Refurbished 1942 Corner Hutches

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Project by NoLongerHere posted 01-31-2011 07:38 AM 2001 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These 1942 Theater cabinets were headed for the dumpster

They laughed at me when I told them I wanted them.

They are made of alder and have the original oval back glass shelves. They use to hold high end Macintosh tube style, stereo equipment. They were butchered from numerous holes drilled into it for updated equipment and probably from a motley Comcast sub contractor that showed up at 4pm on a friday, no doubt.

They were originally 9 ft. tall and the bases were busted and interiors were in bad shape. The paint was thick and cracked. So I patched, putty-ed, stripped and sanded it for days. I rebuilt the base, raised it 2 3/4” and created an open toe kick effect with feet. Not sure of the right term for that look.

Then I cut down the top 8”. Those keys on top use to be 12” tall. I didn’t want anything falling behind it so I made a top cap with an access door for the new puck lights and electrical.

The puck lights turn on by touching the matching Baldwin brass handle on the side of the cabinet that’s connected to a 3 way touch lamp switch and works great. There are 2 outlets inside and one on top.

The 80 yr. old antique hinges were salvaged from the same job. They are 4” brass door hinges that I cut down to 3/4” to fit a 1” door and then re drilled and chamfered for screws.

I added the crown, wrapped the matching baseboard, and added bead board on the back between the shelves to lock them in place and…… different. Why not. Besides I had some left over.

My whole house has this trim detail where I mixed stained hardwoods with painted white trim. So the top cap has a stained oak stair nosing to match the rest of the trim. Every room is different.

We had to finish installing the recycled oak floors before we could install the cabinets.

The old beams above were also reclaimed from the demolition of one of our projects.

Tess kitty likes to hang out with me while I work.

We also salvaged these 1 7/8” mahogany french doors and used the same antique brass hinges. The birch threshold under the balusters was the first step of the old spiral staircase we took out and replaced with oak.
Notice the opening is round on this side but square like the doors on the 2nd floor side.

Here you can see how we decorated it for halloween. Check out the spiderweb wall paper!

These cabinets are perfect for displaying our growing collection of pottery.

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Ryan Bruzan

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 08:45 AM

Open toe kick with feet sounds good to me. Now you need to show them what you did with them; I can only imagine the look on their faces. Those are beautiful on a grand scale. The half-circles compliment the balcony quite well. Absolutely love how they are decorated! “Two thumbs up!” No pun intended.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 05:09 PM

Absolutely Beautiful restoration work and has a perfect place to display! Vintage reruns are the best! Thanks for sharing… —dj

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 05:50 PM

OK, Open toe kick it is.

Great idea about sending them a picture. They were really cool clients and would like that.
Who knows. it might be a great way to reconnect and I could get another job from it!

BTW – Did you notice the bow front Aquarium?

Today, I’m cleaning the shop to make room for the cherry salt water Aquarium stand project.
I’m trying to figure out how to inlay some shell fossils. Definitely will have some aquatic looking door pulls.

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 10:42 PM

Excellent job!

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Randolph Torres

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 08:32 PM

beautiful addition to anyones home.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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