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carrie9142
07-25-2005, 10:44 AM
I have my wedding china as well as my grandmother's china. I would like to make it look pretty in my china cabinet, but I don't really know how. Do you just stack plates or do you have plate stands (or whatever they are called)? Any ideas or pictures? Yes, I know this is kind of random :D

katmg
07-26-2005, 10:02 AM
I don't have a china cabinet yet. My mom and MIL both have their china displayed in theirs. They have some of the placesettings displayed along with other serving pieces. I don't think they have plate stands, but there is a groove in the shelf at the back to prop the plates up. They must have some stacked, but that may be in the sides/non-glass portion of the cabinet.

jrsygirl
07-26-2005, 10:18 AM
Hmm. Does your china cabinet have a hutch on the top with glass doors? Mine has three shelves. I have my wedding china in the middle, Christmas china on the top and have a few mixed and special pieces(toasting flutes) ... Since this pic was taken I added some candles and pictures..
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3cf22b3127cce9ef31d4a87e500000016108IZsWzZm1Zy

Mom2Cole
07-30-2005, 04:13 PM
On the top shelf of our china hutch, we have all of our crystal glasses. On the middle shelf we have displayed 4 sets of our china (the other 8 are stored in the drawers below.) The bottom shelf I have some family pieces. An old clock that is a family heirloom, some crystal pieces, and some vases. Here is a picture...

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5d911b3127cce937118839ffb00000016108AbuGzNo1cNL

Sevilla
07-31-2005, 12:00 AM
I stacked the plates (make sure to put coffee filters between them to prevent scratching), and then had a plate holder on the top displaying the first plate vertically. I got the plate stands at Michael's craft store.

I also have plate stands to display my Nambe platters.

justHB
08-02-2005, 09:55 PM
We have a china cabinet but no china. Currently we have it filled with vases and wine glasses and various other glass items.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d720b3127cce9ce528f9a2ef00000035108KcuWjdo0w

Hello Kitty
08-04-2005, 09:13 AM
I have some non-china pieces on the top shelf (glassware & a silver dish), followed by 4 place settings on the lower shelves.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/wcsebskitty/MVC-001S.jpg

Atlanta_eBride
08-08-2005, 06:59 PM
I have all china in mine. I use to have crystal in there as well but my current china cabinet is too small for both. I have a few added things on top and that's it.

http://www.elephantwedding.com/wc/cabinet01.jpg

http://www.elephantwedding.com/wc/cabinet02.jpg

babylove
08-27-2005, 06:56 AM
Mine is a little bit different, more like an open hutch than a china cabinet:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5da25b3127cce91474540506c00000016108Aas3Dlw1aNh
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5da25b3127cce91475b66d17500000025138Aas3Dlw1aNh

Kristeen
09-09-2005, 04:38 PM
Babylove, wow that hutch is really pretty! I like the way you have it set up, too.

babylove
09-10-2005, 07:19 AM
Thanks, Kristeen! I wish I could take credit for how it is set up...my best friend's mom is an interior decorator and she did it for us (b/c I am clueless!) ;)

flygirl
09-10-2005, 09:05 PM
Thank you everyone for the ideas! All your cabinets look gorgeous! I've been lazy & never updated it with our wedding china. Right now it just has a whole top shelf Plus half the middle shelf of crystal, our nice (but not wedding) china on part of the middle, & artifacts on the bottom. Time for a re-do :)

twainny
04-09-2006, 05:27 PM
Bump... any more ideas? We just bought a china cabinet. It has a groove to hold the plates, should i use that, or buy the plate holders from Michaels?

ausi2b
04-10-2006, 08:55 AM
I would use the plate holders, just for extra support. My china cabinets has 4 shelves on each side (2). On the top shelf on each side, I put a place setting (dinner plate, accent plate, salad plate in the plate holder, cup and saucer in front). On the second shelf I put my crystal. The third shelf is identical to the first shelf. The fourth shelf (which is hard to see b/c it is level with my table and chairs) I stacked the rest of my plates, bowls, accent plates, salad plates, etc. The rest of the cups are in the cabinet underneath with all of my platters. Silver goes in the drawers, which also hold placemats, tablecloths, etc.

PalmBch2002
02-13-2007, 07:28 AM
I just got my new china cabinet and I'm lost as how to set it up...Can I really trust the grooves to hold my good china? If I want to set it up where there are 2 plates standing (like Seb's kitty) do I need to get holders from Michaels?

Also - The only pic that's showing is Seb's Kitty's...does anyone have other pics?

Hello Kitty
02-13-2007, 08:17 AM
I actually redid mine b/c I got new stemware. Plus I'm a dork and I like to rearrange it often :) I do use just the grooves to hold my china. The cabinet doesn't move, china is behind doors, and the grooves set the plates at the correct angle so it's not interfering with anything.

You can view people's shutterfly pics by right clicking the red X, selecting properties, and copying that address into your browser. Shutterfly doesn't allow hotlinking anymore, so there are quite a few Xs around the boards.

PalmBch2002
02-13-2007, 08:43 AM
Thanks Seb's Kitty. Does your cabinet have 2 grooves? How did you get 2 plates to stand? Just put one in front of the other?

I would do the properties thing but I'm not even seeing any "X"s. It's just blank spaces for me where the pics were.

Hello Kitty
02-13-2007, 10:14 AM
Yeah, mine has two grooves. I put the dinner plate in the back groove, and let the plate lean back, and then I put the salad plate in the front groove and let it lean on the dinner plate.

laura
02-13-2007, 10:25 AM
We had a built in china cabinet at our old place, and I used just the grooves to hold plates. I can't remember if I had 2 grooves, but I think I did - I know I didn't use any plate holders. No pics on this computer, but I'll try to find one at home and post.

tgray99
02-17-2007, 04:53 PM
I use the grooves in my china cabinet. The cabinet is an antique (inherited from DH's grandmother) and the china was my mother's.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a353/tgray99/hurricane011.jpg

I also have some china in a barrister's bookcase. The large platter is being held up with museum putty.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a353/tgray99/hurricane009.jpg

Excuse the messiness...I took these as a home inventory prior to evacuating for a hurricane.

PalmBch2002
02-18-2007, 06:47 PM
Oooh Tgray99 - I love your china...so pretty!

tgray99
02-18-2007, 08:35 PM
Oooh Tgray99 - I love your china...so pretty!
:D Thank you! I'll tell my mother, it was hers. It's coming up on being 35 years old and isn't made anymore. It's Noritake Moon Valley which she thought was really neat since I'm so into the space program and the moon landing.