Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Vintage Thingy Thursday - My McDougall Hoosier Project

Thanks to the Coloradolady's Blog I get to really enjoy wonderful vintage things every Thursday.  I thought I might finally jump onto the ride and post my own vintage goodie too. 
 



My project, A McDougal Hoosier Cabinet in the process of being refurbished. :)

Warning... it's a bit photo intense  ...
These are the photos prior to taking it apart.. The upper portion is backless which in the end has made the project actually much easier.

This is the first time I saw it in person..

When I stood before it I felt a thrill and a chill all at once.  OMG !! I am getting a Hoosier and WTF!! am I getting myself into??? I've never redone ANYTHING in my life ( except my makeup when I mess it up, does that count? Ha! )
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Here is where I start in on hand scraping it. You work with what you have.  I unfortunately didn't have a ton to shell out on stripper that would remove all that old paint.  A bit of elbow grease and sanding worked pretty awesome as I am not taking it down to natural wood ( pretty close tho, I've seen some ugly grey milk paint and wood tone now )
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This is actually one of my favorite photos.  It was awesome to have ALL the bits and pieces to the Cabinet. I've seen some that are missing most of them. Yikes!
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The bread drawer ... sadly it's missing it's top piece or perhaps it never had one. Unless I can find a Mcdougall that is intact to view better photos of how mine once was I truly will never know.
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Ok ... truthfully I did scrape the flat sides but did end up using stripper on the delicate grooves so that they wouldn't get nicked up. In the end this was the pain in the butt part! 
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A before and after sanding of the brackets that attach the hutch to the cabinet.
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An upside down view of the Porcelain top as I sanded the drawer inserts.
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The mark on the Porcelain piece.  Thought it was interesting.
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Well .. if you've made it THIS far after all those photos then thanks for peeking and hope you enjoyed my Vintage Thingy Thursday entry.  ( I'm actually doing it on Wednesday as I have vowed to stay off the computer tomorrow .. and suddenly I hear hysterical laughter from somewhere.. hmms )

If you love Vintage thingys do be sure to take a sneak peek over at the Coloradolady



10 comments:

  1. Is there any project that you won't tackle?? Seriously... This cabinet is amazing!! I can't wait to see it all finished. Are you going to keep it and put it someplace special in the house? You're such a good "picker."

    Hugs,
    Kim

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    1. Kim,

      Pretty much nope.. Well except sewing. Sewing is scary! When I finally do get it finished I moved a floating cabinet out of the kitchen and it will sit perfect in the kitchen. ;)

      Xo's
      Sarah

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  2. You will have a lot of time and work put into this, but it will be so nice when complete. Definitely one you will enjoy.

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  3. Gosh, you've done a lot of work on that Hoosier. It looks so good! I have one my dad refinished years ago and it has the metal (looks like an oven rack) in the bottom, too. I thought that was just something dad put in there, but yours has one too, so they must have come with it in there. I can't wait to see yours when you get it finished!
    ~Dorothy

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    1. Dorothy ... from all the hours upon hours I have sat here at the pc "gawking" at Hoosier "porn" as my husband now calls it (har har) I have come to believe that weird metal rack is definitely a piece that belongs in many of the styles out there. Mine even has metal racks for the shelving in one side of the longer doors (right side) which I found are pretty standard in some. :)
      Thanks for peeking!

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  4. My, you are brave to undertake such a project! I have a Hoosier that belonged to my grandparents (well, my daughter has it now...) It's similar to yours except that the roll part goes all the way across the bottom. It has lovely stenciling on the doors which was preserved when I got it refinished. Looks like you have a bread box too in that deep drawer on the bottom! Can't wait to see yours finished!

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  5. Wow, that is amazing. Great job and getting the old paint off of it. I have a tiny by comparison white cabinet with a porcelain top and it had one of those wire racks in it too. I always thought someone just threw it in there at a later date, but am exited to see it was actually supposed to be part of it. Who knew?

    have fun with your porn!

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    1. Liked that did ya? My hubby takes every opportunity to tease me about things I adore. :) Which is fine by me as he comes and looks with me sometimes too. Do you have photos or know the maker of your wee cabinet? I'd LOVE to see it.

      :)

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  6. What a big project but I bet that in the end it will look awesome.

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