Thursday, October 7, 2010

From An Old Floorboard to a Tombstone Cupboard

My thanks to Susan of for hosting another Metamorphosis Monday and for giving her fellow bloggers a chance to show their stuff!

I sort of put the words metamorphosis and recycle into the same mental category. If I can take an object and turn it into something else rather than dispose of it, I consider it to be recycled...or repurposed as the new generation would say.

My favorite metamorphosis or recycle in our lives is always one that involves the transformation of one of the old, wide, pine floorboards that were taken up from the first floor of our circa 1724 house here on Olde Cape Cod.
Would have loved to save them as flooring, but as we all know...water seeks its lowest level. All the flooring on the first floor of our our house was rotted along with the underpinnings. Some of the boards were 23 inches in width...a treasure in my book. We saved what we could and stored the boards in the garage. Over the years, hubby has crafted many things from the nearly 300 year old flooring, but one of my favorites is our pine Tombstone Cupboard. With the exception of the back piece, the entire cupboard is crafted from an old floor board. Hubby drew up his own design based on my requests. I think the result is spectacular...and a very fitting subject for a post at Halloween time since it's called a "Tombstone" cupboard ...get it?

The cupboard provides the perfect home for some of our old pewter pieces.
Oddly enough,what I most love about it is the group of holes in the door. The only usable part of the floorboard that was wide enough for a door had holes in it where the floor nails had rotted right through. Hubby didn't want to use it. But eventually I convinced him that the holes actually added character.

We painted our Tombstone Cupboard with Olde Century Colors paint in Greenbriar along with Barn Red on the inside.

It's truly one of my favorite things in our home.

Thought for the day: Welcome the unexpected.... opportunities rarely come in neat predictable packages.

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  1. ......and I can certainly see why! It's just gorgeous. I don't know what kinda of arm twistin' and leg pullin' ya had to do but the cupbord is just amazing!!! :o)

    Ya have a beautifully blessed evening, sweetie!!!

  2. Oh My the Cupboard came out Perfect !!
    The old wood is a Treasure for Sure ..... Its wonderful to create new items for your home with the old wood floor boards ... Its the most Special Kind of Recycle.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox
    PS ~~ Dont we just love our
    "handy hubbies" ?? lol

  3. What a beautiful piece of work. May I clone your hubby for home use? lol Great piece Joanne!

  4. Oh, this looks so pretty! I love it. Great job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Beautiful cupboard. Talented Hubby too. Love the green. I am sure you are enjoying it to the fullest.
    Love Cape Cod especially this time of year. Ginger
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  6. Your granddaughter is so beautiful. I don't have any granddaughters. I have 5 grandsons and have told them that "granny" gets to choose her granddaughters. You Bet! hugs, Ginger

  7. Thanks for your visit and kind words this morning. You guys are great.
    I do expect to have lots of stories when I get back. Hugs, Ginger

  8. Just gorgeous!! Your husband is as talented with wood as you are with fabric! Do you have a Picture trail or any other online albums of your home? I'd love to see more!

    I am so glad you now know where Lana is! Her home is wonderful!!


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