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This just in: lots and lots of stuff since the last post!

Dated Posted: May 3rd, 2011

Written By: Leila

Yes, it’s been a year since the last post, and I’m sorry.  In my defence, I’ve been extremely busy with a certain young door-expert-in-training, and have been enjoying maternity leave immensely.  I believe it’s never too early to instill a love of architectural salvage in your child (at least, that’s how I was raised…) so we try to stop by the store often and it has been great to see the collection as a bit of an outsider – so many new things every time I visit.  Here’s a sampling of what caught my eye this week… and, of course, so much more – come have a look!

This just in: enamel lights, candelabras, kids’ chairs and more…

Dated Posted: April 30th, 2010

Written By: Leila

We’ll keep this brief and get it posted asap because pieces from our latest load have been flying out faster than we can photograph them.  Lots of great additions for home, cottage and garden, including:

green table

green counter with pine top

brackets I  brackets II

pine corbels


collection of three aluminum kettles


coat rack  coat rack detail

wrought iron coat rack (two slightly different ones available)

blue chairs  enamel lights

adorable blue kids’ chairs, green enamel warehouse lights

columns  columns detail

small white columns

bronze doors  bronze doors detail

art deco bronze doors with gorgeous patina

candelabras  candelabra detail

pair wrought iron candelabras

floor grates

lots of large floor grates just back from being powder coated


colourful, folky pottery

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).


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./

newels I  newel II  DSC02943

/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./


/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

DSC02941  DSC02940

/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.