Our Latest House Hunt Adventure

Last week Hubby had an errand to Racine, Minnesota.  There is a shop there that fixes alternators.  He asked if I wanted to ride along…I really did but my favorite thrift store had moved locations, was closed a week and was now opening in the new location.  Well I couldn’t decide what to do….I ended up going to the thrift store and Hubby went to Minnesota.

He had to wait while they were working on the alternator so he checked out the antique shops.  Both of us have been searching to find a cupboard that could go to the left of the refrigerator at the new house so we can cut some costs… (if you missed the post about that, find it here)  Right now, as is, we’d have to pay $3300 for the cupboards to be build as shown.

There wasn’t much at the antique shops that was available.  There was a cupboard that he really liked but it was sold and waiting for the buyer to pick it up.

He picked up the alternators and was heading back home when he, on a whim, drove past the auction house in Spring Valley.  He thought if someone was there, they might know of someone who knew of someone and they might be able to help us check something off our want for the the kitchen list.

There happen to be a few people there unloading stuff for an upcoming auction.  He asked and the guy said, I just might have what you want.  Hubby went with him to a storage unit and there he saw a cupboard.  Hubby asked a price.  The guy thought and looked and looked and thought and then said, well that latch is broken and the drawer needs some work.  Hubby said hey why not throw in a price for the mirror and shelf too.  They guy stalled again and said $200 for the cupboard and he’d let us have the rest.

Well Hubby didn’t have a vehicle to haul it and he wasn’t sure what I thought so he got a name and number.

Hubby came home and told me about his adventure and the cupboard.  He suggested we go look at it on Saturday..I said how about tonight.  Hubby called the guy-he was available so we hopped into the truck and took off.  I was anxious the entire way….could this be it…would I hate it and he like ugh.

We pulled in and the guy opened the door to this…It’s white and will have to be stripped.


But I like it!!  It has two potato bins.


The shelving is adjustable on the top…


But not on the bottom but that’s okay.


Here’s the other uppers.  I can store LOTS in here.


There’s a big drawer too….


I love the pulls …a latch needs fixing though.

It’s a size that we had wanted – 5′ 4″ x 7′ 6″.   It will fill the space well.  It won’t go to the ceiling but Hubby plans to put a piece of decorative trim near the top.  Then I’ll put something decorative up there like my chicken collection or something like that.

I love it now…I’m sure I’ll love it even more once we get it all stripped and kitchen ready.

It will take a little money for stain and such and might not look quite as wonderful as the custom made cabinets but this is more my speed…cheap-looks good-antique… I’ll be much happier with this cupboard and the extra $3100 in my pocket.

I know it isn’t what some people would do but I’m learning to just say-this is what I like and being it’s my house I’m doing what I like.  I’m just so thankful that Hubby likes what I like too.

21 thoughts on “Our Latest House Hunt Adventure”

  1. I love it! Can’t wait to see your finished house. I think it’s so cool that you are taking your time and finding what fits your dream. It’s hard because one gets so excited and anxious to be done!

  2. I think the cabinet is wonderful! Getting older pieces will probably work out better in the long run. . . . the new cabinets that DH & I have looked at are mostly MDF or cheap wood (but not cheap to purchase). . . . he hung up some cabinets in the basement for extra pantry space and one of the shelves is already bowing!

    I can’t wait to see the pictures of the house completely done.

  3. That cupboard looks so COOL!!!!!! I watch Rehab Addict, and I’ve seen her strip paint. Ooooo, that can be both fun and scary. Good Luck! Hurray, you get to keep $3,000 dollars!

  4. What a bargain. That cabinet is terrific. It will be so pretty. I restored a brick Italianate that was built in 1865. 10 years of my life but I learned a lot and loved it dearly. It was horrible when we bought it, including a bowl of popcorn on the cabinet with a mouse in it when we first looked at it. We later found out that mice were easy but bats are another thing, Stories I can tell! Have fun – It’s so rewarding

  5. Susan the farm quilter

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new cabinet!!! It will be absolutely perfect!!!!! How totally exciting :) Your kitchen will have more personality then any matchy-matchy cabinets would have and it will look fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. That cabinet is perfect. I’ll take it off your hands any day! haha! And what a treasure you have for a hubby too! He’s a keeper it sounds like! Things are coming together for you at the house. I can’t wait for you to move in and I know you are anxious too!

  7. Oh Jo, what a deal! I love it. And the cabinet will go so well with your other things! Your hubby is like mine. When we built our house, it was amazing how much we liked the same things. It made the process more simple. Can’t wait to see how he finishes this cabinet.

    Take care.

  8. That is certainly a great cabinet. It will require a lot of work, but it will be wonderful when you finish. Congratulations on a great find.

  9. I’m so happy you found something! This looks like a great piece, and will look really great once it’s refinished.

  10. Wow – that take me back. Those are exactly the type of cabinets my grandparents had in their farmhouse – handle pulls, potato bin and all. I miss that house…

  11. I can’t wait to see the end result too! We did a similar kitchen re-do at our current house. There was an auction of a cabinet makers stock pile of cupboard doors. I went to the auction and bought a pallet of doors of all shapes and sizes and colors. then myhusband re-worked them to fit our kitchen and I painted them all white. I call it eclectic and was so impressed that my hubby pulled it off.. 50.00 dollars plus paint!

  12. That cupboard looks exactly like the one that was in the kitchen in the house where I lived as a child. That was on my dad’s ‘side of the table’. I remember it well. He used to open the door on the bottom and rest his elbow on it while he read the paper and listened to the radio. It’s so nice to see someone using old items instead of throwing them away.

  13. You found the perfect cupboard!! And the wood is of high quality – it will look even richer once it’s stripped and stained. Great find!!

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