It had two layers of contact paper on the inside and the last layer was newspaper. I saved some of it, typed it into Google and it pulled up the date of Dec. 1910 from the newspaper. I cleaned it all up, passed it on to the hubby to construct a new bottom. He then passed it back to me for painting. It was just too ruff to refinish. So I painted it white and put a stain on that to age it. We saved, cleaned and reused all the original hardware. I decoupaged the ruff shelves using a reproduction 1926 Sears and Roebuck catalog. We replaced the three panes of glass that were broken and put it on a dresser in our guest bedroom and I just put fun stuff in it.
|In the Timewell Museum area, without legs.|
UNTIL we decided that it was needed in our basement where we have the Timewell, IL history museum. This is the tiny town where my hubby grew up and where this cabinet began it's life. So down it went to house all the small Timewell advertising and memorabilia. But we thought it looked a little odd sitting on the floor. So out to the odds-and-ends pile to see what we could do about that. We found four legs from an old stool. They were beefy and could work, so I painted them to match the cabinet and hubby attached them. Here is what it looks like now and grandma couldn't be more pleased. Enjoy
|In the Timewell museum area with legs.|