Saturday, January 17, 2009

WINTER HOURS


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???
Anyway....as 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)


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!