Monday, April 18, 2011

{lusting: card catalogues}

Ok, confession time. I am lusting over a beautiful piece of furniture at the place I work. I see it every day and stare at it, dreaming about where I'd put it and what I'd do with it. I even asked (nicely) if I could buy it and *so far* the answer is no. You might be wondering what on earth I am talking about as many of you know I work in a biology lab (what the heck could one lust over in a lab??) ... so I'll just show you! I snapped this pic with my iPhone while working:


An old library card catalogue!! And this one is in perfect shape (the two missing drawers are just sitting on top). And it feels like such a shame that it is being used to store some yucky stuff when it wants to come home and be loved by me :( So I'm going to keep trying before the condition of the piece goes downhill. What would I do with this piece, you ask? I've seen some lovely inspiration of turning it into a wine cabinet, or storage for all your craft/gift wrap/baubles etc:



And maybe I'd take the legs off, not sure though:


Or just keep the height like this one!


You could even repaint/refinish it:


But I do think that the wood is in such smashing condition that I would leave the finish alone. What would you do with it? Well, for now I guess I'll keep dreaming ...

23 comments:

nightowl_72 said...

Drool... me too! Haven't even stumbled across one yet :(

salome said...

love

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The Zhush said...

WOW! Card catalogs are beyond chic...who knew?!:)

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I saw a card catalog makeover on a blog last year and have been stalking craigslist for one ever since! No luck. Wonder if anyone would notice you walking out with it one day? :)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I think we are drawn to card catalogues because that is how we used to organize info before computers. It is a relic of simpler times. Well Nancy, I think you need to work on bringing that baby home!!! It would look great in your home office!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

lol. As the proud owner of a $20 card catalog which I have yet to do anything with...
I say wear them down....
waaaaayy down...
until they say yes.

Perhaps offer a more stylish solution. People like alternatives....lol





Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Anna said...

Can't wait to see the "After" once you get your hands on it!

Yummy Scrumptious said...

Just discovered your Blog, love it, love card catalogues, very excited!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I love it and the idea of making one into a wine storage contraption just totally elevated them to lust status for me too- I think you need to own it!!

Andrea Johnson said...

That is gorgeous Nancy!! I have always loves those too. You might be able to find one on ebay:)

David Toms said...

I have been seriously lusting after one of these for years. I think it would be perfect for socks, underwear and ties.

ting-wai said...

GORGEOUS! All the best in acquiring it!!

elisa said...

it's a funny idea to put bottles in drawers! great!!!

Maureen @ Modecor said...

Don't be ashamed if you have to resort to begging... that piece needs to be loved...by YOU!

lisaroyhandbags said...

don't give up! it's amazing and the possibilities are endless :)

Kathysue said...

Nancy, after seeing inside the drawers at all the goodies it can hold. I think I need one too!!! Good luck in your pursuit!! Kathysue

Splendid Willow said...

Who is saying no? Do they even know who you are and how much PR milage they will get if they let you adopt this beauty?

Be bold. Be brave my friend! I hope you will sign the adopting papers soon.

Warn hugs to you,

Mon

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Love it! What a statement piece by itself, but also so practical for so much storage! Very cool.
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Kelly @ JAX does design said...

That card catalogue definitely deserves a prettier home than a biology lab! Keep working on taking it home with you :-) When you do, I think you should keep the finish just as it is. I like how the drawers are slightly different shades of brown - adds some interest and character.

Amy said...

I lust over furniture every day at work as well! I work with the geriatric population and they have some of the most beautiful mid century furniture. And always in perfect condition too!

theLENNOXX said...

Oh wow what an amazing piece! Love the endless storage possibilities in these. The wood looks great, I'd polish the pulls a bit, and maybe exchange the lags for tapered ones. Oh the possibilities!! Happy Easter Nancy!

xox Linda

Wallpaper said...

Amazing piece!! I say hang in there and keep trying!!

Life In Construction said...

I would love for one to come home with me too!

Beautiful blog! Can't wait to read more! (Also, your renovating skills are great, you have a talent!!)

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