I love the pewter tea/coffee set. I have always loved the look of pewter. It reminds me of something that would be found in an old English country home. I placed these small blue and white plates in with the tea set, and while I love the plates (also a thrift store find), they didn't seem substantial enough in size to really hold their own. I decided that the perfect solution would be to layer it with some pewter plates. In comes my mom, armed with treasures galore. She did indeed have several pewter plates, but alas, they were not big enough (as seen on the left side). In fact, they were even smaller than the blue & whites. We searched high and low for months for some pewter plates, but that type of thing doesn't come along often (at least in the thrifting world). Rather than settle on a different option, I decided to create my own pewter-esque plates.
Enter inexpensive white plates (seen on the right). I found these at a discount store. They were the right size, and I liked the pretty scalloped edge. I pulled out my handy dandy pewter spray paint and voila! You girls are always spray painting the most amazing things, so I thought why not? This should work, as the plates will not be used; they are strictly for display.
I think the result is pretty good. I am still working on collecting treasures for this space, but I'd rather find fabulous things slowly over time, than buy stuff just to fill a spot.
These hydrangea's were dried 25 years ago!!! They are from my grandmother's garden. I remember playing in this garden when I was a little girl, so these flowers are very special to me.
Here is the cabinet in place. It was the absolutely perfect piece for this corner. The cabinet was originally my great uncles, and then handed down to my grandma. She refinished it, but had lined the back with faux wood panel drawer liner (very 70's of you grandma!)
My solution was to re-line the back with Anaglypta, which I then painted the same colour as the walls so it would blend. It looks white here, but is actually more of a creamy yellow tone. I also replaced the velvet on the shelf, but I'm not sure I am lovin' the royal blue. I can forsee changing this out when I find the perfect colour. I was going for more of a french blue, but wasn't able to find anything suitable.
Not to worry, these actual pewter plates will find a home elsewhere!
Linking to my favorite parties!