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Artisan Spotlight: Jason Jennings

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."

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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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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.



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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 May 12, 2011 - 0 Comments

Categories: Armoires, Custom creations, Farmhouse Table, French Finds, Chalkboards, Bookcase

When you think of antique stores, custom-making future antiques doesn't normally come to mind. But at Victoria's Antique Warehouse, that is exactly what we do. Along with the beautiful, one-of-a-kind antiques Vicky buys in France and Belgium, she also has an enormous warehouse attached to the back of the store that holds more of these wonderful collectibles. Tons of architectural remnants, corbels, pillars, windows, doors, shutters, ironwork, tin and so much more are available to buy "as is" or turned into something else. From this, our team of highly skilled artisans transform these salvaged pieces into a myriad of home furnishings and decorative accents. Here's a sample of what we do: space Beautiful antique French windows are always something Vicky is looking for. With their old hinges and hardware and elegant, solid design, they are the perfect architectural piece for so many ideas. Inspired by their beauty and size, Vicky collaborated with her master carpenter Jason and came up with this glorious piece: space space This incredible armoire/bookcase came about entirely from old French windows. As you can see, the windows provide the front doors which (when opened) have three sturdy shelves lined with beautiful old bead board. Our master painter and detailer (Timmy and Chrissy) painted, streaked, distressed and waxed to give this bookcase its incredible look. space space space One of our many old cupboard doors. Chrissy transforms them into charming little chalkboards. space space As you can see, the original hinges and hardware are still there. Chrissy then turns it into a functioning chalkboard by adding slate paint and highlighting the frame with the color of your choosing. She can make it as fancy or rustic as you like by adding or subtracting to the decoration. These have been extremely popular because of their novelty and functionality. space space This is as basic as you get: a mountain of heart pine lumber. What did Vicky and Jason turn it into? space space A fantastic farmhouse table. This piece would be a true focal point in anyone's home. All custom-made, the table expands with two leaves to comfortably seat ten people. The bold trestle-style base is hand-painted a deep, rich black. The top has a wraparound pine inlay that has become a signature look of Jason's work. This is a statement piece in a timeless, classic style that will be used and cherished for many years to come. space space And here is the team that makes it all happen. That's Timmy (left), Chrissy (middle) and Jason (right). (Ruger's in there too, our Labrador store mascot.) Their skill and creativity (along with Vicky's skill and creativity) make it possible to turn plain lumber into farmhouse tables, cupboards into chalkboards and antique windows into bookcases. And that's just a small sample of what they can do. Kitchen islands, bathroom vanities, entertainment centers, dressers, beds, benches, the list goes on, not to mention all the custom-made accent pieces that helps complete the final look. Stop in anytime. We'd be happy to help you create that perfect piece for your home. Or just browse through the shop and enjoy the beautiful selection of European as well as American antiques.