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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vintage Cabinet for the Kitchen

A few weeks ago I posted about my plate rack that hangs on the wall in my kitchen.  You can read about it here.  The plate rack wasn't doing it for me.  I wanted a bigger, more substantial piece to fill that spot on the wall.  I searched Craigslist for months looking.  Nothing, or at least nothing in my price range.  Until yesterday...well, I didn't find it on Craigslist but I did find something at one of my favorite thrift stores.

It's a vintage cabinet that I assume went to the top of a desk or buffet.  At first glance, I thought it was antique because of the skeleton key lock, flat head screws, nails, beautiful wood, and craftsmanship.  The sticker on the back read Otto Uthman, Cabinetmaker, Nashville, TN.  I researched to find that Mr. Uthman handcrafted reproductions of fine antiques during the 1950s.

Well, I can say, he did a great job.  The piece is beautiful.    Notice the notched shelf brackets on the inside.  It came with three adjustable shelves.  You simply move the wooden bracket into the height that you it!  I don't know my woods or I could tell you what it's made from.  Anyone know?

It included the fringe tassel as well as the original skeleton key.  Bonus!  I may remove the tassel but I left it on for now.

Since I didn't have a buffet to put it on, I added hanging brackets to the back and hung it on the wall above my bamboo table.  I've begun to add ironstone and pewter pieces inside but considering the fact that I was responsible for the securing and hanging of this piece, I won't be adding too much weight!

Oh wait!  I haven't told you the best part...the price!

It had just been donated and wasn't tagged.  I asked the nice man how much they were going to put on the cabinet.  He looked it over and said, "$29.99 plus it's 75% off day on furniture so, whatever that is."  I was quickly dividing $30 in half and in half again...$7.50!?!  "I'll take!"

I told you it was one of my favorite thrift stores! : )

By the way, the bamboo table under the cabinet that holds all the liquor that makes it appear we have a drinking problem...Craigslist find.  Fifteen bucks!  I love CL as well.  And, no, we don't have a drinking problem.  I do like an occasional margarita but the vodka was used for a homemade blackberry liquor and I just had that leftover.  Really!

Oh, and the picnic baskets stacked under the table are, of course, thrift store finds.

I love baskets...lots and lots of baskets.

I'm sure my husband doesn't.

He loves me anyway.

And, as a preview for tomorrow's holiday, a project I just completed.  Be sure to check back on the 4th.

Thanks for taking time from your day to stop by!  God bless!

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  1. Mr. Otto Uthman was a neighbor to my grandparents, in East Nashville, in the early 20th century. He and his sons owned a shop called Uthmanor in Nashville from the 1940's until the 1990's. Otto Uthman was building furniture as early as the teens in a shop at his home in Nashville.

    1. Thank you for this information Debie!! I love knowing the history of old pieces I find.


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