|Back of the house in the winter (!) in Wisconsin(!) What's wrong with this picture?|
Our home in Wisconsin is over 100 years old; it's the house where the Headmaster grew up. A number of years ago, he undertook the mammoth project of completely updating and renovating. This involved every room in the house: gutting, moving walls, redoing plumbing, etc. I continue to be in awe of what he did...and all by himself. Very little of the work was contracted out.
The only 'room' left untouched, however, is our basement. Now, many homes have basements that are quite nicely finished and furnished and look as nice or nicer than the main house.
Our basement is very 'dungeon-esque.' It's kind of creepy, in fact! One of my projects this summer is to get down there and do a major cleaning out of many of the gazillion nails, screws, nuts, bolts, etc., etc. that haven't been touched in years!
While plundering around down there last summer, I happened upon this piece of furniture (I knew it was down there but had forgotten about it). Though it had some flaws, it was too nice to languish 'below ground.' So, up it came. I brought it up on the deck; cleaned it up really well, and re-attached drawer bottoms, etc. There is still a problem with one handle (which I have) but haven't figured out yet how to attach it. I'll figure that out this year.
The piece is a lovely bird's eye maple! I love, LOVE the warmth of the wood, and at a certain time of the day when the sunlight hits it, it simply glows! I managed to find the perfect spot for it - in the kitchen where storage is very minimal! And...how do you like the old watering can with dried hydrangeas from our developing garden?
Had I known I would be doing this blog, there would be more and much better pictures, I promise!
There's at least one more treasure down there that I plan to refurbish this year. It might just be my maiden voyage into Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Stay tuned!
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