History of Hoosier Cabinets


A Hoosier Cabinet was one of the most charming fixtures a lady could have had in her kitchen. It is a free-standing kitchen workhorse that was invented in 1898 in Elwood, Indiana by a manufacturing company known as, Sellers. Between 1898 and 1950, there were dozens of Hoosier-style cabinet manufacturers in the United States alone. In fact, for about 151 years, Hoosier Cabinet has been tied to the state of Indiana with several theories surrounding its origin.

The population of Hoosier Cabinets began to decrease after World War II, when manufacturing records for the cabinets became very low in Indiana. The modernization of the kitchen appliances with built-in cabinets is more likely to be the reason for the sharp decline, there was not as much need for them. However, today the Hoosier Cabinet is an efficient, practical addition to any kitchen.

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Does Refinishing My Furniture Devalue It?

Stool before and after chair restoration

Most Americans have seen & probably enjoyed the popular PBS broadcast, “Antiques Roadshow.” The show was certainly fun to watch and provided a rich education on a variety of antiques. However, their apparent obsession with “original finish” has had the effect of misleading the public about how repairing & refinishing furniture actually affects the value of most furniture. Read more