Wednesday, September 30, 2009

For the love of plates...


I absolutely adore vintage plates. There's something about a beautiful plate hanging on the wall that makes me smile. That's the first thing I look for when I'm out thrifting.

Well as you can guess I have a good bit of plates that adorn my kitchen. Not really knowing where to put them all, they mostly stayed in the cabinet. That is until we had to remove a window in our breakfast area.

We had just added a mudroom and the window would have been sandwiched between our breakfast room and the mudroom. Now this was kind of a cute idea...but then I realized mudroom, kids junks, window, kitchen...EEK! All that junk would be seen from my breakfast room. HELLO...who wants to stare at that while your eating...

So we decided to yank it out and in its place we put a really cute 14 x 30 stain glass window I had purchased at a local shop. The mudroom contractor installed my little piece of stain glass joy. On the mudroom side, he completely closed in the original opening with Sheetrock. In the breakfast room, he left the recess opening from the original window along with its trim work. He used tongue and groove bead board planks to line the opening. My hubby said he would build some shelves to make a little display niche.

OH but thanks to Better Homes and Gardens I found a better idea!!!...My kitchen niche would be a nice little home for all my plates.

AND this is what hubby and I came up with based on the BHG pic...
Notice how the stain glass window catches the light.
needless to say I am very pleased with the end result. Oh and just ignore the dates on the pictures...I forgot to turn the date function off! Way to go huh? Anyone up for some plate shopping?




21 comments:

  1. I love your vintage plates. I collect vintage tea cups/tea pots, but haven't found a cute way to display them...until now. Thanks for sharing your plate nook...I might just steal the idea! (I found you from your comments on the Lettered Cottage...don't you just LOVE Layla's home?!)

    -Grace

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  2. Thanks for the helpful comment. I will certainly check out how to make a wall nook!

    -Grace

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  3. What a great idea and creative use of that space. The stained glass adds so much!

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  4. This is so so pretty. Very unusual, too. I love it.

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  5. This is awesome!! What a great place to showcase those lovely plates.
    Rhonda

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  6. You have an amazing collection and this is the perfect way to display them. I love the blue background! Great idea!a

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  7. Love it - what a great idea. Your and your husband did a great job.

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  8. Beautiful! I wish I had more vintage plates. My mom collected them when she had a children's tea room, but then SOLD them after they closed. I wasn't happy....Yours are stunning. :o)

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  9. What a great place to hold your pretty plates!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. What a cute idea--I love plates too...I think the ghost of the former owner of my cottage is haunting me--she had a gigantic collection of plates and she even had a secret room with shelves. She also had another whole wall of shelves with louvered doors covering the area for her dishes. I use these areas for storage and books, however, since the house is old and has little closet space!! Your spindles on the shelves are like some of mine!!! After all, I don't call my home, spindle cottage for nothing! '-) My met monday post is at my spindle cottage blog

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  11. I am with you on your love for plates. I have the hanging all over my house (mostly ironstone and transferware.) You place niche looks every bit as wonderful as the BHG inspiration. Nice work!

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  12. very, very pretty! You have some very nice plates.
    gail

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  13. This is really neat! I love all your plates...you have quite a collection. You and your hubby did a fantastic job! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. It's great to see a new Georgia blogger. I confess: I'm not the biggest plate lover around but my eye keeps going to the green plate. I like your yellow and blue paints. The stained glass is wonderful.

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  15. I'm very impressed! Very creative and it really is a great storage/display solution! Have Fun~Happy Fall...

    ~Really Rainey

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  16. I was just asking my hubby last night about thinking of a spot to put my dishes. You gave me a great idea.
    Thanks so much.. it looks fab.
    I'm a pastel girl on the inside, but outside is all bright with red and yellow.
    Happy MET monday
    Love Claudie
    xo

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  17. This is so beautiful! The colors are fantastic! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring!

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  18. Really, really pretty. Sort of looks like something from a Cape Cod cottage...something I'd see here in my neck of the woods. Nice job.

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  19. You and your hubby did a super duper job...this looks beautiful!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. Beautiful!! I have wanted a plate rack for years, my hubby is not a carpenter though. LOL I love yours.

    Cece

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  21. That turned out so pretty! Great job. :)

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Thanks for dropp'in by the cottage!