If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know I am a big fan of Disney. Not necessarily Disney movies, but the Disney parks. My sister and I have been to three of them, Disneyland, Disney World and Disneyland Paris. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that we passed up a visit to the Louvre to go to Disneyland Paris instead. That was probably a bad call, especially since the park was pretty disappointing. The crowds were insane (considering that at the time everyone said putting a Disneyland in France was a mistake and no one would go). We literally stood in line for 30 minutes just to use the bathroom. Next time I’ll definitely choose the Louvre. But I’d love to get the chance to visit Tokyo Disney one of these days!
But I digress. Currently my sister and I are planning a trip to Disneyland at the end of September. For us, Disneyland is the OG park. It opened in 1955, and our first visit there was way back in 1969. Here’s photographic evidence.
That’s me on the right and my sister on the left with my brother in the middle.
Anyway, we typically go to Disney World these days, but on a complete whim we decided to combine a trip out to visit to our mom with a trip down memory lane to Disneyland this fall. We have been suffering from some serious travel withdrawal during this COVID business and we both have some travel dollars burning a hole in our pockets.
So what in the world does any of this have to do with today’s blog post?
Well, my sister and I have been watching the Behind the Attraction show on Disney+ in anticipation of our trip and one recurring theme for all of the rides (and really everything) in the Disney parks is that they all have a back story. It may not smack you in the face, but even the décor in the queue is weaving a tale around you while you patiently wait to get on a ride.
And that had me thinking.
Maybe I need to come up with some back stories for my pieces, like this one.
That’s an old seed bin door from the Perry Seed Store in Syracuse, NY. You know, one of those bins where the door is hinged at the bottom and you pull it down to access the seed.
Perry Seed Store has been around since 1898, selling seeds, bulbs, hardware, implements and bird supplies.
The proprietor, F.H. Ebeling, immigrated to New York from Austria in 1914. Upon his arrival in Syracuse, he quickly found a clerk position in the Perry Seed Store selling all of the farming accoutrements needed for new settlers coming to America. In 1918 the Spanish Flu broke out in Syracuse, but luckily Franz was a very diligent mask wearer and he was unaffected. The original founder of the shop, Matthew Perry (a distant ancestor of the actor of Friends fame), was not so lucky. He died tragically from the Spanish Flu in 1919 and his only heir, his son Joseph, had joined the circus as a sword swallower two years earlier. Thus Franz was able to acquire the store at a bargain price.
The store contained a giant wall of seed bins and when you pulled open each of the 100 doors you could find anything from seed corn to tulip bulbs. In order to make the shop feel more like his own, Franz hired his cousin Albin Egger-Lienz, a painter from Vienna, to add customized advertisements to all of the seed bin doors.
Handily enough, the shop was just opposite the post office so it was quite convenient for both Franz and Albin to send regular letters to the folks back home in Austria.
What do you think? Are you buying my back story? In case it’s not already obvious, I absolutely made all of it up.
Here’s the real story behind this piece. This is another of the new cupboard doors that one of my readers shared with me recently. Once again, I gave it some layers of age using Dixie Belle’s Sea Spray paint additive and three colors of paint, Mint Julep, Rebel Yellow and Drop Cloth.
Next I pulled out the Vintage Seeds transfers from re.design with prima and picked this section to use on the cupboard door.
As you can see, the transfer was just a tad bit bigger than the raised panel in the center of the door. But, no problem. I cut apart the ‘seeds and bulbs.’ and the ‘wholesale and retail.’ sections and placed them below, and I didn’t worry about the fact that the “P” and the “E” from Perry Seed Store fall off the edge a little bit.
Once the transfers were applied, I distressed the entire piece by sanding it well. That was followed by a top coat of clear wax. Finally, I pulled this old beat up cup pull out of my stash and added it to the top of the door.
I’ve had that thing for literally years just waiting for the right piece to use it on and I finally found it.
And ta da, a vintage seed bin door is born. What do you think?
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co and re.design with prima for providing the products used in this cupboard door makeover.