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This Outhouse is Lighted at Night
This Outhouse is Lighted at Night
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Front View
Front View
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Side View
Side View
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Back View
Back View
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This Outhouse is sporting a Chandelier!!!
This Outhouse is sporting a Chandelier!!!
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A nice table and window for the ladies!
A nice table and window for the ladies!
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The business end; All Clean and Ready...
The business end; All Clean and Ready...
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A nice portrait to keep the ladies company
A nice portrait to keep the ladies company
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Storage area with inside door detail
Storage area with inside door detail
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Outside Detail
Outside Detail
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Outside Detail
Outside Detail
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Outside Detail
Outside Detail
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The Antique Store
The Antique Store
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The storefront that is built inside of the blue building
The storefront that is built inside of the blue building
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    [Curator's Comment: Once again, someone has outdone all the others by building a real classic of an outhouse. Read on to find out about it!]
    Shawnee Road Antiques has three large buildings that host 1000ís of antiques plus vintage clothing. Now it has a fourth building that adds to its charm, the outhouse!
    We have owned an antique shop for 41 years that is located out in the country. Many customers may take a chunk of time shopping the three building and find themselves in need of a bathroom. Since we do NOT have a public bathroom, I asked the owner, my boyfriend, to build the best outhouse ever so the city ladies would want to use it.
    The outhouse looks like a miniature Victorian ďpainted ladyĒ house. It has a porch so you can run for cover in the rain, fancy-cut shingles that are layered in such a way that you can see circles and hearts and a period cast iron porch light for when we have our "Annual Fall Sale" so people can find it in the dark.
    The inside has a closet to hold extra toilet supplies and a broom & dust pan. Instead of a hole in the ground, there is a holding tank that gets pumped out on a regular base. There is waterless hand cleaner, wet-wipes and paper towels for the customerís use along with a motion sensor air freshener sitting on a Victorian marble top table. If all this isnít enough to put this outhouse over the top, then look up to see the crystal chandelier.
    One person made the comment; Looks more like an "innie" than an "outie" and I think many would agree!
    [Curator's Comment: I had some questions for Marsha. Here are the questions and the answers:]
    How do you treat the "compost tank"? Do you add 4 ounces of the holding tank chemical between pump outs?
        We use "Joy's John" service for pumping it out. They do not use chemicals but natural stuff. I don't remember what is in their tablet that they drop into the tank after they empty it and then add some water. I was told to dump salt into the tank to winterize it. I ask if the salt we use for the water softener was O.K. and they said yes. I'm supposed to add more salt if I see that it is freezing.
    The Outhouse is in better shape than the building in front of it!
         The white barn is the strangest building for holding paint on it. They had one guy who swore he could paint it so it would hold paint. He scraped & sanded it and gave it one coat of premier primer and then two coat of paint. He stopped back three years later and stood in the driveway shaking his head while saying; "I never saw anything like it in all my years." The paint was already peeling off the barn. [Sounds like a moisture problem with the wood. Better ask This Old House!]
    The white barn is on a lean and one corner is 6" off from top to bottom. After Ted built my storefront, he realized that siding would be the best thing to use to cover the inside of the white barn. He put a lot of cross bracing in, insulated the walls and then sided it. We need to re-paint the outside of the white barn and see if it will now hold paint.
    What did you use on the inside to "panel" the walls?
    The inside of the outhouse is a tongue and groove siding that most people would use on the outside of a building. I don't know if you can make it out or not but he covered the vent pipe with the same siding. He cut the edges on a 45 degree angle and nailed them over the pipe. The siding on the inside of the outhouse was the siding left over from the inside of the white barn.
    Ted has done some remodeling in the past but the outhouse was the first thing he has ever built from the ground up. He had built me a Victorian storefront inside of one of his three buildings for my vintage clothing and accessories. My vintage clothing room was a work room in its previous life so he just gave it a face-lift. The siding he used on the outside of the outhouse was left over from the storefront project.
    Well, now you know "The Rest of the Story!".
    Shawnee Road Antiques of Baroda, MI has three large buildings that host 1000ís of antiques plus vintage clothing. Now it has a fourth building that adds to its charm, the outhouse!

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