New China Cabinet in its Permanent Home

china cabinet shabby shic

A week after my fabulous little 30th birthday party, I’m so excited to have my beautiful new China cabinet in my dining room.  I had to leave it at my parent’s while we figured out a place to put it, and a way to get it home!  Finally here it is, and it is so perfect in this room.  My mom did such an amazing job turning it from a weathered old, ugly brown chest with holes in the back, to this!  She stripped/sanded it, painted it, distressed it, and then even decoupaged the sweet little fairy illustrations along the back.  vintage daisy china pattern

vintage china cabinet shabby chic

When I was a little kid, we had a big hutch in our dining room and it was filled with my mom’s good dishes.  The good dishes only ever came out at Thanksgiving and maybe Easter, but sometimes I would open up the bottom cabinets just to admire the daisy pattern and pretty silver edging.  I’ve grown up admiring this China that was a wedding gift for my parents 36 years ago.  I always hoped that one day in the future the set would be mine, and last year at Christmas my mom surprised me with it.  I doubt that it will get much use, but it’s so nice to have it displayed so I can see it all year round.  There are large and small plates, bowls, saucers, cups, platters and a creamer/sugar set as well as a gravy boat.IMG_0048

I also put some of my favorite little collections inside.  I do love tiny things, especially my pewter tadpole and puffer fish!  My beloved glass chicken, a gift from my granny, some vintage tea cups, my felt animals from Blossom Hill, and an array of hedgehogs all live in here now!

My mom is so good at finding junk at tag sales and turning it into amazing art that people can’t believe was from a tag sale!  I wish she had more time on her hands–she could write a fabulous blog about her weekly finds.  Yes, she goes weekly and pretty much year round.  And no, she never comes home empty handed.  Thanks for my favorite birthday present mom!

3 Responses

  1. Kélé says:

    I love the China! I too coveted my parents China set. When I registered for my wedding I saw that nothing on the market today lived up to their china. Like yours, it had blue floral edging with silver lining!

  2. Whoa. She refinished it too? She’s a keeper.

    Looks lovely!

  3. karin says:

    Well I am sure glad that you are happy with the hutch – it isn’t easy to please you with a gift , but these 2 things made a hit with you – I am happy about that. I still loooove that china and I might miss it a bit , but I am glad it is loved in a good home- I may have forgotten to mention that with the dishes come the holidays at your house!!! xoox can’t believe my baby girl is 30!! ma

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