Michael and I were pickin’ at the Alameda Flea Market last month when we spotted it. The radio parts were all gone and the cabinet had been painted with milk paint, which was chipping off. I had to have her.
It was a lot of work getting the milk paint off so I decided to leave the parts that were well adhered and perfectly aged. Luckily, I had the matching color of milk paint, “Garden Seed” made by Homestead House Paints. I painted and applied heat via a heat gun to case the paint to chip off in places. Some areas of the raised trim was missing, so I had to re-create those sections using Bondo. I matched a custom color for the door insets and added raised stencils. Inside I painted with Fusion Mineral Paint “Mustard” and added wine racks and wine glass holders.
Mr. Kellogg, of the Kellogg Switchboard Company had to endure a lot of hardship including having his company taken over.
In 1901, Kellogg fell seriously ill. His brother-in-law, Wallace DeWolf, proved to be a poor manager. Concerned that the company might fail, DeWolf secretly sold a majority of Kellogg’s stock to Western Electric. Easily manipulated by Western Electric executives and legal advisors, DeWolf also helped Western Electric attempt to take over the country’s other large telephone equipment manufacturer, Stromberg-Carlson. A bitter stockholder fight ensued, which led to Stromberg-Carlson’s reincorporation as a New York state corporation in 1902.
Milo Kellogg recovered his health, and discovered what DeWolf had done. Kellogg sued to stop the sale of his stock. In two separate decisions by the Supreme Court of Illinois—Brown v. Cragg, (1907) and Dunbar v. American Telephone and Telegraph, (1909)—Kellogg retained ownership of his company. (Wikipedia)
Hopefully Mr. Kellogg is not turning in his grave. He held 150 patents and loved creating beautiful pieces of functional furniture for families. I suspect that Mrs. Kellogg would love this!