The Gentleman in my Kitchen

I have been searching for a Gentleman’s Wardrobe for my kitchen for nearly two years. I have missed them on Freecycle, been out bid on eBay and just about given up when I found this beauty.


A perfectly proportioned 1920s fellow who was no longer wanted. Would you believe that we were the only bidders and got it for 99p? I can scarce believe it myself but we were lucky to be unchallenged and as if that weren’t good enough it was only a few miles from where we live. You may be wondering why I am so intent to have a wardrobe in my kitchen so take a peek inside…


We do a lot of creating around these parts and now I have the space to store materials galore. There is even enough space to stow our back door clutter, a spare high chair and the little buggy I use to take Monty to and from play group pick ups. My fabric stash has now taken over the old art cupboard and has moved into our bedroom. We are kind of bursting at the seams in our home and every little change requires a whole host of little adjustments to accommodate it. I originally planned to paint it french grey to match our dresser and shelves but I am so in love with the warm wood that for now at least it will stay as it is. So many things about this piece of furniture make me happy especially the clothing labels on the shelves because every gentleman should know where his underwear lives.

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  • Reply Engliish Grandma March 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    What a very useful piece of furniture….little modern stuff has all those different sized shelves etc to store and tidy away the day to day ‘necessities’ we accumulate!

    • Reply Kat March 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

      @ English Grandma – You are absolutely right, I shall be looking out for another to go in the children’s room. So easy to just solve everything with a flat pack kit but I’m glad I took the time to find this.

      @ Liz – Thanks Liz, and thank you for including this post on your Link Love Monday.

      @ Abby – It looks so comfortable, I think it would actually stick out if I painted it.

      @ Young Mummy – You do need one and I bet you could get one on Freecycle in London!

      @ The Mad House – you will find one! There are always loads on eBay, just got to wait for one near you – keep the faith :)

      @ Zooarchaeologist – I know, when people talk about storage I feel bored to tears but when it is as handsome as this…

      @ Natalie – I hope you find it :)

      @ Met Mum – The 20s are definitely coming back in but for me, this kind of design is never out.

  • Reply Liz@VioletPosy March 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    You have no idea how jealous I am :) Seriously that is absolutely fabulous find and only 99p!! Go girl!

  • Reply Abby March 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, what a find! It’s so lovely as well. I agree, I’d leave it the original colour, it looks really warm and adds a great vintage touch!

  • Reply YoungMummy March 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    It’s lovely – I’ve got a similar wardrobe (from my Nanna’s house) in our bedroom. Now you’ve got me thinking that I need one downstairs as well. And if I could find one for 99p…..

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  • Reply TheMadHouse March 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Oh I am envious of you. I so, so so need one for my dining room. I am looking, but not finding and patience is not a virtue of mine

  • Reply zooarchaeologist March 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Handy and tidy storage. Not words that go together very often!

  • Reply Natalie March 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Love it! The clothing labels add to the character. I’m still searching for the perfect cabinet for our sitting room. This post gives me hope that it’s out there, somewhere, waiting to be listed on ebay.

  • Reply Metropolitan Mum March 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    How beautiful! I don’t think I would paint it, the original version is very appealing as it is. 20s design will one day come back big time. I am sure!

  • Reply Jo March 26, 2010 at 8:07 am

    This was just meant to be wasn’t it hun! Just found your blog, love your kids they are adorable. Have you tried any recipes from The Hummingbird bakery cookbook – totally yummy and very simple! Jo x

  • Reply A Modern Mother March 29, 2010 at 7:46 am

    I love that era, fascinated really … and to think it was only 99p. Amazing. I see you are a Kath Kidson girl too. Nice combo.

  • Reply Kat April 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    @ Jo – it most certainly was! I haven’t tried any recipes, have you? I have not heard great things about it from those who have.

    @ A Modern Mother – I was a Cath Kidston girl but it is gradually being stripped out of the house! Table cloth is being replaces soon – will post pictures when it is!

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