|The Old Cupboard (upside down)|
So I was a bit surprised to see it removed quite early in the renovations work. A fair few times I had to save it from being pitched onto one of the demolition scrap heaps or in a skip bin. And it seems Ian (and some of the other guys working on the house) disliked the cupboard as much as I seemed to like its old character. He thought it belonged in the rubbish and wasn't worth doing up.
|Ian working on the Old Cupboard|
Turns out the old cupboard would need some surgery before it could be returned to its original place. It used to sit neatly under the window sill. But those decrepit windows and their rotted frames are long gone (into the skip bin !) and the new window has a new frame, which is very nice (and wider). And, in order to even up the floor levels in the adjacent kitchen, the tiled floor is a bit higher up too. So the cupboard was too tall. It was also too wide, needing to lose some centimeters given up to the new doorframe for the vintage door we have installed. Even more than disliking the cupboard, turns out Ian did not want to have to cut pieces off the sides and bottom and then patch it up again... Practicality (of time and budget) won out though. After lunch, Ian began working on the cupboard with loud equipment. I put my ipod on and zoned out while doing more of the ever dull and tiresome trims painting.
|old nail ca 111 years old|
When Ian was done, he announced he believes this cupboard is original age of the house. So over 110 years old ! I asked how he knew this and he said due to the nails (which were pressed out of metal and had a squared shape, see pic for a rusty example jutting out of a cut off side of the cupboard) and also the cupboard construction techniques had some interesting techniques used to compensate for not having glues and adhesives we use today. The cupboard has been improved along its life, but its original structure is a bonafide antique.
|Old Cupboard back in its position, under new windows|
It's nice to have something original from the house. So many original features have long since been removed or replaced (some of them with clearly wrong or unsympathetic choices). We are considering which to replace faithful to the old style (some of the exterior features on the verandah for example) and which not to worry about and just do as we please for form and function.
|Area behind house. Future 2d bathroom & new laundry|
|Looking out to site of future sunroom & covered patio|