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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kitchen Island With Vintage Dish Rack




  I ran into this metal and wood piece in an antiques store today. I thought it might hold dishes. Do you think it is an old bill collector? If so that is a lot of bills.


I am proud to say I have numerous collections of tranferware now. We use them all the time. What you see in the island is for display because the kitten climbs around in here. She is a busy and industrious  toddler.




Shelley is lounging underneath the window. Cindy Lou is underneath the island. So far no plates have been broken from dog cat shenanigans.




 This is the view of the island that is composed of two old windows.  


joy and peace
Olive







35 comments:

  1. I don't think it was for dishes with the wood bottom originally, but what a great re-purposed use as a plate holder!

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  2. Just beautiful! And it looks perfect on your island, exactly the right size. Super lucky find!

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  3. glad to hear you have no broke dishes. nice way to displace them. fun! ( :

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  4. My mother's Sunday/company dinner ware was blue transfer ware. It cost ten cents a piece at A&P, for each x dollars in groceries. Don't remember that.
    When I helped my friend close her antique shop and sold more than I care to recall on ebay, I sold a complete set of that blue transfer ware. I packed it magnificently and shipped it halfway across the country. Kansas, I believe. It arrived with one broken plate. The new owner was heartbroken. He ex husband had taken the entire service, which had been her mothers, and now she had a replacement set one was broken. It was as awful as the first time she lost them. I went to the local thrift store and bought her a replacement and a couple of spares for a buck ninety eight. She was as excited as she had been miserable. TMI, I'm sure, but that's all I think of when I see blue transfer ware.

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  5. Perfect rack for all of your pretty plates! I still love that island!!
    Mary Alice

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  6. I'm not sure what the original purpose of your dish rack was but it is just perfect for your transfer ware....so beautiful!!! Lots of shenanigans going on around here too since we have a puppy now! Never a dull moment I tell ya :o)
    ~Des

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  7. Wow, no idea what it was but you're right, it's a great plate holder:@)

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  8. You find the best treasures! Whatever that rack is, it's wonderful. Maybe it was used when people had to alphabetize lots of papers....or sort mail. Who knows. :)

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  9. Very classic and fresh looking. And don't worry, a little cat hair in the dinner never hurt anyone!

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  10. Excellent find. Could I please go with you next time!?

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  11. Awesome piece you have here and yes...that would be a lot of bills.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  12. It does look like a bill collector or sorter of some sort. Awesome find and looks great in the island.

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  13. What a clever idea for your island. Wish I had room for an island in our kitchen. Love the look of the dishes in the rack. I recently found a bamboo dish rack. Thought it might be fun for a serving table outdoors, but have yet to use it. Thanks for sharing these fun images.

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  14. That is a beautiful way to display and enjoy your china! I'm looking around my house wondering where I can put an island! heehee! I love it!

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  15. Just now catching up with your posts. Love the chippy paint on the cupboard and that glorious screen door. The photos of the estate sale are wonderful - especially the jars and bottles. Shelley appears to be laid back and mellow even if there is a kitten lurking about.

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  16. Olive, I have no idea of the original purpose of your new piece, but it make a handsome plate rack! I especially love it with your collection of transferware! I hope I run across a good bargain on some red transferware soon. I'm going to read a few of your posts so I can catch up with you!

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  17. How pretty to display your pretty dishes where you can see them. Hope the kitty finds a safer spot to play :-)

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  18. I love your island, it is fabulous. So unique and the dish rack on the shelf is genius. Love it. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me Tuesday party that is live now. - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/07/173rd-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hugs, Marty

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  19. That is such a cool piece. Perfect for your plates.

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  20. I don't know if it is a plate wrack or not but it serves the purpose beautifully.

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  21. Your kitchen island is the best! And your dishes look beautiful in the new rack. Hmm, wonder what it was originally?

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  22. Hi Olive! I don't care what it is - I love it! Looks wonderful with your transferware on it! Glad your little fuzzy faces are minding their manners.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  23. Your transferware looks beautiful inside your island! I just found a few more Friendly Village plates last week to add to the pieces I've picked up so far.

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  24. That dish rack is great, I have a wall hanging rack I had made makes me want to take pictures of it

    That dish rack looks great on your island your husband made you
    and of course I love transferware dishes also I just started using my green and white ones Olive

    love the dogie also

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  25. What a perfect dish rack! I adore your island :)

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  26. Oh what a great dish rack, love your blue plates on the rack and the red are perfect too.

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  27. Love the dish rack - or whatever it is! I certainly remember the shenanigans of kittens...it wasn't too long ago that Monkey was tearing up the house. He's still great at knocking over plants. ;-)

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  28. I LOVE this island SOOOO much, and now you've glammed it even more with this FAB dish rack! I'm completely GREEN!!!! It's gorgeous.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  29. Wow! Your island is amazing and I love the vintage drying rack.

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  30. If I see one I will snatch it up, it is such fun. I can imagine Christmas dishes in it also...I will start the search! Dianntha

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  31. Lovely!!! I'm always thinking where to display all my vintage children's dishes and that rack is amazing. Great find! Your island is wonderful too.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

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  32. Olive the island is gorgeous. I love the plate holder. If I had to guess I would say that the metal parts are from an old chicken feeder and they inserted them into an old piece of wood. I have an old chicken feeder that I've always wanted to use as a plate holder, but it is so long that I don't have a place for it. I might be able to use the parts and make some shorter holders with this idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Oh, and I'm glad to meet you - I'm over from Savvy Southern Style.

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  33. That is so beautiful! LOVE those dishes! And, what an amazing way to display them, even if it is only for the pictures :) I am visiting from Savvy Southern Style! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  34. I love the beautifully aged wood holder and your wonderful transferware plates, too! I'm still looking for a set of red dishes like yours. Gorgeous!

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  35. What gorgeous pics Olive! I love the island and the plate holder. Of course your collection of dishes are beautiful too.

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I adore your comments. They are like finding unexpected chocolates. olive