Several years ago, friends were throwing-out this antique wardrobe. It was pretty much a BFI rescue. I must admit, it was pretty ugly. It was painted chocolate-brown and despite the fact hat it was heavy, it was not overly sturdy. The original piece had a bar across the top and was designed to be a wardrobe.
I loved the carvings on the front doors, but the oval panels were quite warped. Once it had been completely stripped down, we realized that the sides of the piece were done in a different wood than the front and thus we decided that stain would really not do it any justice. It was huge work stripping the paint from all of the nooks and crannies around the decorative carvings on the front, but it certainly made for a beautiful finished project.
We also reinforced the back and replace the bar with shelves. The panels were removed and replaced with chicken wire. This piece has always served as our dining room china cabinet, but we are planning to move it to our spare room for clothes and linen storage. Who knows, it might make its way back to the dining room yet!
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