Many, many, years ago my hubby’s parents gave us an old Hoosier cabinet that they didn’t want any more. It was at their lake cottage which they were in the process of updating. I was more than willing to take it off their hands. Being in love with all things ‘antique’ I was ecstatic!
Over the years it has served as storage for my crafting supplies plus anything else that I didn’t quite know what to do with. It has mostly been tucked away in a small room – quite out of sight. The reason being that, even though I loved it – it was sort of an odd brown colour with an orange interior. And when I say orange, I mean ORANGE. That just doesn’t ‘go’ with anything, ya know . . .
|. . . the finished cabinet – sitting there so pretty . . .|
|. . . love it . . .|
|I’m storing my gardening books and eclectic collection of old vases in it . . .|
|. . . more gardening books . . .|
|. . . my gardening journal . . .|
|. . . my newest old jar . . .|
|. . . notice the roll-top . . . I broke it in the painting process, but hubby to the rescue – all fixed now . . .|
|. . . some pretty meadow rue from my garden . . .|
|. . . chipped and sanded . . .|
UH OH – get your sunglasses! here’s the original:
|. . . I loved you even then . . .|
|. . . now doesn’t that feel good?|
|. . . incredible transformation! sanding the edges – now that was the most fun . . . it kind of finished it off perfectly . . .|
A Hoosier cabinet (also known as a “Hoosier”) is a type of cupboard popular in the first decades of the 20th century. Named after the Hoosier Manufacturing Co. of New Castle, Indiana, they were also made by several other companies, most also located in Indiana.
Houses of the period were frequently not equipped with built-in cabinetry, and the lack of storage space in the kitchen became acute. One particularly distinctive item is the combination flour-bin/sifter, a tin hopper that could be used without having to remove it from the cabinet. A similar sugar bin was also common. (Wikipedia)