First of all I brought the base home. In the cold light of my kitchen it looked quite a mess, 22 years of living in the shed as well as many many years of nicotine from her cigarettes had to be cleaned off.
It cleaned up quite well and I could start to see the real 1930's style and shape.
Then I brought the top home.
I stripped off the nicotine stained 1970s wallpaper that my grandpa must have put on the back and discovered some really pretty paper, possibly 1950s, underneath it, but it was too torn to keep so it all came off.
After more cleaning I painted the back boards.
Putting the top onto the base was quite easy as my highly organised Dad had put the original screws (and the key) into the drawer of the base.
Today I put some treasures in it. Some of my great granny's china,
some Royal Tara china that I bought with the money that granny left me in her will,
and some other bits I've acquired over the years (mainly from charity shops).
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