioneer got a tad frustrated by the hesitating/waffling/newbie city-bidder and yelled "STOLE! to number 128!" As simple as that we had snagged it...newbie city-bidder began a stuttering protest that fell on deaf ears...but that's the thing about the auction....come with cash/debit or credit card and be prepared to bid 'cuz at Finnerty's they don't take cheques.
At this point I would normally post a pic of said auction deal of a lifetime...however I am sans camera at the moment. You see I don't actually have my own camera because around here ya can just borrow someones. The husband, who will be henceforth and hereafter known as C, has taken off to the nether regions of the province, bow in hand, on a 3 week odyssey to bond with the fellas and find himself a Swamp Donkey. This ordeal requires 2 wks prep time minimum...umpteen all-terrain vehicles, a couple of generators, enough filled Jerry cans to create a gas shortage in Eastern Ontario and (I kid you not) an apartment size freezer. In addition, C has commandeered every piece of technology this family cameras, digital cameras and even his lap top computer. (I know...WTH good will that be to him!! Can one connect to the internet by perching atop the highest Black Spruce in Nakina????)
The end result: no pics of beautiful prim antiques until early October.
Don't get me wrong...I quite enjoy this alone time...he works hard and deserves his holiday...but I can't live without a camera!!!
I nearly forgot to tell you about the cute wee humpback truck we acquired on Friday as well. (Ranting like a lunatic gets me off the topic at hand)
It is wonderful and will remain in "as found" condition. Picture to follow. (no kidding)
Saturday: The shop was open as usual...had lots of nice folks in. This was great considering the weather was cool and it mizzled off and on. At one point we noticed a flurry of activity over at the house which included vehicles being moved and Terry's husband and son (we shall refer to them as R and M) running back and forth. As we had customers in the shop at the time we tried to act nonplussed by their nonsensical behaviour....when the customers left M strolled in and shut the barn door....then proceeded to ask us if we could smell him...
It seems that as R and M piled wood in the woodshed they inadvertently trapped a skunk under the woodpile. Don't ask how that is even possible. They kindly extricated the beast after our customers had left, however we had to put up with the after affects of skunk removal for the rest of the day.
No pics of that...nor will there be any.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lovely Oak Bakers Cupboard

Well here it is as promised. At least I did promise one reader that I would get on with posting a pic of this fantastic old bakers cupboard. Terry picked this little lovely up at auction back in July when I was away on holiday. There were two cupboards in total but she has decided to keep the other one for herself as it looks like it was made to order for her kitchen. Made of oak it is a tad fancier than most of our acquisitions but the punched tin vent holes in the side help to give it a prim look. This is an actual old bakers cupboard that originally came from up Thunder Bay way. It would be nice to know the history behind the furniture but I guess we have to be satisfied with knowing the story will continue.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Pantry Cupboard Make-over

Yikes....I haven't posted or taken any photos in a while...and it shows! My goodness I must have had a case of the shakes when I took this pic...and all the others for that matter. This is the best photo I have of the cupboard as we start to discover the beauty beneath the thick paint layers. I love the honey pine colour but alas, she was a painted piece when we found her and a painted piece she will remain. A customer purchased it "as is" we are refinishing as a custom request and it will be painted to match her kitchen. But don't despair kids...we have a new oak hoosier in the shop and two more painted beauties to play with. One is a Klear Front Sellers, the other is a mystery hoosier, but maybe it's secrets will be revealed during the re-working. Is it too late to rename ourselves "Hoosiers R Us"?

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!