Teaming Up for a China Cabinet Re-Vamp
Do you have some sort of china cabinet filled with china you never use? Or do you have a hutch of some type that just doesn't look how you wish it would? There was a time when registering for china was the thing to do and my friend, Christy, and I were still part of that "era." She and I both have one other thing in common and that's the fact that we don't use that once-desired, made-our-fiances-pick-it-out-with-us china very often. Mine currently lives in the cabinet over our refrigerator (I don't dare get rid of it as many people who love us spent their hard earned money to give that to us as gifts - it will be used again, but I want it to keep it safe in a place where it will not be harmed in the meantime). Christy asked me to stop by and give her some suggestions for how to update her built in cabinet (which is really great for storage by the way) and make it look less "antique-y" and more modern day. She packed away her china in storage containers perfect for dinnerware and she sorted what she wanted to keep, donate and move to a different location. Here's a couple of quick phone pictures she grabbed for me before she started emptying things out. Oh, and I need to mention that Christy is a fabulous photographer and has her own business called Little Daisy Photography? I mean seriously - look how adorable those photos of her kids are on the glass! For this project, I literally had about 1.5 hours to help her knock out a plan for this so we utilized our time as efficiently as possible while I was there and then she sent me the awesome "after" photos you're about to see as you continue to read. (Just a side note - all photos you see in this post were taken by Christy.) Christy, like many of us, has caught the Rae Dunn pottery bug (it's HIGHLY contagious and quite possibly partly my fault). She had several pieces that she was hoping to use in the cabinet once we went through the sorting process. She had also ordered some new dinnerware that is awesome! But she wanted to be sure the sentimental items were included as well and blending it all together to be practical and pretty was the challenge du jour. Let me say that again... The goal was to make it look updated but also be PRACTICAL so that she could actually have the items she uses every day at her fingertips. There were a few pieces that were non-negotiable... some cups and saucers from her grandmother, some pieces from her trip to Ireland, some other sentimental stemware and flatware. So as she sorted and brought out her Rae Dunn pieces she'd been excited to incorporate, I finished emptying the cabinet and wiping it down. Christy discovered that she had some leftover contact paper from a prior project I happened to do for her (which happens to be in the same room) and, since the inside of the cabinet was dark brown, we decided that it would brighten things up if we added that along the bottom of the cabinet. That was some immediate bright-ification! As we moved along, and Christy unpacked her gorgeous new dinnerware, ding! ding! ding! The lightbulbs went on in both of us that painting the back of the cabinet would also do wonders for this cabinet. Perhaps white? That would be bright. Right? Hey, who knew I would be rhyming this week! But then we thought about Christy's love of gray... the walls in this room are a soft gray. And what about the fact that we were going to be putting in those Rae Dunn items that are white... would they just blend in? So, how about a dark charcoal? OOOOOH...that sounds rich and dreamy and sophisticated all at the same time! So, because our time was limited, here is the plan we concocted...
- Finish arranging while I was present to help.
- Snap some photos to remember how everything was after I left.
- Go get paint for the back.
- Take everything back out again.
- Paint the back of the cabinet.
- Re-load it all as it was when I left!