Monday, September 6, 2010

New-Old Cabinet

I have mentioned before that my friend Julie and I have been painting every summer for a gentleman that lives about 30 minutes from me. We have known Don for about 4 years now and he will trust no one else to paint his beloved 200+ year old home. 
Part of the fun of being there is that he has collected things (antique whatevers) for many years. 
It is always fascinating to be taken on a tour of one of the levels of his 2 huge reconstructed barns. Each level is loaded with antique furniture, frame molds from his first job, antique hardware of every kind, church artifacts, and flag stone that is older than his house. He has a deconstructed Amish house that was moved from another New York location and next year we begin to reassemble and restore it.
During the time we are painting when we take a break I love to look around at the gardens and once in awhile there is something that catches the eye, just leaning against the barn. This cabinet is one of those things. It was in the house when Don and Diane began redoing the bathroom and they replaced this with antique shelves rather than a cabinet. I asked if it was for sale and he told me I could have it for $10!
Well even though it isn't OLD, it is older than I am and so I snapped it up!

I may even own a key that will work in these locks.
What will I do with it? Well I could refinish it and paint it with roses and sell it?
I really haven't thought that far ahead, I just knew I wanted it.
Another project for this winter...suggestions welcome! Have a great evening!


  1. I guess I am a little different - I love it, but I would check to see what kind of wood it is and maybe strip it and hang in the bedroom and hang a light weight antique (looking?) quilt on the towel bar. Perhaps take the mirrors out and replace with glass and use it for a display.

    Well, you did ask for ideas......

  2. What a treasure! I love it too, and think that your ideas will really freshen it up--However I have to admit that I wouldn't be thinking of selling it, but keeping it all to myself!! :-)

  3. Hi Kim and since I already have an even older one in my bathroom (found on a street corner in Montreal). Like you I love to keep old things but I live in a small rental trailer and I have a spare room loaded with old chairs and odds and ends to be painted and sold!! lol, it's hard to let go!

    Sharon the inside of the drawers are the original wood and it is DARK with tons of varnish. The mirrors seem a recent addition, the original wood is behind the mirrors. It definitely needs stripping as the paint job was very badly done. I hope to get to it before the snow flies!

  4. WOW!! This is a great treasure and what ever you do with it , I know it will be fantastic!!


  5. Tina ~ What a great find - and for $10.00!!! Can hardly wait to see what you do with it! Have you ever seen the wonderful selection of decorative knobs at the store, Anthropologie? Go to their website at and click on hardware to see their selection - it will certainly give you some ideas for a theme for this treasure! Cassandra ♥

  6. That's a great deal Tina - $10.00! A little paint and some new hardware - fabulous! Can't wait to see what you do...

  7. I would just love to wonder around an old barn full of treasures, what fun, my dream job! Can't wait to see what you do with it! Thanks for stopping and your kin comments. Have fun chipping off porcelain roses LOL



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