Nov 2, 2015

The old lady's cupboard

Essamplaire sale Nov 2 - 8   20% off all kits, books, charts, antiques.
http://www.theessamplaire.com/
There's a small scroll at the bottom of right hand column about it. 
 
Hello people.  All day yesterday I sat outside on my little stool and scrubbed an old cabinet inside and out.  I purchased it when we first moved here from a garage sale at the little farm house on the highway.  An elderly woman, short and round, was always outside tending to her front flower gardens.  Obviously painful for her to stoop and bend, but she used her cane and took her time.  I never had the opportunity to meet her, and when she passed the family immediately had a sale.  I entered the tiny house and made my way among the lookers, not for a sale, but wanting to see what surrounded her daily.  There was really no room to move around and after leaving the house I saw a few gentlemen sitting in the back garage.  I went to talk to them, asking for information about the woman who for some reason, I was sort of drawn to.  The woman lived alone and was not a very pleasant person from what they told.  (Maybe that's what drew me to her, crab to crab.)  I saw a cabinet on the wall and asked if it was for sale, they said no but for $10 I could have it.  What?  They removed it and Mark later went to pick it up.  It's been in my garage for 30 years, all the time wanting to clean it and use it inside.  Is it an antique?  I doubt it. 
But it has the flush doors that are mortise and tenon with a small beaded edge, and the flat panel is a 1/4" planed pine board, not plywood.  How do I know?  They weren't glued and the doors keep coming apart (rubber bands for now).  They must have used it to store oil cans and grease guns because it took forever with Lestoil and Simple Green to remove the layers. 
Now it's finally in the house and I'm staining a dark walnut after the scrubbing lightened the wood.  Quite large to hang at 36" wide x 43" tall.  Quarter sawn oak sides and shelves, very hard figured pine elsewhere.  Not a showpiece for sure, but I am still drawn to it as I was to the woman.  I purchased wrought iron handles and hinges but not sure if I will change anything yet.  I want to remove all furniture in my tiny parlor and have this on the wall or setting on a table, a farm table with chair in the center, and sampler walls.  I saw the Mary Goodburn sampler (All My Scattering Moments) and it got my attention so there is still hope.
My 20 times daily visitors are here now.  I didn't think they would eat grass seed but they were in the straw scratching away ever since we had it put down.  I guess I have to call the landscaper back.   Remember him?
Look both ways troop!  It's hunting season!  See that wide cleared area?  The gas company right of way which they cut down every fall, just in time for hunters to have a clear shot.  That's not why they do it, but it coincides with the season.
Have a good week!
Thanks for visiting.
 
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22 comments:

Jacqueline said...

I am a huge fan of old cabinets and cupboards. Instead of dressers in the bedrooms I have old pie safes. Keep my fabric in them also in my sewing room. Love your little jewel.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

love your story of the farmwife ~ I can be crabby too, but then again that's just human nature!
the cabinet is a beaut ~ can't wait to see where you put it…
our turkeys' here in our woods call out to each other every morning & at dusk ~ love to hear them, only see them in the big field every so often ~ always hunting for feathers I am!
L

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love that cabinet - I like the story that does with it too. I see turkeys here but not near my house. All the construction next door is scaring off everything.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Lucky you...the only turkeys I get to see are in the freezer case at the market. Wish I had a view with some wild birds in it!
Robyn

wranglerkate said...

I'm really not sure why anyone needs to hunt anymore.

Maureen said...

That was so nice to read. Also I'm way over due in thanking you for sharing the magic of Lestoil!!! I've been using it on laundry stains since reading that tip here. I apologize for not commenting more often. I do enjoy visiting your blog very much.

Marjorie Downey said...

Is there a special code to get the 20% off at Essampliare? I went to the website and nothing was marked down.

Love your cabinet! Funny you'd rather refinish it than stitch. Much harder work!

Vickie said...

So glad your old lady's cupboard is finally out of the garage. Looking good!

Barb said...

What a nice little cupboard! It will look great in your home.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I love the old lady's cupboard. You've had 30 years to decide what to do with it and me thinks you have a wonderful plan. I'm sure it will be perfect wherever you put it.
Love the turkey pics.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Sandra Sullivan said...

Love that cabinet!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
Your little wall cabinet is a treasure, as is your special story connected to it!! So happy you are giving it a new life in your home!!! I think it will be just wonderful where ever you put it!! Loved seeing the turkeys too!!!
Enjoy your week!
Warm Hugs~
Julie

Pondside said...

Your interest in the old woman - well, I certainly get it. I find human nature endlessly interesting, especially when it's manifest in a slightly cantankerous soul!

Happy Room Diana said...

Like you were drawn to the little old lady I am drawn to your blog, and have to read it everyday!
I have no idea why! I do not do X stitch, do not have anything very old in the house other than me!!! But I love your stories and that you tell it as it is. Keep on blogging.

Theresa Laboda said...

That dear old lady must have kept some of her treasures in this cabinet.. she drew you to it because she knew that you would care for it and love it as she did. It's a beautiful cabinet.

Theresa Laboda said...

That dear old lady must have kept some of her treasures in this cabinet.. she drew you to it because she knew that you would care for it and love it as she did. It's a beautiful cabinet.

Grandma Andi said...

Yeah......I remember you landscaper!!

Kim said...

Love the cabinet !

StitchinByTheLake said...

What an interesting cabinet - and, like you, I'd like to have known her. Maybe she was a crab but maybe not. blessings, marlene

diamondc said...

Marly: What a beautiful cabinet, wow so lovely, I love me some turkey, I like to watch them they seem to have a mission and keep to it.

Happy Thanksgiving
Catherine

Maggee said...

Nice cabinet... I can see why you were drawn to it! I am a city person, no turkeys here except for my husband! Ha!

laceystitcher said...

Love the story about the cabinet and its owner; would be fun to know more about her. Can't wait to see the finish on the cabinet; looks like it will be beautiful! Happy stitching...............

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