Kelly’s Grandmother’s Cabinet

I am so excited to introduce the first Sentimental Salvage of the new blog year. Kelly Beall, the author of the wildly fabulous blog, Design Crush, is hands down one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter. Kelly seems to be a magnet for amazing design and she always introduces me to best indie rock bands. The girl’s got class and wit, and she was so gracious to share the story of her grandmother’s cabinet:


This small china cabinet sat in my grandparents’ basement for a good 40 years before it became my bar cabinet. How it got to be in that basement is another story: my dad found it waiting to be picked up on trash day in front of a neighbor’s house. He used it to display his model collection (so cute!) for a few years before it was relegated to the depths of the basement. There it languished and accumulated old carpeting tools and other bits and pieces.

A few years ago I was living in Cleveland and getting ready to move to Oklahoma City. I asked my grandma about the old cabinet in the basement and if she wanted it any longer. My dad drove it up to my apartment in the back of his pick-up and it was mine. And it sat in a garage for almost three years.

I knew something needed to be done to make it presentable because the years in the basement hadn’t been kind, but didn’t think the wood would stand up to refinishing. So sanding and painting it was, and glossy black it became. It now houses the majority of my barware collection and is my favorite piece of furniture.

The transformation is impressive, isn’t it? Thank you so much Kelly!

Check back every Wednesday in this new blog year for Sentimental Salvage stories from my (and your) favorite bloggers!

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