Sunday, March 1, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday: Gollum Makes A Dish Pantry

Two and one half years ago, when we moved to the farm, I filled the pantry bookcases with cookbooks and pottery.

My friend Allison helped me tweak--usually she'd say, "Take off one more thing!" And she was always right. I loved the bookcases. But then I got a wild hair. I decided to put the cookbooks in the bedroom (for night time reading and dreaming) so I could make a little dish pantry for the Ironstone. How lovely to just reach for plates! My former kitchen had open shelving, and I loved it.

Halfway through the project, I'd made the biggest mess, and I wished I'd never started. Dr. Gollum was starting to freak out.


Bit by bit, I moved the Ironstone. I needed two more shelves, but this is it. I had to make it work.


Here are the chargers on the bottom shelf.


And serving pieces...all white...well, some of them...and a dear egg cup that Susan gave me.


Stacked plates and an "Antiqua" pottery bowl.


Two shelves...I'm still trying to decide if I want to hang the cups from little hooks.


I couldn't resist this little vignette.

Hand me an apple, babe.


Little pitchers hold old spoons.


This is just one reason I love Ironstone--the details on this covered dish.


The upper shelf with vases and the bird tureen. The cookie jar will be moved (and used with a future tablescape); but I was too pooped to fuss with it. :-)


Three jugs

A new "wee" egg that Dr. Gollum brought me last week.


The soup bowls and salad plates, with the "Black Toast & Marmalade" plates in the background.


A bunny and platters--can't have too many white platters, I keep telling Dr. G.

A mix of old and new...and the kitty creamer.




Finished...for now. :-) Open shelves are always evolving, and that makes them delicious fun.



For more "Before and After" projects, please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday.

76 comments:

  1. I absolutely "love" your ironstone dish cabinet.. what a transformation..handy and elegant at the same time.. I've discovered over the past few weeks I have a "bit" more ironstone than I originally thought.. have grouped them together and I love the statement they make.. yours is incredible..hugs ~lynne~

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  2. What a fantastic way to display your Ironstone! You did a wonderful job it really looks beautiful!

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  3. I love it! It will be nice to have it all handy, but it looks beautiful displayed like that too!

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  4. Wow. I love your collection and the transformation is amazing. I love it! Great job!

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  5. Oh, this is just beautiful!! I love it. Great job!

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  6. Oh this metamorphosis is just calling out to me. It really is wonderful. I love seeing your beautiful ironstone on these shelves!!

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  7. Oh boy, I am exhausted from all that work..YOU did..:)
    Very nice to have all your pretty things in one place...But somehow I think there are many more closets and shelves full!
    It looks lovely...nest time you are in NY, please come organize mine!

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  8. Love the way you have your ironstone displayed. I love white dinnerware and milkglass too. Speaking of white, it is snowing here tonight and the outside is totally covered. Love & blessings from NC!

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  9. First off, what a thrill to meet you!
    Not only is it functional , but truly a three dimensional work of art. Each shelf looks like a picture.
    Beautifully done.

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  10. Well, that's just beautiful. You have such lovely things and grouping all your white dishes is one thing, but you have really taken organizing your pantry to an level of artistic genious.

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  11. Your display looks like something out of a Nieman Marcus display ... very chic and elegant, yet practical too. Have a great week.

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  12. Michael, This is beautiful, practical and whimsical, all at the same time! I love it! I know this was a lot of hard work...but WOW, what a pay off...it makes such a beautiful statement, seeing all your gorgeous ironstone all together...stunning! Susan

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  13. Much prettier than the cookbooks. I love what you did with this.

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  14. Okay, I TOTALLY love this!!!!!! I don't think you should hang the cups. I love the way they look stacked crooked like that. Makes them more interesting to look at if you ask me. The hand holding the apple is brilliant, but yeah, the cookie jar just has to go elsewhere.

    I still think your amputated kitty creamer is freaky. LOL

    Justine :o )

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  15. Your ironstone and pantry are beautiful!

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  16. I love all your ironstone pieces. The shelves turned out beautifully!! Now you get to enjoy them all the time, even when they're not in use! Yay! :)

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  17. so fresh and clean, love the apple best~

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  18. Lovely makeover! I just love the layers and layers of ironstone and white china. Cindy

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  19. Very nice Gollum...this really shows off all your Ironstone...you know you got me out looking for this stuff now and girl I don't need any more dishes..I will be sleeping with then soon if I don't stop..Vanna the ones who has the Ironstone we need to make her do a post on her..hope you have a great Monday..seen you pix at Debbie's today...and Girl you have lot some weight...looking Hot..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  20. That is a stunning tranformation - so fresh and beautiful....love it! Linda

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  21. Give me an apple, That was so cute! Wow, your hard work, is wonderful. Your collection of ironstone, looks as if you built the shelves for it! Now where is the ironstone store, I am headed there. lol It all looks so great, I wonder where you but all the other thing! lol

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  22. I love your shelves. I, too, like open shelves for kitchen things. Your ironstone collection is awesome.

