I picked up this little cupboard at the St. Anthony Park garage sales a month or so ago.
I knew it could be so much better with just a few tweaks.
I had checked before I purchased it to be sure that it would be easy to get that wood inset in the door out of there. I looked at the back of the door and saw that there were two stops holding in place. In case you don’t know what that means, this is a ‘stop’ …
It’s a narrow piece of wood, usually nailed in place, that holds the glass in place … or in this case the wood inset. It was easy to pry that out and then remove that inset.
Be sure to go slowly and pry gently if you are planning to re-use a stop, they are really easy to break (I’m speaking from experience on that one).
You are probably thinking that I removed the wood so that I could replace it with glass, or I could have gone with my favorite trick, grain sack material. But no, this time I wanted to use old screening. I just happened to have some!
Yep, I paid a quarter for it at a garage sale!
I cut it to fit and used my stapler to tack it in place. Then I replaced the shiny brass door handle with this rusty, crusty one full of delicious patina.
And finally, I lined the back of the inside with the pages from an old Swedish bible.
I ended up going with ironstone inside …
But I also tried vintage cameras …
And old clocks …
But the ironstone was definitely what did it for me.
How about you?