About 12 years ago, back when we still had an space in a local antiques mall, I bought this baby. I found it at a yard sale......all painted white with lines and hardware that made me believe it was something out of the 1970s.
Shortly after I brought it home, hubby went to work and stripped the white paint.......well, most of it.....being something of a perfectionist he was discouraged by the amount of paint left in crevices and grooves and the grain of the wood.
By then, we realized it was not a 1970s piece but much earlier.....on the bottom of one of the drawers, we found the name of the furniture maker, JJ Cady, and the date May 1919. On top of which, the doors held beautiful old, old wavy glass full of bubbles.
In spite of her virtues, she sat in our garage partially disassembled, partly stripped and gathering dust. The discouraged owners not sure how they wanted to proceed.
Then our granddaughter, and her husband, thought they would like to have a china cabinet/secretary (note: the fold out shelf) and they would finish it........well, five years later.....it was back in our garage, same sad state with more dust.
Then one day I sent a photo to a dealer friend, sure! she would like to buy it! Ooops, then second thoughts began to set in.
Did I REALLY want to sell it? Come to think of it, there really wasn't that much left to do to finish it and where would I find another china cupboard for that price.
So, with my newly found motivation I went to work. I scrubbed off the grime, applied finishing wax and painted the inside.........here she is in all her glory!
I will decorate the shelves and, then, I'll share the finished product...soon...well sooner than 12 years, I'm pretty sure. Geez, I may be the QUEEN of Procrastination!!!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much for which to be thankful....a wonderful family, our health and a our fun and busy retirement. Blessings from our house to yours.
I know it's a stretch but, if you look close, there was some red paint under the white paint originally and it shows in the first photo....so, I'm taken my cabinet to show it off at Sue's Rednesday. Also, found two new and really fun Linky Parties at Restore Interiors "Restore It Wednesday" and Primative & Proper's "Piece of Work Wednesday".