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Custom Re-Finishing & Repairs

2 Barking Dog Studios

We just (October 27, 2016) opened our 2nd Barking Dog store, in Sidney BC. at #109-2506 Beacon Ave., about a stones throw to the Sidney Marina & the Fisherman’s Wharf. We are sharing a space with Muffet and Louisa, a fabulous kitchen, bath & bedroom store that has been in Sidney for over 25 years. Muffet, the owner & operator, the sweet Queen of Sidney, is a pleasure to know & work beside.

Our phone for the Sidney store is 250-216-3423

Re-Loving!  We can re-finish your old but favorite piece of furniture, & if some repairs are needed – no problem – we’ll repair it first. Bring the piece in, or a photo, & we’ll talk about the solution.

Our Artists

debi & dogs

Debi is here with the (barking) dogs

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& here re-loving an old side table for a customer.


Roseanna is putting the finishing touches on a rather large crab wall hanging that Randy made for her . Of course all the finishing is done with FAT Paint (made in New Westminster) or Country Chic Paint (made in Duncan)  artisan style chalk paint.

If Debi isn’t in the store to help you then Roseanna will be. They love to talk art with our customers, can help with ideas & suggestions, & are very talented themselves so they know of what they speak.

Randy, well he’ll be the one with sawdust clinging to him, finding out what’s next on the honey-do list is.


Barking Dog Studio is owned by Debi Anderson & Randy Welters.

Debi is the personality of the store & the design/finishing expert for re-loving furniture. She also has her own line of jewellery, Jewls West Jewellery, featuring local Whiffin Spit sand in glass earings.

Randy spends most of his time in the shop building custom furniture, wood toys & yard furniture, & does custom repairs & projects for customers.

We can also provide the ‘outside the box’ vision for painting/finishing, using either of our favorite chalk style artisan paints, Country Chic Paint (made in Duncan, BC) or FAT Paint (which is made in New Westminster).

Barking Dog Studio & Our Local Arts Community

“Reflecting Sooke’s Artistic Imagination”

At any one time we display around 95 local artists as well as our own works.  Most of our artists are from the South Vancouver Island area, with a few from the mainland of British Columbia. We are proud to be the retail outlet for our local artists & being focused on such immense talent & imagination.

Barking Dog Studio Awards

BE Award Winner White


Barking Dog Studio was awarded the 2015 Business Excellence Award by The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce for outstanding business and service.

Where our Name Came From - The Dogs!

2 dogs

Dachshunds are talkative, energetic & nosey – everyone should know this. Molly & Gracie fit this to a T; hence our name. Now, we know there can be confusion whether we are a dog store, & we do make our own dog necklaces (okay collars), & we have locally made leashes & dog jewellery, but having a mother (Molly) & daughter (Gracie) team just seemed to dictate the name. The girls are in the store much of the time, but sometimes their energy levels get them a time-out to home.

Sooke Fine Arts Show

Each year our arts community & volunteers puts on an incredible art show, The Sooke Fine Art Show, & every year this juried show brings tremendous fine art focus on our town. It is held each summer on the last week of July ending on BC Day, which the first Monday in August.