Sunday, March 14, 2010

Flea Market finds


I have been wanting a chance to show off my favourite piece of furniture for awhile, so thought I'd pop it into Flea Market Finds for this week. This kitchen cupboard actually belonged to my Great Grandmother. It was in my Grandfathers shed up until he died 13 years ago. Then when my Grandmother decided to move out, my mother helped to clean out the shed. I had expressed interest in the cupboard, so my mother bought it for me from my Grandmother. It sat under my mothers house for a few years, then we had it for a few years under our house. That was probably the worst thing we could have done! It actually leaked under our house and this cupboard sat directly under the leak. When we had to move house 2 years ago, Mr Vintage opened up the cupboard and it stank to high heaven! It was putrid. he was on a chucking spree and he had it in his sights to chuck. Thankfully I convinced him to keep it and that we would do it up. The whole thing ended up being gutted and new ply was purchased for the sides, the top, the back and all the shelves. Luckily the front of it was all still perfectly fine. For three days Mr Vintage, my mother and myself worked on it. The handles had to be replaced and I found these gorgeous vintage green ones that matched it perfectly on ebay. So, not really a flea market find, but it's old. Does that count?

23 comments:

Amanda said...

love the green, well done, lovely that you could save a family piece

collecting feathers said...

I love these old lead light cabinets. You were lucky to get the handles, all of my bakerlite ones are broken and I am on the lookout for some more. xxNick

Jennie said...

Wow, i think that is so beautiful. The colour makes it very unusual, and what alot of love/work that has gone into it!

sue said...

It is a great piece and worth all the effort yuo and your family put into it. It must be all the more special because you all collaborated to bring it back to its former glory!

marian said...

oh WOW it is GORGEOUS. i'm ssoo glad you rescued it. LOVE the green colour, the adorable leadlight and those green handles really set it off. a truly HAPPY ending indeed!

moose and bird said...

I have always wanted a cupboard like this.I'm glad it could be saved. Melinda xo

Lauren said...

it's beautiful i love the colour!

clare's craftroom said...

I love it , I want it ! How absolutely beautiful , yes I am raving but it is so gorgeous !

m.e (Cathie) said...

absolutely lovely Selina! luckily you saved it and now it has a new story to tell.

read about China & I am sorry you lost your furry friend.

sending you lots of bunny hugs

Knicky Knacks said...

Just love that kitchen cupboard. And the green - just beautiful. So hard to find good handles too - well done! The fact that you painstakingly restored it means it will always hold a special place in your heart. It was well worth the effort.

yardage girl said...

Lovely - and so glad that you saved it from the tip and then saved it again by making it beautiful - definately a keeper now!

Christina said...

It is gorgeous! Love those handles too. My husband would be exactly the same, wanting to throw it out. Lucky they have us girls who can see the potential! :)

KANI said...

i love this and i love how it has a story behind it!

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

It’s such a treasure, it and it’s story deserved to be told.

Little Ted Canvas said...

It's beautiful, I love it! All the more special with the story behind it & that it will always be a family treasure...

Leah said...

Beautiful, I have just recently found one similar for myself too!

Jelly Wares said...

I love these style of cupboards!!!! What a great score..

Hugs
Jodie :)

Michelle said...

Oh all that hard work paid off...
Cause it is absolutely gorgeous!!!
and love the colour...

Renee said...

Oh beautiful! So glad you saved it and worked on it - it is gorgeous! I love the green - my fave colour.

crzylady said...

definitely post worthy! What a lovely colour!

teddybearswednesday said...

that is one BEAUTIFUL cupboard. I love everything about it, the colour the glass

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh wow! Now these are the posts I love to see. What an amazing cabinet, beautiful colour and so much history. Thanks so much for sharing!
Sophie x

Cherie said...

OH yes it counts in my book! What a treaure with a wonderful story ... good on you for giving it a new life ... love it ;) Well done!