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            72 Wondrous Drawers!!  My Dream Cabinet!!  Made in Berlin, Ontario sometime between 1911-1916 for use in a General Store.  Berlin, Ontario changed it's name to Kitchener in 1916 due to the stigma involved with Berlin in the beginnning of WWI.  This cabinet is 8ft wide and heavier than you can imagine....we had 6 guys bring it home from Country Corner Antiques (again...my favourite store) and when we moved from Hamilton to the river here, we had movers...who were not impressed with the weight of this baby.  It does come apart in two pieces, top and bottom, but is solid oak. Each drawer has a slide-in glass piece behind the front of the drawer where you could put grains, pastas, beans, etc to fill it up and I haven't finished yet....obviously.  The bottom are slider doors and the space inside those cupboards is huge, along with the four deep drawers above them.  Presently it sits in our spare room.  It's difficult to figure out where to put such a massive piece of furniture! 

 
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             The first photo of my drawer fetish!  We acquired this cabinet back in the 90's at our favourite Antique store, Country Corner Antiques, on Hwy 3 at Nixon Rd outside of Simcoe.  It's actually a redo using an old bird coop and reclaimed wood to make it a lovely piece of furniture.  Actually, if the truth be told, it smelled like an old bird coop when we first got it, but we stuffed dryer sheets in the drawers and eventually, the smell did indeed leave it.  I know....gross!  We actually used it in our washroom in our old house for a number of years due to only having a large pedestal sink and no cupboards, but now it's used to store all kinds of things.....mostly jars of spices, packages of seasonings, birthday stuff like candles and cake decorating items.  It's right next to our kitchen, but is in the livingroom, so it's handy, but pleasing to the eye! 

 
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             This light fixture is in our screened-in room, where I was looking for a light airy feel.  A somewhat Shabby-chic look.  Along with a chandelier hanging above a large red harvest table and some wicker furniture, it really feels homey at night with just this wee light on out there.  I bought this, as you see it, in a store in Jarvis called "C'est la Vie".   I've bought a few things there, but normally prefer to buy unfinished stuff and paint it up myself.  Her stuff is quite lovely in that store and nicely arranged with many accessories for home decor along with full sized unique looking cabinets all shabby-chic'd.

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             From the moment I knew we were covering our pergola on the deck into a screened-in room (bug free zone!) I've had this idea in my head to make it light and airy looking, with a feminine touch in the light fixtures.  Chandeliers and foo-foo lamps go so well with wicker don't you think?  This fixture came from C'est La Vie in Jarvis as well and can really light the room up at night while still looking elegant!

 
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BEFORE
              I bought this vanity table a couple weeks ago at Crossroads Antique Market in Brantford for $125.00.  It was exactly what I had been looking for after watching my Aunt Linda primp & preen at her vanity table in her bedroom!  A great idea because we all know how we women are....taking our time after our showers and basically confiscating the washroom for a long period of time.  This is also great for getting all the "stuff" out of the washroom.  So, this is the table all taped up and ready to prime!

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PRIMED
  It's already looking fresher & cleaner and I'm excited at this point! (Except for that chair in the mirror!  Hahaha!)

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OH GAWD! ACCIDENT!!
            And this is the damage that was caused when I attempted to move the table off the plastic drop sheet on it's ancient wheels.  It slipped and fell backwards!  Luckily, none of the three mirrors broke.  They just fell out of the frames somewhat,  however, my paint job suffered when the framing from the mirrors fell away from the dresser and cracked up.  I hadn't taken a photo of the completed table because I had wanted to set it up all pretty like the following finale photo!  I'll still have to fix the cracks, even though Dan put it all back together for me, but I'll have to wait until the paint cures for awhile.  By the way, the colour is Benjamin Moore's Mayonnaise, Advance paint, pearl finish.  Use a good brush....not a nylon one!  And don't do it in air conditioning because it dries very quickly.  Helpful tips from the person who learned!

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AFTER
            Gorgeous! See....it all worked out in the end!  It looks awesome!  I absolutely love it!  I know....I'm so excited!  I picked up a wee directional lamp at IKEA so there'd be light in this corner and I attached some antique glass knobs I found in Nova Scotia onto the drawers.  The wrought iron chair was a freebee from the neighbours next door and now all I need is a nice cushion and I'm ready to get beautiful too! 

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LAVENDER DRAWER LINER
             The grand finale is some lovely lavender scented drawer liner paper from Crabtree & Evelyn which, by the way, I picked up for a song a year ago in Ottawa....a song being $1.00 for the whole box of liners!  Gosh, I'm a bargain hunter!  (pat on back)

         That's the end of The Vanity Table Fiasco!

