Earlier today I shared photos of uni-related objects I recently encountered at a New Jersey vintage shop. The one item that I purchased that day isn’t uni-themed but is still beautiful: the metal cabinet for a 1960 microscope/chemistry set!
Really nice, right? It was priced at $48, but the shop was running a store-wide 15% sale, so the final price, after tax, was $43.50 — not bad at all.
Even better, check out the inner side of the door, which has the instruction booklet sitting within an amazing promo display:
The cabinet originally contained a broken, cheapo microscope sitting in a bed of molded Styrofoam. But I discarded that (and neglected to photograph it, sorry), because I had a project in mind. First, I ordered some super-strong magnets from Amazon and put a bunch of them on the back of the cabinet, like this:
I used the magnets to mount the cabinet on the side of my fridge:
Then I found some foam core board in the basement, cut it down to size to create a shelf, and voilà — a new spice cupboard:
The shelf is supported by the remaining magnets:
As you can see, the edge of the shelf is a bit ragged. I’ll replace it with a cleaner version later.
I had originally hoped to install two shelves, but the cabinet turned out to be too small for that. But it’s big enough to hold my most frequently used spices, so that’s fine. (The ones I use less often are in a standard cupboard, which is now less cluttered.) A fun and successful project!