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  23. Loving all of your ironstone, especially the hands...
    Becky

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  24. The ironstone looks lovely in it's new home! I like the idea of the cups on little hooks- and if you keep collecting more ironstone you might need the extra shelf room!

    blessings
    mary

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  25. Shoot! You can even make storage look pretty! laurie

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  26. oh my gosh, i must have a bird tureen sp? where do i find such a beautiful peice, im in AWE as you have my favorite things on your shelves. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL
    hugs
    janet

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  27. That is a wonderful look!

    Love it! :)

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  28. It's a fact that we must always create havoc to end up with a gorgeous result. Your hard work paid off! I have a "thing" for tureens and love yours! Thanks so much for your help on Friday's post. I hope can post the pecan recipe this Friday!

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  29. Right now I have SUCH "pantry envy":):):) You did a marvelous job. I know how much work something like this is so I appreciate it all. Your ironstone is beautiful. Beautiful transformation! XO, Pinky

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  30. Your ironstone looks incredible in the bookcases!
    Kathy

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  31. Oh, I love ironstone and this looks fantastic! Well worth the mess!
    ~Michelle

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  32. Evening, Dear Gollum. I love your ironstone in your open shelves pantry! You have so many beautiful pieces and it looks like these shelves were made for them! The hands and the apple is precious! Now if you'll put a pretty large tureen on the bottom shelf and take the lid off - little Mister could take a nap in it! If you do that and little Mister does that, make sure you take a picture for me! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  33. I'm so glad you stuck with it. I always say you know its a good project when along the way you create a much larger mess than the one you started with. LOL It's just beautiful - this shows how powerful your collection is. Oh and the ease of use now. Lovely!

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  34. Oh my goodness! That was a lot of work...well worth it though!

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  35. OMGosh, Gollum, this is just to die for. Bwaaaaa, I NEED a dish cabinet. And, I just WISH I had as many pretty pieces as you. Ummm, it all looks so, so.....GOLLUM !!
    BEAUTIFUL..
    xo bj

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  36. This is gorgeous. You have a beautiful collection and how nice that this is so handy, yet so beautiful. I'm still coveting, er, admiring those black toast and marmalade plates. Kathy

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  37. How lovely. I would love to have that in my home. Hmm-mm....definitely going to give this some thought.

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  38. Good Morning Gollum,

    Gee, I'm waking up to TWO white displays. Your pantry and the snow we got outside, I like your dish display rather than Mother Nature's winter display. I wish I could use our pantry 'just' for dishes, however I have to use it for food too. :( But I haven't given up on it either. Love what you've done, it looks great and well worth the work involved. Rest today, you deserve it. ;)

    Hugs
    'D'

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  39. Great pantry! I love all your ironstone!!!!! My very favorite touch is the apple. :D Jewel

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  40. Gorgeous! I am for hanging the cups!

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  41. You have a beautiful collection and are lucky to have a great place to keep it together so that it can be enjoyed. I am giving a shower this coming up spring...I wish we were closer so I could come over and steal a few peices...

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  42. Your cook books where very handy there but I love the look of the dishes in the case. I have a pantry in the hall of the kitchen and I need to do something like this with the dishes; but I keep thinking I would set up a coffee station there? And have pull out draws for the linens and napkins and rings?

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  43. Wow, your shelves look awesome. You have some beautiful pieces.

    Have a great day, Denise

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  44. Hi G, I love it.Have you seen Eddie Ross's Butlers pantry,he also has all his ironstone displayed.It is amazing when you start pulling things together and you see how much you actually have. I love the transformation and how fun to see all the pieces you love in one spot,now tell me are there anymore pieces around that just wouldn't fit? Hugs Kathysue

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  45. How fun to see your things everyday and what gorgeous things you have. Beautifully displayed. Thanks for the peek, Maryrose

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  46. So pretty! I love all of your ironstone!

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  47. Hi Ms. Gollum! You have such a wonderful white ironstone collection and doubly wonderful to have shelves to display. I am jealous!...Christine

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  48. I love your transformation! Your ironstone displayed as a collection makes such a powerful impact!

