On one of my recent ventures in Detroit, Michigan, my husband and I stopped at a little antique store. (It was actually in Taylor... I think). It looked kind of cute on the outside.. There was old "junk" nailed all over the outside walls, and the front lawn was strewn with stuff. Intriguing enough to make us want to stop. Okay, NEVER going back there again! The inside of this tiny building was filthy and everything was strewn everywhere. I know this may be an intriguing picture to some of you, and normally it wouldn't faze me. However, this place was just so sketchy feeling. We hightailed it out of there pretty fast... except I got sidetracked by this little chest I saw out of the corner of my eye outside. I handed him my thirty five dollars, made out my own receipt on a piece of old paper and booted it outta there. (The guy said he'd been in business for 35 + years, and didn't even have a receipt book...? Hmmm, is there something wrong with that picture?) In case you're wondering why I needed a receipt so badly, it was because we were going to be taking this back across the border into Canada.
I brought it home and cleaned it up with some soap (basic H, germicide, AND Fantastik... I went all out with this one!) And then I cleaned it some more, it was that filthy. Then I rubbed on a mixture of lemon juice and vegetable oil to give the wood a bit of a shine.
I set it on top of this jelly cupboard ( I think that's what it's called, does anyone know for sure?) that I purchased in the summer. I bought it intentionally for myself :-) It's gone into my craft room and I'm storing mostly books and magazines in it, along with other junk.
Now, this cupboard was painted white when I bought it. It's not the greatest paint job in the world. What do you think... should I sand it down and repaint it? White? Or maybe turquoise? The walls in the room are white, and I have another hutch that is white as well. I'm also thinking about stripping it down to the bare wood. Any ideas?
Another thing I picked up is this wire basket. I had been wanting an authentic one for a while now, and I found this in the summer.
I found it at a "flea market". There was one lone vintage booth in the midst of a sea of cheap merchandise, all imported from China. My vintage canning jars look great in it on top of my kitchen cupboards. Does anyone happen to know what it would have originally been used for?
It was 25.00 for the basket, 6 or 7 blue ball mason jars, and 4 old electrical insulators.
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