In this Quick Tip from our past furniture design/build rockstar, Eberhard Eichner, learn how to turn scrap pieces of trim / molding into creative accents for cabinetry. You could apply these techniques to counters, tables, and other home decor items.
Archive for November, 2011
The residents of Bellingham, Washington are passionate about using the most of what one has, while having less of an impact on the environment around them. Paul Haskins and Alaine Borgias, owners of the successful Adventures NW magazine, know firsthand about choosing options that conserve both resources and money. These native Bellingham folk live in a Victorian-style home, so more contemporary home accessories were not an option for them.
Paul and Alaine ran into a predicament when they realized they needed a set of doors that would allow them to grill outside more easily, but these doors needed to match the look of their older home. Haskins explains, “We were big on cooking outside, but did not have an easy way to access the barbecue without going through three doors or through rooms, which we didn’t want to be bringing food through. And it couldn’t be just any old door, as we wanted to keep in line with our Victorian home’s design.”
Haskins said how his wife, Alaine, found an “almost perfect set of doors with frame and hardware at The RE Store,” where there is a large selection of used doors in a variety of styles, some of which match the older homes in the neighborhoods surrounding the store. The two talked and eventually figured that the set was perfect for their home – the only flaw was they did not have enough room to store the doors in the garage because of too many finds already from The RE Store in there. This project had to be put on, as what Haskins called it, “fast track.”
Thanks to their hard work, now Paul and Alaine are able to enjoy barbecuing year-round with a set of doors that fits in with the look of their Victorian home. Paul recalls that “it’s been a sort of joke how family or people who have been to the house regularly have walked past them numerous times before they finally say, ‘Oh my god, you have doors!’ We couldn’t have done it without The RE Store!”
Haskins figures that he ended up spending more money on just the trim of the doors than the actual doors. It pays to be green and use sustainable building products while keeping with the design elements of historic homes.
Located in South Lake Union’s Cascade neighborhood in Seattle, the Row House Café offers a comforting sense of nostalgia in appearance and atmosphere and is known among its customers as the “neighborhood living room.” Originally built in 1904 as three row houses that offered work force housing, the structure has since been redeveloped into the current digs where the café operates now.
We recently spoke with Row House Café partner, Erin Maher, who told us the story of their recent remodeling project and explained how she “shopped at The RE Store to find furniture, fixtures, and building materials that helped us stay true to the integrity of the original buildings.” Some of the products that Erin found to match her tastes were architectural windows pulled from a historic home on Capital Hill, a pastry case made from an antique jewelry box, vintage medallions above the windows, and doors trimmed with old ceiling moldings.
Since the non-profit salvage store in Ballard can overwhelm the senses with its large selection of just about everything, Erin would visit the store “with an open mind.” Maher said, “I was able to see new and different uses for the items in the store.” Erin knew that fresh items arrive daily to The RE Store, so she made return trips to get new ideas from the eclectic inventory of items with unique stories and characteristics to them.
A big project she accomplished with the help of The RE Store was building a patio fence from exterior shutters and columns. Erin told me how they created “the entire storefront using old windows and a French door and sidelights, all from different periods to create a one-of-a-kind entrance to our private party space converted from a cinderblock garage.”
Erin remarked on the special synergy that The RE Store and Row House Café have. “They both bring out the unique characteristics of a living, breathing space in order to make it beautiful for our guests.”