Posted on April 10, 2012 - 0 Comments
Categories: Custom creations, Around The Shop, Bookcase, Artisan Spotlight
Jason Jennings always enjoyed his wood shop class in high school. Along with the usual required assignments, Jason would invariably branch off into special projects that interested him. Candleholders, mirrors even a xylophone were just a few of the additional pieces created on his own. "I always enjoyed puzzling out the process of getting from Point A to Point B."
Even when he worked at a plumbing company for several years, Jason found his job evolved from simply repairing and installing plumbing fixtures to planning and roughing out kitchen, bathroom and laundry remodels. Again, the technical aspect of getting from one point to the next played into his interests and abilities.
When Jason started working at Victoria's Antique Warehouse, he quickly moved from prepping, painting and repairing furniture, to actually making it. "Vicky recognized my carpentry skills and gave me the opportunity to prove myself."
Four years later, Jason builds everything from farmhouse tables to media centers. Bookcases, kitchen islands even bars are just a few of the many custom pieces he has made.
"One of the best aspects of my job is the collaboration between the customer, Vicky and myself in developing and realizing a piece of furniture from scratch," he says. "The customer comes in with an idea of what they like and need. From there, it's a technical and creative process of attaining the desired end-result. It never stops being an interesting challenge."
Jason's Top Three Picks are also a good representation of what he does: s
One day, a customer came into the shop with the express need to house her "unsightly" flat screen TV. She wanted something unique and pleasing to the eye, yet also have compartments and storage for her components; in short, a piece that embodied "form and function."
After perusing the backroom (warehouse), she spied a pair of antique doors. "Could we make a media center out of these?"
Yes, we can --- and did. The beautiful doors became the outer shell of the media center. You can see the elegant iron columns and carved base that became the launching point for the rest of the piece. Picking up on its rustic quality, Vicky and Jason constructed the back of aged beadboard. Antique corbels were mounted on either side and a rough sawn wood top provided the crown. Ample storage was incorporated for her components with an additional bottom shelf to display decorative pieces. spac
The media center as Jason was creating it in the shop.
Upon delivering the piece to the customer's home, Jason noted, "She was not only satisfied but elated with the final outcome. Accomplishing that makes this job all the more rewarding."
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Again, an entire piece constructed around one element --- the top. This bookcase was inspired by the beautiful curved top that was originally from an armoire.
Incorporating this into a seamless design proved to be a challenge. The body had to be substantial enough to hold its own to the top, yet functional enough to be easily utilized in any home.
The answer: A stately bookcase. Lined with a beadboard interior, this bookcase includes five sturdy shelves for displaying and storing items and books. An open front with more beadboard detail allows for easy access and unifies the entire look. Painted a rich, muted black with subtle distressing, this piece embodies a classic understatement that blends and compliments almost any decor.
said of the finished piece, "I love this bookcase. Its classic, functional and built to last. I would put this in my home in a minute."
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LEESBURG BOAT CLUB BAR
This handsome and classic piece was built from scratch in our shop. Constructed from four solid doors cut to a uniform fit, this bar measures an impressive 16 feet x 8 feet long. Ample shelving in the back allows for easy access and storage. Included is the necessary bar stop made from heart pine, nine large vintage corbels for accents and a beautiful old wood banister (from Clermont High School). Our artisans then painted and distressed it in a "mellowed with age" black to compliment the granite top.
Detail of Leesburg Boat Club Bar.
Jason said, "After we installed the bar, it looked like it had always been there. It's a statement piece, yet naturally fills the space."
These are just a few samples of Jason's work and what is offered at Victoria's Antique Warehouse. Please stop by. We can help you achieve any of your decorating needs.
Posted on March 17, 2012 - 0 Comments
Categories: Around The Shop, Kitchen Island, Beds, Linens
Chrissie Desormeau, one of our artisans, with some of the chalkboards she loves to create out of a variety of materials that come into our warehouse.
At Victoria's Antique Warehouse, everything we do is a team effort. From the helpful and knowledgeable sales staff on the floor, to the artisans, painters, carpenters and craftsmen in the back, our goal is to provide a unique, accessible and comprehensive shopping experience to our customer.
With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce our talented and dedicated crew with a monthly profile.
This month we're spotlighting Chrissie Desormeau. Chrissie has been working at Victoria's for almost as long as the shop's been open. Hired for her skills in painting, distressing and creating beautifully finished furniture and accent pieces, Chrissie's scope and expertise have grown over the years.
Starting as a child, Chrissie's fascination with creating something from discarded or mismatched parts paved the way to working in jobs that allowed her to utilize her hands and creativity.
Citing her grandparents and dad as inspirations, Chrissie remembers watching her father, who owned a machine shop, repair transistors and TV's. "I was fascinated with how all the different pieces came together to produce the final result,” she says. “I would take the unwanted transistor parts and turn them into earrings and jewelry."
Her grandparents were also a huge influence. Chrissie's grandfather was an accomplished craftsman and inventor (with many patents to his name) and her grandmother was an expert seamstress, quiltmaker and floral arranger.
With all this talent in the gene-pool, it was only natural that Chrissie would work in an artisan field and we feel fortunate to have her on our team. Since our craftsmen have a hand in almost every piece sold, we thought it would be interesting to include their current favorites.
With that in mind, here are Chrissie's Top Three Picks:
Charming, useful and even a little quirky, these chalkboards have been extremely popular. Created in all shapes and sizes (and made-to-order), Chrissie loves them because, she says, "I can take pieces and parts and re-invent them into something entirely different. Vicky gives me free rein to come up with a variety of colors and styles. It's also fun to work with the customer in developing the right design for their specific needs."
"This bed screams romance," says Chrissie. "It's so inviting and beautiful, you just want to climb in and stay."
Antique and French, this bed evokes the Henry II design style with its classic lines and beautifully carved accents. Our craftsmen painted it a gorgeous old white and Chrissie gave it a lovely distress and wax finish to complete the look. Although it's full size, a queen mattress could fit with slight modifications.
This is one of Victoria's Antique Warehouse's signature pieces.
Made entirely from scratch, our kitchen islands have been a huge hit with our customers. We work closely with our clients so the design meets their specific needs. The doors and drawers (or "guts") are made by a cabinet company, and the top, surrounding exterior and accent touches are done by us.
Again, Chrissie loves it because, "We get the ‘shell’ from the cabinet company and we transform it into this stunning piece through our heart pine top, bead board, antique ceiling tin and vintage corbels."
The desired paint color and distressing is the "icing on the cake," and the final result is not only beautiful but extremely functional.
Chrissie's favorites are just a sampling of what we offer at Victoria's Antique Warehouse. Stop in sometime and browse through our extensive selection of antique and custom-made pieces. Our staff would be happy to help you with all your decorating needs.
Posted on January 15, 2012 - 0 Comments
Categories: New Arrivals, Around The Shop, Work Table, French Finds, Industrial Cart, Primitive Furniture, Urban Rustic, Urban Primitive, Seating