Don’t you just love a good mystery? Here is a furniture mystery for you.
I picked up this cabinet at a lunchtime garage sale a few weeks back. It was being sold by a darling little old lady (don’t tell her I called her old). She said that she had bought it years ago and attempted to strip it, and just never finished the job. Unfortunately, I have been a bad blogger again and neglected to take a ‘before’ shot.
But here is the ‘after’.
I’m calling it a mystery cabinet because I simply can’t fathom what its original purpose was. It doesn’t seem to have much of a bottom, which makes me think it originally sat on top of something else. Or perhaps it hung on the wall like a cabinet? Or maybe it had legs. And the back splash trim at the top is asymmetrical. Why? Was this part of a pair? Does anyone out there have a clue what this might be?
In one of the world’s strangest coincidences, someone has a very similar piece listed on craigslist at the moment. Here is the picture from their ad.
The ‘before’ condition of my mystery cabinet was very similar to this one. A sort of mostly stripped off paint look. Obviously this is not an exact match to mine, but the similarity is striking, don’t you think? And FYI, the seller is asking $175! Wowza. According to their ad, their cupboard is about an inch larger than mine in every direction. They speculate that it was part of a larger run of cabinets. You can see that they don’t have the same trim piece at the top that mine has.
Well, despite not knowing what it is, I decided it would be fabulous with a Quandie style makeover.
So I painted it with Sweetie Jane milk paint. I was inspired by what appeared to be the original paint color that you can still see in spots.
Next I wallpapered the drawers using the same fab vintage wallpaper that I used inside my photo cottage cupboard drawers. Do you guys love this stuff as much as I do? It’s just so darn sweet. I still have a bit left for another project coming soon.
Quick sidebar about the wallpaper because I’ve gotten questions on it before. I adhered it with wallpaper paste that Mr. Q picked up at Home Depot for me. I put the paste on the paper, book it for a couple of minutes (booking = folding pasted sides together lightly), apply it to the drawer, smooth it out with a squeegee, wipe off excess paste, let it dry. I came back the following day and sanded the edges gently. The paper seems to adhere quite securely.
I added new glass knobs because the piece came without any hardware. Just between you and me, I like these a lot better than the deep blue anthropologie knobs on its $175 cousin, how about you?
A previous owner had painted the inside in a dark grey. I left that as is, but also added some wallpaper to the inside of the door.
I staged the little cupboard with some glass jars and clothes pins. I think it would be fabulous in a laundry room to hold your supplies. Dryer sheets in the drawers, your laundry soap in a glass canister behind the door.
But then again, I could also see it in a bathroom holding the extra t.p. and other sundries.
Or maybe in your craft room?
The possibilities are endless if you use a little imagination.
Here’s one last picture of it so you can get a better feel for the size.
I’ll likely sell this one at the October Carriage House Sale, unless one of you wants to snatch it up first?
P.S. my price will be no where near $175!