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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Met Monday - Reuse an Old Cupboard



Today is Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan @ Between Naps On the Porch. Please be sure to visit her and find out who all the participants are. Everyone always has such wonderful things to show and you really don't want to miss any of them.


Today I am showing the reuse of an old cupboard. I don't have a before picture, but I think you can get the drift. This is a cupboard that has been used in many places. Once on the patio to hold glasses, drinks and snacks for easy access by the pool. Then another time it was in the corner of a breakfast room holding a collection of some of the antique dishes and glasses that I've found. When we moved to this home I didn't think there was a spot for it so it's been in the garage, along with a few boxes that were not unpacked. Finally the garage is getting emptied and the little cupboard has found a new home. As always just click on any of the pictures to enlarge.




Years ago I painted it dark green and then rubbed a stain glaze over it to give it some age. Since it's very narrow and not very deep it fits perfectly in the hall that is extra wide. I unpacked all the boxes and gathered up all the small antique tins and primitives and they fit perfectly.




On the top I have some of the larger tins and my mother's crayola box. I love this piece, I also have her slate and primer that she used in grade school.




On the top shelf I have a few of the antique tins and my grandmothers syrup pitcher with the tin lid and spout and her enamel teapot. Very cherished pieces, I can remember her using both.




This shelf has my mother's syrup pitcher, food chopper and tin scoop. We use to have pancakes every Saturday morning, and she always used this syrup pitcher. Great memories. There's also more tins, a salt box and an old whiskey jug.



On the bottom shelf I have my mother's slate, primer and a couple of other school books that she used plus another syrup pitcher and tin. The doorknob has it's own story. When my parents married they had a farm and I was born in their little farm house. It was quite old when they bought it. We moved away when I was small, but went back a few years later to see the place. The house had toppled over and no one was working the farm any longer. My mom was very sad, so my dad decided to preserve some of it for her. He took the doorknob off the front door and then a piece of the wood floor and the siding. When we got home he mounted the doorknob to a piece he cut out of the siding and then cut a piece of the floor and put it all together for her. She would always point to it and say "This was my first house." She had great memories on the farm and hated to see the old house gone. I look at it now and say "This is the house I was born in."



I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my treasures. I really appreciate you stopping by and I look forward to your visits.

47 comments:

  1. Hi Marty! I love your cupboard! And it is filled with so many treasures! I love the Crayola box and the slate that were your mom's. The story about the doorknob is so sweet. I have the knob to my dad's room when he was a child...so special! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  2. This is a wonderful cupboard, and such great memories. I remember my mom telling me about writing on a slate at school. I recognize the food chopper and the syrup picture looks like depression glass. All the old tins are great. Your cupboard looks like it should be in a museum or a chic vintage store. Beautiful job Marty!

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  3. I love your cupboard, but I especially love all the wonderful memories it contains! So precious. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  4. What a sweet little treasure and you have decorated it so nicely.

    from Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

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  5. I very much enjoyed seeing all of these wonderful treasures, Marty! How wonderful to have such keepsakes from your familiy. Love the Crayola box, and the chalkboard, the syrup pitchers. I think that story about the doorknob is absolutely fantastic, and I am so glad you have kept it! Looks like you found the perfect spot for your little cupboard, and the perfect decor for it too! laurie

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  6. Marty,
    Great story and wonderful treasurers. That door knob story is just so wonderful. Cindy

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  7. Marty it is beautiful!!!! I love the old tins and the things from your mama but ohhhh the doorknob is a priceless treasure for sure...love the story of it! Thanks for coming by ...hope you have had a great weekend!

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  8. What a wonderful use for your cupboard. How nice that you have all of those keepsakes.

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  9. Oh Marty, I love this cupboard. The color is beautifu and you have displayed all your old things so attractively. The story of the door knob from the old place is so sweet!

    Blessings, Marsha

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  10. I love your cupboard, and all of the family treasures that is holds. I love the story behind the door knob, and what a great keepsake you have.

