11.04.2012

If Drawers Could Talk

I use to love watching the program "If Walls Could Talk" on HGTV. It was so interesting what some people found lurking within the walls of their old homes. Well, in this new piece of furniture, that we just bought, I found a very tiny old photo wedged in a drawer.

I gave you a little sneak peek of this piece the other day. Still not sharing how it looks in our house yet, but I will soon. Shirley of Housepitality Designs, was with me when I found it in fact that is why we went. She wanted to see where I shop while she was here. I am so glad we went. This piece had just been put out and was waiting for me. lol

I wanted to show you more of the beautiful details of this piece first. This is burled walnut.

I love the long brass hinges.

This is a picture I took of it in the antique mall. I had to show Mr. Savvy what I was wanting to buy.
He agreed to pay for half if I could get the price down and I did. As you can see there is a plaid fabric added to the back, but it works well in my room.

I know many of you are thinking that it will eventually get painted. Not this beautiful piece. Not ever. I don't paint over beautiful real wood. 

There is a double locking key for every door and all the keys came with it.



Getting back to the tiny picture. I stuck it in this little frame and have it displayed on the piece. As you can see the name is French. Looks like a little girl (could be a boy though) maybe in the 1930's. The piece we bought is an antique French vaisselier. I think I spelled that right. We call it a hutch in America or Welsh cupboard in England. Whatever it is called Mr. Savvy and I both love it. Men don't understand changing something, but he can't even stop looking at it. That makes it a very good purchase and the price was right. I found similar pieces on ebay and on antique sites and the cheapest I found was $3700. We didn't pay anywhere near that.


Can't wait to show you the whole thing.

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57 comments:

  1. Oh my word, that is beautiful. I'd be getting up in the night just to peak at it for fear I had only dreamt I bought it. The little keep-sake picture is the icing on the amazing cake. I am looking forward to seeing it in your beautiful home and watching the changes you do. Enjoy! Deb

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  2. Gorgeous! I can't wait to see where you will put that. The china cabinet you already have is so pretty but you could put it anywhere in the house. :)

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  3. I'm so glad to see that you're not going to paint over this piece! This is a magnificent piece of wood work and the burl venears are lovely and in good shape. It appears as if one piece of wood was used for the side panel.
    Lovely, Lovely piece!! And yes - if furnature could talk!!

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  4. Wow, just the details on this piece are amazing, Kim. It sounds like you got a great deal, too. I can't wait to see the whole piece. It looks just beautiful. You always know it was a good move when the husband loves it, too. : )

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  5. this is beautiful, you know I'm not a fashion decor savvy person, I surround myself with what I love if it "goes with other things I have " is a lucky happenstance, my paint brushes and something to paint on make me happy but I love to read decorating blogs ( yours especially) and this post is why, for you its a deeper appreciation of what you find truly beautiful.The wood in this piece is amazing , all created by mother nature, in all its glory covering this with paint would be a crime, in my eyes and yours too.Its wonderful and that you and hubby share in the joy of it makes it even better!

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  6. OMG....am I allowed to say that. I'm so jealous. I would LOVE to find something like that. Great find, and I don't blame you for not wanting to paint it.

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  7. What a gorgeous piece of furniture!!! And that photo belongs there - precious!

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  8. Stunning piece, Kim!
    Mary Alice

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  9. Oh Kim it's gorgeous and I know it must look perfect in your house! So glad you were able to get it!

    Kat

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  10. Kim,

    The French word Janvier means January. My guess is the little girl's name is Eclair, and the photo was taken in January, 1934. The piece is beautiful - absolutely beautiful!!!

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  11. Hallelujah! I am so glad you are not going to paint this beautiful piece of furniture. I love this piece. My thoughts are that people painting every piece of furniture today will be the same ones stripping them in the future. LOL. Have a great day! I adore the little pic. Janvier is French for January.

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  12. NOw this is a piece you certainly could not have left behind! The wood is gorgeous and so masterfully crafted! Great eye, Kim. I'd keep that little picture with the french hutch!

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  13. Kim what a beautiful piece! I can't wait to see where you put it in your home.So cool to have found an old photo! Yes there are some pieces that should not be painted.
    xx
    Anne

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  14. That is gorgeous. You were in the right place at the right time. Can't wait to see it in your home all filled with your pretties!

    Judy

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  15. This is a stunning piece! I can't wait to see more! burled walnut is a favorite of mine! Congrats on a wonderful find!

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  16. That is so cool that you found that old photo in your new piece. How in the heck did you get that home? Have a great day.

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  17. Cant wait to see it in your home...its a gorgeous piece!

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  18. Kim-That is just a gorgeous piece. I LOVE the hinges and I am really glad you won't be painting this piece. Burled wood is so rare to see nowadays, I can't wait to see the full reveal- xo Diana

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  19. Burled wood...I would never paint it. No paint would look that sweet. You made a very good purchase. Smiles, Susie

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  20. I so totally agree with you about not painting good wood. I paint a lot of furniture, but I try to save and restore anything that I can. It literally hurts me to see some of the transformations that are done to beautiful furniture.

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  21. I love it too, Kim! Absolutely beautiful.

    I loved If Walls Could Talk, also.

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  22. It looks like an amazingly beautiful piece! I can't wait to see it in your home!

