This traditionally built cabinetry was found in a barn in Pennsylvania, painted multiple colors with some rot and evidence of nesting birds. Likely built in the later 1800's, it features flat panels on the exterior (and subsequently raised on the interior). The back is a tongue and groove with a bead. Evidence of prior locking hardware, but no shelving existed. Its original intent is unclear, as there were no holes for hooks, shelving, pegs, etc.
Now newly outfitted with traditional zig-zag adjustable beaded shelving, secret pull out tray and beautiful brass cabinet latch, this cabinet is ready for the next 100 years of service.
Get the look:
1. Don't be afraid of paint- this cabinet was beautiful stripped of all paint, but was never made to be stained. Sometimes too much exposed wood in a room, is just that- too much.
2. Paint interiors light colors to reduce shadows and darkness.
3. Pick a classic color for the exterior- this gray has a little blue in it, but avoids brown and green tones. It pairs well with most furniture, wood flooring and other decor.
4. Don't be afraid to alter an antique. This cabinet was nearly ready to fall apart- given new life, it's now a cherished centerpiece of the room.
5. Make your shelves believable with a nosing- in this case a traditional nosing with a beaded lower edge.
6. If something is too nice to use, then it belongs in a museum! The appearance of age and patina lends some dignity to a piece of furniture. Don't fix things up so nice or perfect that you are afraid to use them.