Have you been to Catriona’s Gelato Cafe in Historic Downtown Whitby? Its on Brock Street South just a few paces south of Sweet Violet and its the place for fresh Italian gelato and imported Italian coffees expressos and more! Their hot sandwiches are a favourite among Penney & Co staff and their fresh baked goodies really hit the spot. Catriona’s is family owned and run and is part of the Downtown Whitby renewal we’re all so excited about. Just another small local business we all need to patronize and support if we want to see things turn around in our town.
Recently I surprised the owners of Catriona’s with a surprise ambush makeover! I’d been threatening them for a while and this week I swooped in with a van load of furniture and accessories to make their cafe interior a little more cozy and welcoming. Here’s what it looked like yesterday morning…
Of course I had to do this makeover on a dime so I scoured our local thrift shop and found a pair of comfy velvet wing chairs in a handsome green jewel tone.
They were just $30 each! Next I scored this retro buffet with glass sliders for another whopping $30.
Back at the shop, I decided to pull colours from a pair of oversized feather filled cushions from Sweet Violet. Their colourful bohemian style would give us a relaxed coffeehouse vibe and incorporate our green chairs and red accents in the rest of the cafe while adding teal and chartreuse to avoid a Christmas look!
Kathy set to work painting the retro buffet with Fusion Mineral Paint in Seaside from The Penney & Company collection and was done in no time! She even had time to paint the wing chair legs in Fusion’s Picket Fence to spruce them up and take down the formality. Both were thoroughly distressed for a casual, rustic look.
I added vintage canisters full of coffee beans and baking supplies and vintage books to the glass portion of the buffet, orangey-red striped cushions to the green chairs, a sisal mat, some accessories and plants and a big rustic clock! Ron from Rural Reclaiming in Downtown Whitby kindly provided a vintage accent table with barn board top too! Et Voila!
Now there’s cozy grouping where people can face each other chatting over a good cup of espresso and munching a pastry or two! The white legs on the chairs really update them and the buffet looks completely refreshed! The plump cushions set the mood and add softness to the existing futon, don’t you think?
Catriona’s Gelato Cafe has such delicious food and a friendly, hard-working staff and I thought they deserved a little Penney & Co magic! I also created some cheerful red and white gingham oil cloth table cloths for the bistro tables and added white ceramic mason jars with colourful blooms.
You’ll love checking out the rotating gallery of local art at Catriona’s too! Stop by and check out the ambush makeover and better yet get a cappuccino and slice of something scrumptious (and some gelato on the side)!
Catriona’s Gelato Cafe
224 Brock Street South Whitby (Brock and Dunlop) 905 493 1921