September 1, 2011Our Vintage Aqua St Charles Cabinets
By Sara In AZ
I have been remiss y’all.
I have been putting off doing a post on our St Charles metal cabinets because I had high hopes we would have found a house to install them in by now. Then I could show everyone lovely before and after pictures of the cabinets in storage and then pretty pictures of the cabinets installed in our new home. I guess that is not going to happen anytime soon though. I have been promising Ruth I would do a post on the cabinets and now the time has come. House or no house, installed or not – here are our cabinets. I don’t have tons of great pictures of the aqua cabinets. I guess when we were hauling them to be stored I was not thinking “Let me get pictures of everything”, I suppose I just wanted to get the job done.
As Mike and I have been retro house hunting, we are noticing that pretty much all of the homes have gutted kitchens. My ultimate hope is that we can find a retro house with at least intact bathrooms, since we now have a whole set of cabinets and ovens! My plan for the kitchen is something like this picture from my post on the 1956 Sherwin-Williams Home Decorator Catalog. We have the aqua and pink cabinets, along with the pink ovens, so I think it will be a really cute kitchen………..someday!
Here are the cabinets when we picked them up. The guy we bought them from told us he really wanted to install them in his house, but since the uppers were too tall he would have had to re-do the whole ceiling in the kitchen and family room just to fit them in. He wasn’t up for that, so his loss was our gain.
The lady he bought them from was removing these St Charles cabinets to install IKEA cabinets. Now I have nothing against IKEA, but there is no way I would EVER take these cabinets out to install IKEA cabinets.
Oh boy, we have a full trailer load y’all. And more! We had to put some cabinets in our vehicle and in another one too!
We are trying to be careful. Very, very careful!
Ahhhhhh, finally they are in storage. I snapped a few pictures of some of the cool features of the cabinets.
I thought this cabinet was cool with the pull out wastebaskets. This cabinet is called the “Waste Container Unit” according to my St Charles catalog.
I thought this cabinet was really cute too. This one is called the “Vegetable Storage Unit”. I love all the pull out drawers and those little wire baskets which are totally original. And ‘Yay’ for a cutting board too!
The color of the cabinets is “Aqua”, as it is stamped on the back of all the cabinets. I have to say the paint on these cabinets is in phenomenal condition, we can definitely use them just as they are. They just need a big cleaning first, they are pretty dirty!
Here are the cabinets in storage, just waiting for us to find our perfect retro house!
Come back next week to get the story on our pink St Charles cabinets.