Sometimes you find an antique you can’t figure out what to do with. Like my egg shipping crate. I’m leaving it alone for right now. It was just such a sought after item that day I had to get it.
On that same day, I found a Home Comfort Bread and Cake Cabinet. It was rusty and covered in patina. It has wood shelves that may have been replaced (originally metal according to the pictures I found).
The Dilemma – Do or Do not Refurbish
I stared at this box, wondering why? My relatives put pies and cakes on the windowsill to cool. Why a box? For storage? It’s 20″ x 13 1/2″ x 11″. Holes in the back for ventilation.
Two shelves. They couldn’t be adjusted, so the only choice would be to take them out.
With its age, the knob closing the door was off center. I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. It was attached with a nut, but the thing was so rusted I was afraid it would disintegrate if I tried to clean it or remove it.
I was concerned about using soap and water because of the patina and potential paint. I’d tried cleaning a vintage canister set and the paint came off, rendering them useless for holding food.
What do I do with this thing that just sits there?
Do Not Always Refurbish It, Simply Reuse It!
After mulling it over, I decided I wouldn’t change it. I told myself do not always refurbish the antique, sometimes it’s better to use as is. I decided to just change the contents. It was a storage box. It was beautiful to me.
But this diyhomegoddess is not a stay at home wife or mom. I have a full time job. I have hobbies I don’t have time for. Nor do I want to make cakes and pies all the time. Goodness, no! But store what?
I got it! My baking supplies. Bags and bars of baking chocolate. My truffle tools and candy thermometer. “Hello, my name is diyhomegoddess and I’m a chocolate addict.”
Vanilla beans and pastes. Extracts. Cocoa and Espresso Powders. Sanding sugars. Icings. You get the idea. If it’s for baking, it’s in there. I put it in an IKEA trolley, with my cooking DVDs and bigger baking supplies underneath.
As you see, you you can decide ‘do not always refurbish, just reuse’. Sometimes it’s best. What do you think? Do you have an antique you just cleaned up and used in a different way?