Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One Vintage Cabinet: One Special Memory

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In my younger years, my roommates and I lived in an older prairie style home on historic Main Street of a small midwestern city. The house featured pocket doors, a fireplace, and tons of great character. In a dark, dark corner of the basement there was a worn painted cabinet covered in grime, oil stains, and cobwebs. Unused and forlorn, it caught my eye one day. What if?

I pulled it out of the corner one weekend and said, "Let's see!" After getting it to my parents' house a couple hours away, my parents and I went to task. After cleaning it, stripping it, adding crown molding, staining it, polying it, re-attaching the original hardware, and replacing the upper panels with textured glass (Sorry! No close-up photo!), it had new life! And it has been a hard-working and special piece of furniture in every home since then. It has served various purposes in the master bedroom, dining room, living room, office, and now guest bedroom over the years.

While the cabinet turned out great, the best part of it is not actually the cabinet itself. It is what the cabinet represents...the time my parents spent helping me make my vision a reality. It meant a lot to me then, and it means even more to me today. I still think of that time with them every time I see it. :)

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  1. Those are the most special pieces! It's a beautiful cabinet, with a great story.

  2. It's beautiful! And I'm so glad you have such great memories to go along with it :)

  3. How lucky you are to have such a pretty piece of furniture filled with wonderful memories. I am sure you will keep it forever!

  4. i love the warmth it adds to the room- what a beautiful piece! and i love how meaningful it is to you.

  5. What a great piece. It is so nice to have a piece with good memories attached!

  6. What a great memory - those are the best kinds of furniture to have - rich with history and meaning.

  7. lovely cabinet and a great memory...might that city have been stevens point?! love your idea of 1st project for the new year - posted the link on my blog today - look forward to it!
    amy of four corners design

  8. Great memory and the cabinet turned out beautifully. I can see it would be a very versatile piece. It reminds me of an oak piece I had in my earlier years that now graces my daughter's entry to her new house. Glad you have such good memories with yours. Happy New Year! Carrell

  9. It's beautiful and what lovely memories!

  10. What a beautiful cabinet and the memories make is fabulous!!

  11. Lovely cabinet, even better story. Isn't it the best when you can fill your house with pieces that actually have meaning to you more then just that you think it is beautiful.

  12. Such a sweet story...My favorite pieces in my home are the ones with a story....

    The room is put together so well...

    Take care,

  13. It's lovely! And what a beautiful story!! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  14. I love you cabinet re-do and I'm loving this room. I love the fact that it's not cluttered, with just a few statement pieces. DH is pestering me to pair things down a bit, his words are "it's getting pretty dense" so your home is great inspiration for me.
    Love the old Ontario sign too!!!!


  15. A beautiful cabinet with such a beautiful memory.

    I do not have a clue what your next post will be but am looking forward to it.

    Hoping things will slow down enough here so I can visit more often.


  16. What a great piece, and great parents! My parents would have told me I was wasting my time on a piece of junk! We don't see eye to eye on old furniture! I'm glad I never listened to them and I did my own thing anyway!

  17. It's a beautiful piece! Your house is a home when good memories are surrounding you! Thanks for sharing your beautiful room!


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