Memorial Day and Start of the Summer Season

Posted by admin on May 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

Cottage Home will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th.  Working on a small place we have in Cape May and spending a couple of days at the shore.

Lots has changed out in the shoppe over the last week.  The large French dresser and mirror have found a home in Downingtown and one piece has actually taken a trip to take up residency in the Bronx.  Gloria and Ali have worked on the store’s summer beach and vacation home theme over the last few days for today’s opening.

Lots of new beach and lake house items.

 Labor Day will come quicker than you think, but its time to enjoy the coming summer months now.

We’ve gotten some of the reproduction Parsons bunfoot buffets and brought the larger black one and a new shorter 3 door sideboard into the shoppe.  The smaller buffet is priced at $495; the larger at $545.  Both are 34″ high x 16″ deep which allows plenty of storage, but not so deep that it “invades” seating areas.  The larger sideboard is apprx. 6′ long; the 3 door is just over 54″ long.

A new Annie Sloan color here, “Louis Blue”, on this antique round occasional table.  The table is over 100 years old and took the color well.  Priced at just $48.

Another painted antique in ASCP Country Gray.  This old washstand was made in Virginia and is dated 1840.  In great condition with its original backsplash.  Priced at $210, it measures apprx. 30″ W x 30″ H x 17+” D.

Another painted antique!  This old console or sofa table was constructed of plank wood with great turned double pedestals and flanked feet and stretcher.  I went over this one to tighten it up some, but, overall, it was in very nice shape for a piece built in the late 1800s.  It measures almost 42″ wide x 16″ deep x 30″ high and is priced at $195.

These  guys  were ordered in January and have finally arrived.  Tin plate reproductions for those anywhere spots.

The vintage style apothecary is a reproduction with 20 individual drawers and brass pulls.  Its priced at $475 and measures 45″L x 32″H x 16″D.  We received one of these in the French Gray and another in Cottage White. A drawer for every remote control in the house!

Two vintage French styled sidetables in “Swiss Coffee”.  The double drawer is priced at $136 and is a bit larger than its screened door cousin at $124.

Some of the signs and wall plaques at the shoppe.  The blackboard sign is “all-purpose”; Beach/Lake/Mountain/Kitchen/Exit…………

We added a new coat of exterior paint to these vintage wicker planters and stands.  They can be used out of doors, but weather best under the porch roof.  All are priced very reasonably in the mid-$30s.

We still have the excellent vintage 4-tier plant stand.  Its been painted in exterior paint and oversprayed with exterior “clear” oil base paint.  We’ll dress it up for the warm days.

The old buckets and wash basins we sell are excellent for plantings in small spaces.  These came from our shop and were used by a couple in Philadelphia on the rooftop deck of their row home in the New Liberties section of Philadelphia.

Ali came across some of these reproduction wood French wall clocks.  These are large at close to 30″ or more.  The wholesale price is up due to increased materials cost and transport, but we’ve kept the Cottage Home price at $105.

No green thumb?  These are guaranteed to keep blooming.

 I painted this vintage Koehler pedestal sink in an exterior oil-base “warm yellow”.  It weighs a ton as its an original porcelain over cast iron piece.  The foundry marks are on the inside and date the bowl cast date as February 2, 1928 and the matching pedestal at January 28, 1928.  The original Standard Company “hot” and “cold” faucets and porcelain drain stopper.  Gloria wanted to “retire” it, but I figured it made an excellent conversation piece as a planter or could be converted into a neat porch or garden fountain.

This is what was used  way back when houses were small and days were rainy.  This is an antique clothes dryer.  Cheap to use – no electric or gas bill!  Actually, I may put this old piece to good use.  Its in excellent condition, right down to the original wooden rolling wheels, cast hinges and springs.  It stands almost 6′ tall and 3′ wide, but folds flat.  Our screen porch in Cape May is large enough for this and it is an great piece for hanging those wet bathing suits and damp towels after the beach without throwing them over the porch rails or on the driveway (Yes, I have seen people place it all on the drive in the sun prior to next use…………..).

Well, that’s it.  I’m meeting with a friend who is considering starting up a furniture repair and painting business to do private work for clients who want to give that old piece a new look.  If he follows through, I’ll make his information available to anyone who may want to use it.  Enjoy the holiday weekend and remember those in the military who’ve made it possible.

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