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The Door Store in The Globe & Mail

Dated Posted: April 2nd, 2010

Written By: Leila

Check out today’s Globe & Mail article where  Sarah Richardson talks salvage – specifically, how she used salvaged architectural details (including our galvanized lights and wrought-iron sign bracket) to give her Creemore kitchen a vintage farmhouse look.  She stresses the fact that not only is shopping vintage usually easier on the budget than going new or reproduction, but also that reproduction pieces are rarely authentic-looking enough to be convincing.  Vintage pieces have more character and are more unique, so no one will have the exact same look as you.  By the same account, since the lights and bracket that Sarah used are vintage, we don’t have any more in our store.  However, we do have all sorts of other cottage-friendly pieces for your summer reno so come in and get inspired! 

sarah's kitchen

sign bracket

This just in: lion planters, front doors, newel posts and more…

Dated Posted: April 1st, 2010

Written By: Leila

First of all, a reminder: we will be closed on Good Friday, but open on Saturday 10-6.  Closed Sunday & Monday as usual.  (Normal hours: Tues-Sat 10-6).

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New this week…

a pair of these heavy cast iron lion-head planters, about 15" square

/a pair of these heavy cast iron lion-head planters, about 15″ square/

lion planter II   brackets

/another view of planter, plus over a dozen of these brackets/

queen anne door I  queen anne door II

queen anne door III  queen anne door IV

/four Queen Anne exterior doors, two of which have been stripped/

utility drawers

/We love stumbling upon utility drawers like these – handmade and entirely quirky – from basement workshops and “ye olde” hardware stores.  We have some of them in our own workshop, and even use the old washers and nuts that came in them!  If you’re ambitious, these look amazing built into custom cabinets, but for the 10-minute decorator they’re also handy just the way they are./

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/Newel posts almost never come in, but this week we’ve had 8 new arrivals!/

washstand I  wash stand II

/This little metal wash stand has a flip-up top with a swiveling soap dish.   Small enough for a powder room, it would look great all plumbed up and fitted with a  little basin./

before...  ...after

/Update…this door was featured a couple of weeks ago.  It’s back from being stripped and is looking fantastic.  Two available./

 pitcher

/Just an unusual piece…this engraved plated pitcher is actually a thermos – it is double walled to keep your hot and cold beverages just that./

mantle I  mantle II

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/Two mantles from the same home…one with an urn motif, the other with fruit basket and garland detail./

fireplace insert  stained glass

/cast iron fireplace insert and newly repaired stained glass window/

foot bath I  foot bath II

/cast iron foot bath – could be re-purposed as a super deep vessel sink in a laundry room/bathroom/etc./

vintage pallets  steer head

/vintage skids and steer head/

 green bucket shelf I  green bucket shelf II

bucket stand III  bucket stand IV 

/Five little green bucket stands…a place to rest your buckets when you came in from outside.  No buckets?  These would also make very sweet play furniture pieces for small children./

 pair doors  drinking fountain

/there are two of these victorian door which open side-by-side and are sold as a pair, also a stainless drinking fountain/

arched pine doorway   arched pine doorway detail

/arched pine doorway (shown here against a large Egyptian door) – there is no door for this piece, but it would look incredible mirrored in a large space/

…that’s all for now.

 

Welcome back Sarah’s House!

Dated Posted: March 16th, 2010

Written By: Leila

Sarahs House 3The new season of Sarah’s House has just begun, and this time she’s bought a gorgeous farmhouse up in beautiful Creemore.  We’re excited to see our hardware, lights, registers and more put to good use as Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe give the house a top-to-bottom makeover.  When it’s all over we’ll do a roundup of the pieces used on the show so you know what’s still available – we still get calls for items used in her cottage reno that aired last year!  New episodes of Sarah’s House air on Tuesdays and repeat throughout the week, but if you miss any episodes you can watch them online right here on HGTV Canada.

This just in: more benches, doors, armoire and more…

Dated Posted: March 12th, 2010

Written By: Leila

In the interest of getting these pictures posted, I’ll keep things short and sweet.  Here’s a sampling of what’s new (you have to come in for the full selection of course!):

handsome pine bench - this one has flip-up storage beneath the seat

handsome pine bench - this one has flip-up storage beneath the seat

two small benches - perfect for a tight front hallway

two small benches - perfect for a tight front hallway

sweet little children's chairs

sweet little children's chairs

front door with 6 bevelled windows - 3 available (1 is being stripped)

front door with 6 bevelled windows - 3 available (1 is being stripped)

Italianate door with great carvings and patterned glass (also a similar door is hiding behind it)

Italianate door with great carvings and patterned glass (also a similar door is hiding behind it)

closeup of glass - *note this door currently out being stripped

closeup of glass - *note this door currently out being stripped

pair small leaded windows

pair small leaded windows

tramp art frame

tramp art frame

pink & white sunburst pediment

pink & white sunburst pediment

green enamel ruffled light shade with bracket

green enamel ruffled light shade with bracket

antique ceramic steamed pudding moulds

antique ceramic steamed pudding moulds

white enamel bucket with handle & spout

white enamel bucket with handle & spout

assorted collection of vintage picture frames

assorted collection of vintage picture frames

two large cast iron floor grates

two large cast iron floor grates

4 large school house lights (lots more in different shapes and sizes)

4 large school house lights (lots more in different shapes and sizes)

large armoire with faux-wood graining - this one is meant to look like burled walnut!

large armoire with faux-wood graining - this one is meant to look like burled walnut!

armoire again with a store fixture - the blue trike that kids are welcome to ride around on!

armoire again with a Door Store fixture - the vintage French trike that has kept young visitors entertained in our store for years!

not vintage, but we love our new mailboxes in british post red, hunter green, charcoal grey and classic black.

not vintage, but we love our new mailboxes - available in british post red, hunter green, charcoal grey and classic black.

This just in: pine bench, oversize glass vases, brackets and more…

Dated Posted: February 26th, 2010

Written By: Leila

First of all, sorry for the ridiculous amount of time that has passed since the last post!  Not sure where the time went…

Moving forward though, spring is fast approaching (although winter just got here!) and we’ve just got a bunch of pieces in, many of which would look great up at the cottage.  Without further ado, here’s a selection: 

blue bench

This bench has a great colour and good proportions – comfortable to sit on but high enough that in winter you could tuck baskets underneath for hats and scarves.  Behind it: large blown-glass vases and carved oblong wood troughs. 

hooks I  hooks II

A sweet assortment of vintage folky iron hooks.

shelves

An assortment of small wooden shelves and things.  See the house in the middle?  The glass front slides out so it would make a very sweet little display box.

DSCF0254  pair sidetables II

Two sets of side tables, both with vintage faux-grain paint finishes – the ones on the left are a faux bird’s eye finish. 

pair chairs

Pair of armchairs – really nice size, not too large or heavy.

toy pram

Vintage toy pram.

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5 of these heavy solid brackets with a simple, clean profile.

table & chairs

Wire table & chairs with marble top…just like those little champagne cork chairs that are so fun to make:

champagne chair 

pine table

Long pine table with orange legs and refinished pine top.

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Little carved wooden deer head with real antlers.

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Leaded glass door with matching window (not pictured).

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Old shutters from The Distillery’s Gooderham & Worts buildings.

stools & mailbox

Assortment of little stools, and that metal box sitting on the right is an old vintage eastern European mailbox.

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Gothic oak mantle.

…and lots more…

Next post will follow soon!

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