Thursday, September 9, 2010
My First Visit to Mike's Barn, West Lake Ontario
Last Saturday I decided that it was high time that I visit Mike's Barn in West Lake, Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Mike is owner of Funk & Gruven A-Z Antique Store in Belleville, Ontario. It is a fabulous store full of all different styles of antique furniture, lamps, dishes and collectibles. The Barn, in contrast, is full of antique furniture "in the rough" and you will also find boxes full of "buried treasures".
The Barn is located at 1305 County Road 12, West Lake Ontario.
This is Mike walking down the gang plank from the barn entrance. I found it difficult to take pics inside the barn because the lighting was inadequate on that particular day, but suffice to say that it is full of architectural building things (large collumns), old windows, beams, and a nice collection of "shabby" old country kitchen cupboards. (I love old cupboards...have a collection of 8 I think!!!)
This is a kitchen cupboard that was in the driveway of the "shed" which is another building on Mike's property. I loved this cupboard for its simple lines. Can you see the tongue and groove boards at the back? I imagined this cupboard painted medium 1940's green on the inside and cottage white on the outside with reproduction green glass knobs and handles from Lee Valley.
I considered buying this gorgeous French Provincial bed.
It is in dishevelled condition, but that is what I found endearing!! There is the headboard, rails and footboard. Mike said he thought it would look pretty refinished and in a little girl's room. I thought of stripping it all, and using the pieces to make a grand wall shelf with broken china mosaic inlaid where the upholstery would have been.
There were a couple of vintage birdbaths in the driveway. One small.....
And one large.......
This shabby PINK jam cupboard caught my eye, also!!
I think this is a Woodard iron patio dining table and chairs from the 1950's. It has the original black paint on it that is a bit chippy. You could use it "as is" or easily strip it with chemical paint stripper and repaint it in your choice of colour. I think???? it was $100.00 for the set.
I had fun rooting around in the shelves that were outside. There were drawers and boxes full of all sorts of things!! This is where I found my special teacup and saucer and the dove bookends which I blogged about a few days ago.
Here is a shabby old wall cupboard leaning against the west side of the barn wall. Don't let the rough condition scare you! With a little TLC and elbow grease and paintstripper it could be turned into a fabulous wall storage cupboard!
A few treasures.......
I found this small white cupboard in the hayloft section of the barn. I thought it may be an old radio cabinet.....
And it was!!! Mike said, "It's going to need some TLC". and I replied, "I'm pretty good at TLC!!" (wink!). He carried it down for me so I could get a closer look, but I had already pretty much decided to buy it!! Someone had modified it into a shelf of sorts.....it was open at the back of the cabinet. BUT.....I was more interested in what the front looked like!!
I got it home and started to work on it on Sunday.
This is what I found......
after I started removing the extraneous pieces of plywood from the earlier modification.
Do you see that fabulous dentil molding??
And the side panels.....
The walnut veneer on the top was beyond redemption, so I just peeled it back with some force and a putty knife.
It revealed a flat hardwwod top.
The front "skirt" has a pretty medallion.
Aren't the legs sweet??
Most of the old white paint came off with a paint scraper, then I tackled the rest with Heirloom Fast Acting Paint Remover. I used the putty knife to scrape off the gunk and also a small steel brush and steel wool.
And front view!
More pretty appliques!
Sooo....this is as far as I have come with it. There is a shelf in the middle which is waiting in the sidelines. I am going to think about how I am going to refinish this darling little cupboard. I have considered painting it a semigloss pure white and doing broken china mosaic on the top. What do you think I should do?? Any suggestions out there??
I await your reply!!!
Have an exquisite day!!
Warm hugs, Laura