Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Another Treasure for the Porch

My mother recently gifted me another treasure for our screened porch. You may remember the piece pictured below that I purchased from the roadside for a whopping $20. You can read about it here.

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I had already found another mirror for the other side of the doors and was looking for another piece to use as a server. My mother gave me an antique music cabinet.

IMG_7775 The idea is that it will provide a little symmetry. Here’s another view.


It was purchased from an estate sale many years ago.


The shelves inside were originally designed to hold sheet music.


I carefully pulled the back off and removed a couple of shelves then replaced the back. Since I won’t be using it to store music, I thought that it would be more useful with bigger spaces between the shelves. As I turned it over to take the back off, I found this on the back.


The “helpful information” from factory number 14 was nothing spectacular.  It was the handwritten notes on the margin of the paper that intrigued me.  It was very hard to photograph.


It says “got this cabinet Feb 6, 1918”!!!!


Across the other edge is written “wartime.”  That would have been World War I.  This little cabinet is almost 100 years old!! I love a piece with history!


A couple of thin coats of black paint and she was all done.


Even though the pieces are not identical, I like the balance it gives to the porch.

I hope that you are having a great summer!

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Home and Lifestyle Design said...

I like the balance of the two pieces. They compliment each other very nicely. Loving the history of your piece also.
Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Scribbler said...

Your "new" piece looks wonderful on your porch --- and I love the history that goes with it!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Ok your porch is nicer than my living room!!!!!!
How gorgeous is that?
Will those pieces be ok with humidity or do you not get any of that?
Really beautiful - I'd give anything to sit out there with a favorite book!

Stacey said...

Your porch is beautiful! The furniture pieces make it really feel like part of the house.

Vel Criste said...

Lovely piece indeed and your porch looks fantastic!!!! Love all our vignettes Lydia. :-) Mom has great tastes too!

In My Wheele House said...

I am loving that you can put such great pieces on your porch! Now I want a porch.

Great stuff.