Rebarn started with $100, now business is expanding, featured on TV
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When you think barn doors, horses and hay might come to mind.
But for Mark Livingston, his customized sliding barn door creations make for a great centrepiece in bedrooms, bathrooms, and wherever else in the home a touch of added flare is desired.
Starting up his business, Rebarn, with $100 in his garage in 2012, Livingston got a break in 2014 when his work was featured on television show Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure. More exposure came when he supplied furniture for HGTV show Property Brothers starring twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, and again for the second season of Cabin Pressure.
Now, Rebarn is back for the third season of Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure, which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Cottage Life. In this season, Colin and Justin are renovating a Haliburton cottage they purchased with the goal of renting it out.
“We specialize in barn doors,” Livingston said of Rebarn, adding he’s created the sliding pieces for all three seasons of Cabin Pressure. “For the current season, I made a kitchen banquet, a bench and table, and a set of barn doors for the master bedroom to close off the ensuite bathroom. Colin and Justin are awesome, they are great to work with.”
And it appears the sentiments are mutual.
“We’ve worked with Mark Livingston at Rebarn for years, and in that time he’s made many wonderful barn doors for our various projects, both on and off screen,” Colin and Justin said in an email to The Villager. “They are great monolithic sliding portals crafted from salvaged factory floors and decommissioned barns. During all three seasons of Cabin Pressure his work has been pivotal to our ‘modern rustic’ reveals. We’re suckers for a top notch artisan and Mark is precisely that; a quality craftsperson with an undeniable skill when it comes to furniture making and contemporary architectural design. We’re excited that Mark is now expanding his business beyond the company’s original Black Creek manufacturing studio and that he’s opening his first street front store on Toronto’s bustling Dupont. We wish him only the best.”
Livingston uses salvaged lumber for his artisan studio to create one of a kind, hand-crafted custom furniture, barn doors, and hardware in rustic or contemporary looks.
“We sell all over Canada and ship throughout Canada and the United States,” he said. “Doors are very popular right now. We have 65 doors on order. Sliding doors are functional stylish. A swinging door takes up space, sliding doors don’t.”
And the doors aren’t cheap, with the price ranging from $750 into the thousands.
Customers will soon have a chance to check out Livingston’s collection in a brand new showroom opening at 1611 Dupont St., east of Dundas Street, in May.
Rebarn’s current location 380 Alliance Ave., near Weston Road and Black Creek Drive, will serve as a workshop and warehouse, he said.
“We want a collection people can physically see,” he said, adding customers attending the Alliance Avenue site would typically choose pieces from a computer screen.
Considering all that’s happened to Livingston over four short years, it’s hard to believe his first sale was over Kijiji for a table he built in his garage.
“It’s all grown organically,” he said of Rebarn, adding he’s turned down offers to appear on lesser known shows. “We don’t have any debt. There are seven employees, including me. We want to diversify our portfolio to include more modern pieces. We want to branch out into new territory and that’s what the new store is going to help us do.”
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