Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ironstone Platter Display

First I want to say that I hope all my blogger friends in the upper midwest are staying safe and warm.  I know you are getting hit with a big snow storm so please be careful if you have to get out tonight (and let's hope you don't).

No snow here but it is bitter cold and windy and it was a good day to complete some projects.

Working with this drawer was one of the projects.
I bought six of these drawers last spring at a vintage market and they've been sitting in my garage ever since.

When I purchased them I thought I would use them upright as a frame/shadowbox.
The metal piece is spring loaded and I thought that pictures and ephemera would look great positioned behind the metal.
I still think I will use a couple of these for shadowboxes but a new idea came to mind as I was thinking about how I could display some of my ironstone platters.

My house is pretty open, meaning very few walls for me to display my vintage ironstone collection.  I wanted to try and bring some of the platters into the kitchen but the eat-in area of our kitchen is surrounded by windows....great for natural light....bad for displaying much of anything.

There is a little wall space between the windows and I've had these pictures hanging there since we moved to this house 9 years ago.
By now I think you know where I'm going with this.
I took down the pictures and hung three of the drawers on the wall.
I then placed an ironstone platter in each of the drawers behind the spring loaded metal 
piece.
To give you a better perspective, here's a broader picture of the room.
Since I have very little Christmas going on in this room, I dressed up the platter displays with some Santa's, greenery and ornaments.



I'm thinking I could add the word "Joy" on the plates but I'm not sure if I'm going to do that or not.

You might also notice that the drawers have a richer look to them now as compared to the first picture I showed.  I cleaned and oiled them and they really took on a nice rich color.

I am really happy with my new display.  My husband's comment, "are you going to leave those up all year or just for Christmas"?  I had to explain that the platters in the drawers were staying.  I don't think it was the answer he was looking for.....they'll grow on him!

I'm joining some great parties: 
Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors for SNS
Stephanie Lynn @ Under the Table and Dreaming for Showcase Sunday.

Stay warm!

Jane

70 comments:

  1. Jane, this wall display is beautiful and so unique! What a conversation piece you have. You have repurposed and added beauty to your room. I can see through the windows that you seem to have a gorgeous scenic view as well! Enjoy your new look as you dine.
    Brenda

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  2. Hi Jane -
    I'm so jealous! I LOVE those drawers! What a fantastic idea to display your beautiful ironstone plates. Have a great weekend.
    Toni

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  3. You have the BEST and most AWESOME ideas! Love the look! and do add JOY!!!
    It's been snowing ALL day and we have over 17 inches of SNOW!!! Stayed home all day! Not sure if we'll be out tomorrow either! Don't mind as I can get a lot done!
    Warmly,
    deb :)

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  4. Jane ~ That was SOOOO clever! Props for coming up with an alternative use for those drawers!

    Diane

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  5. What a great idea!! I love the look you obtained with the drawers. I'm a new follower. Come over for a visit. I'd be delighted it you chose to follow my blog.

    Merry Christmas!!

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  6. Jane, they look wonderful and unique and you can change out the display with the seasons.

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  7. Hi Jane,
    I am always amazed at the wonderful creations that you come up with. The drawers used to hold ironstone is the best idea ever. They look perfect and I like the way you added some Christmas decor.

    Oh, by the way, be sure and stop by my blog. I have a surprise for you.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  8. Awesome repurpose. You will have so many different decorating opportunities with these. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. May I please say that you are brilliant? Love this way to display the plates. Just love it!

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  10. They look awesome! I like the new warmth that you gave the wood. Funny that your husband was questioning it.

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  11. Just found you from Southern Savvy Style. Love the drawers and the fabulous way you have used them - so unique. Your dining room looks great, and I can see you must have great views. Just enough decorations to lift it all.

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  12. Well they didn't have to grow on me, I love it!!!! I actually want to put my platter out and this is a super cool option(don't really just want a hanger), I love the Christmas decor with it!

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  13. Jane, You are something else, that looks great, you have an eye for creativity! I love the way they turned out!
    Thanks for the weather concern, I'm already tired of winter here in the Midwest!
    XoXo

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  14. what a great idea!!! you are sooooo clever...and why don't husbands "get it"

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  15. Hi Jane:
    I really like the change! The platters are just the right thing for your display...year-round. ;-)

    I looked back a few posts, as I've been busy corralling the elves for Christmas projects, and I love all the very cool projects you've been creating.

    Hope you have a great Sunday, my friend.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  16. Jane you do have the best and most creative ideas. I love how the ironstone platters look in those drawers. Very clever!

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  17. Jane, What a creative use for these drawers. I love the platters hung in these. Fabulous!
    Happy Holidays,
    Sherry

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  18. Fantastic idea for those plate holders!! i love it!
    xoox
    ~tracie

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  19. Fabulous ~ You sure have the eye when you see something, You know Immediately that You have a Real Treasure..... Love It
    Cheryl

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  20. You are brilliant! I love this.

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  21. The drawers look like they were made for that spot! What a great way to display your ironstone platters.

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  22. Jane, you always come up with the most unique uses for these vintage pieces you find. Love that look.

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  23. Men...they just don't get it! My husband cringes any time he hears I'm going to the flea market or thrift store. Usually means more projects strewn about the house. I think your drawers are perfect and look great with your ironstone platters. And it definitely looks like Christmas with your Santas and bits of evergreen. Enjoy your weekend.

