Friday, July 16, 2010

Our Vintage Woodland Shelf





This shelf has been around for a few decades, it's been in the family for at least 50+ years. It's a mammoth piece, measuring in at about 3' X 4'. I just knew that the dated stain could be updated with a fresh coat of paint.


I knew exactly where it wanted to hang, and I knew that it would look fantastic with my vintage Mikasa, that Justin got me for my birthday! Isn't it fantastic pattern? Designed by Vera Neumann, a well known artist, turned textile designer, created this, among others for Mikasa in the 50's, 60's and 70's. This pattern was discontinued in 1974, it's called Woodland. When I saw this set at a local antique shop, I really went weak in the knees! This pattern is very hard to find! It is a service for six, so I thought I could display quite a few pieces on the shelf.It seemed like forever to paint the shelf, 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of white semi-gloss. I took off the lower rung with the little bobbers in it, which to me it didn't seem to fit the style of the shelf. I used pliers to pull each one out and then reattached the top piece to cover up the holes. I suppose I could have used wood filler to cover the holes, but using the existing rung was a good way to upcycle an otherwise odd piece. I'm still trying to figure out something interesting to do with the thingies I took out...maybe earrings, or a cool chunky necklace...I'm still working out the details. At any rate I am really loving the piece.
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AFTER:
Now because I plan on using my priceless-to-me Vera dinnerware, I didn't want to run the risk of the plates slipping down, so a quick trip to Lowe's to pick up some tiny quarter round molding. After painting it white I attached it near the back of each shelf to act as a plate stop. Can you see it below?

Now in addition to my regular plate addiction, my newest addiction are stray plates. You know, the one of a kind plates that you always see thrifting...you like it but don't buy it because it's a loner...and I have to thank Christina at Down and Out Chic, she started me thinking about the possibilities of a plate wall...where none of the plates match. I know, I know, this is not front page news, but it just never occurred to me. I always had this mental image of the perfect "Charles Faudree" plate wall in my head, and well that's just not me. A plate wall can be artistic and eclectic, now that's me. I have only found a few so far, but am very patient.



Royal Copenhagen, Mothers Day 1977, love the little squirrel family.

This owl plate is from Limoges, but I couldn't find out very much about it, I would like to find more of him!


My loner plates can live on the shelf for now, I want to get some of those disc hangers for when I start hanging.












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29 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS!!! and i am now drooling for those dishes- they are simply stunning!

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  2. I love the shelf painted white and I love your blue and white displays.

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  3. I adore what you've done here! LOVE those plates too!
    Brenda

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  4. I love it! What a great piece! I like it better without that bottom rail, too. It made a real difference taking that out and with the white paint, it looks like a brand new piece. I should look so good at 50+! : )

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  5. It's stunning with the blue plates displayed on it. Really a nice piece for the family to hang on to.

    Di

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  6. Love the whole look. and that owl plate is super-awesome!

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  7. I love your shelf!! It looks so pretty painted white with all your beautiful dishes....Kathy

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  8. Wow...what a little paint can do. Great redo.

    I love your plates. So vibrantly pretty.

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  9. Oh, this looks wonderful! I love those Woodland plates, and all the owls are perfect with it. Great idea to paint it white!

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  10. The owls are a cute mix in there. Like how you took off the bottom trim, didn't need it.

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  11. This is AMAZING! I am seriously in awe your plate collection is divine and your new shelf displays them beautifully!

    ~Morgan

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    Meet Virginia!

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  12. Everything is absolutely gorgeous!!!

    Thank you SO much for stopping by my blog, I hope you come back soon!

    One Fine Wire
    www.finewire.blogspot.com

    Happy weekend!

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  13. that looks really nice! Love that owl plate!

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  14. Fun piece! The end result with the blue and white playing together is so awesome. The shelf shows off the plates beautifully, letting them stand alone for all the attention. Nice!

    Donna

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  15. Those plates are gorgeous!! Love the shelf too.

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  16. Sigh. . . I love those plates! I can see why you went weak in the knees!

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  17. What beautiful lines your shelf has! Stunning when paired with blue white and a hint of apple green. Love it!

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  18. Truly Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. great colors!
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  20. Your loner plate look like they fit right in! I thought they were part of the set, until you mentioned they were loner plates! Love the new look of the shelf too.

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  21. Ooo...love the dishes! The shelf is perfect for them and that owl is so unique!

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  22. it looks great! come on over and link up to MMMc:)

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  23. Amazing transformation. I loev the white and your blue dishes are fabulous. Michelle you have amazing talent - simply stunning. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  24. Hi Michelle, Just wanted to let you know I featured your shelf today. Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly apprecite it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  25. Michelle, you not only have great style, you know how to make it happen. The shelf and the plates look beautiful. laurie

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  26. Great re-do! I'd be honored if you would drop by and link up to Vintage Suitcase Friday!

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  27. Umm...can I just say I'm in love with everything you've done? I just (finally) got over here, and I've been reading and drooling over everything! What a great blog! Thanks for linking up!

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  28. I love your old family plate rack! The coat of paint really changed it to a beautiful piece for your plates. What a treasure!

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Michelle