I’ve been neglecting my blog a little lately(and yours too, sorry). It’s the time of year when I need to prepare for classes at the Neighbourhood House I teach at. Also, I’ve been decluttering at home which was long overdue….
As part of the decluttering process, I needed storage for all my art and craft supplies and things made waiting to be sold. I admit that it was taking over our whole dining area. Much to my husbands horror, I found this rather sad looking crystal cupboard, put out in the neighbourhood rubbish collection. I asked the man whose house it was in front of, if he’d mind if I took it. No, he said, I’d like it to go to a good home, and he very kindly helped me carry it to the car. No comments or eye rolling allowed until I have finished it, the family were told.
It was dirty and the veneer was cracked and missing in spots. However it had good bones and didn’t deserve to go to the tip. The mirror at the back was intact as was the original handle, lock and key. The bevelled glass shelves were all there too. What I really loved though, was the curved glass on either side of the door, which probably dates it to the 1920′s or 30′s. I felt a bit daunted about replacing the veneer, so I peeled off the cracked veneer and gave the whole cabinet a light sand. Next I oiled it with Danish Oil and cleaned the glass and mirror.
It now houses my vintage owl collection and assorted containers hide my bits and pieces such as embroidery thread, pencils, paints etc. The dining area has been decluttered and the family approves of our lovely ‘new’ cupboard, much to some people’s surprise….
The grubby cabinet with peeling veneer.
Da na! The transformation is now complete.
Lovely old handle and key.
Vintage anodized canisters and ice bucket, perfect for storage.
Dust free and safe from dog and boys…