Custom Designs, Cool Finds and Rustic Comforts
Established in February 2013
The big advantage of Cool Cottage furniture and home decor --- you can bring me your ideas, your pictures, your Pinterest board lists, your recycled "stuff" and see how I can make something that will truly be one-of-a-kind. Instead of buying something already made that just doesn't hit the spot for that special someone or special place inside or outside the house, call Jim and he'll design and build a present with the "wow" factor - "where did you find that?" Make that upcoming event (a birthday, wedding, house warming, anniversary, retirement or Christmas) truly personal for someone who deserves something made just for them (or for you). "Wow that's cool!" I know because I hear that expression all that time.
The Perfect "ReDo" Red Wagon
Small 20" Red Flyer Wagon recyled as a shadowbox shelf unit. I added two shelves after treating the rust and repainting the inside black. Thought it would make my collection of items stand out more. Go Saints!
Introducing my new coffee table design using a recycled red wagon. The bottom base was orginally a bench I made from cypress and recycled fence boards. The wagon fit just right on top, no changes at all. This picture shows the bench part after two coats of gray stain on the bench. I had already treated the rust inside the wagon and painted it a gray color. I added a piece of diamond plate metal to the bottom for character. This will also give a more overall flat surface on the wagon bottom for drink glasses or personal items. You can add a piece of 3/8" glass top for a shadowbox effect. More pictures to be added soon to see the finished product.
Could also use this as a ice / beverage cooler for an upcoming party (inside or outside).
BUSINESS OWNERS --- how about having me design display units using red wagons as the initial attraction for people to be drawn to your products ... this includes jewelry, soft drinks, sale items, kid's toys and just whatever ... even clothing ... add a piece of glass for the top to keep some items more secure. The wagons (with and without shelves) can be hung on the walls if space is tight. Have a wagon painted pink for girls.
Since I have been taking the wheels off the wagons for these current projects, I am now looking for some ideas to tie in the wheels for displays too! Hanging clothes, garden tools, home decor ... and just as art themselves with various rust stages.
MORE DISPLAY UNITS --- go to the page titled "Best Southern Bars" for additional display ideas. I can use pecky cypress & pecky cedar for some truly unique tables / bars.
This is the same red wagon I have pictured above on top of the bench coffee table. This is a large wagon (34" length) which is the same size as the wagon picture shown to the right. No shelves have been added here and bottom is painted different gray color. I have a small piece of diamond plate metal shown here on the bottom as I am trying to show different looks for the inside of the wagon.
Bring me your old rusty red wagon (or brand new wagon) and let me make something special just for you. I have a very limited number of wagons or finished wagon projects on hand and am constantly searching for them. I also have found that the smaller wagons (20" long) are more difficult to find than the larger wagons (34" long) ..... and not all wagons are red. I have not made any projects out of plastic or wood wagons yet. And some people price their old wagons out of the market for me.
April 7, 2013 ... Important Announcement ... due to some recent personal health issues, I have temporarily closed my business. I will keep you-to-date when I am back part-time and then full-time. I am still accepting appointments to see products in my showroom.
May 12, 2013 ... Update status - I have started to return to my shop on a very limited basis for a couple of days each week.
June 10, 2013 ... I plan on returning to work full-time in July.
Please call ahead to make sure I am at the shop.
I am expanding my line of creative outdoor cypress furniture to include unique interior designs so both categories complement each other.
My product lines will include items from several catagories and the option to order customized pieces.
Combine chalk paint, milk paint, rusty accents, recycled doors - windows - hardware - furniture and eclectic pieces ... I believe you will like many of my designs, most of which will be one-of-a-kind.
My original business (Cool Chairs) started in 2007 in my garage and I am now selling and shipping nationwide. I continue to be a one-man-business so you have to be patient when ordering custom pieces.
For a preview of my my current exterior furniture "Cool Chairs" designs on my other website, go to ... www.CoolChairs.Net
For those of you who are familiar where my workshop and showroom has been for the past three years, I have moved. My new business is located near the college end of Green Acres Road in a long warehouse building. Contact me for any questions or prices or directions. Look for 418 Green Acres Road on the North side.
I now have an entire unit (840 sq. ft.) dedicated as a showroom full of furniture.
