Antique Kitchen Cupboard

Curb Find: Kitchen Cupboard

By Erin Huffstetler | 04/24/2014 | 7 Comments
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Last night, we had a few minutes to kill before picking our youngest daughter up from Girl Scouts, so we decided to curb shop our way there. So glad we did because this antique kitchen cupboard was sitting in someone’s curb pile. Seriously, who throws something like this out?

Antique Cupboard - Corner Closeup

The current paint job is a bit sloppy, but look at all the pretty molding at the top.

Cabinet Latch

Based on the style of the latch and a few other details, I think it probably dates back to the 1920s.

Antique Cabinet - Inside

And check out the inside. I was so excited when we opened the cabinet for the first time and spotted all of that gorgeous bead board …

Bead Board Back

and all of those shelves! It totally made up for its beastly weight. Old growth wood – it’s no joke. After loading it onto the top of our car, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about skipping my push ups that night.

We stuck it in the basement, until we decide what to do with it. It’s big enough that it could be used as a standing cabinet, but I think I want to hang it, and return it to its former glory.

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  1. A year ago we were cleaning out my wife’s parents home and they had a cupboard like this in the basement for canning.The antique dealer told us it was worth 2-350 dollars.

    • Yep, I love that trick. I have a crockpot that I use just for that purpose. Fill it with water; add a bit of laundry detergent; drop your hardware in there; let it soak for a few hours; and presto, all the paint just peels right off. I first read about it in an issue of This Old House years ago, and it has been such a time saver. So glad you mentioned it here. It’s definitely a tip that more people need to know about.

  2. Erin when you go curb shopping, do you ask the people if you can have it first or do you just take it.. Never knew what to do.

    • Good question. If something is very clearly in the trash pile, we’ll just take it. If there’s ever any question, we’ll go to the door and ask. We never take kids bikes without asking because kids leave them everywhere.

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