Over my years of buying and selling furniture, I have learned to trust my instincts on pieces. If I’m all a-flutter when I see something, I know I should jump at it. If it elicits that response in me, it probably will in others, too.
Such was the case with this antique hardware counter I spotted one night as I was browsing craigslist…
It’s 7′ long and I knew it would be a beast, but I couldn’t shake it out of my head, so I e-mailed the seller and asked my dad if we could go pick it up in his truck.
The piece is an antique counter out of an old hardware store in Resisterstown, MD. The seller knew the owner of the store and offered to take the counter to sell when they were considering throwing it out! So, it ended up on craigslist and then it ended up with me.
It does have a few cosmetic issues. It’s missing a proper top and the left side as well. That side must’ve been against a wall or something, because it just has three boards nailed on the side.
I’m guessing the top had either another cabinet set on it or perhaps some kind of divider?
Anyway, the drawers are all in amazing shape and are on rollers, so they slide in and out well. They also have great dividers in them of differing sizes…
Now, if it had a left side, I would leave it alone, but since we have to build and install a new side, I am going to paint it. Yeah, I know. I’ve thought and thought through this one. One thing I might try first is stripping one drawer front to see how the oak looks. Then, I would just paint the body of the piece and leave the drawers wood.
But then, I have to think through the top. I would absolutely love a piece of white marble and that might be the route I go, but a piece of butcher block from Ikea would be much more economical. And then the butcher block wouldn’t work with the stripped oak drawer. And the wood drawers, painted body, and all of that hardware might just be too much going on.
Hmmm… so, I need to make a decision.
Just to start, we removed all of the hardware and I’ll mull it over a bit more…
What would you do if this were your piece?