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Re: hoosier cabinets

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-2pool241-252.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 5/10/5 10:04

In Response To: Re: hoosier cabinets (roger demuth)

Hoosier did make a kitchen cab that was for installation as we know it, but the movable kitchen cupboard was the common item. Prior to indoor plumbing the kitchen could be in almost any room you wanted, but most old homes had a very specific floor plan and the kitchen was always the same room for all residents. The kitchen went with the family in lots of cases unlike today, and a wet sink, gas stove with it's own gas tank, and the china cab all went with the residents. The cabinets were also painted at the factory too. Be warned, some Hoosier style cabinets have paint in the grain and were made from a mix of woods that will show some paint in the grain when stripped and may not stain all the same from part to part. I prefer to repaint the original finish back on the painted ones, and refinish if needed, the stain and shellac types. There went a lot of built ins around here. But one day I was called to a clients home to find the carpenters had built a Hoosier into the kitchen, matching the finish and hiding the feet with a skirt. The enameled top that pulled in and out was a dead give away. They were so surprised they had it removed and we refinished it fro them so they ended up taking it with them as was the original design intention.

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