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  23. It looks beautiful Kim. I am looking forward to seeing the whole piece and where you put it in your home.

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  24. Oh...my...gosh! I think that is the most beautiful piece I've ever seen. As soon as I saw it, I thought, I hope she's not going to paint it! Whew! So glad to know you won't be painting it. Can't wait to see it in your home. 'Scuse me...I have to go now and wipe the drool off my chin!

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  25. What a beautiful piece you found!!! And my first thought also was about painting it!!! Thank goodness you are not planning to do that!!! Can't wait to see it all gussied up.....

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  26. The piece is wonderful but you are such a tease!

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  27. Yes, that my friend is gorgeous and certainly never see you taking a paint brush to it. Looks in mint condition:)

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  28. Oh...my...gosh! I think that is the most beautiful piece I've ever seen. When I saw it, I thought, oh, I hope she doesn't paint it. Whew! So glad to know you won't! Can't wait to see it in your home. 'Scuse me now...I have to go wipe the drool off my chin!

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  29. It's beautiful. Thank goodness you aren't going to paint it!

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  30. Kim that piece is AMAZING and I am sooooo glad you wont e painting it!! It is a true treasure indeed and it is always nice when the hubby's love it too!

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  31. Absolutely beautiful piece! Love the details on it!

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  32. That truly is a beautiful piece. Such luvly detail.
    I can see why the Mr. cannot stop looking at it.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers, Gee

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  33. Oh Kim, ths is truly a beautiful piece of furniture! I LOOOOVE that burled wood and the long hinges. I don't know if have ever seen long hinges like that. I am SO glad you are not going to paint it. I love real wood so much. The little picture is precious. I think it is a girl:) XO, Pinky

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  34. It's beautiful...great find!!
    ~Cindy

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  35. It is gorgeous! How neat to find an old picture like that too. Now you have a piece with a story behind it.

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  36. Hi Kim, this is truly a beautiful piece and I am so pleased to know that you will not be painting it. I have loved many of the pieces you've transformed with paint and ASCP, but this one is very special the way it is. Looking forward to seeing where this gets placed in your beautiful home. I am a huge fan of your wonderful blog! Nan

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  37. Kim, This piece is exquisite! I am so pleased that you won't be painting it; I do love painted pieces but not when they are antiques and such beautiful wood. Great find! Can't wait to see where you put it.
    Noreen

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  38. That's beautiful and the photo too.

    Thank you for the comment, and I turned off the moderation. I only had it set for posts that were older than 14 days, but I guess it doesn't work that way.

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  39. This looks like a gorgeous piece!

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  40. Wow, it's gorgeous, Kim, what a fantastic find! I don't blame you for not wanting to paint it. I love the picture that you found, too. I recently bought an old sideboard and all I found in it was someone's stocking and paper from a couple of panty liners! I guess they used it for a dresser. I like your find better! ;D

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  41. Gorgeous piece. I love it, such beautiful detail. Hugs, Marty

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  42. This is an absolutely gorgeous piece!

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  43. Kim,
    that piece has lots of wonderful detail. I think you found a one of a kind piece. Can't wait to see where you are using it and how you are decorating it. Now if you can find something like that, why can't I find a simple shaker style corner hutch?

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  44. I adore painted furniture but that piece is gorgeous as is. I love the pattern of the wood. What a find!

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  45. Kim, that is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I know it is beautiful in your sitting room! I can't wait to see it all decked out with your things! The picture is just a bonus! Don't you wish it could tell it's stories???

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  46. That piece is stunning and no wonder you both love it. Such wonderful details. How charming to find the little photo. Janvier means January so probably 1934. It looks like the text to the right might be Lyons. I am sure you will enjoy decorating it.

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  47. kim, it's so beautiful!!! i might be a tad jealous, but so glad it went to a good home!

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  48. Kim, this is a gorgeous piece. Glad it went home to live in your beautiful home. Can't wait to see more details.......Sarah

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  49. There was a reason why I wanted to go to visit that antique shop!!...That piece was just waiting for you ... to bring it home ... as you had the perfect place for it!....The details of the vassilier are incredible... and the woodgrain of burled walnut is exquisite...Can't wait to see the treasures you will have displayed...the person in the picture approves of their new home!!

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  50. Oh my, how beautiful. The old photo really adds an element of mystery. I love it.

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  51. Thank goodness you are not painting this piece. Recently, I have seen way too many nice pieces of furniture ruined with chalk psin.

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  52. it is stunning...no that is not a piece to paint, that is for sure!

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  53. Exquisite! Really a stunning piece, Kim!...Christine

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  54. Gorgeous piece,and I breathed a sigh of relief when you said you wouldn't ever paint it. :)
    Love all the details in the carving and I especially like the door hinges. The little photo is a perfect thing. Don't you wonder who's child it was, and what her life was like?

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  55. I love it. My husband and I bought one from Sweden and it is over 100 years old. The person we bought it from told us she paid 2200 for it and felt it was a good bargain. I didn't pay anywhere near that either. In fact I paid so little for it I would say it was a steal. Not sure why she decided to sell, but wow, I am the winner!

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  56. This is an excellent piece, Kim. The burled wood and nice long piano hinges are great. It's icing on the cake to find the French photo.

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