Its an antique pie safe! It was originally used for storing pies and to keep the flies away, hence the punched tin sides.
I fell absolutely in love with the piece of furniture - not totally sure what I was going to use it for yet, but knew that I had to have it! So it has been living in our spare room for the past few months and now I am ready to put it to use. I have been seeing craft hutches and cabinets all over Pinterest and think it is such a good idea to keep all crafting supplies in once place. Since the pie safe has glass doors, I figured it would make great storage for all of my sewing and crafting accessories. The inside shelving is a little worn down and the piece definitely needs some love. At first I was debating painting it because I though a light buttercream color would compliment it well but after talking with Z [he really likes the wood color of it] I decided to attempt a restore rather than a refinish.
I went to Home Depot today and bought 220 fine sand paper and this:
It is supposed to stain, steal, and protect the wood. Im hoping it adds richness to the wood while maintaining some of its original beauty! I spent almost an hour on the stain aisle today google-ing different brands of stain and restore products and the Watco had really good reviews from people who have used it for years and years. Plus they said it is fool proof! Guess I cannot go wrong!
I always seem to want to start projects when no one is around to help me move furniture into the garage - so as soon as Z gets home I will start the project and let you know how it goes!