Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Start of the Office/Studio Makeover: Pair of Vintage Medical Cabinets

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What has my first project of the year been? Working on this bad boy of a room...the office/workspace/studio. It's been in desperate need of a functionality makeover!

The photo below was after I had cleaned out most of the furniture and chaos that had been collecting around the space. I had initially planned to paint the room, but I wasn't sure if I was ready for that. I thought the current color (Navajo White from Behr) might work. So why change a good thing? I figure I'll give it a try. If it doesn't work, I'll paint later.


I planned on keeping everything in the photo above, but one of the problems in this space has been storage. Well, my merriest of Christmas gifts was a pair of vintage medical cabinets (circa 1950) in original condition. I was told they came from the old Duluth Clinic in Duluth, MN. We picked them up from friend's mother who had been using them to display knick-knacks in the basement for years. We were happy to adopt them!


They found a happy new home in the corner opposite the doorway. What a great focal point when I walk into the room!


One of these bad boys now holds my stash of seldom-used sewing supplies, which had formerly been stuffed into corners of closets, drawers of cabinets, etc. They finally have a happy new home where they might actually get used! They were previously out of sight out of mind. Now, that I can see them, I actually mended a couple pieces of clothing a couple days ago. Shock and awe, I know! (FYI: The vintage sewing basket was my mother's when she was growing up. She gifted it to me a few years ago. Love!)


The other cabinet houses my stash of DIY Club goodies. I love being able to see all my supplies at once! That way I know what I have to work with!


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Must take care of that fan/light fixture!...



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20 comments:

  1. I love those cabinets. I wish they had stuff like that around my area, but alas, it would be considered an antique, therefore; out of my price range.

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  2. Your cabinets are incredible! How lucky you are to have not only one but a matching pair.

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  3. Those cabinets are gorgeous! The color is perfect - is that the original color? Lucky you!!

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  4. Minnesota is the best (I'm a true Minnesotan) and love the clear glass open view on those cabinets. Any thoughts about tearing out that carpet and uping the base and crown moulding? I would leave the fan but remove the light part, it's nice for a slight breeze.

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  5. Those cabinets are fabulous and I love the color. It is rare to find a matching pair. I also adore the large metal sign...wonderful!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  6. Good grief girl - I'm green with envy over here!!! Those cabinets ROCK!!!!

    Have fun!
    ;-D robelyn

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  7. You have me ready to scouer craigslist looking for these! I love to marry function and beauty, great job girl.

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  8. love those cabinets!!! the green is fantastic!
    I can so relate to the need to fix the office :)

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  9. What fab cabinets, the color is so happy. Looking forward to seeing the next installment.
    hugs ~lynne~

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  10. the cabinets are fantastic and love the sea foam green color. Sea Witch

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  11. I love them! Lucky girl! Completely wonderful.

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  12. these are worth breaking into your home and stealing and spending time in jail for. AWESOME! love the color, style, size, all of it!!! what a FIND!

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  13. Love those ... especially the color! They were meant for your room!

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  14. I love all things metal...especially these cabinets..Can't wait to see that room all finished!

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  15. The cabinets are FANTASTIC!!! Lucky you! Happy 2011 to you!

    -Andrea

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  16. You are killing me with those cabinets! I have not seen any around here and you now have two. And I even love the green! Ugh, I love them. I can't wait to see the rest of the room.

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  17. Those cabinets are so cool & I love the color. I think having the glass door would help me keep it clean too.. bonus!

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  18. Wow... amazing cabinets! They look great and so functional. I love to be able to see everything in my stash too.

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