Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cool antique find


I spotted this antique chest at Canal St Antiques about two weeks ago.  I liked it because it was black and it had glass knobs.  It looked small but I thought it might be the perfect size for a corner in my kitchen that was badly in need of a little sprucing up.

I had one of those butcher block carts that can double as an island in the kitchen corner.  It was too big and too tall for the area so I was looking for something smaller.  I also wanted drawers so I could store dishtowels and maybe some small dishes in it.

So after measuring the kitchen space and the chest, I took the plunge and bought the chest. After a major struggle transporting it out of the car and up some stairs to the condo, I placed it in the corner of the kitchen. Wow, I am out of shape! Note to self, ask for help next time!


It fit nicely in the corner with room to spare. As you can see, there is a heating grate on the floor so I had to make sure that the chest did not cover it completely.  It is the perfect display spot for my collection of Anthropologie teacups. That's a chalkboard platter from Pottery Barn.  This may not be a permanent display, I am always moving things around.


You can see that I have some wall art over the chest so I had to make sure the chest was not too high.


That's my bedroom door to the left in the photo.  Yes, I put a number on the door. I wanted it to
look like a hotel room door.  The curtain to the right is made of a black and ecru toile fabric.



The chest does have some flaws and scratches.  After all, it is from the 1800's. I don't mind, it just adds to it's character.

 I bought a reproduction of a French dryer rack from Brissonte in North Reading.  I think it suits my Anthro teacup collection.


I love these teacups and the colors are perfect for my kitchen.


Here's the wall art I mentioned earlier.  My little ode to France. The Steinlein print is one of my faves. I actually saw this print at my vet's office and thought it was so me that I googled the artist's name. I then found a print on Ebay and the rest is history.



I often write messages on the chalkboard platter but not today. I'd like to find a nice quote to write on it. Nothing too long, I'm a lefty so I smudge my words.  I usually have to write from right to left on a chalkboard.


This is the adjoining wall with the Harney Tea wire rack and a little clock.


Surprise, the interior of the drawer is red! Again, this is a nice accent color in the kitchen.


I'm still playing with the display on top of the chest. If you look closely you can see that the box is a tea box.  The samovar is Russian and needs to be rewired for American use. I think it is pretty but not sure that all of that looks good on the chest. I will probably stick with just the platter and teacup stand.

I hope you enjoyed your mini tour of my kitchen.  I have tomorrow off so I will post about my weekend activities soon. So far I am planning to attend a craft fair and then have lunch with friends.

And then of course there will be football!  Hope you all have a great weekend. I am linking up with Cindy of My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.  Check out her post here and then check out other particpant's posts through her blog.

9 comments:

Two French Bulldogs said...

Beautiful find
Benny & Lily

kay Ellen said...

Oh Elaine, I love it!!
What a wonderful piece you found!

xo
Kay Ellen

weaverpat said...

Love it!
I like the samovar and tea chest better than the platter but because of their height, they may look more balanced on the far side of the teacups and stand.
Just a humble suggestion!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Nice chest! Looks similar to one I purchased that is also black. AND, you sound like me... struggling to move a piece of furniture myself, into and out of a vehicle and then into the house an up a flight of stairs. Why do we do such foolish things to ourselves?

Salmagundi said...

Perfect! That is a great find. Sally

Blondie's Journal said...

The cabinet is awesome {next time get help moving things!}. It fits perfectly in that nook and I love your print!

Hey! I am a lefty, too!! Have a fun weekend!

XO,
Jane

lvroftiques said...

I love your new chest! What a beauty. And it works perfectly in the space, That pop of red inside is wonderful too. Vanna/your newest follower

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Elaine it looks beautiful! You have such lovely taste! I agree, ask for help next time! LOL!!!

Chris said...

Hi Elaine, I loved the tour of your kitchen and the gorgeous chest you acquired. Looking good. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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