This is my buffet sideboard. I bought it some 17 years ago at a thrift store when it was 1/2 price day. It was $25.
It is slated for a face lift (in similar fashion to this beautiful buffet ) but for the time being sits against the dining room wall so we can use it.
We didn’t have space for it in the dining room of our last place (the rented house we lived in for 9 months while house shopping) so it sat in a back bedroom and held clothes. I am happy to have it back in the dining room. When we first moved in I quickly filled it with linens and things, figuring I would get to sorting and setting it right another day. Today was that day.
I have a pretty good assortment of cloth napkins, some bought at thrift stores others I’ve made. They all needed a good pressing. It takes a bit of time but I really don’t mind doing it as it’s quite relaxing.
The pile at top left went to the washer for a bleach soak, the pile at top right are badly stained and will be dyed a darker color. The two piles on the bottom left (brown and yellow flowers and blue and white flowers) are worn and thin and will go to the play area for tea parties.
The rest went into the drawer with my good flatware. We don’t use cloth napkins every day but we do use them regularly enough. I do so love the feel of a cloth napkin and the way it sets such a pretty table.
They look especially nice with my new tea cups (Which were not a thrift store or bargain find. But that’s part of why I hunt for bargains, so I can sometimes spend a little more on special things. That’s not the only reason of course, but that’s another post…)
For now the tea cups sit atop the buffet but they will be going in the kitchen on the open shelves once it’s all done.
My crystal glassware sits up there too (all thrift stores finds) and my new turkey platter. For $4.99 I couldn’t resist it and I did need a platter anyway.
The rest of the buffet holds various items.
The left side cabinet holds my tableclothes —minus my best two that are currently in the wash after a birthday luncheon we had last week.
**You’ll notice that I have placed our Advent wreath ring on top and will be happy to know that I have also located the candles and placed them with it. Should I remark anytime before Advent that I cannot find my wreath ring and candles I’d be ever so grateful to be reminded of where they are. 🙂
The right side cabinet holds the iron and press mat for easy access. It’s handy for pressing linens but also shirts on Sunday mornings as the dining room and bedrooms are on the same level while the laundry is downstairs.
The bottom drawer holds our lovely Lenox china (gifted to me a few years ago by my sister Beth).
So that’s done! One more thing checked off my list and a lovely place for our linens and things.
[Originally posted at In House Journal]
Reader Comments from In House:
What a beautiful piece of furniture! I can’t wait to see how the DIY project goes.
Quick question: I am curious about the pressing mat. I always use an ironing board but since there is so much pressing to do in my home, I would love to sit down to do it. Did you make it or order it somewhere?
You have a beautiful home Michele. Thanks so much for sharing it with us…
September 3, 2011 | Mary
There is something so soothing about linens and china! It all looks lovely and I am looking forward to hearing about those lovely tea cups.
September 3, 2011 | Allison
So nice to “see” the inside of someone else’s buffet. Gives me a better “vision” for redoing mine. I inherited my mother-in-law’s buffet a few years ago and today there are photos in the top drawer, picture frames in the bottom and lots of tableclothes. I really need to organize it again.
September 3, 2011 | Cay Gibson
Michelle, I love to read and look through your blog, it makes me feel peaceful. Would you come do my house-lol! Maybe I can take some lessons, I am learning by looking and following your wonderful work. I am currently re-arranging my own dining room, and have often thought a piece like this would be wonderful. Right now, my tablecloths are in the kichen, and cloth napkins and most linens in the basement. It would be nice to have it together and accessible. Anyway, I am enjoying your homemaking – keep up the wonderful work and thank you for showing and sharing.
September 3, 2011 | Susan
Ironing – even a bad foot can’t get you out of it! Only kidding – ironing is one job I don’ t mind.
September 4, 2011 | Ellen