Tuesday, November 9, 2010

China Cabinet

Blondie and I decided we wanted to use the money we received as wedding gifts to purchase one big, memorable item. We decided to get a new china cabinet to use for storing all of our lovely dishes. We received many place settings of Fiesta Dinnerware and I already had lots of nice white dishes and serving pieces that I have acquired through the years. This gives us a great variety of dishes for different occasions.

I washed all of the Fiestaware before putting it away. Everything was a little dusty from being stored in the boxes. This isn't everything, but it was all that would fit in my dishwasher at one time:

I started my search by perusing Craigslist for a bargain. After wading through every barstool and bedroom suite for sale, I gave up on finding the perfect used china cabinet. Blondie and I also searched at several furniture stores. We looked at lots of options, but nothing really suited us. Everything we saw was either incredibly expensive, or looked very flimsy. I didn't want something to display a couple of plates and some glasses; I needed something to stack big piles of dishes on! When this caught our eye, we really loved it.

Our china cabinet was delivered on Thursday and it is just perfect! Do you remember when I wondered what I should do with the big blank wall in my kitchen? This is the perfect solution! The main problem: it doesn't match any of the other furniture in our house. All of our other furniture is pine and this is cherry. No matter, though. There's no other furniture in the kitchen and my cabinets are fairly dark, so we justified it. Plus, this piece was so heavy that Blondie couldn't lift it, so that meant it must be sturdy enough to stack lots of dishes on!

My favorite feature is the sliding glass doors. Every other china cabinet we considered had doors that opened out. I think these will be much more durable because they won't be hastily slammed and likely to get broken like the other type. Also, they can be used to cover the middle section or the two side sections. Versatility!

After I got the china cabinet dusted and installed the shelves, I played around with different arrangements.

All white:

Or lots of different colors:

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Lilibeth said...

Normally, I'd like the all white, classic look, but with that rich, dark wood, I just love those colors so I'm going to say color.

A Reel Lady said...

I love love LOVE all the colors. But then again I'm a sucker for all things BRIGHT!

suburban prep said...

I prefer the all White dishes.
I like the stark contrast between the white and the dark of the cabinet.
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Mom said...

I like the white, but the colors look good also.

Carina said...

Love the cabinet! Tough call about the dishes, though. I have to say, quite frankly, that I'm shocked to my bones that you're letting the internets make a decision of this magnitude! How un-Lisa-like of you! =) I love the fiestaware look, but I'd have to go with the stark contrast of white and dark, I think.

Tara said...

I love the white. But the color is so fun and energetic. I say go color your young and energetic let it represent you!

Kendra said...

I'm all about color so I like the color dishes mixed with the white. But, having said that, the white looks good too! You can just mix it up depending on your mood.

Kendra said...

I'm a follower of your blog too, which I enjoy reading your posts, especially the opinions because I always agree!!

BKWilliams said...

I would do all white across the top to go with the white on the bottom two corners and bright colors in the middle two areas. I'm goofy like that.

The all white looks classy and the bright colors are beautiful. This is worse than politics! LOL

My vote is to change with the seasons. Maybe do all bright colors in the winter to cheer you up and all white in the summer to look cool.

anewphelps said...

I love the colors!