My question for Faded Charm's White Wednesday is: which is it, does rust make white look better or does white make rust look better? I’m pretty sure there is no right answer to that! Some people don’t even like rust!
Unbelievable as it might seem there a people (probably men) out there fighting rust, as we speak, they are scraping, polishing and oiling, just so their machines, tools and other metal object won’t be “ruined” by rust. Meanwhile I, and many others, covet those wonderfully patina covered objects such as the medicine cabinet I have in my entry.
Purchased several years ago at the Aurora Colony Days Street Sale, I picture this cabinet having spent some of its early life on an old farm house porch, or maybe a bedroom, with a table under it, a wash basin and pitcher of water sitting on the table ready for “washing up” before supper. Do you make up histories for your antiques?
Now, some woman has it in the entryway. As you can see, it has wonderfully rusty old doors and sides but inside the white paint is still intact. Don’t you love the small diamond shaped mirrors on the doors? This arrangement is anchored by the drop-leaf desk and an enameled potato bucket.
Inside I keep a collection of small medicine and ink bottles along with some very small, old books.
Beneath the cabinet is a cool old silhouette of a child dated 1937, and sitting on the desk a fabulous old fan (I just talked my granddaughter out of) and one of my favorite pieces of silver, a trophy for the best “10 lb. box of Royal Ann Cherries” presented in 1908 at the Salem Cherry Fair
White, rust, black, silver…….wooohooo…gottem’ all! Each color makes the other look better………. just like us!