    I had to laugh at your friend's suggestion to "just take off one more thing". That is a trick my mother taught me to do after putting on all of my jewelry. "Take a look in the mirror and take one thing off and you will always look classy," is what she would say!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  49. I love your transformation! Your ironstone displayed as a collection makes such a powerful impact!

    I had to laugh at your friend's suggestion to "just take off one more thing". That is a trick my mother taught me to do after putting on all of my jewelry. "Take a look in the mirror and take one thing off and you will always look classy," is what she would say!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  50. I salivate every time I see a "white" display done well. You aced it! The wheels are already turning -- cookbooks in the BR? Who would have thought...

    Scribbler

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  51. At least your Dr. G adds to your collection. I just get the eye roll, which I totally ignore, and return when I see another new golf club! LOL! Like your makeover. I think I need to consider that idea of moving the cookbooks to the bedroom. I'd have more dish space that way! Hmmmmmm.....

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  52. I think you dod a fabulous job.And I'll bet you use this and enjoy this alot more this way...Ann

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  53. It's absolutely perfect. My little heart just goes pittypat everytime I see ironstone!!
    I love this change!

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  54. Such a beautiful display of white ironstone. I love all of the pieces, and it is so pretty to see all white on the shelves, it just looks so crisp and fresh. Just lovely. Hugs, Marty

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  55. Gollum,

    I love the transformation! Your Ironstone collection is beautiful! I cant seem to keep my eyes off of it!

    I hope all is well,

    Donna Marie

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  56. It looks really pretty. I love the change!

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  57. The shelves look really good and your ironstone is beautiful. I like cups on little hooks, I think they look nice like that and that they are safer from chipping. I also think open shelves tend to lend themselves to "tweaking". I have open shelves in my small dining room and I am always messing with them.

    Have a Wonderful Day
    from Roberta Anne

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  58. Beautiful!! It allows you to enjoy the stoneware as well as having it close at hand when needed!

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  59. Great Met Monday post. Such a nice transition to your all white things in those shelves, love it!
    Linda Q

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  60. I LOVE your "new" shelves! You did an awesome job. I wish all that yummy ironstone was mine!

    Warmly,
    Spencer

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  61. Gollum~ ~ ~
    Love, Love your white dishes!
    Wish I had so many. I just got a few new Spode plates and I'm so in love, ummmm!
    I enjoy coming by for a visit. Thanks.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  62. Looks great and you have so many pretty pieces.
    Glenda

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  63. The before, during and after pictures were fantastic! What a wonderful idea and a beautiful result. You know I'm suffering from ironstone & pantry envy now, didn't you? ☺ Diane

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  64. So beautiful. The dish pantry of my dreams.

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  65. Oh, you have the BEST collections. I just love all your ironstone & would love to have a space that big to add to my collection. I'm almost out of room already. IT's so pretty!

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  66. Lovely choice for today's Met Monday! Sorry for the late visit; too many errands...

    Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

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  67. I love your collection.I think it looks much better than the books ,stands out,looks great.I don't use my recipe books as often as I did before the internet do you? btw,I think this is my first time posting on your blog but I've sure heard about you and I did see that chicken salad (I think) that you had on a week ago,looked so good,still thinking of your presentation on that one.
    Cyndi

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  68. Just love the end results. Job well done. Your collection of ironstone is beautiful. I love white dishes myself. FYI- When I need room, I place the handles of the cups inside the cup itself. You can fit 4 together and then I place then on top of the saucers. Looks great, wish I had a pantry. Love and Prayers, Suzanne

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  69. Very, very lovely!
    I'm crazy about your white ironstone collection... and more then a bit jealous!! ;-)
    Victoria from EdinDesigns @ DesignTies

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  70. Lookie, lookie at this. Well worth the hassle. Great job Michael....looking reeeeeeal gooooooood!

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  71. Gorgeous! I love open shelving, have a little of it in my kitchen but (hiding head in shame) it's no where near ready for it's closeup!

    You inspire me.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Cass

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  72. Gollum, your pantry is just WONDERFUL! Love all of your whites and the layering. I love what you did with the white hands. And I have your bunny casserole's mother. ;-) This is the neatest... I want one, too!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  73. What a fantastic space for storage. You still get to see your beautiful stoneware every day. I only wish I could great an area so warm and inviting for storage. You do have talent dear lady. Hugs, Granny

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  74. Heavenly! I love, LOVE white dishes (mine are almost all white) and pottery, and you have some charming pieces!

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  75. What fun to see all your ironstone hanging out on the open shelves. This would definitely make me happy. And good idea to keep the cookbooks for nighttime reading. LOL
    ~ Sarah

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