1914 White Beauty Hoosier Cabinet

This 1914 White Beauty Hoosier Cabinet has been in my clients family for over 100 years and has seen better days. They wanted this antique beauty to have some parts restored, like the flour sifter, hardware, metal spice holder, and side metal mounts. The original wood body to be refinished in white.

Before Pictures:

As I started to strip this gal I found 4 separate paint colors from throughout her life time. Not only was this paint extremely hard to remove but each layer was lead paint. Proper removal required the utmost safety precautions one must do. This gal took me a long time to complete.

Once the paint was removed she was looking rather good in her natural state! I replaced the backing on the top section as the original one had a few cracks and started to fall apart making her less sturdy.

The hardware was black and grimy, but once stripped, soaked and clean I found engraving marker’s and the original color to be nickel! The hinges and knobs were stained from time so I revamped them in nickel to give it a new fresh look.

Priming was the next step!

Once primed, I painted everything in Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa and did a light glaze using Sherwin-Williams Cadet, a soft blue grey to help tie in the porcelain enamel top. Finishing her off with adding nickel casters, like how she had before- once upon a time ago.

This project took time, patience and lots of stripper, sand paper and elbow grease. There was blood, sweat and tears, but we don’t need to go there. I am so happy with how she turned out and even more grateful to add her to my portfolio!

7 thoughts on “1914 White Beauty Hoosier Cabinet

  1. I recently purchase a Hoosier cabinet with the goal of having a gluten free cabinet in a house of 1/2 GF and 1/2 regular family members. After several days of research, I discovered the funny little drawer none of the others seem to have, in your 1914 white beauty. I’m pretty sure it’s the same model. Mine is missing several parts, though that’s not important for my needs. My question is how did you mount the wheels? The original mounts are rusted through I only have one very damaged wheel mount. I can’t find ones like the original. Also could you tell me how the funny silverware drawer on the right, slides in and out? Mine is missing rungs.
    Mine had about 8 coats of paint that was a real pain to remove, a replaced hutch back, and missing all door shelves but 1 , it’s missing the flour bin door, flour and sugar bins, etc. All hinges are original along with the side brackets. I discovered the original markings of the round latches on the wood. The ones on it were replaced. There’s an extra pan shelf on the bottom and a spot to store maybe cookie sheets? My tin drawers are coated in paint and are missing the slide bread covers. I need to replace the bottom drawer wood face because it is broken in half. If anyone can understand how much work you put into that beauty it’s me. For my first major stripping job, this was a big one! Anything you can tell me about this pieces quirks would be very much appreciated!

  2. It sure turned out beautifully. I have a Sellers original that has been restored once, then was severely damaged when our home was nearly destroyed by a flood. The poor thing’s been standing in our new home’s laundry room begging to be pretty again. I haven’t been successful in finding someone to help. The gentleman retired who did it the first time.

  3. You did a fabulous job! We also reburbished our 1914 White Beauty. I know how much work it was. We stripped every hardware including nails! Ours has a zinc top though, which was in very bad shape. Someone had stapled linoleum on it to cover the holes! We used lots of liquid metal! Ours has a tin sugar container and our spice rack is in the door. I guess this model came with options when ordering. We are thrilled with our results and have it filled with old antique kitchen items. Again, you did a fabulous job!

  4. Very nice!! I too realise the work put into restoring one of these. I’m working on one now. With everyone using Easy Off oven cleaner to bring wood back to its original glory I couldn’t wait to try it on this piece. I had to do it at least 3x but it worked perfectly. I’ve now brushed it with 2 coats of Clorox bleach and sanded in between stripping. I think I have it the beautiful natural oak colour with a white hue. I whipped it down wirh vinegar and will give it a last sand. Just wondering about the hardware. Mine has been repainted so many times and the screws are garbage now. I’m pretty sure they all need replacing. Any ideas where. I just have to decide how I will finish the inside as it had sticky tac down on every shelf. The back is plastic and chippy paint. Maybe wallpaper?

    1. Our bottom section had sticky material on it also. I used TSP and it removed the left over residue and heavy grime.
      Please don’t use wallpaper. I think that you will reqret it later.
      Good luck.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s