Crazy story, really. While on the hunt for a piece of furniture to rehab, I came across this lovely lady. She definately needed some work, but I was up for the challenge (and I can usually talk handy hubby into breaking out the power tools). The gal we bought this from acquired it from an antiques dealer in Upstate New York. She was moving to Hawaii and literally depleting all of her belongings that would not fit into her compact car, which was being shipped on a boat for her. When we went to go look at it, it was in several pieces. And only because the top separates from the base and all of the doors have old school/primitive ‘lift off’ hinges. Coolest thing ever.
Given the size of the piece and the nature of the work needed, I could see where others would shy away. The sweet gals mother was encouraging her to break it down into wood pieces and scrap it (I about lost my breath). She said she would rather burn it in the back yard than put it in the garbage, as she spent a small fortune on it initially. At this stage, her house was sold and she was leaving the country 48 hrs later. Enter stage left, my hubby and I there to take a peak. After looking and chatting a bit, thinking we might be able to make things work, the nice gal literally shares her story (about her mom and then saying she’d rather burn it), so she makes us an offer that we could not refuse. It was an easy decision, so we loaded it all up, in 2 vehicles, and brought our baby home. Ahhhhh, I was so excited. The details on this piece are fantastic. And, true to its almost primitive age, the small scale chicken wire on the upper cabinet doors is literally sandwiched in between the pieces of wood that make up each door. Very cool…..I’ve never seen that before. I couldn’t wait to get busy.
If you look closely, the upper cabinet area had a huge hole cut out of it. Before it came to us, it was being used an entertainment area. The cutout was for a television. Handy hubby to the rescue here. After digging through some scrap wood, my husband was able to piece together a replacement for the cutout area. And he totally mimicked the board and batten type design inside. He also cut new wood for the shelving, as the old shelves were terribly warped. After cleaning, lightly sanding and cleaning again, it was time to paint. The exterior received 2 coats of DIY chalk paint in Alabaster White and the upper interior area was painted in a grey/blue called Winterwood by Benjamin Moore. Some light distressing and a solid coat of dark wax was applied to the exterior. The interior shelves all received 2 coats of wipe on Poly for durability. The end result is truly lovely.
The huge hole is gone and she can resume life as a wonderful antique, farmhouse cupboard. In a large kitchen, dining room, it could hold linens and quilts or I could totally see this in a quaint store front (hmmmmm, if only I had a store).