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Nicole

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  11. Oh Marty that is such a sweet story about your parents and the farmhouse. I's so special for you to have the doorknob mounted like that. It looks so pretty.
    Your Green cupboard is beautiful!
    I really love looking at all the interesting and nostalgic antiques displayed inside.

    Great transformation!

    Thank you for coming by and your kind words on our dining room. I cannot believe that we have been here just over three years already. Time flies!
    Melissa :)

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  12. What a great post and I love the cupboard and the color is marvelous! hugs from Conroe, TX!

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  13. Oh I love your cupboard and all of your vintage collectible tins. I have a few tins of my own, like an antiquw baby powder tun. they are just lovely and remind us of old times when life was simpler. I love how yours are displayed. hanks for sharing part of your histury with us. Blessings my friend, Barb

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  14. Oh Marty! I love the story about the doorknob. I can tell how sweet your dad is, just like you! How wonderful of you to have items your mom and grandma used, so many sweet memories! That shelf fits perfectly in that narrow wall....Christine

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  15. Hi Marty, I enjoyed your post. I like the cupboard and all of the precious treasured you stocked it with, especially the house where you were born! :O) Mary @Boogieboard Cottage

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  16. Marty, this is beautiful. I love all of your treasures, and especially the special memories they hold. It's wonderful that you have your mother's first primer and school things. But the "first house" memento is just priceless, as is the story that goes with it. Hugs, Kat

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  17. Hi Marty,
    What a gorgeous cupboard. I love how skinny it is so it can fit in a narrow space. You definitely found the perfect spot. What makes it extra special is how you filled it up with vintage items from your family. Just wonderful. Thank you for sharing such a nice cupboard with us all! Amy :)

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  18. How wonderful that a functional piece contains so many memories. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Hello Dearheart...

    Girl, I just adore this cute little green cabinet...because of it's size, it's perfect where you have it! I really love these old pieces and you finished it beautifully...it has such patina and character! Not to mention, all of the awesome collection of antique tins and other treasures!

    I just loved reading the story about your first home and the door knob project that your dad made...that's soooo sweet! Sweet memories, right? Well you have your pretty cabinet accessorized just perfectly...I really do love old tins! I have a few but they are all motor oil tins...hehe! I have them out in my mudroom.

    Girl, I just have to tell you the cutest thing I've seen...just a couple of days ago, one of my new blogger friends was showing the cutest little bird's nests that she was making! She was taking an old metal scoop (just like yours) and placing a little nest in the scoop part...of course, she was embellishing them with ribbon, twine, and such! I just thought they were darling and had to share the idea with you since you have a scoop! I'm looking for one, I'd like to use that idea!

    So glad that you shared your pretty cabinet with us today...Have a marvelous Monday, Sweetie!

    Chari

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  20. What a wonderful cupboard--I love all the vintagey tins, and what a thoughtful and creative dad you had to create the 'doorknob art' for your mom!!
    Thanks for popping over and visiting me!!
    Blessings!
    Myrna

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  21. Oh wow, I love the idea of the doorknob, what a touching story and a treasure for you always. You have done a great job and I noticed you had some of your Mom's schoolbooks,that I do have. My grandfather was a professor and I have some of the books he used. I still love Roland the Noble Knight!
    Happy Twirls

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  22. Your cupboard fits in that space perfectly. It showcases your collection of tins just right. I like the fact that many of your tins are actually from your family. I didn't know Crayola crayons came in tins. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I loved that you have a picture of yourself now. gf, you are cute as a button. smiles

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  24. What a nice nostalgic display of old family things! I would love to have room to use more of mine.

    Scribbler

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  25. What a beautifully done project...you did a wonderful job.

    Thanks for stopping by today.

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  26. Marty,
    I love this little cupboard and it reminds me of the one I have in my dining room with the Limoges. I have a collection of butter churns & crocks from my mom and dad that I need to do something with. I also have McCoy flower pots all packed away in our basement. I need to get them out and display like this! I love it! Luanne

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  27. Hello friend,
    Well you know how much I love this cabinet and all of the tins displayed in it because you have seen pictures of my kitchen! How blessed you are to have that wonderful door knob from your first home and what a very special person your father was to that for your mother. Now I know why you are the special person you are, you come from incredible caring people. I know you love all of your "tresures" form the past becasue after all it is what we are all about isn't it.
    Love,
    your Micasa friend Pat

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  28. I love your cupboard and all that is displayed on it - it looks perfect!

