For as long as I’ve known my husband, he has made reference to the breakfront that his father had in his home. I’d never even heard of a breakfront until I met Tyson and over the course of our marriage, I’ve come to find that this piece of furniture has been the benchmark by which many décor decisions have been made by my husband.
He appreciates the ornate detail and beautiful design of this antique piece.
When Frank passed away at the beginning of this year, Tyson’s step-mom asked if we would want the breakfront as she didn’t have a place for it in her new home.
Of course, we said “yes”!
We’ve always admired this piece from afar, but it wasn’t until we brought it into our own home that we discovered the true treasures of it. You know the saying, “they don’t make them like they used to”? It’s absolutely true!
Let me explain…
Neither one of us realized that this embellished panel is actually a cabinet door. What can I say… we weren’t getting into things during our visits to their home.
Inside, Frank had added hooks and a shelf. Although we will never paint this antique, I’m hoping to clean it up and turn this into a mini bar of sorts.
Another surprise we discovered is that the sides pull out for additional serving surface.
How cool is that?! They are leather lined and in need of some serious TLC, but they will be perfect for entertaining.
The base has two drawers for linens and serving utensils.
The utensil drawer is in desperate need of repair, but I like that there are some remnants of the original lining fabric still visible. Hopefully it can be salvaged for a secret project I have planned.
When we opened the cabinet, we discovered this gorgeous antique latch.
The base cabinet is wide and open and Frank also added a shelf to this area. This is the actual cabinet that stored the chess set we inherited several years ago.
Currently we have Tyson’s grandmother’s silver serving set stored here, but I’m hoping that we can customize this space for better storage too.
The breakfront is one example of why I started this blog… to capture the meaningful story behind a piece. Unfortunately now that Frank is gone, there are parts to this story we may never know; like the fact that there are little nubs that are missing off the upper shelves. Was there decorative trim there that no longer exists?
Why are there modern brackets holding in this piece of wood and what is that small antique knob for? Were the sides of the base cabinet made out of something else?
There are also notches in the back of both cabinets for adjustable shelves, but Frank installed very different ones for storage. What led him to make this decision?
They definitely don’t make them like this any more. Although I love some modern furniture, you just don’t find pieces made with this much detail and forethought in mind today.
Once cleaned up, I’m looking forward to enjoying this treasured antique… especially during our holiday entertaining.
Have you heard of a breakfront? Do you use an antique serving station for entertaining this time of year? What is your favorite piece that they just don’t make like this any more?