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Farmers Union Pour House, Old Town Salinas Update

Those of you that are regular readers of my blog  know that my son and daughter in law have taken on a new venture. They are opening up a craft beer and wine bar in Oldtown Salinas. Oldtown Salinas has some beautiful old buildings and there is a concerted effort afoot to revitalize and  renew Oldtown Salinas and restore it to it’s former prominence as a center of community activity.  Our son Colin was raised in Salinas, came back after college with his wife (an east bay native), and are excited about becoming a part of that effort. Colin and Lauren are craft beer afficionados and have long shared a family love of great wine.  


They are located right across the street from the wonderful restaurant Patria.  The building once housed a Farmer’s Mercantile in the 1800’s hence the name. Lauren contacted The Monterey County Historical Society for information about the building and found that it once housed a clock tower.  They had three of the original faces and graciously loaned one of them to be displayed at Farmer’s Union.  Colin made a frame out of the aged redwood (tutorial here)  and encased it in glass.  The iron balconette was salvaged from the warehouse yard (read about that here), and once graced one of our rentals.  We flipped it and turned it into a console that ironically perfectly fit the space.

 Colin made the bar tables out of plumbing pipe and reclaimed wood flooring (that was in the warehouse).  The old doors were purchased for a project many years ago and a few were left over.

We wanted to keep the expenses low so I kept racking my brain for ideas for inexpensive art and copied  this idea from my blogging friend Karen.  We found the frames at Michaels and Lauren did all the work and made the art for practically nothing!! 


Here is a sneak peek at one of the banquettes.  Colin made the tables from the same reclaimed flooring as the bar tables with a sawbuck base painted with Amy Howard One Step Paint and Wax.  Ace Upholstery did the backs and Yvonne from Soft Accents crafted the french cusions.  I can’t believe how comfortable they are! Colin made the boxes from reclaimed fence boards an idea “stolen” from my friend Roxanne whose kitchen you all loved here.  Lauren filled the boxes with succulents.  On the wall is an old wine gathering basket surrounded by two mirrors from Wayfair here.

In the back of the bar near the clock is an area that remains open (future expansion ideas). We found these beams in the trash heap.  They were original to the space so we repurposed them into shelves. Lauren ordered the letters from Etsy and Colin made the sign out of old fence boards.

At the entrance we hung this light made from barrel staves that Colin made for our fixer upper that was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Makeovers here and here.  We decided to beef it up and add rope since it would be gracing a much larger space.

Here is a peek at the bar before the TV’s went up yesterday. The counter is constructed of the concrete treated wood and the top is crafted of steel by Ty Brooks of Sunset Custom.  

And last but not least drumroll please…
There is a big huge blank wall in the hall that leads to the restrooms. We wanted something colorful to give the space some definition. We were so fortunate to come across a wonderful series of paintings by a budding young local artist.

 Here he is posing next to the 1st in the series.

And admiring the completed works…

Do you think it helps that his grandmother is artist Pat Huber?  I have featured her work many times on my blog here, and here., and you can check out her website here.  William is currently at work on another series .  He has had many requests for gallery appearances but at the present time he chooses to work in his studio.  We will keep you apprised of  when he might make an appearance at a gallery near you.  

Thank you William we can’t wait for the construction to be over so we can hang them.

P.S Farmers Union hopes to be open by the end of the month…stay tuned…

Reader Interactions


  1. anonymous says

    I love every element of this design. I am in awe of your talent Cindy. Very lucky kids to have a mother that is a talented designer.

  2. Lisa @ Shine Your Light says

    Cindy I have absolutely loved watching this project take shape and I can't get over what a family endeavor it has been! All the repurposed elements and interesting pieces give the space so much character, and I especially love the art you commissioned, what a handsome artist!!!!! That is the best!!

  3. designchic says

    It's amazing, Cindy! I love all of your beautiful work and the art by Pat's grandson is fantastic…a big future ahead…happy weekend!

  4. Anonymous says

    How cool – am loving the space. I may have missed it, but was wondering where the lights hanging over the bar tables are from. I have been looking for something like those.

  5. Reviving Charm says

    What a wonderful accomplishment. I love how they have tried to incorporate a bit of the town's history with use of the clock face. What a wonderful conversation piece. The space looks wonderful. I wish them much success!

  6. La Contessa says

    From YOUR SON and DAUGHTER IN LAW to the little TYKE with the paintbrush……..ALL LOOKS MARVELOUS!
    YOU have done an outstanding job with DECOR……..and to find the original clock face??!!!!!!OMG!
    I look forward to SEEING in person!
    PS.I HAVE NEVER HAD A BEER!!!!!!NEVER!!!!!!!!!

    • Cindy says

      There will be lots of good wine flowing as well. I am learning to like beer that doesn't taste like beer! You will have to try one!!

  7. CiciBianca says

    Cindy – I have enjoyed watching the progress on your son and daughter-in-law's new venture. The space is wonderful and I wish them great success.

  8. Lynn Crawford says

    I may have missed a post on your blog explaining the "concrete finished wood" on the counter. I would love more detail on how this look was created.

    • Cindy says

      Hi Lynn
      I linked back to that post. If you click on "here" above it will take you there. Let me know if you have any trouble. If so email me and I will send you the link!

    • Lynn Crawford says

      Cindy, Thanks so much. I remembered the post the minute I linked to it. This time, I saved it to my Pinterest Faux Finish board, which I should have done in the first place! The entire renovation and design of your Pour House project is perfection.

    • Cindy says

      Thank you so much Lynn! The concrete treatment is really easy. Another option is liming if you want a whiter look. We did not for this particular project.

  9. Anonymous says

    "ironically" or "coincidentally"? Sorry, English teacher here. Beautiful venue.

  10. Karen says

    This turned out so well. I will definitely be telling my craft beer loving sons about this location—they visit the bay area annually. I love the clock face and the iron piece beneath.
    Thank you for the shout out, the graphics look great. That series of paintings is amazing—how sweet to have a budding artists work!

  11. Mary Ann Pickett says

    I LOVE IT ALL!!! So cool and with so much personality. I cannot wait to go there! What a wonderful family effort. And Pat's grandson is a prodigy 🙂

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