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Hoosier Cabinet Refurb

Listing #2670   Listed on: 03/23/2010

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Contact Name:   Dave
Here is a Hoosier cabinet that I have spent many, many hours on (probably over 100 hrs) This was in my grandparents wet basement for several decades. I estimate it was built in the 1920's. The lower cabinet section was almost comletely rotted. I made new sides, bottom, back, and panels for the top frame and new legs. After hours of stripping paint and rebuilding, it was painted with antique white furniture paint. The porcelain top had to be patched and was painted with acrylic / epoxy bathtub paint. The coffee, tea, salt, and spice jars are in excellent condition. These cabinets were very prevalent from about 1900 - 1930's. They were marketed as the step savers for the kitchen since all you needed for food prep was in this one cabinet. Flour and suger bins, spice carousel, coffee, tea, and salt containers, bread drawer, cutting board, lots of storage. The porcelain top also slides out an extra foot for more workspace.

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Posted By: Gerald T Ortman     [03/23/2010]
Proud work! Well done.

Posted By: Bob S.     [03/24/2010]
Nice work man. You're a patient man. Very nice.

Posted By: Adam Birken     [05/09/2010]
Well done! I also recently restored a Hoosier Cabinet similar to one you featured. The scraping of the old paint layers really tested my patience.

Posted By: noma     [05/03/2011]
I bought the same cabinet recently at an auction. On the side where the top two drawers are there is a strip of wood that sits on two small springs. Can you tell me what they are for?

Posted By: Dave     [05/04/2011]
noma, the wood strips on springs support the underside of the table top and also spring down when you want to remove the top from the cabinet.

Posted By: Christine     [01/19/2012]
I have salvaged a bottom cabinet from my in-laws VERY bad condition. I would like to have a top cabinet too. Any tips to find a top?

Posted By: Dave     [01/19/2012]
Christine, I have seen some cabinets in antique shops but you may have to look on craigslist or classifieds or ask around about whats in your neighbors attic or basement to find one. Or watch estate auctions.

Posted By: Chris     [09/26/2012]
I love the piece. I am purchasing one tomorrow that I found at an antique shop and it looks exactly the same as yours. It's in decent shape, but didn't know the best way to strip and paint the sliding doors without them sticking or getting messed up. Any help would be great. Thank you!

Posted By: Dave     [09/27/2012]
Thanks for the comments. My sliding door slates needed to be take off the material they were glued to and stripped, painted, then re-glued to some new material. I used white duck cloth strips to replace the old stuff since it's very durable and strong. I laid out the duck cloth strips and spread contact cement on them and the areas to be glued on the slats, and then positioned them on the cloth. It's tedious but works.

Posted By: Chris     [09/27/2012]
Thanks. I picked it up today. I have a lot of work ahead of me. All the hardware seems to be original, but on the top part of the cabinet they painted the hinges. Argh! Mine is a little different than yours? Yours seems to have two drawers under the table. Mine does not, there is just a slot on the left for the cutting board, which I have. Of course I don't have any of the glass spice holders yet, or flour/sugar tins? Did yours have them, or do you know of any good spots/websites/dealers, where I might be able to track them down. Thanks again. I appreciate it!

Posted By: trisha vonthun     [04/25/2013]
I recently bought a table at a secondhand store it has the Hoosier tag on it. I don't know a lot about the Hoosier name but from what I have researched I have yet to find any tables. I have asked antique stores in my area and nobody seems to know. I'm hoping to find an answer. Thanks.

Posted By: Neil     [06/24/2013]
I have one exactly like it, except my upper doors have glass in them. Where did you get the pair of brackets that connect the bottom to the top, so that the enamel countertop slides out? I need a new pair. Thanks a bunch.


Posted By: Dave     [12/09/2013]
I re-used the brackets. Just stripped and repainted. You can order replacements from several sites on the web.

Posted By: Lynne     [04/10/2014]
I have this cabinet and am trying to sell it. It's heavily painted, the bottom door won't close, and the handle on the tin drawer is stripped. The wood is in excellent shape. Anyone interested can email me.

Posted By: Marin     [07/31/2014]
I came across this image when trying to decide to redo my husband's hoosier cabinet white. It started out white, then sometime in the 60's repainted to look like wood. I'm going to take back to original white. So love when folks restore old furniture - - that also has sentimental value. Thanks for posting!

Posted By: jeanne     [08/04/2014]
very nice work. I need to replace at least one leg on a sellers cabinet. Should I cut all off and use hoosier legs? If so, where can I get the brackets for the legs

Posted By: Dave     [08/04/2014]
I didnt re-use leg brackets. I cut some new legs using the old ones as a pattern and then screwed directly into the bottom frame. Not sure where you could get new brackets.

Posted By: Dee Ford     [10/25/2014]
I was given this same cabinet (except 3 doors on at top) by my mom in law. It was her grandmother's. All the original jars are with it, all the spice jars, and larger ones that sit inside on lower door. It's in excellent condition. Can anyone tell me what the value might be?

Posted By: Evy     [09/03/2015]
I have one just like this one that is in good shape. All original parts and paint. It's a jewel in my kitchen!

Posted By: Donna     [12/17/2015]
Our son and daughter-in-law are going to restore his great-grandmother's Hoosier cabinet. How do they safely removing peeling paint from interior? We're assuming the paint contains lead.

Posted By: Dave     [12/17/2015]
Donna, I just used paint stripper. Maybe I should have been more cautious but of course I wore heavy rubber gloves for stripping. I would Google safe ways to remove leaded paint if it has lead.

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