Weekend Project: chemist’s cabinet

Our good neighbors across the street are preparing to move and have been gifting us all sorts of lovely furniture as they sort through their stuff. When we were over there a few weeks ago (picking up a mirrored vanity for the girls, thank you very much!) we spotted this absolutely stunning cabinet… which we ooohhhed and aahhhed over until they oh-so-graciously decided to sell it to us. HOORAY!

This weekend was dedicated to the purchase & relocation of said cabinet, which – now installed – looks like it was custom-made for a corner of our family room. As we say in Philly: BEE-U-tifullll!

We don’t know much about it, apart from the fact that the previous homeowner bought it during his stay and it’s been there ever since. We were told it came from an apothecary. It looks pretty old (I’d guess later Victorian), has beautiful leaded glass doors and is solid (read DAMN HEAVY). We spent the better part of Friday disassembling the enormous thing, moving all the pieces over to our house, and then reassembling it anew. Fortunately (or unfortunately – depending upon your perspective), most of the actual moving fell to the guys. I pride myself on being strong, but I tried lifting the base several times and managed only to cut a finger and wrench my neck so badly I spent half of last night awake in pain.. LOVELY!

Fortunately I was more helpful when it came to putting it back together, and I did manage NOT to break the glass doors. Have to get some oil soap and give it a good once-over – but it’s already so purdy, I don’t think we’ll be able to stand it. We’ve spent a good bit of time this weekend simply gazing at it from the couch. Ahhhhhhh…

5 thoughts on “Weekend Project: chemist’s cabinet

  1. Christin and John, The “chemist cabinet” looks so good in your study. It will be loved and used by you for many years to come. You’ve been blessed with a husband who can both wrestle with a logical syllogism and is good with power tools. When moving a large and unwieldy piece of furniture, A perfect combination!


  2. Joe – you’re the best! Don’t want to think of Beaumont w/out you & Fran.. But if you’re so intent on moving, how bout them double doors… ??
    Name yer price! (It’s all good – the more stuff we pawn off of you, the more it’ll be like you never left). BTW – You watchin the GAME???!! Holy Shmokes!!

  3. OMG…..sooooo gorgeous. I am officially jealous. And yes, I had a good Thanksgiving….and aforementioned cryptic ugliness is [mostly] all settled and not bothering me any longer. 🙂

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