Adventures in Antiquing

The China Cabinet Chronicles

I fell in love with this china cabinet when I first saw it–it’s petite in size and has such beautiful detailing. I’ve been in a Spring cleaning mood as of late and yesterday I gave my China Cabinet a good cleaning. It was much overdue. When I first brought it home 3 1/2 years ago, I only ever just gave it a light dusting–nothing more. But with the new dining table and sideboard coming tomorrow, I thought I would take this opportunity to give the china cabinet some much needed TLC.

I bought this charming little China Cabinet back in 2015. It had been in the sellers family since at least the 1940’s. By the time I bought the piece, it had been in the sellers basement for many, many years. I don’t know much about it other than the piece is by The Mohlhenrich Furniture Company, a Baltimore based company. From doing some online research, the company made furniture pieces in the 1920’s to at least the 1940’s. It’s been hard to date this china cabinet as I haven’t been able to find this exact piece online.

Upon looking at the hardware, I could tell this it was probably never cleaned. I was nervous to clean the hardware but I used painters tape to protect the wood. Using a rag, elbow grease and some Brasso, I got to scrubbing and scrubbing AND scrubbing. And as you can see, I had a little success. I think it’s going to take several more times using the Brasso for it to be totally bright but I’m quite pleased how this first round turned out.

Before & After

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