Thursday, July 17, 2008

The first Antique I Ever Bought

After I go out of my cutesy country stage and decided I liked primitive I wanted to go to the antique shops. So, my hubby obliged and took me to a huge one just outside Medina. There in the back room I saw the cabinet I had to have. No it was not in the original condition it was made in repairs had been made, but it was still quite expensive for my small budget. I had no idea where I was going to put it in my small ranch home at the time. All I knew was I had to have it. I remember paying for it and then feeling guilty because I spent the money. We loaded it in the bed of the pick up truck and brought it home. Now I can't part with it because of all its quirks I have found over the years.

I can't get a complete picture of it because my dining room table is in the way. I love you all, but I have a hard time moving the table without getting a hernia. LOL.

I don't love the design on the bottom doors, but I deal with it.

LOVE LOVE LOVE oh did I say LOVE tin punched anything, but loved the sides on this. There is a total of 6 panels on the upper part.

Close up of the panel. Look no hearts. If you are new to my blog I don't like decorating with hearts, but I love stars.

If you don't like the look of a hole put a tin can lid over it to hide. That way no one will see it. I love this part to. I am assuming someone tried to add a light at one point, but who knows. I can't tell because the back of the cabinet has a newer thin sheet of plywood on it. By newer I think 20 years or so.

The middle shelf is one piece of wood that is so warped that everything rolls off. I have to brace everything that might have that tendency. Right now I have my masher on there and it rolls right off. Sorry not a very good picture.

Last but not least I love this part. If your shelf isn't long enough... pound nails through bottle caps so it has something to rest on to hold it up.

I put the third coat of stain on my door and it is now the color I love. Hubby even says he likes and I did a good job. I almost fainted. We have decided to put a coat of polyurethane on too so that I can wipe it down if needed. AND I also made two pillow shams yesterday too. So it turned into WHAT I DID Work on Wednesday. LOL.
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simple~needs said...

what a cool cabinet!!
ya know ...... that hole looks like they had a pipe going through it?? hmmmm.
i wish that old pieces could talk, imagine the stories they could tell!!
have a great day, mary!!

Kindra said...

I bought a cabinet kind of like that a few weeks ago at an auction. I'm very excited about it. I need to take a picture for my blog! I can't get over that great display in your cabinet. It's just perfect! Love the punched tin on the side.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Oh I love it!!! such history to it, no wonder you fell in love and had to have it. Thanks for stopping by:)


Cricket said...

Nice cabinet! I love all the little quirks.

Peper Creek Gatherings said...

Great cabinet.. I also have an OLD one from my great- great grandparents! Maybe I'll have to do a post on it! Congrats on the award too... I love your blog, It's one of my faves.

Primgal55 - Linda said...

Morning, I am using my cold as an excuse to sit and catch up on blogs and emails! LOL
LOVE LOVE LOVE the cabinet!

I love your idea of a Tavern sign and just ordered one from Kindra! Thanks for the IDEA!

Leslie said...

Mary, I LOVE your cabinet. The punched tin doors are wonderful. Love it!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Your hutch is AWESOME! And I love all the little quirks too! I have never seen one with teh tin panels in the sides like that. Very unique!

And I agree with you about hearts and stars. I do have a country cabinet in the kitchen that has heart cutouts with screen. My hubby got it for me years ago and I can't bear to part with it. I'd like to cover up those hearts one of these days! LOL!

Tina said...

You have shown some smart solutions to some quirks. Prim ways of fixing whatever. what a smart cookie you are.
Thanks for sharing.
I love the cupboard.

Elise said...

What a great cabinet. I love your explanation of it!!

Jo-Anne said...

This is a wonderful old cabinet, Mary! I love how you have it displayed and all the fun stuff in it!

The Robin's Nest said...

I love that cabinet and what makes it so special IS all the quirks you are so right. You crack me up though... "Oh, I whipped out a couple of pillow shams yesterday"... La de da...No biggie
Hello Wonder Woman! :)

Julie said...

I love your cabinet and your blog. I think this is the first time I have visited and I will be back. I see you on all the blogs I frequent and thought I would come on over--so glad I did. Come visit sometime. Julie

Wendy said...

I LOVE your cabinet!!! You are very creative to hide all the little quirks!! I also love the punched tin!!! Hope you have a great Friday!!~Wendy

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

That is one beautiful piece! I hope i find one like it someday. Gorgeous!

Smiles, Lea