Shop the Block: Glendora Village’s Knot Too Shabby

Photo by Leo Jarzomb

By Brittany Wong

Take one look at the stately Lane Cedar Chest cheekily emblazoned with a
Union Jack flag and you’ll quickly understand: the people at Knot Too Shabby know and
love shabby chic.
Since opening the restoration furniture shop in July 2011, owner Michele
Rivera and her DIY-minded band of merrymakers have taken piece after piece of unloved
furniture and given each a splashy refinish that never encroaches on original detailing.
Take for instance, an armoire with a natural oak finish that the group gave a poppy

Tiffany blue distressed finish.
Customers who have something specific in mind opt for the “pick it before I paint it”

deal, selecting a piece from the shop’s breadth of unfinished furniture so they can call

the shots on how they want it painted.
It’s little wonder Rivera and co. have earned a cult of regular customers following their hard work.
“They’re always returning,” said Macy Clow, painter and Rivera’s right-hand woman. 

“And we’re constantly flipping the store, so there’s always something new to find.”
You won’t just find furniture, though. Between chest of drawers and antique side tables,

you’ll find an impressive scattering of thrifted goods and antique oddities – from a

geography book from 1849 to Remington typewriters, china and old-timey frames.

In tiered candy dishes, pick through bubbled glass knobs that would go for twice

as much at Anthropologie.

177 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, closed