Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's Done, Done at Last!

In November of last year, I wrote HERE about a china cabinet that has taken us 12 years to refurbish.

Well, now, it has taken 12 years and four months........but it's DONE, all the way DONE!

I thought I wanted glass shelves, but I hear they can and do break and the shelves would be almost four foot long, so I opted for wood.  Well, that decision took until after Christmas! Then I had to find the proper board, so I thought.  Proper board came in the form of pressed board, very, very sturdy and doesn't bow under the weight of a bunch of pottery sitting on it.

Okay, now we are, almost, into February.....had my son cut the board to size for me....no hurry!  That only took a couple weeks from his house to back to mine.....NOW we need to get some trim for the front of the boards and paint them.  So, what is it now, the second week in March...decorated and DONE! 

Well, here it is...TA DA....shelves all dress up but guess what, the drawers are still empty....not to worry, that won't last long.

IMG_0310Just a little reminder, on the bottom of one of the boards I found the signature of the cabinet builder and the date May 1919.  There is, also, a town and state but we are not positive what it says...we thought it was Wassen, NJ but that doesn't exist.  We need to do a little more research.

IMG_0321The cabinet makers name is JJ Cady.  Can you read the name of the town?

IMG_0312  Our lovely, almost like new, china cabinet/secretary has become home to some of our favorite collectibles and family heirlooms.

On the right is a chocolate set, from Bavaria, that was my mother's, along with a Hull vase that was hers.  We collect Bauer Art Pottery and these are some of our vases, I've added some other Hull pieces, some chintz and some Lusterware and one of my favorite pieces....it's the round perpetual calendar on the bottom shelf, it is made of celluloid and is French.  When I want to change the date I have to go find my French dictionary so I know what the month is.......since it is "perpetual", it is set for my birthday "perpetually"!

IMG_0319 Another favorite is the shell souvenir tray with the woven grass frame, I picked that up years ago at an estate sale.  I like the old glass Japanese floats (the green ball in the silver dish) and have several that I float in a water feature during the summer.

You can see the space between the boards in the back, and I could have covered it with new bead board or something, but you know what....I like the primitiveness of this old cabinet that Mr.Cady so lovingly made, where ever he lived.

Thanks for stopping by, please come again and feel free to leave a comment.  I'm linking to Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday and Boogieboard Cottage's Masterpiece Monday, A Stroll Thru Life's Tabletop TuesdayThe Answer is Chocolate's March Open House and Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday.

18 comments:

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

What a lovely cupboard! You did a great job with it and it is perfect for displaying your collectibles. I love it! I'm visiting from Vintage Inspiration Friday. I hope you stop by and say 'hi'.
~Lynn

Karen said...

Oh, I am so happy for you, the cabinet turned out absolutely gorgeous! Mr. Cady would be so happy to see how you refurbished his lovely piece of furniture. And to have all your precious mementos inside on display is a dream come true. I'm sure this will be a cherished heirloom passed down from generation to generation, what a work of craftsmanship.

Fresh Linen said...

Beautiful job. Love the display too

Julie said...

This is gorgeous!!! I love the old white board inside...adds so much charm!

Natasha said...

The cabinet looks great! I can see why you are thrilled with the results.

Bets wishes and happy Friday,
Natasha.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a gorgeous cabinet!

I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

Have a wonderful weekend.

elle said...

You have kept the spirit of the cupboard. Nice job!

Zoey said...

That turned out beautiful! Well worth the wait.
I can't really make out the writing, but it sort of looks like "Willow" for the first part.

Betsy said...

Your cabinet is perfect. I wouldn't have changed out the board either. It has so much old charm and your treasures look lovely.

Debra@Common Ground said...

This is just beautiful, it may have taken awhile to come to completion, but it's just wonderful and you have it full of beautiful things. So glad you linked up to VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Katherines Corner said...

Well done! Now I'm even more inspired to redo an old cedar chest I have. Hugs!

Allison Shops said...

Gorgeous cabinet! Lucky you. Dropping by from Met Monday. Hope you'll check out the chairs I had recovered when you have a few minutes. I thought just over a year was a long time! lol

Allison
Atticmag

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your hutch is so beautiful. I love it and your vignettes are just gorgeous. You did such a great job. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Sparky said...

Jan: Your cabinet is beautiful! I'd leave the shelves white so that when you close the glass doors they don't visually compete with the wood horizontal muntins on the glass doors. In that case you'd be done!!! :o) Nice piece.

CAS said...

The cabinet looks lovely. Isn't it amazing how some projects seem to take forever. The cabinet is perfect for your charming display pieces & collectibles. I'm a transplanted Oregonian, now living in Arizona. I'm a new follower & I hope you'll check out my blog & follow back if it looks interesting to you.
CAS

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This turned out great and I love the white board backing. What an exquisite and special piece. Thanks so much for linking up !

Sheila said...

That's an awesome cabinet, Jan! Love it! p.s. we are going to be closer neighbors soon. :)

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. You did a Beautiful redo on the Cabinet~~ Im working on a Cabinet also a lot of work.I will put you on my side bar on my Blog. So I can see if you post new redos. Im your newest follower on your blog also. I hope you join my Tablescapes sweet lady.and become a Follower~~I hope you have a Great Week End.
Diane