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.
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.
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!