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Something Old, Something Else Old

January 16, 2012
by thenestinggame

Remember how I complained that everything in our (problematic) living room was the same height?

Well, not anymore.

This china cabinet belonged to Taylor’s grandmother and recently found its way to our house. It’s a lovely piece and I really think it makes the room much more interesting. We had talked about doing built-ins on either side of the dining room doorway, but for now those are on the back burner. Well, they were already on the back burner. So maybe now they’re in the freezer.

There are doors too. We haven’t attached them yet, obvi. But I couldn’t resist throwing some of our stuff in the shelves for the time being.

So tell me Internet, what do you know about (what I think is) wax build-up? See the cloudy stuff on the drawers? It comes off with a little fingernail scrape. Any other methods?

Also in the living room is a rickety table holding a half-dead fern.

A little Craigslist special I decided to pick up last week because I clearly needed something else to do.

It needs quite a bit of TLC. The original plan was to paint it, but something about the stain is speaking to me. We shall see. It will be a few weeks before this comes up in the queue.

This weekend my Dad and Stepmom were in town. We did lots of antiquing and took in a little history, too.

2 days until Alt—Eeeek!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    January 16, 2012 11:53 pm

    Love the china cabinet and think it looks great the way it is!
    Have fun at ALT!

  2. January 17, 2012 12:21 am

    Gorgeous! I wonder if a very fine steel wool would do the trick? I also just read about cleaning furniture with a 3/1 oil/vinegar mix, although that was more for dry wood.

  3. Kelly permalink
    January 17, 2012 12:35 pm

    I just have to tell you that I found your blog through DesignSponge and I think I have fallen in love with your blog (I was going to put “you” but that sounds a bit creepy, no?). :o)

    My grandmother used to have that same piece in her dining room. Love it!

    And loved your last post. You had me crackin’ up!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 17, 2012 1:31 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! You totally made my day. I love you, too. (Too soon?)

      • Kelly permalink
        January 17, 2012 1:32 pm

        :-) LOL!

  4. Sarah permalink
    January 17, 2012 11:52 pm

    Here’s a great tutorial on spiffing up vintage furniture that I’m planning on trying out… http://www.the-brick-house.com/2010/09/refreshing-vintage-wood/

  5. Sarah permalink
    January 17, 2012 11:54 pm

    The cabinet is beautiful, by the way. It’s wonderful that it’s from a family member.

  6. Miranda permalink
    January 18, 2012 1:33 pm

    It’s a lovely piece, and great that it’s a family heirloom. Those leaded glass doors are the icing on the cake!

  7. Bess permalink
    January 19, 2012 10:47 am

    Another Design Sponge reader here. Would you mind sharing what finish you used with the Hale Navy paint? I had an “aha” moment when I saw your room. I have similar rugs, bedding, and natural light and realized what my own room needed was navy paint. Thank you for the inspiration. Also, I’ve been poking around your site and am enjoying and admiring your writing as well as your sense of style. Looking forward to reading more.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 19, 2012 12:24 pm

      Bess, I used a flat finish. I’m so glad to spread the joy of navy rooms around! You will love yours. Thanks for the nice compliments. Happy you’re here!

      • Elaine Smart permalink
        January 19, 2012 3:00 pm

        Curious why “flat”? Guess I have always used semi-gloss – easier to wipe off kids’ fingerprints.
        Have seen the finished room, and it is perfect!

      • Bess permalink
        January 19, 2012 7:04 pm

        Thanks so much. I hied myself off to the paint store and painted two giant sample swatches in my bedroom. I love the dramatic and sophisticated change. Can’t wait to get the whole room painted.

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