Sarah and I hung the mirror horizontally along the large wall. Zendia, who is a practitioner of Feng Shui, told me that the mirror must reflect the entire table and be hung no lower than the height of the tallest person living in the house. Out of the buget I made a proper table cloth and added a centrepiece to the table. The lovely display cabinet is placed to act as a bridge between the dining and living areas. I raided the kitchen cupboards for Zendia’s formal dishes to help fill it up.
I’ve said it on the website and I’ll say it again here: I am a flea market junkie. I love the rush of finding beautiful things amongst all the inevitable flea market junk. And I love nothing better than a down and dirty flea market where the prices are inversely proportionate to the amount of mud, dust and junk one has to slog through. This equation makes Mizener’s Flea Market http://mizenersmarket.vpweb.ca/ in Flamborough Ontario one of my all time favorites.
I guarantee you will see the most tacky and pathetic objects you will ever see in your life here, but when you do find something nice I can also guarantee that it will be cheap, cheap, cheap.
The next best thing to the prices at Mizener’s is the Boyz Place Restaurant www.theboyzplacerestaurant.com located in the Big Barn. They serve greasy spoon type breakfasts and lunches and the prices are, you guessed it, cheap. The “Boyz” are always smiling and ready with a joke. They take great pride in their little operation and it shows.
There are roughly 100 vendors spread throughout 7 buildings on the site, each with it’s own character. I always find something in the Big Barn and the Squirrel’s Nest. Here is a photo of one of my finds, a good solid wood secretary crying out to be painted.
I can’t resist posting this picture taken by my 7 year old daughter. It kind of expresses the tone of the place. “I’m dirty, I’m cheap, I’m tacky and I’m lovin’ life!!”
Mizener’s Antique and Flea Market
367 Highway 5 West, Flamboro, ON
Open Sundays 8:00am-4:00pm year round
$2.00 admission per car
This sad little dresser is in need of some serious love. The drawer handles are missing and the finish is uneven and flakey looking. There is hope for this piece though because it is solid oak, it has a nice bow front top drawer and has some lovely curvy details in the skirt and legs.
Besides the Chatelet signature coat of paint, we are going to use diamond shaped drawer pulls and a resin applique to tart this dresser up a bit.
With it’s depressing old finish covered up with it’s new paint job, drawer pulls and decorative details, this dresser has a new lease on life. Hard to believe it is the same piece even. So cute!