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.


Thistlebrooms said...

I just 'LOVE' the Bed Frame Jackie...
Maybe you can just send it down this way!!!

My Best to You...Marilyn

lovetheprimlook said...

Hi Jackie, thank you so much for stopping by my blog :) I love your blog !!!!


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi, just found your blog from Mary's Gettysburg Homestead:)
Love the cupboard and bed, I'll be waiting to see how you refinish them.

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!