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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Consignment Catch II

In Sunday’s blog I mentioned the pine hutch I bought at the consignment shop. It was delivered today, since yesterday was Columbus Day.
Here is a photo of how it looked when it first arrived, before cleaning:

The unit was only a bit dusty, but while sanitizing it, I got to know every inch of the solid pine piece. The upper molding has simple dentil detail. The two upper doors have glass panes with frosted etching to imitate leaded glass. They can be changed out very easily since the glass is held with screws and metal braces. Under these doors are two small drawers. The base unit has two larger drawers and a two-door cabinet with one fixed shelf.

With a surge of patriotism, and conscious of being in the great Bay State (or, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), I have decided to display the blue and white transferware called “Liberty Blue.” This English Staffordshire ware was made for the Bicentennial of the United States in 1976. Each piece depicts a building or event in the American Revolution. Knowing that I liked Blue and white dishes, my middle sister bought pieces each week at her supermarket in New York and gave them to me as a gift. In later years, I worked to gather twelve 5-piece place settings, plus the various bowls, platters, gravy boat, salt and pepper shakers, cereal and berry bowls, etc. in this extensive line. My sources were yard sales, antique and thrift stores, and eBay auctions. I still lack a few pieces, but have plenty enough for a Thanksgiving dinner or other meal with family or friends.

The surface of the base cabinet or buffet holds pantry goods in canisters. Mixed in with the display are some Bordallo Pinheiro green leaf ware and vintage aluminum tray. The base cabinet provides storage for the rest of the “Liberty Blue,” plus some “Blue Willow.”

This looks so much better than the bookcase I showed on Sunday, right?

When December comes, it will be fun to put Christmas wares on display in my “new” pine hutch and buffet.


Anonymous said...

It looks just wonderful! You did a great job transforming this piece and creating wonderful vignettes!


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It looks great! I just started adding blue Johnson Bros Old Britain Castles to my red collection of the same pattern.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Carrie, thanks for stopping by! I see that blue & white is on the agenda for today. I love your consignment find. That's a great looking cabinet & looks right at home with all your beautiful blue & white pieces. When I see pics of blue/white china, it makes me want some! I also collect the Bordallo green pieces..and have several of the cabbage, along with the bunnies. Love those!


magnoliasntea said...

Such a beautiful and useful cabinet you've found. The dishes are gorgeous and my favorites as I have the same set. Like you, I still need just a few pieces.
Enjoyed my first visit to your blog. Thanks for sharing your pictures and thoughts.

Dena said...

What a difference your cabinet has made and your vingettes are just perfect! Lucky girl :)


Cynthia said...

What a nice piece! It really shines with your collection of dishes nicely arranged in it. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. I would love to add you to my blogroll if that's ok. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

How beautifully decorated!

~~Deby said...

Wow...love that hutch..it looks wonderful..and you have it looking so complete...such a great total look.