When I decided to sell my grandparent's dining room furniture, it was a tough decision. I knew that it wasn't incredibly expensive antique furniture dating from the 1700s, but it was still beautiful furniture that had been in my family for over 70 years.
Before I listed the table, chairs, buffet, and tea cart on Craigslist, I decided I would keep the china cabinet. That way I could pass it along to one of my children if they ever wanted to use it in their own homes. I am happy to report that our old dining room table and chairs have found a very happy home. The couple who bought them on Craisglist was kind enough to send me photos of the table and chairs in their dining room, and it looks amazing, so I know they will enjoy it for many years to come!
Because I had a new china cabinet on the way, which you can read about here, I knew the old one couldn't remain in the dining room. So I started looking around our house to see where I could put our old china cabinet.
One day, while lying in bed, I realized that the wall between our closet and our bathroom was the perfect spot for it. The more I thought about it, the more excited I got about moving it in to our bedroom. I could use it to store linens, almost like a linen press, and some of the special things that had been shoved in our closet for too long, like a collection of scarves and gloves from my grandmother and mother. Now, with easy access I would maybe wear some of these pretty pieces.
And I would simply relocate some of my Beatrix Potter collection so that I could enjoy them everyday when I get up each morning.
They seem pretty happy in their new location too. Mrs. Rabbit is fixing something yummy for dinner, and I spy butter and a pitcher of milk being carried by a certain kitty cat in the background.
Having the china cabinet in our bedroom also allows me to display some vintage linens, like the crocheted popcorn bedspread that my grandmother or great grandmother made. And while cleaning out my parent's house, I lucked in to an old Ivory Soap laundry sack that no one else wanted, so I've folded it and placed it on top of the bedspread. I may eventually turn it into a table runner or a pillow, but for now it will live here in the cabinet.
I've also put some pretty soaps, lotions, and bath salts inside the cabinet and I really love how it gives me easy access to things while still looking pretty enough for display.
I'm really glad that I decided to keep this cabinet since it was something my grandparents purchased together and enjoyed for all of those years. And I love that it provides me with some extra storage space in our bedroom, for free!
Have you repurposed a piece of furniture and turned it into something useful in your own home?