I have been working on this post for months now, well not the writing of it, the doing of it.
First I inherited a large pine china cabinet from my MIL. She had two other china cabinets but we chose this one for the ranch back porch.
The first difficulty was transporting it to the ranch. I had asked to borrow a friend’s truck to bring it out to the ranch and had asked another friend who moves furniture professionally to do the work for us. Well, there was a mis-communication about the truck; it was on the fritz. And my professional mover friend showed up alone without help. We had this large china cabinet to move, and a refrigerator/freezer. We definitely needed two people to do the work. Well, to make a long story short, my mover friend called around and finally found someone to help him, and meanwhile I went at the last minute over to U-Haul to rent a truck.
Don’t ask me what it cost between the movers and the truck, not because I don’t know, but because I really don’t want to think about it. The guys did a great job and I was happy to pay them, but it’s just that if I looked at the cost, it might have been cheaper to buy a new china cabinet!!
Once that was all straightened out they picked up some furniture we didn’t want and took load 1 over to the MIL house. My friend Peggy met the guys there and showed them what to load. There they unloaded load 1, and picked up load 2 which included the frig and the china cabinet. The guys don’t really speak much English and Peggy was showing them what I wanted picked up. Somehow they thought the house was hers.
Yes, we both tried to tell them otherwise, but communication was limited. That was pretty funny to me, because the house was a wreck. We had taken things out of closets, cabinets and dressers to sort through things, so beds were covered with clothes, purses, jewelry, etc. And there were boxes and packing paper everywhere. (The estate sale lady told me not to throw anything out, that led to an even bigger mess.) Peggy is still telling me to explain to him that she doesn’t live like that. I nod my head in an understanding fashion, then tell her if she would just clean her house, she wouldn’t have this problem. (I’m glad she has such a good sense of humor.)
Then once the truck was loaded with load 2, the guys drove back to our city house to unload the frig. At our city house, they also loaded some new outdoor furniture I purchased for the creekside deck and drove load 3 out to the ranch. I drove my car out there with the guys (and my friend Caroline) to make sure that they found the right house and put the china cabinet where I wanted it. I don’t know how many times I have explained to workmen about the front and back porch, but they have a hard time understanding which is the front porch and which is the back. In their defense, the driveway comes to the side of the house, not the front or back. But really, we have a walkway that goes to what we call the front door, doesn’t that clarify it? Oh well. We got a lot done that day, but I was exhausted when Caroline and I got home.
Here is what this end of the porch looked like before the china cabinet.
Here is the china cabinet on the back porch.
Those boxes on the porch are full of dishes. Which brings me to the other complication, what dishes to put in the cabinet.
I have been playing musical dishes lately. I boxed up a bunch of dishes from my MIL’s house and brought them to our city house. Then I boxed up the excess dishes from my city house. The unwanted dishes went back to the MIL house for a big estate sale yet to come. Then the “keep pile” at my house were divided between city dishes and ranch dishes.
These Stratford Blue dishes were at our city house. I got them for wedding presents when we got married.
But when I bought the Desert Rose dishes, I moved the Stratford Blue dishes to the country. There’s a back story about these dishes you can read if you like (A Tale of Two Dishes) by clicking here.
Then I inherited the Johnson Bros. white dishes from my MIL, and they came to live at the ranch, click here.
The white dishes went in our kitchen cabinets. So the Stratford Blue dishes went back into boxes, that is UNTIL the china cabinet came to our back porch. Now they are in the china cabinet,
along with many other goodies.
Above, you can see the Stratford Blue dishes, along with some pink vintage dishes and a new funky-shaped purple and green bowl.
I inherited several of these pressed glass bowls.
The blue mason jars are vintage, the pink cups and saucers are more of the American-made vintage pink dishes. And the little Mary Englebreit covered dish and the hand-painted cake stand are both less than 10 years old.
See that green cookie jar? That vintage piece came from my MIL’s house. Yes, it is embarassing that this cabinet is full of LEFTOVER stuff. Is that sick or what? But my friend Peggy can vouch for me that I am getting rid of a few of my dishes and 5 sets of my MIL’s dishes (we kept 5 sets). I have enough MIL stuff to do posts from now to the end of the year, so I save most of that for later. (I don’t want to overwhelm you.)
Notice how you can see the trees in the mirrored back of the china cabinet? I love that. So the cabinet came to me in it’s natural unpainted, stained state.
Had it been an old antique piece, I would not have painted it, but since it looked so new next to our very antique table, I decided paint would be the best option.
The glass in the sides tells you this piece is clearly not an antique, but it does make it easier to see the dishes. It also has a light in the top, but you can’t see that since I didn’t get any night shots for you. This is painted with homemade chalky paint, that I will talk about in another post. And I do plan to add a coat of wax to antique it a bit more. I will take some better photos later, but I felt it was such an accomplishment to get to this point that I had to share it with you.
I got the idea to bring the cabinet to the back porch after seeing the wonderful china cabinet on BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH. Thanks Susan for the wonderful inspiration.
|Photo Credit: Between Naps on the Porch Blog|