Posted 6 years ago
This old kitchen corner cupboard came out of one of the older houses in my hometown. My guess would be mid 1800's and original to the home. My husband and my sons were not happy about bringing it home, it's very heavy and its hand hewed. I think its walnut. It's missing the top doors but it's a peach.
The guy who gave it to me was remodeling. Everything in his home was very early antiques and I couldn't understand how he could let it go..until I started to strip it. It quite literally had 100 years of paint on it. To make it worse someone put newspaper in the back and repainted it. It took me nearly a year to get it where I wanted it, and my family complained about the ugly heavy thing in the garage. I didn't want it stripped completely because the base color is milk paint that tells its age, stripper was out of the question. In the end all I could save of that was on the inside of the shelves. The knobs are not original to the period, but I'm hoping to fix that.
I had a woman offer me $1,500 when I had it half done. I told her I still had lots of work to do on it. She smiled and said "That's okay, I'm painting it black anyway." I almost swallowed my tougue! It's in my house so you can guess how that ended.
My other freebie came with two old radios out of a barn they were tearing down. It's a tiny pot belly stove. It was in rough shape, but with elbow grease and some sand it came out nice. I have a small flickering lite in it, and I use it for a plant stand.
It comes in handy that everyone knows I'm the resident dumpster diver, everyone knows who to call to dig and haul away anything. Not everyone smiles when the stuff comes home, but after that beast cupboard they know it's worth it in the end.