The Roanoker - May/June 2020 - 104

homes

CAROL J. ALEXANDER writes on home remodeling and lifestyle topics for
clients like This Old House, Family Handyman, PODS and RedFin. She lives in the
Shenandoah Valley.

THE DESIGN
Chris' and Steve's love for architectural salvage lent
perfectly to the farmhouse design style which they
started with a supply of old barn wood purchased
from Black Dog Salvage. They primed and painted
the wood a rich white and used it to panel walls
throughout their home.
" We wanted to feel as if we were in an older
home when the renovation was completed, " says
Steve.
The couple uses a collection of 12 matching
corbels Steve purchased in the 1970s, and has been
hauling around ever since, throughout the home.
Three support a shelf in the master bedroom, two
more hold a shelf over the couch in the living room,
another stands alone between two doorways in the
upstairs hall.
They replaced all the doors with antique ones,
used an 1860s fireplace mantel from a home in
Salem to surround the living room fireplace, and
repurposed antique furniture throughout.
" Make things functional, " says Steve.
Which they've done with an antique primitive
bottom to an old store counter which serves as both
TV stand and storage for Chris' mother's quilts.
Tom Dorathy, owner of Ghent Hill Design and
Furniture Restoration, transformed the piece with
an authentic-looking layered finish. Dorathy also
refinished another piece used as a functioning bar
and beverage storage in the sunroom.

THE COLLECTIONS
No farmhouse style home is complete without the
copious display of collections. Steve's and Chris'
include tole-painted trays on the foyer wall, old
dustpans hung inside the pane sections of an old
window frame, and croquet sets.
" Split up collections and use them in different
locations, " says Steve.
That's exactly what they did with the croquet
sets. They gracefully arranged the mallets in
oversized glass jars, akin to floral arrangements,
flanking either side of the living room mantle. The
balls fill a basket in the master bedroom's deep
windowsill.
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TOO MUCH TO MENTION
Chris and Steve's home is an eclectic adventure
with much to ooh and aah over. In the bedrooms,
you'll find headboards created from old doors. On
the porch is a discarded shelf clad with old tin
roofing shingles and bottle caps.
And an old two-hole outhouse seat hangs on
the powder room wall for no reason but to spark
conversation. (We're assured it's been thoroughly
cleaned and refinished.)
At every turn, you'll find recycled light fixtures,
vintage artwork and repurposed windows and doors.
" I tend to be drawn to the Charlie Brown of
anything, " says Steve, " as I feel they need to have
a home. " I

ABOVE: Steve Parker
suggests getting
accessories and
collections on the wall,
as seen here on a shelf
in the sunroom, to leave
surfaces for beverages
or books.
LEFT: Tom Dorathy, owner
of Ghent Hill Design and
Furniture Restoration,
refinished several pieces
throughout the home,
including this hutch, used
as a functioning bar and
beverage storage in the
sunroom.
RIGHT: In the bedrooms,
you'll find headboards
created from old doors.

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