Thursday, September 9, 2010

The things you do for Love ~ antique doctors cabinet & 50's pots

Those of you who come regularly to theoldboathouse or follow our ebay auctions will know that when we say "we love anything old and interesting" we are not kidding....with this comes lots of fun, lots of hard work and lots and lots and lots of good "stuff" that needs to find a new life and new home. It also means Kristen cannot go anywhere without coming home with something. Last night he was sent off with son Number 2, Chauncy, to attend a Japanese information night about Chauncy's much anticipated trip to Japan. He came home with these......

1950's cement garden pots... LOVE, LOVE

Some great shapes..... very heavy!
This morning he said he would just go back to the old house and have a look seemed pretty empty in the dark, but the older couple who were moving said he was most welcome (music to Kristen's ears...he doesn't have to be asked twice) and you never know...I was thinking please don't come home with anything house, yard, will burst....But ohhh.... lovely I was so happy he did. He came home with this.....

Just the kind of thing that makes my heart sing. An old metal and glass doctors cabinet on castors with all its glass shelves and perfect old paint that is all worn with rust etc etc.....YUM. Now alot of people will say "Katherine you get so many beautiful pieces of old furniture why would you like that???" I cannot really explain it is LOVE.....unrational, unconditional and all about LUST and why I can never do any other job.
Not sure what I will do with her yet or even if she will be mine or some other wonderful, crazy persons that loves industrial chic. I apologise the pics aren't that good under my house. I wanted to get it in before I smashed some of the glass.
I can see it in a kitchen or bathroom or it would make an amazing display cabinet for a collection. To contact please email
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  1. KEEEEEP it you mad women - it is fabulous!


  2. I understand completely! Im in love. You have to keep it, it is perfection, I actually got Goosebumps when I saw it(I know I know im a little loony but hey)How good would that look in a bathroom! Megan xx

  3. I'm banned from buying large pieces until we move. ARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! Otherwise I'd be camped outside your house ready to fight you for it. You deserve it Katherine. It's fabulous.

  4. The privilege in your line of work is that you get to KEEP those things that you love!! This one is definitely a keeper. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Michelle

  5. Oh wow. That will look fabulous in someone's home. If I showed this to Jason, he'd fill it up with little miniatures. I don't like to encourage him though...xx

  6. Katherine what a find so lucky that Kristen went back. Old chippy and such character just how we like it. Sandy x

  7. That doctor's cabinet is quite fabulous. I'd say keep it for yourself.

    And I really need pots ... I may have a window this Saturday to trek out to you.

    I'll see what I can wrangle.

  8. A-mazing!! I am now a subtle shade of green ;)

  9. The doctors cabinet is fabulous! Love the old pots also. Good finds. Thanks for the photos.~judy~

  10. Katherine, I totally get it!! It's finds like this that keep you going I'm sure. But those pots are just as fabulous. My grandparents gave me some similar when they had to move out of their house. The rectangle type is now full of succulents. Your ones are so interesting though, shapes and colours. That cabinet is amazing. It's as though it's come straight from Anthropologie! My boys would think it a perfect display for lego!! A trip to Japan, lucky Chauncy! Pruxxx

  11. Dear Katherine,
    if you decide to sell that docters cabinet i wuuld love it for the shop for display
    Love Bev

  12. I love love that cabinet. Did I mention love it. Oh I so wish you were in the Northeast, US I would be driving this minute to get it.

  13. Im obsessing over that cabinet lol,told you I was loony.It has seriously inspired me to move forward with my bathroom re do, would you mind if I included it (a picture)in a post? Megan xx

  14. Katherine
    I'm mad about this one.. If I were in qld I'd be knocking your door down!!! Fabulous.. xxx Julie

  15. Hi Megan, that would be lovely. And if any one else would like to use pics...use away, cheers Katherine

  16. Totally get the LUST bit, Katherine. It's wonderful when you see something and you just know you HAVE TO HAVE IT!!! Fabulous cabinet!! Industrial chic, yay. I've been looking for an old printers/architects draw unit. Found one in Melbourne on ebay. Bit to big and heavy to transport to NSW. Would have cost much more than the draw unit. Had to let the lust die down on that one!...Terese

  17. OMG that old cabinet is perfection. Would go perfectly with my smaller one in the bathroom. Pop it in a postpak and send it down would you ;0)

  18. Katherine - found your blog - have had a great time reading through all of your antique adventures. After I saw you on Saturday, I just dropped into the WAC to do a bit of a sort and tidy in my shop... Then I went past your space and saw that AMAZING doctors cabinet! Lust for sure!

  19. Hetty BloomtidesJune 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Do you still have it Kathy ?? please let me know 0416 893452 Hetty Bloomtides

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