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  29. I love your treasures!!! And I loved the story about your mom's first house & what you dad did so she (and you) could always remember it. Fabulous!

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  30. Your hutch is a veritable treasure chest! But that door knob absolutely wins the prize - so sweet! Linda

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  31. What keepsakes you have on this wonderful cupboard. I love all the stories that are represented..especially love the doorknob.

    I have a hutch very similar to this.

    Great post!

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  32. Hi Marty, What a blessing to have so many treasured pieces from your mom and grandmother. I love the look of the cupboard with all that it holds.
    They must bring a smile to your face daily. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs to you.
    Noreen

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  33. Hi Marty,
    I loved reading about your sweet cupboard, filled with so many memories! What a wonderful collection, beautifully displayed. Lovely! Cass

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  34. What wonderful, memory-filled treasures Marty! I love everything!! I've been looking for a similar cabinet for my bathroom (narrow like yours, only wider)... I'm coveting yours, even if it's not the right size!!

    I'm so grateful for your support of my projects. Thanks so much for visiting our blog and cheering me on!

    Victoria @ DesignTies

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  35. What sweet treasures, each one like a little book full of family traditions. I always encourage folks to write these things down and tuck into the item, you never know where they will end up. Yours could be a book 'The Green Hutch' and each shelf is a chapter with pictures and stories. Something for the kids, grandkids, great grandkids...
    Busy week I am behind on visiting.
    Blessings, Candy

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  36. What a charming cabinet. It is wonderful that you have so many family treasures to display. I love all the old tins and to have your mother's Crayola box, wow!

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  37. GM Marty...now girl you know I enlarge each and every pics here and WOW!! I am loving all these antique tins..and how special to have that door knob and what a wonderful story about it..Also that cabinet is to die for..I am so glad you did this post..you know how I drool over anything old..May you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  38. What wonderful treasures you have accumulated...especially great are the family pieces.
    I was glad to see the Ovaltine tin...I grew up drinking that as a hot drink.

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  39. Marty, what wonderful sentiments your father created for you and your mom. I grew up drinking Ovaltine in the Philippines! Loved it!

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  40. Marty, I was certain I had joined your followers but I didn't see my picture pop up so double checked and still don't see me. I'm not sure what happened...but if you see me on there twice..can you delete one?
    I love your little cabinet. I want one of those little narrow cabinets..but so far I have not found one that I like. Yours is so cute.
    I loved your story. What a wonderful and thoughtful thing for your Dad to do for your mother and he did it so beautifully! The rich color of the little cabinet is lovely with all those old things. The little tin teapot and the depression glass green pitcher are my favorites. Everything is put together so well.
    ~Love and smiles~
    Mona

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  41. I just love the cabinet, and the collectables in it! I love the story even more! Thank you so much for sharing everything with us!!

    {{{HUGS}}}

    Robin :o)

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  42. Always love furnitures- especially if you can find those that have a particular detail that can suit well with the rest of the theme of the house (eg classic, period, victorian, georgian, country etc)

    like what you did with yours, girl!

    ;)

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  43. Hi Marty,
    You were the fourth one to comment, I'm sorry! I wish I could send surprises out to more than 3, I'd send one to all my blogging friends if I could! I do hope to see more of the Pay it Forward on the blogs, I think it is such a great idea. Who doesn't like getting a package in the mail and then shopping?

    That is such a sweet story about the doorknob. Your dad sounds like a romantic guy. It's great you get to keep something on display that was so special to your mom.

    ~Michelle

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  44. I found a small-scaled cabinet similar to yours at the consignment shop and hope it will still be available when the price is reduced.

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  45. Hello my friend...

    How are you doing today? So glad that you stopped by my place to take a peek at my gallery wall...thank you so much for the sweet compliments!!!

    Hope that you're having a wonderful Wednesday, Sweetie!
    Chari

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