The Piece That Was Calling My Name

My husband loves antiques just as much as me, although sometimes he tells me I “ruin” them, ha! But this piece he had was no longer working, so he asked me if I wanted to do something with it. I’ve never worked with an early 1900s antique telephone before, and was unsure of what I would alter or change. Besides, it looked like it was staring at me!

When I took it home and asked my 12 year old what it was, she didn’t know! As I find vintage beauties, I share its story with them, so they can appreciate how different life is now.

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I could’ve taken everything off, painted it, and made a wooden cabinet out of it. But since it had been in my husband’s family for over 100 years, I wanted to preserve as much of it as I could. Or maybe it was those “eyes” and “strange Pinocchio nose” calling out to me not to do it, lol. So I decided to only take out the interior hardware. Then 2 of the 3 shelves would now be open for some sort of functional use. It was a lot less heavy now too!

Then I cleaned it up with a wet sponge and cleaned the metal with some steel wool. Finally, I used my Wise Owl Furniture Salve to brighten up the dull wood.

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So now this piece can go back in his house as an Entryway Key Organizer instead of collecting dust in his closet. Just needed a little TLC!

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