Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Anything Goes In the China Cabinet


Hello, Dear Ones!
You know how it is, the time comes and you just have to change up the stuff in your china cabinet.
So I thought I'd share it with you today.

 It's just impossible to get a good snap of the china cabinet with the light glare.
I've had this china cabinet for 33 years. We bought it when we lived in Roswell, New Mexico, from our neighbors who owned a furniture store. She wanted new furnishings and I lucked out for $200.  I still love this piece and the pretty burl wood on the doors. But I need to do something to the backs. Put up some fabric or something. I have no problem in painting wood furniture but I don't want to paint this. I'll listen to any advice you want to give me! :)
 Anyway, with the doors flown open wide...you can see the innards!
Can you believe as much as I love this piece ~ I've never named it!
 I filled it with my Old Britain Castle dishes and crystal.
 Well, I've mixed it up with a few odd pieces that aren't Old Britain Castles dishes.
 I put the crocheted runner down on the bottom shelf about a year ago and loved it so much, I've never taken it out! Boo boop be doop! :)
Then I poked in various pieces of crystal, old and newer.
Do you change out your china cabinet often?

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Anything Goes

Times have changed,
And we've often rewound the clock,
Since the Puritans got a shock,
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.
If today,
Any shock they should try to stem,
'Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock,
Plymouth Rock would land on them.

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.

Good authors too who once knew better words,
Now only use four letter words
Writing prose, Anything Goes.

The world has gone mad today
And good's bad today,
And black's white today,
And day's night today,
When most guys today
That women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes


The world has gone mad today
And good's bad today,
And black's white today,
And day's night today,
When most guys today
That women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes

If saying your prayers you like,
If green pears you like
If old chairs you like,
If back stairs you like,
If love affairs you like
With young bears you like,
Why nobody will oppose!

And though I'm not a great romancer
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes...
Anything goes
~ by Cole Porter




28 comments:

  1. Oh my absolute favorite. Love the red/pink transferware. I pick it up when I can find good deals. Your collection is stunning.

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  2. It is a lovely piece - really quality wood. Love the dishes!

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  3. This is a beautiful cabinet. I wouldn't paint it either. But if you want a different look on the inside, you can cut foam core poster boards to fit the spaces between the shelves and just paint the foam core boards. Then if you change your mind and want to see the wood again, you can just pop them out. Or paint them a different color. Have fun!

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  4. I love this!

    Okay, my two cents? I would buy some really pretty wrapping paper, and tack that up with something like hot glue or sticky tape, something that will come off when you want to change your dishes. Scrapping paper would work, but it will also have seams. I prefer wrapping paper, and it comes in such a variety that you are bound to be able to find something that will look great with your china. OR wallpaper. That would work, too! OR fabric. I have that in the back of my breakfront. There is some cardboard behind that which someone covered in a different fabric. I didn't like the fabric, and I covered it in a fabric I had left over. Love!

    I'm kind of stuck on wrapping paper right now because I found some major cuteness at Marshall's. Green and white check that I want to try at some point.

    Hope this helps and hope you are doing well. Have been thinking of you and hoping all is well with your sweet little mother.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  5. Make that scrapbook paper. Didn't want it to sound like I meant "scraping" paper when I said "scrapping" paper. :-)

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  6. I love all your pretty Old Britain Castles china. Your cabinet is beautiful and the burl wood very nice. There are some great suggestions for your background in the comments above. I'd like to do that with mine but it has a spoon holder across the back of one shelf and the bottom one has 2 drawers that drop down so not a straight line. It can be done with a lot of cutting and measuring. I do change my decor in my hutch with the seasons. I don't want to get bored with it. :) I hope you have a beautiful May Day! Hugs, Pamela

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  7. I love that china! I also wrestle with the thought about what to line the back of the china cabinet with, so for now, the upright plates have to provide the background.

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  8. I love the way you did your display of the red transferware in the beautiful burl wood cabinet! Although I love my antique huge buffet, I do miss my hutch sometimes when I see how pretty yours and some others look. Have a sweet Wednesday honey.
    FABBY

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  9. Love that cabinet and the china!!! I pick up pieces whenever I see them at a reasonable price.

    I like using wrapping paper that comes in a continuous roll, using double sticky tape. Fabric is good too........here's a thought, how about removing the center glass door and having that part open. That way you can drape a doily or fabric coming over a shelf, or floral/ivy draping down......just for something different and would add some depth.