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  24. Jane those drawers and AWESOME. Whatta great idea. Love them !!! ~ Deanna

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  25. Hi...I don't get to your blog often, but I have taken care of that problem. You are now on my blogroll. I just thought you would enjoy knowing that I have spent hours going through your old posts and wishing I was your very best friend!! I love all your crafts...what great ideas!

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  26. Awesome way to display these pretty plates!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  27. What a great use of your imagination! It really brightens up that corner. Love the decorations you added to them too!

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  28. Jane, that is a fabulous re-use project! I just love how you see new ways to use things!

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  29. LOL! Bless our husbands! :-) But what do they know about decorating? Your platters in the old file drawers look marvelous on that wall!

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  30. Awesome platters in drawers. They look great.

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  31. What a great way to repurpose those drawers! Don't you just love ironstone? I can't get enough of it!!

    :)

    Polly

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  32. Absolutely perfect use for the drawers and the little extra shelf space for the Christmas decorations worked out perfectly. I might tape paper joy on them, but not paint them.

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  33. Love it! What a clever idea. Very creative.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  34. I don't know how your mind works, but I think you're a genius!
    I would never have looked at those drawers and thought of this fabulous way to display the ironstone.
    They have to stay up at least 9 years.
    Hat's off to you, madame.
    Maggie.

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  35. Really cool idea!! But what really caught my eye is the gorgeous view you have from your kitchen table!

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  36. Love it Jane ~ one of my favorites from you!!! I agree with Patti ~ what a stunning view!

    Congrats on your win!!

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  37. Omg! That is just precious! You have a GREAT blog, which I have only newly discovered! I'm stalking you now ;)

    Best yule-wishes from the cold North (Norway that is :)

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  38. Hello
    I love these! How creative... love the ironstone and the white is beautiful against the drawers with the wire, love the whole look... and lol isn't it just like a guy to say that?
    Blessings
    Rebecca

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  39. You had me at Ironstone! Way to think outside of the box. Great mix! I "LOVE" this! It looks like it was made for that wall!

    My husband doesn't even ask anyomre...lol!

    Take care,
    Michelle

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  40. So cute I'll bet that Pottery Barn would love to do a knock off!

    -Danielle

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  41. Jane, Jane, Jane!!! You just blow me away with your vision for creating magic. These drawers are just an amazing way to display your ironstone. I love platters and am always trying to find great ways to use them...but this, my friend, is just so COOL!
    I'm thinkin' how badly I need to go shopping with YOU!
    have a beautiful week sweet Jane.
    hugs

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  42. I think men just hate change, Jane! : ) I was going to say how charming they looked; almost cottagey and then I saw the Christmas decorations you added and I love it even more! What a great touch.

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  43. Those drawers are amazing. I wish I could find some. I should cut you out some holiday silhouettes from vinyl on the cricut and you could put them on the platters for the season.

    tammy

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  44. Oh Jane they look GREAT! Love how your added the ironstone. Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas.

    Have a wonderful evening,
    Gail

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  45. I think this might be your best project yet, and goodness knows you've had a ton of great ideas, so that's really saying something! It's like the drawers were always meant to hold those platters. Luckily my husband has finally gotten to the point where he doesn't ask any questions, just helps me when I need it. Took him long enough!!!

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  46. Oh Jane, how lovely!!!!! They look so good with the platters in them and stunning with the touch of greenery and the Santas!!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  47. i love them.....!!! i wouldnt add the joy...i actually like them best without the decoration (but of course you need it for the holidays !)
    but i have to tell you what i liked best about this post is that you had them sitting around for months !! haha..i have about 10 metal trays with those spring loaded clips that i have done NOTHING with for months !! just sitting there waiting for inspiration !! we really are too much alike !~

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  48. Jane,
    Fantastic idea! Love the platters!
    Dee Dee

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  49. Well, you can tell your husband we in blogland recognize you for the genius that you are! These are amazing and I love your other idea for them as well, looking forward to seeing it. The oiling really added warmth.
    Susanne.

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  50. Brilliant. You find the best stuff AND use it so cleverly. BRAVO!
    Pammy

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  51. Hi Jane, I love the way these turned out!! Another great idea!! Got about 10" of snow, now it's just REALLY cold! Not good for us on the farm! Smiles, Julie

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  52. Wonderful!! I am amazed each time I see your creativity. I would never of had your vision. I love it!!

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  53. These are awesome-and you can change them out for the holidays-super cool!

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  54. I love it, Jane! You are so creative. Hey, I think you can still add pictures and ephemera. It would look great with the white plates.

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  55. JANE! I swear you always come up with THE most clever ideas ever. I'm certain I could have seen those drawers at the local flea market and NEVER have thought of that idea. I'm going to be on a quest now to find some.... Not like that will ever happen. :-)

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  56. What a great idea! You are so creative and what you did with these drawers and how you displayed them is awesome!

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  57. Wow! Love it. You have such great style.

    Rebecca

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  58. Love how you remake things, very creative!!

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  59. You are not just a pretty face...are you???? LOL!!!!

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  60. Love the drawers with your platters. Great idea you had and to add Christmas decor makes it even "lovelier" (if that's a word).

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  61. Wow, I love this! I've never seen drawers like that before... do you know what they came out of?

    Tania

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  62. Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! Another idea I would like to CASE from you, but seriously, when will I ever find anything like this!

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  63. Gorgeous! You've juxtaposed these pieces perfectly!

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  64. ingenious! adore both, but your drawer idea is a fresh look.

    :)

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  65. Oh my goodness, I am so impressed with what you did with these drawers. I just love them!! Those MUST stay up all year long and for many years to come. They would be perfect on their own or decorated to match the seasons. Just beautiful!!!

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