Monday, March 22, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday - Platter Control

It's time again for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday hosted by Linda @ Coastal Charm.  Link back to Linda's blog to check out all of the thrifty purchases this week.

I have a collection of vintage platters that I have found at various thrift stores.  I love the look of the crazed, old platters and I've picked them up for a few dollars apiece.  Here's just a few of the pieces I have in my collection.

A Homer Laughlin platter:
W S George, Derwood platter
Anthony Shaw & Son platter (small) and unmarked platter (large)
My intention is to hang some of the collection in my dining room but I still have several stacked on a side table that needed a better storage solution.

While out thrifting a couple of weeks ago I came across this wood piece.
In it's former life I guess it probably was a magazine holder.  I saw it as a solution to my platter storage.  I got out some paint I had from another project and painted the piece red to match the colors in my dining room.
Here's what it looks like with the platters
And here's where I could use some advice.  I think the holder looks a little plain.  I was thinking that I need to add something to the middle of the holder (possibly a monogram) and maybe some little flourishes to the rounded corners.  I'm not a decorative painter but I think I could find a suitable stencil. 

So, what do you think.  Leave it alone or dress it up?
Thanks for your help and happy thrifting!
Jane

49 comments:

  1. That's a very useful piece! I didn't realize how big it was until the pic with the platters in it- it really holds a lot! I would experiment with some designs on paper first to make sure you like it before you actually embellish the piece! Seeing your previous projects, I know if you decide to do something to it, it will be great!

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  2. Great idea! This works beautifully to hold your platters, Jane! Yes, I would dress up at least the front section, but that's just me. I can't leave anything alone that is plain, even if it is just to add a little something!

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  3. Looks good. You could get a carved wood applique from a craft store and glue it to the front to add a little pizazz!

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  4. I love your platters and that piece works well with them. I think it would look good with something on it - a monogram maybe?

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  5. The first idea that comes to mind is a crystal drawer pull, something different and unexpected.

    The platters looks so good on display. I love it.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  6. If it were mine, I would use a wooden applique- you can find some tiny ones or medium sized ones at Hobby Lobby or at Lowes.

    I like it! What a clever idea- I am going to keep my eye out for one of these now!! And your plates are beautiful!

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  7. Great idea to use that piece to hold your platters. Some kind of flourish or monogram like you suggested I think would be very nice. Love that you painted it red! Great find.

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  8. It looks great red and I would add a little something too...your initial would be nice or just a decorative piece of wood...
    Warmly,
    Deb :)

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  9. Have you considered gluing on a little tin sign, or a frame with vintage paper or image (from Karen) inside, or some "tarnished" silverware glued on front? I love the color you painted it...It certainly shows off your platters in a unique way!

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  10. Great idea Jane! And I really like your beautiful plates and platters. I'm with the girls to dress up the stand. You could stencil that in 5 min. and it would be easy to change when your style changes ! Donna..the 3rd sister.

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  11. I love how you're displaying your platters! Such a smart idea. We have a bunch in our basement that were left in the house when we bought it. Sadly, most are chipped and have some funky dirt coating on them - I have tried and tried to wash them but it's like the dirt is under the ceramic coating.

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  12. I love the title of your post!!!! I needed a laugh...thanks!

    I, too, love crazing on china. You have some great platters.
    Rhonda

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  13. Hi Jane! Great idea for your platters, and yup I would agree that it needs a little somethin, somethin... what about decoupaging a cool piece of ephemera. shabbychicpapirskatter has some cool ones and so does Graphics Fairy. Then you could still put a little glass knob on it for more interest... or even one of your cool bird pics you just showed us? Oh I have a great idea... how bout I come over and bring some fun stuff to play with!!! I know you'll come up with something fabulous to show us! Can't wait, Theresa

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  14. Love your platters and what a great storage solution. I think something on the front of it would be good....

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  15. hi jane,
    just found your blog tonight and love your post on platters. you have a great collection! i agree that maybe something on the front would be good. i think if you do a monogram that it should be really large and maybe scrolly? i had to laugh at your post about spring and seeing your snow photos. i thought "that looks just like my yard". i checked your profile and sure enough...kansas city! i live in leawood...hello neighbor!
    kathi

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  16. I love projects like this--a fresh coat of paint goes a long way. I agree with so many others above--add a little something to the front. Be sure to post a completed project picture for us to enjoy. I could use some inspiration.

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  17. Jane,
    Wonderful platters! Love your creative storage solution. I can see a simple monogram added to the front, but I'm sure that however you decide to doll it up will be fantastic!
    Dee Dee

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  18. Jane,
    That is outstanding! Really great repurpose. You could get a rub-on for the front.
    smiles, alice

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  19. I love it!!! I think that it is great just like it is.
    Oh and the platters are wonderful.

