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Living in Northern Virginia all my life (until recently), some of my Favorite shopping places have been the Merrifield Garden Center’s various locations. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com/Home.aspx                                            When I was a young adult starting-out, I ogled everything in the yummy Original location… especially at Christmas Time, when it seems like it is “Santa’s Workshop – South”. I wanted everything I saw to deck-out my humble new home. Later, Merrifield provided Landscaping for my first Farm, near Warrenton and, of course, more space means a bigger Christmas Tree… so, more ornaments and delightful decorations.
So, I was totally delighted when Wanda of Merrifield Garden Centers contacted me and asked me to create a pair of large, 8 foot tall x 4 foot wide cupboards for the Original  location that I had loved for decades.
My directions: make them similar but not the same, not too matchy-matchy. Make them rustic, interesting and to look like some old Grandpa made them by hand a long time ago, and use Reclaimed Barnwood!   1

I USED A REPURPOSED TWIN BED HEAD BOARD FOR ONE OF THEM AND A TRIO OF BIRD HOUSES FOR THE OTHER. RECLAIMED CORBELS FOUND AT THE WINCHESTER RE-STORE, KNOBS AND A CAST IRON CORNICE PIECE FROM HOBBY LOBBY.

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ARE YOU GETTING HOW HUMONGOUS THESE THINGS ARE?  HERE IS 5’10” BEN, WHO DISMANTLED THE BARN THE WOOD CAME FROM, IN THE PICTURE FOR SCALE!

5 ft 10  worker guy for Scale

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It’s an absolute honor to know that something of ThistleDowne Cottage creations is now part of such a wonderful, family-owned mainstay of Northern Virginia!