A gentleman’s wardrobe

Poking around in a local opportunity shop, I found a locked cupboard with a price tag of $35.00 dollars on it. The manager asked if I wanted to look inside and she opened up what she referred to as “a gentleman’s wardrobe” made in 1931. The wardrobe stands at around 4 foot high and has a hanging space on one side, perfect for pants and shirts but too short for dresses. Perhaps this was designed, so the lady of the house couldn’t take over? On the other side is a handy set of shelves and drawers, just perfect for stashing crafty bits and pieces I thought. The very elderly manager and her even more elderly assistant, would not let me help put this in the back of my car. I felt very embarrassed standing by watching. They were very efficient and obviously furniture removal experts. I suggested they could start up a removal company. Perhaps “Gran with a Van”?

So, now you know what my last post’s key was for. Pom poms make sure I don’t lose the key. I had lots of fun organising the wardrobe. Standing guard over it all, is my latest creation, Charlotte the koala. She’s made from a vintage wool blanket, a mohair cardigan and wears a little doily apron. As she’s smiling, I think she approves of my latest find.

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A pom pom clad key

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A gentleman’s wardrobe

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Handy storage for craft bits and pieces

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Embroidery threads find a home

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Charlotte the Koala surveys the room, she is available in the Winter Owls Shop.


32 thoughts on “A gentleman’s wardrobe

  1. that is a lovely veneered wardrobe- i love the timber colours and contours. and a great set of organising drawers within…i think we can re-frame it as a gentlewoman’s wardrobe!

  2. Awwwww, cuuuteee koala! ❀️❀️❀️❀️
    Dear Jen, I don’t receive your new posts so I unfollow and followed you againπŸ˜ƒ

  3. That is one stunning wardrobe/crafty-cupboard! What a great find… it’s so evocative of the thirties, I feel like I’m there just looking at it! Charlotte definitely looks very happy up there – the koala seal of approval! πŸ™‚

  4. What a great find! And for $35! It is quite perfect for crafting supplies. For a while I had my parent’s antique dental cabinet (my dad was an oral surgeon and both loved antiques) that my oldest sister had called dibs on when we divided up their furniture when they moved to a care facility. It took her a couple of years to finally rent a truck and come get it….and I thoroughly enjoyed using it for crafting supplies as well. All kinds of little drawers, a spinning cabinet, etc. I was very sad to see it go, but I did end up with some rather lovely, and bigger, antique Irish pine furniture that also works well for storing my goodies. So, the point being, I truly understand your excitement over your find. πŸ™‚ Enjoy! Love the little koala, too. ❀

    • I don’t think I’ve ever seen an antique dental cabinet before, it sounds really interesting. The Irish pine furniture sounds lovely though. My Mum has a lovely antique pine dresser that she has in her kitchen. It has a lot of character. I’m glad you got something nice to keep your goodies in πŸ™‚

      • So, I went looking for a pic that looks something like “our” dental cabinet and was shocked to find the exact kind! I’m not sure how to share the image with you though. :/ I suppose I could log into my long lost blog (that I haven’t posted in for about a year now) and post the photo. Yes, I guess I’ll do that, and photo(s) of the antique Irish pine (that is quite messy and over cluttered at the moment) So, give me a few minutes then you can go check πŸ™‚

  5. I love the way you have “up cycled’ the gentleman’s wardrobe. My wool room was once a wardrobe too! Clever us! Also Charlotte has such a strong but sweet air about her. I love her too. ❀

    • You see so many unloved free standing wardrobes now that they are not in vogue. They’re much better quality than the stapled together stuff you can buy these days. We obviously recognise quality when we see it πŸ˜‰

    • Well, it’s lucky you can’t see my table at the moment, or you wouldn’t be thinking I’m organized. It’s a sea of buttons, needles and thread and doilies. I like to call it my creative mess πŸ˜‰

  6. Gran With A Van– HAW!!! And “The very elderly manager and her even more elderly assistant” had me wiping away tears!! What a great image that conjures up, Jen– you standing there biting your nails with anxiety, while these two incredibly ancient ladies stagger around with the wardrobe, trying to get it into your car… “No, no, dear, we’re fine, we do this every day– wheeze!!” Too much!

    Great restoration job, and Charlotte the Koala is the ace!! : )

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