Friday, January 13, 2012

Vintage WWII Sideboard

I just have to share with you one of my all time favorite pieces.

I lovingly refer to her as Adrianna, after my dutch great-grandmother whom I've never met, but feel like I've always known. That's how I feel about this sideboard...

She was given to me by my good friend Linda, and I knew immediately that this would be a keeper. You know when you see something and make a connection,
almost like old friends reuniting?
That's how it was for me...a little strange, I know.

Inside the upper drawer was a plate revealing that it was handcrafted by Doernbecher Furniture.
 By researching it on the internet, I learned that it was made during WWII,
and was used in hospitals to house medical supplies.

aahhhh...I love pieces that are rich with history!

She was pretty shabby when I got her. I decided to use an Heirloom White, with heavy distressing to compliment her heritage. She then got a lovely walnut glaze and clear coat for protection.

I think she's happy :)

Some of my great-grandma's spoons...

Let me introduce you to my great-grandparents,
Adrianna Hendrika and Johannes Ombach.

Oma and Opa...
I can't wait until I can reunite with them someday too!

"When a child is born...
so are grandmothers"
                              -Judith Levy

Linking up to:
 LaurieAnna's Vintage Home
Coastal Charm
Domestically Speaking
A Stroll Thru Life


  1. Hi!
    I'm stopping by from Miss Mustard Seed's blog.
    What a lovely post this is!
    I'm glad to see that someone else has "named" their antique furniture piece! This is a beautiful sideboard and you have done an amazing job renewing it's life!
    I'm sure it will bring you smiles for many, many years.
    Here is the link about my vintage secretary. She's so old, but has made me much more organized. I keep all my greeting cards and anything else I might need to mail letters in the first two drawers. I also keep my best gift wrap along with scissors and tape in the very bottom drawer.

    I wish you a lovely weekend,

    ps. Your grandparents look like very sweet people.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Maria! Don't you just LOVE Miss Mustard? I saw your secretary beautiful! Thank you for your comments, and I hope you don't mind that I helped myself to your button :)

  2. What a stunning sideboard! I love it!

    I'm following, would love to have you stop by the farmhouse porch if you have the time.

    1. Thanks Linsey! I can't wait to check out The Farmhouse Porch!

  3. gorgeous!

    visiting via french country cottage and hope you'll enter my kate spade & bling giveaway:



  4. Love your treasure~ it's perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  5. Love your sideboard and I love the vignette you have created on it. How beautiful. I am your newest follower. Great blog. Hugs, Marty

  6. P.S. I host Table Top Tuesday and this would also be a great post to link to my party. I will have it up this afternoon. Great place to have more people discover your lovely blog. Hugs, Marty

  7. Thank you Marty! I will for sure link up to Table Top Tuesday. . .thanks for the invite!

  8. What a gorgeous piece! Just beautiful!

  9. This is so pretty! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  10. Love your sideboard! Thank you for sharing it and all your lovely things. xox