Hi, my name is Laurie, and I am an addict. Okay, I’m willing to admit that I have an addiction to china and crystal. I admitted that 8 years ago when I drew up plans to remodel our house. On the plans, I wrote “china pantry”. The contractor kept calling it the “butler’s pantry”. I kept telling him that I don’t have any butlers, but I do have a little bit of china!
I know, I know…it IS frightening – all of those cabinets just for china, but I knew I would use all of these cabinets, and the drawers underneath the cabinets, and I wasn’t wrong. This is a walk-through pantry. The room is too narrow to stand back to photograph the line of cabinets on each side. (When I added the china pantry, I thought I’d be the only person who ever entered it - I CERTAINLY didn’t think I’d be taking photos of it to post for anyone to see!)
HOW-EVAH, I filled them a little too quickly! A few months after we moved into our remodeled house, I started discovering that I could stack plates in various places on the countertops in the china pantry, and that’s how the countertops quickly filled with “extra” china.
The plans I drew up for the remodel also included a display cabinet to be built in my kitchen. My plan was that I would display some of my favorite things behind these glass doors. Those shelves really looked pretty for a few months, but then somehow stemware, glasses, and serving dishes started sneaking into my “display” cabinet. The invasion was spreading, and let me just say that my family was frightened!
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, I discovered a blank space on a wall in my kitchen, and I knew I could put a breakfront in that space, and that is where I could display some pretties. Same story, same song – china, glasses, etc. soon found their way into the breakfront (not to mention on top of it and inside the drawers)! (Ooops, another of my addictions is showing– keeping old magazines!)
I still wasn’t worried though. I knew I had the built-in shelves in the breakfast area where I could display some treasures. But oh the horror of what happened next! The plates, pitchers, cups and saucers were suddenly three-deep in these shelves. Another display space bit the dust, and these shelves began looking like storage instead of display. Where and when would all of this horror end?
I do not give up easily though. I found a china cabinet that I wanted to use in our family room. I knew I could display special “stuff” in these glass-fronted shelves. You guessed it – I do not know when or how all of these plates, soup tureens, and cups and saucers got inside this “display” cabinet! It’s eerie how all of these tablescaping accessories take over everything in my house!
With relief, I found a wall in my back entry hall that could accommodate ANOTHER china cabinet to display some treasures, with drawers to hide some napkins. You already know the rest of this horror story! Tea pots and pitchers took over this cabinet. (Don’t ask me how it happened. It defies logic!)
In the study, I filled the bookcase with books – well, mostly books!
I hung two plate racks on the walls of my sunroom. Fortunately, they are not deep enough for me to stack dishes on them. However, I have cluttered them about as much as I can. Sometimes, I even set the table with plates I have displayed on door toppers in my house – of course, I do wash them first!
My name is Laurie, and I am a plate addict, and I am still looking for a place to display some treasures that have nothing to do with setting a table. The invasion of the china is soon to be made into a movie to be featured on the “Chill” channel on your television. I’m linking my horror movie to the party at The Tablescaper. Maybe I’ll feel better after I go visit all of the other bloggers who have this same addiction. Hey! This horror movie may turn into a series. Will your home be included in the series? Let’s go check out the links, so we’ll know how many shows will be in this series of horror movies.
The link up register for “A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday” will be here on Friday evening. I hope you’ll join us (I promise I’m not showing my favorite dishes).