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)


1 comment:

Gary said...

Well done! Too frequently treasures from the past are lost to posterity. Some years ago, my wife and I spotted an old dust and cobweb coated, damaged, gramophone in an obscure part of the basement of a friend who used to sell antiques. We liked it and he sold it to us at a very reasonable price, along with ten old records. He politely informed us that it wouldn't work since there was no needles fot it.

We took it home, cleaned it up, did some repairs and minor refinishing and it looked like new. Oh, I should mention - when we were cleaning out the grime and cobwebs in the interior, we found a small blackened box in the rear corner. It contained 125 original gramophone needles!

We enjoy having the gramophone, (that functions like new), and it occupies a prominent place in our home, along with other complimentary antiques.

Keep up the good work.

I invite you to visit my site at: garyross.ca.

Have a healthy and prosperous 2009.

Gary

Please Step Back in Time

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

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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!