Ice box--suggestions for a new use?

rrahDecember 5, 2006

My parents have a very old icebox--dated 1907--the kind that people used with blocks of ice. It stands about 3.5 feet high and is about 2.5 wide by about 3 ft. long. On one side is the door where food was stored. It still has 3 metal wire shelves on that side. The other side has 2 doors--one is larger. That was the side for ice, and I assume a bucket of some sort for catching water as it melted. It's been in the basement for sometime, and they are ready to get rid of it. Any suggestions for a modern day use? I would love to bring it home, but can't think of how I might creatively use it. I thought I might store my printer in it, but the doors aren't wide enough. I would love to hear your ideas! (FYI--my home really isn't really a trash to treasure kind of place, but I could probably make it work in the family TV room or my study.)

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I actually use mine for storing all our liquor and supplies. We entertain alot. We made solid shelves for the interior that are adjustable. Mine is a little bigger than the one you describe and only has 2 doors.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2006 at 5:16PM
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We had one of those when I was a teenager. I well remember the day we got a gas Servel fridge. I asked my mother "do we have to put ice in it to help it make ice?" I've seen these refinished and waxed and they're beautiful on their own - just as a beautiful piece of furniture. I think they are made mostly of oak. That's a great idea to make a liquor cabinet from it. You could use it for any kind of storage or leave it open to house collectable art pieces, quilts maybe and hang a decorative cloth or quilt on the doors, something fabulous on top. That's how I'd use it - a display cabinet. You lucky lady to have one. They're disappearing.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2006 at 7:11PM
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Ohhhhhh my, you are sooooo lucky to still have the ice box. I agree that it would make a lovely display cabinet for collectables or what have you. Open the doors and tuck in some Christmas greenery with ole' time decorations and Santas and Snowmen, I bet that would look just gorgeous. Are you able to post a pic of it? May I ask, how do you decorate, modern, country? In the family room you could use it for newspapers or magazine storage. The same in your study. If you truly are going to get rid of it, may I suggest you check on eBay or antique sites for a price you could sell it for. If not there, take a pic of it with your digital camera and bring the camera to an antiques store in town to show them the pic and ask if they can give you an idea for a price. Then put an ad in the local paper. Is there a "historical society" in your town, or a group of folks who love this sort of thing. That is truly an antique and I bet you could get a pretty decent price for it. There is an "Antiques" forum on this, the Garden Web forums. Post a pic in that forum and ask if anyone might know anything about it.


    Bookmark   December 5, 2006 at 8:43PM
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I saw one on a decorating show a while back! it was used to
display things, It was painted a wild color and the doors were kept open............A liquor cabinet would be ideal!!!
what a great piece! you are so lucky! Keep it!!!
If you don't decide to keep's worth a a bunch.
Check with antique dealers in your area. I know here, you could make quite a bit.


    Bookmark   December 16, 2006 at 4:19AM
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Just yesterday on decorating cents (hgtv) they redid a formal living room by using things the homeowner already had. She had an old icebox and they used it for a coffee table, layed it on its back so the door was facing up. They suggested to use it for storage, even tho the room was formal (it even had a new modern keyboard in it) the "new" coffee table looked awesome.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2006 at 10:08AM
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It sounds lovely. Could you use it for multimedia storage? CDs or DVDs?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 4:29PM
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We refinished it and painted the inside. It's become our liquor cabinet and conversation piece. I wouldn't trade it for a "real liquor" bar for any amount of money.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2007 at 6:07PM
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