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  20. I love what you've done to that magazine rack! It looks beautiful!

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  21. Hi Jane,
    Love the platters...I have started looking for white platters as well.....the holder you created is magnificient!
    xojanis

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  22. A little decorative wood applique on the front would look very nice.

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  23. I like all your platters and what a neat piece you found to store and display them in. A stencil or even a small piece of flateware or old drawer pull might be nice.....hugs, Linda

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  24. The platters are wonderful! I love the platter holder! It's amamzing what a little paint can do!

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  25. Hi Jane...I love it just the way it is.

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  26. Love your post title... love the platters... love the holder! I have a fun collection of the iron stars. They come in all sizes~ If I was playing, I would sand the paint off here and there, antique it with a warm stain... add a star in the center... maybe even run tiny furniture tacks along the side & top ridges. If we didn't have animal fur everywhere... I might even tack vintage~ tea stained lace along the tops. We're all going to LOVE whatever you do!
    Hope your day is wonderful!
    Michelle

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  27. such great platters and I so love what you did with the rack!!!

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  28. Great idea! I like as it is, but I do like lots of glam. Anything you add will make it look dressed up.

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  29. Love your platters. Great thing to collect. They would look good on a wall, but when I saw the wood piece, I knew where you were going with that. You made it look spectacular and the red really makes the platters pop. I would put something on the front. But I can never leave things alone. Something with texture would be great...can't think of the word I'm looking for.
    Anyway, love that piece and your platters too.

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  30. Great display idea! Love your collection of plates!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  31. Great solution for your platters. I think a monogram would look nice, sorta like this - http://livingwithlindsay.com/2009/04/the-rags-to-riches-story-of-a-thrift-store-desk.html?

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  32. Oh, I forgot to mention that I nearly had coffee coming out of my nose when I read "Platter Control".

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  33. Hi Jane!

    Love the platters (from one platter lover to another!) and the file folder piece turned out great and fantastic idea to hold some platters. Maybe find a alphabet stencil you like and paint the word "Platters" on the front?

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  34. Such a great idea Jane! The lovely platters look incredible in that holder. I like the idea of adding something to the front, but I don't know what. I know you'll come up with something that will look just right!
    xo,
    Carol
    P.S. In case you didn't get my email, thanks again for the cards!

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  35. Oh my! This looks fabulous, and, of course, I would have never have thought of this!! Crazed platters are my favorites!!! You could to a wood scrolly applique, OR a monogram would be really cute!

    Love this!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  36. You won't believe this, I just passed up a metal file holder just like that one, because I just didn't know what to do with it. Sure could use something to hold my platter. That brings me to your platters I love the ironstone one, when ever I can I pick them up.
    You come up with some of the greatest ideas, keep them coming you inspire me..

    Hugs,
    Melissa

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  37. Jane,
    It's always so nice to see you at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS...thanks so much for coming:) You have some wonderful old platters and I luv the rack that you found...if it was mind I would add a monogram!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  38. OH! The QUEEN of Creativity is asking OUR opinion? No way girl...I have all the faith in the world that you will come up with something that will totally knock my socks off!!! I'm already thrown back with this "new" platter rack! Wow!
    Do you sleep at night Jane? You are just SO creative!!! Love it!!!!

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  39. oh...and you have to show us what you do with it okay???
    ;)

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  40. Lovely idea Jane, I am with those who suggested a drawer pull of sorts,I will be waiting to see the end result! Well done!

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  41. Love your platters...I try to pick them up at thrift stores when I see them. The wooden rack is a great way to display them...I'll have to look for something like that too! Thanks for stopping by...see ya again soon.

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  42. I vote for a wooden applique painted maybe white-ish. Could be a flourish or could be a big round rosette.........

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  43. ... oh dearie, I have a gene in my body for dishes


    maybe rub a little stain in and dirty it up

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  44. I Love the red color! They make mongram rub-ons that would work great. I think I saw some at Hobby Lobby. You could also decoupage on a design or mongram. Great old platters!

    Hugs ~ Angie

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  45. The magazine holder platter display is genius! I love it! Your thinking out of the box is simply amazing...each and every post!

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  46. Very clever! That's thinking outside the box!

    I mailed your egg carton out this morning. I know it's a day late but I sent it priority so you should receive it by this weekend. Thansk for swapping w/ me!

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  47. I love your solution - I use letter organizes for small bits...same idea...

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  48. Mamie Jane,
    I'm a first time visitor and I like what I see.

    What a wonderful idea to use as a platter display! I quite like it as is...I love the red...

    Happy Easter!

    Betty @ Country Charm

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Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy reading all of your comments!