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Late last week, I made some more progress on the basement family room. The work has been a little be slow lately just because of life, but….well, that’s life. It’s a real makeover at a real pace. We’re just fitting it in when it works. Something that was exciting was getting the antique cabinet I found at Gold Rush Days into place. We had several rainy days, so we needed to leave it in the garage until it was dry enough to carry around to the back sliding door.
It is so perfect in this space and certainly fits the English library/gentleman’s club look I’m going for. I’m going to give it a bit of a wipe-down with Hemp Oil to hydrate the wood, especially around the bottom where it’s a little dry from old water damage. I’d also like to find some antique cabinet latches that will match the drawer pulls to use on the upper and lower cabinet doors. I found a couple at Gold Rush Days, but they were $20/pair and I thought I could find a better deal online. Well, I was wrong and now I’m kicking myself for not buying them!
So, I’m keeping my eye out for some antique cast iron cabinet latches that are Victorian/East Lake in style. I know a set of two that are the right size, style, and price will eventually turn up.
Right now, there are not handles on the cabinet doors, which makes them a little tricky to open.
The cabinet is in such great shape, though. It has a beautiful beadboard back as an added bonus! I almost want to style it with the doors open, but I’m going to use this piece mostly for board games and puzzles, so it’s likely going to end up closed.
The drawers will be perfect for cards, dice, and other smaller games…
The cabinet comes in two pieces (which is how I was able to take it home in my van) and the top just sits in place on the bottom cabinet. The floor is a little uneven against that wall, so we wanted to secure the two pieces together. With teenage boys and pets, it’s a good idea to have tall pieces of furniture secure!
Jeff used a couple of old pieces of lathe that I bought in a bundle years ago and have used pieces here and there for projects. They were just right for securing the two pieces together with some screws.
We also worked on the chair rail over the weekend and I painted more of the trim. I can’t wait to get more painting done and see the curtains hung. I think those curtains will really bring it all together.
You can see a peek at the fireplace in the photo below. It’s still just primed, but I couldn’t help playing around with some accessories on it. I hope to get that finished this week.
You can find more posts about the basement family room makeover HERE. I hope I can get it all finished up before the holidays, but I have a lot of painting and sewing to do!
And, there’s really no rush…