I have an extremely small kitchen. I hate it, but oh well....because I am stuck with it! It is a "U" shaped kitchen. There is not much storage at all. I have no prep space, and no island. I am constantly struggling with storage space. Over the weekend, I went into my favorite store...Sage Consignment, where I found this wonderful cart for $9!!! I fell in love with it. At first I was going to put it outside. I parked it in the kitchen on this one wall, for the time being...then I thought that maybe it should stay there! I could use this cart in the kitchen. I was going to paint it....but the rust grew on me. I just love it!!!! Rust, dings, scratches and all! I cleaned it up, then went searching for items to store on it.
Whalah! This is what I came up with.
These dishes are from both of my grandmothers. The plates on the left were my Grandma J's, and the other bowls came from Grandma R. I love Granny R's old melamine mixing bowls! I use them A LOT!
Here is a shot of Granny J's old blue dishes. We use to eat of of them every Sunday when she would cook for us.
Great mixing bowls!
On the second shelf I have old crystal platters from both Grandma's, and a syrup and butter dish. I have never used this dish, I love it...one day I will use it.
I also have these old plates...My aunt gave them to me. I have 4 plates and the 4 cups to match. I also have another set of similar plates/saucers. I have never used these either....but maybe one day I will!
I put some place mats on each shelf to cover scratches, I use these placemats on my regular dining table, so they won't stay here long. I need to find some more that I can put on the shelves and leave there. I debated on this candy jar.....
Then I changed it out and added this dish. I will be changing this around quite frequently I do have a "china" cabinet in the kitchen. It is built into the wall. My neighbors used to live in my house and they had it built in due to the lack of storage...and trust me...it helps a lot.
I have a lot of old dishes in this cabinet from my grandmothers as well. If you notice the top shelves, on either side there is some china...that is the china a registered for when we got married, and I only got 2 pieces!!! My mom buys me a set for birthdays, Christmas, etc. Thanks mom! The plates in the center are scenes from Paris and London. I want to find some plates that match the blue/gold I have in the cabinet....I am working on that!
Here is a set of the other brunch plates, cups and saucer. The egg dish was given to me by my aunt, the blue/gold cup was Granny J's, and the goblets were a wedding gift.
I have 4 of the blue/gold cups and I love them! I have 4 sets of the brunch plates/cups/saucer as well.
Next shelf....my baby cup...I think...may be The Hunters. Granny J's crystal bowl, and crystal platter.
Top right shelf...my china...crystal sugar/creamer set courtesy of Granny R and a pitcher.
On the other side we have some wine glasses from college...I used to have sets of 4...but these are the only survivors! The funny thing is that I don't drink. Never have. But my friends would buy me wine glasses! I figured out that this was so when they came to my house they would have them! LOL! The crystal platter in the back is actually a cake plate from one of the the grannies ...and I love it! The bowl was Granny J's.
Next shelf....this is my absolute FAVORITE dish that I own....the blue/gold bowl...courtesy of Granny R! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! How perfect that is matched the blue/gold cups from Granny J!!!!!
I have some faux fruit in it...I have a plethora of decorative balls, and these are just one of many. I didn't have any where to stick them, so I threw them in there. They kinda take away from the glory of my beautiful bowl! It is magnificent if you ask me! One day I am going to do my kitchen in these colors.
I have lots more great dishes from my grannies, but these are just some of the few.
The Hunter wasn't to keen on my ole rusty cart! He said he couldn't believe I paid money for it....Men....they just don't get it! He wants me to throw it out and find something new. NEW?!?!?!? No...that cart is new to me and I LOVE it! It help free up a ton of cabinet space for me! When you only have 5 drawers, 11 cabinets...things get crowded quick! I keep all of my cooking utensils in decorative pots on the countertop. I keep my dish towels on the countertop in a decorative tin container, and my pretty coffee mugs are hanging under the cabinet....gotta do what you gotta do. I will get pictures of these things later. I am the Queen...thats right THE QUEEN (not Princess) of working in a small space and creating storage. I long to have a huge kitchen with a gigantic island...with EMPTY cabinets and drawers that I can grow into!!! LOL! Until then....I will work in the tininess that is my kitchen, and I will love it.
I will get some pictures of my "space" savers tonight, and share them with you tomorrow. Since nothing exciting is going on in the garden. I will save the garden for Fertilizer Friday