Check back often as I design my new website along with new products.
About Jim Kane ... raised in the Hudson Valley (Rhinebeck, New York), he attended Jacksonville University in Florida and was a four-year starter (along with twin brother David) on their soccer teams. Both Jim & David were selected to the JU athletic "Hall of Fame" in 1998. Jim was also selected to attend two U.S. Olympic Trials (1972 & 1976 games) and drafted 9th nationally overall in the first-ever professional soccer draft (1972) for the North American Soccer League (NASL) by the Miami "Gatos" ... a predecessor to the current Major League Soccer (MLS) professional league.
During his tenure as the Florida Youth Soccer League (FYSA) "State Coach" (1978-1981) he is recognized as being responsible for coming up with the name and promoting the change of the "National Select Team Program" to the new "Olympic Development Program" (ODP) which is used nationwide today. This ODP is the #1 selection program used to identify, select & coach players (both male & female) for the current U.S. National Teams, U.S. Olympic Teams and professional teams.
For 17 years in the Ft. Walton Beach, Niceville, Crestview & Destin (Florida) areas, he organized, directed and coached over 4,000 campers in his summer soccer camps & leagues under the name "State Champs Soccer Camps" and "State Champs Summer Soccer Leagues". Most of the his camp coaches were major division I college coaches from around the country as well as talented high school and licensed coaches. Many of his former campers who started playing soccer at his camps as young as 3-years old are currently successful players at the college level.
After 35 years of coaching (USSF "A" Coaching License, Division One College, High School) and teaching mathematics, he retired in 2007. His college team was ranked in the national top 50 in just three seasons from inception.
Cool Chairs was started in his garage and now he ships furniture nationwide from his workshop / showroom in Ft. Walton Beach.
Locally he is a member of the USAF Eglin Air Force Base 33rd Fighter Wing 'Honorary Commanders' and got to fly in one of the F-15's pictured below. "It's like riding on the fastest roller coast in the world with no tracks to follow, barrel rolls, unlimited rapid altitude changes and more turns with higher 'Gs' than anything I have ever known. And I got to fly it too."
"NOMADS ..... Fire From The Clouds!"
"Where NOMADS Roam"
Made in USA
Showroom & Workshop
418 Green Acres Road
Suites #3 .. #4 .. #5
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
(850) 496-5507 cst
Decorative sufboard designs made from bevil moody cedar and stained. Some have unique cutouts and metal or wood backings. Put up in man cave, on kids room wall, on front of a bar or add house numbers for your mailbox or front porch.
Add some hooks for your jewelry or necklaces or bracelets.
Outdoor table made from recycled boat house flaky, chippy siding.
Great table for displaying clothing with a glass top for protection.
Unique outdoor writer's desk with recycled graying fenceboard legs and cedar top. A great 2-tone look. Let the writing begin as you look out at your beautiful outside backyard view.
A neat side table or coffee table made from recycled 12" wide reddish fence boards and fence frame. Approx. 18" tall.
Imagine a shadow box for jewely made from this rich old wood.
Mississippi riverboats at Natchez, MS showing Natchez "Under The Hill."
Large 34" Red Flyer wagon show- ing two shelves (made from 5/4 cypress). The inside of the wagon can be painted any color and the shelves can be stained too. Since this weighs 10 pounds (before any items are put on the shelves), this wagon needs to be supported with big hooks or nails/screws. This can be used inside or outside depending on what you want to display.
New ideas for future red wagons include ... painting a design on the inside of the wagon bed, additional shelves, leaving the wheels on (no handle) & making a glass topped (shadox box) coffee table, flipping it upside down with the wheels intact and adding a light & chains - for use over your dining room table at the beach house, ... whatever. "Just let the good times roll." (I've seen this done with old pedal-cars). Bring me your (old/new) wagon and let me design a creative one-of-a-kind present for someone.
Two comfortable adirondack chairs with painted sailboats on the tops. Great look near the beach, lake, backyard or porch.
The "barrel move".
Surfing inside the wave while leaning against the wave wall.
Welcome to Rhinebeck, NY
where I grew up (near Hyde Park and West Point). About 100 miles north of NYC near the Hudson River. One of many
very large and beautiful barns.
Go Army, Knicks and Yankees!