I don't often go looking for furniture pieces, but when I spot a great deal on something I think I can use, I snatch it up. My friend, Anne, was talking to a neighbor who mentioned she had this old cupboard that was taking up space in her garage. She wondered if either Anne wanted it, or knew someone who might. Being the wonderful and amazingly thoughtful friend she is, Anne immediately said yes and gave me a call.
The cupboard turned out to be a bakers cabinet from the mid 1900s. It has an air vent in the top section where one could place pies or other pastries (if one actually made pies or pastries), and the middle section pulls down to reveal a Formica work surface. The cabinet was in pretty rough shape after having served as a catch-all in the previous owner's garage, but after a quick assessment, I saw that it was structurally sound. Certainly it was worth the asking price, FREE! so I loaded it up and took it home.
|Vintage Baker's Cabinet|
Anxious for a new project, I grabbed a screwdriver and removed the handles and doors, and started sanding. A couple of coats of paint later, some strategic sanding for a distressed look, and some new hardware brought the cabinet back to life, and it has now been allowed back INSIDE the house.
|Repurposed Vintage Baker's Cabinet|
It now resides upstairs in a guest room. I use it for crafting. It's got ample room for storing all my supplies, and the Formica pull-down work top is easy to clean and sits at the perfect height to allow me to stand while I work. The best part, of course, is being able to tuck my unfinished projects away neatly until I have time to revisit them.
Before you turn away from a great bargain, let your mind wander and your hands create. You just may end up with the perfect, usable piece of furniture you never knew you just had to have!
All photos by Paulette Rodriguez