This is my new project in all of her hideously dirty glory. I saw her online at the Decatur, Alabama Habitat for Humanity Re-Store (https://www.facebook.com/DecaturReStore?fref=ts). My wonderful parents picked her up for me. They were told that a man brought in the hutch and said it was his sister (or mothers, not sure) and was at least 60 years old. It was handmade for the woman as a child. It is child sized, and less than three feet tall. It is made primarily from plywood.
There is a chance it was in a barn for 50 years, considering all of the funk on it. There was a dirt dauber nest and at least three spider egg sacks (no spiders, thank God).
I used warm water mixed with a small amount of Murphy's Oil Soap to clean it up. It took four changes of water, and an assistant to get it finished.
After a cleaning:
I plan to replace the hinges and paint the piece. I am undecided if I will keep it or sell it to a good home! If anyone is interested in this piece, please e-mail me. I can customize the color and design for you.