 
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Dan & I picked this up years ago as well.  When we purchased it for a song at an Antique Market, god knows where, it was all dirty and rusty.  It had been used by Farmers to transport chicks from farm to market.  There would have been lots of these in a truck or wagon carrying chicks.

         

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            We sanded it and refinished it, then painted the wee wires black and now it's a conversation piece, as well as a tidy place to put our many different pepper shakers, salts and gourmet oils.

 
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             This little whimsical wooden frame was bought in a Garage Sale for only $1.00!  How excellent is that?  My livingroom has red accents and I fell in love with it, because I love roses.  When I flipped it over to see if it was homemade or not....wait for it.....it came from Shoppers Drug Mart originally!  Too funny!  But, it's lovely isn't it?

 
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BEFORE
            When we first moved into our home, there was this gigantic deck on the back of the house.  This end of it was not used for social means...only the space where we would store the BBQ's out of the wind.  And, another entrance to the poolroom from the outside.  The following year we decided to screen it in, thus making ourselves a bug-free zone, because there's nothing I hate more than getting eaten alive while sitting out on the deck.  The funny part was when we screened the room in, it seemed to open it up because we exchanged the lattice around this section for screens.

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AFTER
            This photo is from last year when there wasn't much in the room, but you can feel the difference already.  We had Quinn Construction install the room and they used the existing beams from the pergola and just added to them.  We found this old screen door in the shed when we moved in and painted it to match the house and put a screen in it as well.  Quinn's boys also went under the deck and fastened screening under the floor, so we haven't had to cover the floor in there at all.  It's a lovely little haven to sit in and enjoy the outside without the bugs!  And, best of all, we can sit out there when it's raining by accessing the doors from the pool room!  Dan likes doing that during thunderstorms...but we all know where I'll be during those storms!  NOT in the screened-in room!

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INTERIOR VIEW 1
             This is such a lovely place to relax.  The old red harvest table is 8' long and very narrow.  We're going to add drop leaves on the sides because there just happen to be spots under the table top on the sides to slide a piece of wood through to hold up the drop leaves.  I've left it unfinished, or shabby-chic red because I love red and the look of it being well used.  We got the table at Mohawk Gardens on Highway 6, south of Caledonia, but it was a vendor from Jarvis, Ontario, Nice Old Stuff, that had it in there.  The chairs we picked up here and there along the way and I liked the old-school look of them.  Seems to me my childhood table & chairs looked like these chairs.  The table in the corner was an old dough table that apparently was used on Cranston Farm in Stoney Creek.  We painted it red.  Red, red, red!  Happy Cheerful Red!

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INTERIOR VIEW 2
             I do still want to paint the green loveseat my Mom gave me last year and since we started furnishing the room, we've picked up a couple of white wicker chairs that are heavenly to lounge in.  They were purchased at Waterford Antiques in Waterford and the coffee table was from a friend at a garage sale.  So pretty!  I love to sit out and read in the morning with my coffee and watch the hummingbirds and finches play!

 
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          Happy Anniversary to Me!  Dan bought this for me last year on our anniversary and I was absolutely thrilled!  It's from early last century and is wrought iron.  Although it isn't set up how it should be right now, you can get the drift, yes?  Guy sits on one side and Girl sits on other....very chaste!  Like a courting bench....you can look at each other and possibly kiss, but don't touch!  Almost like having a cage between two people!

             He picked this up at Mohawk Garden on Highway 6, south of Caledonia.  It's such a romantic gift isn't it?  Eventually, it will be close to our pond out front!  And....maybe we'll even kiss!  Hahahaha!

 
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BEFORE
            Last Sunday, Dan & I went Antiquing.  We arrived first at Antiques & Stuff, Hwy 20 & Westbrook Road, Binbrook.  They had really unique stuff in there and we remembered the owner from Locke Street in Hamilton where they used to be.  Just as we were leaving and Dan was perusing the record albums, I had to do a once over again quickly and spotted this wallhanger for a potted plant.  You would put the clay pot in the bottom circle of it, of course.  Well, I'm doing our bedroom in a Shabby Chic look and decided that this would be perfect on the wall next to the Vanity Table I'm painting.  Dan is spraying this hanger for me in an antique white spray, because I was a little leery about leaving drips in the flower portion of it and he's really great at spray painting!  I know...how convenient!   So, when we came home, I went upstairs and got my blow-dryer, brought it down and it fits perfectly in this little wallhanger! 



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AFTER
             A FEW DAYS LATER.....




              I'm super happy with this!  It looks lovely against the pewter coloured paint!

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Positioned beside Vanity





             Now, it's conveniently close to where I can sit or stand and blowdry with ease!


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