    My china cabinet always remains the same, there is no where else for stuff to go!!! But am thinking of paper on the back of my little cherry hutch, sometimes there is just too much wood!!!

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  10. I love your china....I have a few pieces of the same pattern. The china cabinet is beautiful, but some added color in the background would be nice. Keep in mind, not to distract from the beautiful china.

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  11. I love your china cabinet too and I wouldn't paint this pretty piece either. I think maybe cover some foam board with some beadboard wallpaper and put it in the back for a new and lighter look. Just nothing permanent. Love your gorgeous china and crystal. Hugs, Marty

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  12. 'Anything Goes' is one of my favorites!!! Don't paint!!!! It's beautiful!
    A reporter from one of our local TV stations was just here taking film of my china cabinet. She's doing a story on heirloom pieces. It was great fun!

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  13. Such a pretty collection. I'd probably add something in the back for a new look.

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  14. Your cabinet is so tidy and beautifully done. I fear mine has rather a lot stuck in it and not all of it belongs together. But it's the only safe place! Maybe I need another?

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  15. I would never paint the cabinet either. You could add a mirror to the back to it and then it would reflect the contents nicely.

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  16. I used foam core wrapped in fabric for one of my cabinets and it worked great. The pieces fit into the cabinet without any sort of adhesive or tape. Worked great. I am thinking about doing this again.

    Love the transferware. Gorgeous!

    Oh...and now that song is dancing though my head. It is almost midnight. I shall fall asleep "listening" to Anything Goes.

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  17. Love your red dishes and they look terrific in the hutch. I would have mirrors cut and put in the back - would pick up the light and reflect back. I have one that is almost like yours and that is what I want to do. I have seen in others and it looks great.
    How often do I change mine - not very, but it's due for one soon.
    Have a terrific weekend.
    Hugs
    Mary

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  18. Good morning Shelia, Your china cabinet looks so pretty. I do love those dishes with some crystal mixed in. I gave my china cabinet to my daughter when we moved to NC. I only have a country kitchen with my long table and a hutch. This is the first time we haven't had a formal dining room. I don't miss it. I change my hutch but not too often.

    Have a happy day.
    Love, Jeanne

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  19. I'm enjoying reading everyone's ideas because I have a china cabinet with the same situation, I want to do something to the back but never can figure out exactly what. The wrapping paper sounds like a good plan, easy enough to change out. Hope you figure out something, meanwhile it looks beautiful with your china. Hugs ~ Mary

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  20. She's a beauty Shelia! I can't wait to see if you put up something on the back, sounds like the wrapping paper is a good solution! Love your china and the crystal makes it sparkle!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  21. That is such a beautiful china cabinet. When we remodeled a few years ago I had the guy make a built in china cabinet. It has cabinets on the bottome like the ones in the kitchen then it has open shelves (for my cookbooks) and glass doors on the cabinets in the middle. He did an excellent job. I just took everything off all the shelves the other day and rearranged and dusted :)

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  22. Shelia,
    Gorgeous piece, this china cabinet, dear friend!!!
    Love your china display and vignettes1
    I do change out my china cabinet, usually each Season!
    I found using self~adhesive gift wrapping paper on the backing of one shelf gave such uplifting results!
    A friend told me she had used 3~M products to add Christmas gift wrap to her cabinet with great success, also!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  23. It's a beautiful china cabinet. I think fabric would look good in the back. I agree with you I would never want to paint her. She is a lady if you do name her.

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  24. Ohhh, I just love that pattern! It looks just divine with all that sparkly crystal. Can't wait to see what you choose.
    I can't decide on what to do with mine and I need some inspiration. Happy weekend!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  25. Hi Dear, I just loooooove your transferware and your china cabinet. I think you could put fabric on the back wall of the cabinet. Maybe a rose or mauve color to enhance your beautiful transferware. I covered a ceiling in a large alcove with heavy fabric by soaking in in liquid starch and applying it to the wall. When I was finished I just pulled it down and washed down the wall. I think now they are adhering the fabric to some sort of board cut to fit. I painted the backs of my china cabinets but they are built-ins.
    I know whatever you do will look fabulous.
    Have a blessed Sunday, Ginger

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  26. Shelia, You must be on vacation. I am missing you. I pray that all is well with your mom and family.
    Love, Jeanne

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  27. Your transferware looks gorgeous, Shelia! You've got so many great pieces that really look wonderful in your china cabinet.

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  28. You've done an excellent job decking her out. I have been changing mine around too.

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