China Cabinet: A Peek Inside

Here is the whole thing.  Eight feet tall, 6 feet wide.  Sanded, primed and painted.

It is packed with all of my cookbooks, some dishes, an archaic stereo system and a special kid’s section.  The bottom cabinets store books and magazines.

The kid’s section was, of course, inspired by The Creative Family.   I wanted a place for their creative supplies.  The dining table is always the place for creative playing and this sits right next to it.  It’s stocked with scrap paper, drawing paper, colored construction paper, a few reference books, notepads, pencils, scissors, pencil sharpener, brushes, markers, crayons, paint, glue and the all important string. You never know what you might need to tie up (hopefully not your brother).  The dinosaurs are there to keep things playful.

I had originally made it so that they could get what they needed whenever they wanted, but the doors on this cabinet are hard to open and close, which has actually been the only reason why it has stayed so organized.  They still use everything pretty frequently, but mom and dad have to open and assist, which I think, keeps things a bit tidier.  When you need something, something else has to be put back.  It works so far.

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17 Responses to China Cabinet: A Peek Inside

  1. Pasha Plum says:

    What a beautiful job you did!

  2. Dallas says:

    That turned out really great! What a neat place to store all your goodies.

  3. Melanie O. says:

    I really like how you don’t use your china cabinets just for dishes. I have a set of corner china cabinets that I still haven’t “finished” because I can’t decide what to do with them. We use the dining room table for arts and crafts, too, so it really does make sense to set up the kids craft area there. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Michelle says:

    Oh, man, I totally love those colors! The hardware just pops the whole thing out with so much character. Fabulous, but good luck keeping it looking so tidy… :0)

  5. Anastasia says:

    its gorgeous and so organised!! i spot a cute little kangaroo…jump jump…

  6. Nichola says:

    fabulous! My home in the UK was full of bright colours like this. We now rent in Australia and have boring white walls.

  7. Regina says:

    I so have cabinet envy right now. That is GORGEOUS – and love the size!!! I don’t have a wall long enough for that – but just got an old cabinet from my MIL that I can use in my space. This gives me some AWESOME ideas!!!

  8. Amy says:

    Love it!! Turned out beautiful!

  9. jessica says:

    I am so jealous of your cabinet! It turned out great and is full of such goodies!!! All those cookbooks make my heart swoon!

  10. Ellen says:

    Oh, looks nice and neat!

  11. Expat Mom says:

    That looks great. I really like the color you chose. We just turned our china hutch into an art center on the bottom, too. Dishes in the viewable doors above and kid stuff below.

  12. It looks so wonderful! I’m jealous of this gorgeous piece! You did a wonderful job!

  13. Colleen in MA says:

    how lovely! nice job. boy, if I lived close to you i’d love to come over and do crafts at your dining room table!

  14. Rikkianne says:

    OH WOW! That is stunning! I want one!!!

    I love the color:)

    Hey, do you have to work this “first Sunday”? Perhaps a little antique trip?

  15. Karen says:

    Hi! I found your blog while I was looking for some ideas for painting a china/curio cabinet I just inherited. This is a beautiful color combination and definitely gives me something to think about! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Kristin says:

    What color paint did you use? Thanks!

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