For some time now I’ve been needing a display cabinet for my boxes. They are taking over the house and thats the prerogative of Sue’s ‘School Stuff’. So a cabinet. In the ideal world I’d start from scratch; fire up the CAD package, doodle away, spend hundreds (if not thousands) on the best materials. We are not living in the ideal world though. I’ve got the same cash flow problems everyone else has at present. So an idea took seed. Adapt an already existing cabinet.
The cheapest are around £80 ($120+), cheap and tacky. Never fear though. A while back I joined our local ‘Freecycle’ ( contraction of Free and recycle) group on the web. Here people put unwanted objects up for grabs for free. They are only going to be scrapped anyway so why not let someone get some use from them. I’ve already scored a 1980’s Bang and Olafson music centre (complete with remote control) from this source. Its the heart of our entertainments centre, providing decent sound for the flat screen tv and MP3 connectivity with a little adaption (I used to be in electronics).
Yesterday my ship came in. A display/storage corner cabinet came up for grabs. About 5’10” high and 2’6” wide. I collected it today. Its very ‘brown’, a descriptive if slightly derogatory term we used to use on a furniture course I did 2001-3. Well. its a start though. Here it is
An inspection revealed that its already been messed around with a little. Originally Ash veneered Ramin (or similar) and far Eastern ply, its been stained a muddy red/brown Mahogany ( traces of this on the Brass plated hinges). The leaded glass is the real McCoy but it makes my poor little boxes look like they’re banged up in a jail cell. There needs to be some action taken.
Finish is to be black. Plain glass in the front. Replace the two plywood shelves with three glass ones. Install a light in the top and possibly mirrors to the inside back (my own Tardis, it’ll look bigger on the inside than it is outside) though this might be a bit over the top. What the heck I might expand the top to the width of the bottom. Decisions decisions! Oh well it cost nothing so I’m not overly worried. Just dont want to make it look any uglier than it is now.
What do you think?
Am I flogging a dead horse?
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com