But I saw an ad for an estate sale in the paper this weekend that mentioned architectural salvage, which happens to be one of my favorite phrases . We had a free afternoon yesterday and were looking for an adventure, so we decided to check it out.
We found ourselves drawn to the biggest items there - cabinets and industrial storage containers and big, beautiful wooden canoe.
But the one thing I was really drawn to was a metal cabinet that looked kind of like a card catalog. If you remember, a card catalog is on my list of if-I-ever-see-this-I-am-buying-it antiques . I figured this was close enough, and that I'd kick myself later if I left it there.
Nope, I don't know where we're going to put it. For now, it's on the porch in two pieces. I'm thinking of researching the best way to strip off that beige paint and cross my fingers that there's a shiny metal surface under there somewhere.
I'm also researching plans for a base Rob could build for it, to turn it into a genuine piece of furniture. Maybe something like these X-table plans on www.ana-white.com ? And I'm wondering if I could paint thin cardboard with chalkboard paint and slip it in those labels?
This will obviously be a work in progress - I'm just tickled every time I'm on the porch and see all those drawers and handles.