April 4, 2012

A New Home for My Ironstone Collection


For several years now I’ve been collecting English ironstone china. I think it’s one of those types of collections that looks better when displayed all in one place, but without a hutch or cabinet, my pieces have been scattered around with no home of their own. That is, until this past weekend, when my ironstone collection got a new place to live.


I stopped by an estate sale that was sort of a bust except for this wonderful wooden shelf/hutch/cabinet. It’s all solid wood (none of that pressed board) and perfect for my growing ironstone collection. I was going to stain it a darker color (and still might) but for now, I’m happy with it. Did I mention it was $15? This belle loves a bargain.

So what do y’all think? Should I go with a dark stain, keep it as is or paint it a color? The image below (from Country Living) is sort of the look I’m going for, but I’ll need a few more years to add to my collection. Of course that is the fun of collecting, isn’t it?

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!


  1. $15 dollars??? Wow, you are amazing!

    I love the collection and love the inspiration for it, I am excited for you!

  2. beautiful! I love the contrast of the rustic shelves and the beautiful silver and china!

  3. That all looks so great!


  4. What a beautiful collection! I love it's new home!

  5. I say leave it or paint in a fun (bright) color :). What a steal!

  6. I love the contrast of the white in the mag pic, if you wanted to be able to change out the back but still keep the option of the natural wood, cut some foam core poster board to size then paint it or cover it in fabric, or wall paper, or even wrapping paper, then use a light double stick tape to adhere it to the back of the cabinet. You can change it easily and cheaply whenever the mood strikes.

  7. Thanks y'all! I love your ideas...I had thought of doing something just to the back Ms. Lola so I love your idea :)

  8. Oooooh, I love your new cabinet and your china collection. I really enjoy hunting for antiques (not crusty antiques, cool ones). We should totally talk shops sometime...

  9. I like the great collection! Fab ides! I live your new home!

  10. I like the natural wood look. It really compliments your collection. Love the newest find!

  11. The cabinet is fabulous and so is the collection! I adore your blog header:)

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