What IS this?

lellieJune 22, 2007

...and would you paint it?

I'm thinking about painting it...sure wish I knew what the heck it is, though...LOLAM!

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wired

I don't know what it is..except it's so neat! I love it and would leave it as is. It kind of looks like a bench of some type. It's sure nice..lucky you :-)

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 9:42AM
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kattydid

It would make a neat changing table for a baby, just add a pad on top. You have the shelf to put things on. It's great

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 11:02AM
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anjabee

oooh! I don't know what it is, but I love it!! I wouldn't paint it either. So cool. Does the top rail come off or is it all one piece? Did you trash pick it?? It's a wonderful piece! ~Anj

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 1:19PM
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Dandyliondeb

Heck no! Don't paint it!

Debbie in Florida

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 2:36PM
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sistersunnie

THAT's my kind of furniture!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 2:48PM
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craftylady-2006

Wow, that is gorgeous. It looks homemade. I wouldn't paint it either, I think it looks lovely just as you have it decorated. Can you use the bottom for storage, are there shelves inside?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 5:02PM
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TwoMonths

I was thinking baby changing table homemade...but something is flashing in the old brain for something that I saw something like that in an old timey store one time...either as a kid (cause I am old timey) or in a store on a vacation. Maybe a counter top where you prepare something and the slats keep the customer away from the preparation site...geeze, I'll remember it in the middle of the night some night. Check with an antique dealer before you paint it. But if it is yours, you can do as you like, antique or not.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 5:02PM
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robolady

I think it may be part of something larger, like a counter that would continue and have a mirror image piece on the other side. It's great.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 8:09PM
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Purplemoon

Whatever it is, it's quite the treasure find now. Please don't paint it. The old wood is just wonderful.

Karen

    Bookmark   June 23, 2007 at 5:09AM
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crystal01

Don't know what it is but it's beautiful. Don't paint, tung oil it!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2007 at 10:27PM
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socks

I don't know what it is either, but if you want to pursue it further, you might post over on the Antiques Forum.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2007 at 7:36PM
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lindasewandsew

Hi, That's a great piece of furniture. It looks like some kind of money or post office cage, something like the cages in casinos. Is the back finished or rough? I have no fear of painting wood and would paint it red. It would look great black, lavender, yellow, white, red, blue, flamingo pink, or any other color. It has lots of character painted or not. I always use Zinsser latex primer. It stops any bleed through and makes the paint look better. Remember, if you decide to paint, send us photos!! Linda

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 3:04AM
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lindasewandsew

I 'painted' your furniture with Paint Shop Pro just for fun. It does look good in any color. Linda

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 3:33AM
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sistersunnie

As is or red or black got my vote!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 8:41AM
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gardener64

I would not paint it,
I have no idea what it is I also thought of a changing table first but it will lose its integrity if you paint it

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 11:54AM
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luvstocraft

Whatever it originally was, it sure is a neat piece. Is it too tall for a bench? I really like the way you arranged the objects on top too. It was fun to see a preview of how it would look in another color too. Luvs

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 6:45PM
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lellie

WOW!!!!
I didn't think this would get so many replies!
Thank you, all.

It has shelves inside...I store my dining room linens in there, since it sits in the dining room. Very convenient.

The top part is attached with screws, but comes off easily...we detached it when we moved.

My thought was also a piece from an old store or train station, but that's just a guess.
I think I'll post over on the 'antiques forum' and see what they come up with...good idea, folks!

Linda...thank you for the color ideas! How thoughtful.
I really like the first blue color.
For now, I just may keep it original.

Our dining room table is an old farmhouse table...the chairs consist of 4 regular and 2 armchairs...painted flat black...ugh!
Those, along with the bottom of the table, I will paint, since they're replicas. The tabletop will get sanded and oiled.

This is gonna be a fun project!
Will post before and afters later.

Again...thank you all!!!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 11:35AM
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lellie

Here are pics of the inside details...I'll apologize before-hand for the quality...or lack of.

The more I scrutinize over the piece, the more I believe someone just fabricated it...who knows for what.

Inside shelving:

Inside door shelves:

The dividing piece in the middle was added later, I think, because there's a 'lock' of sorts that you cannot get to now so it's useless...but neat anyway.

I never noticed that the little shelves on the door are made from some sort of boxes.

They read 'MEL-O-BIT Palmetto'.

The strangest thing of all, tho, is on the side are carved initials...my son's father's initials!
How weird is that? LOL!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 12:13PM
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lindasc

Please leave as is.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 1:05PM
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nodakgal

Lellie my first thought when I seen the door is cheese boxes. When you say Palmetto I see Pimento...Leave it or send it back north! (to me! dear girl)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 5:25PM
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lellie

Does say PIMENTO...LOL

nodak...I'll 'will' it to ya, how's that? :)

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 9:14AM
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Dandyliondeb

By the way, I love the Flamingo picture hanging above it!

Debbie In Florida

Here is a link that might be useful: My Web Site

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 4:10PM
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njtomboy

At 1st I liked it plain.. but now I like the black, the pink underneath it & the barn yard red. Ooh but the light blue is nice too... SORRY I'm no help!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2007 at 7:35PM
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shysue

Whatever it is, treasure it for it's uniqueness. It would be a shame to paint it.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 9:46PM
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frabee

Gorgeous piece of furniture! I wouldn't touch it, and I like the way you have it decorated on top.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 11:00PM
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lellie

Thanks all!

Least no one else prob'ly has one...LOL

Debbie...a good friend of mine created the silk-painted flamingo. She also does other silk-painting and batiking.
She has closed her shop and moved away (sigh)!...but I'm grateful to have purchased the flamingo before she left.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 12:33AM
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lellie

Thought you might enjoy another shot of my Flamingo.
You can see more detail in this one.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 12:52AM
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marry

They are cheese boxes!!We have a storage piece made with cheese boxes! It's something that my Grandpa made in the 20's or 30's to store his work shop "stuff" in! LOL(he was an upholsterer for Studebaker)It's not nearly as nice as yours tho!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 2:59PM
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lindac

They are not cheese boxes....they are fruit boxes....and Please PLEASE don't paint it!
It's a unique piece....if you want soemthing to paint purple, sell that to somewon who will appreciate it for the folk art piece it is and buy a piece of prefab junk and paint it red, or purple or whatever...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 8:09PM
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marry

Yes, the small boxes are Mel O Bit cheese boxes. I looked and found some more of the same brand.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cheese Boxes

    Bookmark   July 28, 2007 at 11:19AM
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