A) These pieces are so unique and so lovely. Hollywood Regency glam divinity.
B) They are so bulky and oh so very difficult to move.
This was unequivocally our worst Craigslist pick-up ever. It wasn’t a shady situation, or a particularly strange one, but it was the most back-breaking. The two cabinets came from a tiny townhouse so jam-packed with furniture there was hardly room to wriggle the first out from the corner it was in. It was full of tchotchkes and fine china that needed to be unloaded. The second was up a narrow u-shaped set of stairs.
Neither of the sellers was able to help us move them due to medical conditions. The cabinets were too tall to fit through the door standing up straight, so we had to tip them over and maneuver them out without knocking over any of the stacks of china all over the place that had just been unloaded from the cabinet!
To make matters worse, while lifting one of the cabinets into the truck, one of the doors flipped open, tearing itself off its hinges.
If we had a video recording of the event, I’m sure it would be hilarious set to a crackly old Laurel and Hardy soundtrack.
In the moment, we were not so amused.
The moral of the story is: there’s a little more to pretty blog pictures than just a tripod and DSLR camera – and I have the sore shoulder muscles to prove it!
(Abby seems to have made it her personal goal to crash as many photo shoots as possible. She just loves to get in front of the camera!)
(P.S. As you can see, I fixed the door. Thanks to some wood glue and wood filler.)
Aren’t these beautiful? My favorite part is the solid brass band detail that wraps from the top down the front! And I feel so lucky to have found a matching pair again! I am of the firmest conviction that everything is better in pairs! I just wish I could find out more about these pieces – I’m having a hard time even deciding to what classification of furniture they belong.
After all the difficulty in wrangling them home, I decided not to expend the time and effort to style the shelves. Besides, it would have basically been a rehash of the shelf styling you can see in this blog post: Pair of Vintage Brass and Glass Étagères; so hop on over there if you’re interested in styling tips and pretty snapshots!
What do you think of my latest find, and what should I call them? Étagères? China cabinets? Shelves? Have you ever seen a piece like this before?