Shopping for Antiques on Vacation?

What do you do on vacation?  On our vacations we hit a few antique shops or side of the road sales.   On our trip to South Haven, MI last year we found this cabinet.  We dug for this cabinet.  If you have seen shows where people need flashlights and are worried about making things fall on top of them when you pick…this was one of those days.   We found a treasure though.

We think this cabinet had to be part of a built-in about 80 years ago.  It was in need of some help.  It didn’t have a top, it is missing some molding and it had a lot of dust on it.   We saw it as a bar cabinet for a basement or bar room. Now that it’s done I don’t think I’d put it in my basement.  I would put it right in my kitchen and admire it everyday.

Here is the before picture.

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Now the after in it’s beauty.

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Bob built the top for this cabinet.  He used oak and walnut that was wood we recycled from Ann Arbor Reuse and Habitat for Humanity stores.  Let’s also add it required multiple trips and a few re-cuts.   At least he did cut his finger, well more than once.

The top has a walnut inlay that you can see really well in this picture.  It was stained in Jacobean and then a varnished with multiple coats and sanding in between the varnish layers with 1200 grit sandpaper. It’s so soft and smooth and ready to hold your drink.

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The cabinet also has some beautiful side molding and details.

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Can you see it in your home?   I think it would be a conversation piece in any home.   It’s going to the Saline Antiques and Vintage Market with us this weekend.   I think it will find it’s new home!

Thanks for looking.

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