Southern “Thing”

Submitted by Christi

Here is a picture of the “thing.”:


It is actually an antique music cabinet. I love this piece. It is one of my favorites in the house. At one point, I thought, “wouldn’t it be great to use this as a tv cabinet?”


Well . . . that didn’t work. It is a beautiful piece, but, it was not big enough or sturdy enough to hold today’s television sets.

It is, however, good enough to hold part of my pitcher collection, particularly, my flow blue coffee set:


So, what to do? Well, how about if I design and build my own cabinet fashioned after the beautiful music cabinet (also known fondly as “the thing”). After much effort and, yes, even a few tears, I came up with this:


I made a frame with 2×4’s and then added the nicer wood on top and then embellished with some leftover crown molding. I made the shelf on top and set above some turned spindles. There is no way I could copy the workmanship on the original cabinet. The dove-tail workmanship on the original is so nice and the wood is very unique. However, for a television cabinet, I kind of like my design. Here is the top:


Compared to the original:


I’ll admit, this wasn’t the easiest thing to build. It was easy to imagine, but, actually getting out a table saw and putting the pieces together then staining and varnishing them, was another story. My husband has a lot of laughs at my “building” skills. Oh, well . . . we both like how it turned out and have enjoyed it a lot! If I can build it, anybody can!

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2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Today’s Lagniappe: Pork with Apples
It’s apple time!

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. each cider vinegar, Dijon mustard & brown sugar
2 pork tenderloins (2 1/2 lb.)
1 tbsp. butter
Salt & pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth
3/4 c. apple cider
1/2 c. whipping cream
2 tbsp. butter
4 apples, cored, in 1/2 inch slices
1 tbsp. brown sugar

Mix 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, mustard and brown sugar. Transfer to a large plastic bag and add pork. Seal bag and refrigerate several hours.Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil and butter in large skillet. Add pork and brown well on all sides, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add stock; reduce heat and simmer about 35 minutes. Remove meat and set aside, tented with foil to keep warm. Add apple cider to pan juices and boil until reduced to about 3/4 cup (5 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet. When hot add apples and cook until barely tender. Sprinkle with brown sugar and continue cooking 1 minute longer. Finish sauce by adding cream to the reduce cider mixture. Boil until slightly thickened. Serve pork in thin slices topped with sauce and apples on the side. Serves 6.

20 Responses to “Southern “Thing””

  1. Cass @ That Old House Says:

    That is amazing! I love that cabinet you made. And I am awed by your skills!

  2. Eileen Says:

    I love both cabinets, but I am mostly in awe of your craftsmanship! I love the cabinet you made! You really did a wonderful job, you must be so proud!
    Beautiful Bible quote!
    And thanks for another great recipe too!
    You are a woman of many talents! Kudos!
    All the best,

  3. Traci Says:

    Are you kidding me? That’s amazing! I can’t believe you did that. I posted about a shelf I made that I was proud of. I’m a whimpy builder compared to you! Super kudos!

  4. KBeau Says:

    I think you did a great job. I can’t imagine cutting and fitting all of the pieces. I once got a band saw for my birthday, but the only thing I used it for was to cut shapes to do decorative painting on it. Can’t imagine making a piece of furniture.

  5. susan Says:

    I had to scroll down quickly–I was terrified you had painted the “thing”!! 🙂 The wood is beautiful. You did a great job duplicating it. I am impressed with your skill!

  6. Ann Messick Says:

    WOW! You amaze me!

  7. Sherrie Says:

    what an amazing job you did! Beautiful!


  8. Atticmag Says:

    Jaw dropping gorgeous! Easy to imagine? Wow do you have an imagination. Never would I have thought of creating such a unique piece. Jane T.

  9. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    You are a clever one! Amazing piece of work. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Sally Says:

    Change your blog name to Southern Life–the builder! What a courageous thing to do! Happy Blue Monday.

  11. Sandi Says:

    Both cabinets are lovely, but I admire what you were able to accomplish yourself. I’d love to be able to do that! Happy Blue Monday!


  12. cindy dodd Says:

    Love the cabinet! Very pretty blues.

  13. Cheri Peoples Says:

    Love both cabinets.

    I hope you will come by for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

  14. Mary Says:

    I’m amazed! I love the burls on the first cabinet, but the one you fashioned takes my breath away. I have no talent with a hammer and nails. I’m astonished you were able to do this. Kudos. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  15. Regina Says:

    Love the cabinet and tea set.
    Nice post.

  16. black eyed susans kitchen Says:

    Wow! Both cabinets are gorgeous…the one that you made is absolutely precious and a new family heirloom.

  17. Kitty_Valerie Says:

    Your creation is wonderful. Congratulations!

    Have a very good Blue Monday!


  18. Becky K. Says:


    Great creativity and post.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  19. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    Ohhh my…your “thing” is gorgeous, my friend! What a treasure to have…it’s really beautiful! I can see why it’s one of your favorite pieces…the wood is gorgeous on it! And you’re absolutely right about it being perfect to display your pretty pitchers! Love the flow blue coffee/tea set…it’s lovely!!!

    Now my friend, I didn’t know that you were so creative and talented when it came to furniture making! I just love your new TV cabinet and it looks so much like the original!!! It’s beautiful…WOW…I’m impressed!!! Thank you for sharing some of your pretties with us today! Great job, my friend!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  20. darnold23 Says:

    Beautiful cabinet. Thanks for sharing this idea. I hope you will join me for Crock Pot Wednesdays at My “blue” this week is part of a tribute to Julia Child. Hope to see you signed up with Mister Linky.

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