I reached critical mass in the china cabinet recently… I was adding some new acquisitions to the middle shelf and realized that I could feel the shelf straining under the weight of those pretty stacks. I stepped back to look and sure enough, the shelf was starting to bow in the middle.
Cue the “BWOOOOP BWOOOP BWOOOP” submarine alarm noise, time to do some re-organizing!
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with my built-in hutch. I’m absolutely grateful for the storage space it brings to my dining room, but in no way does it look “cottagey.” I would have to paint it, and I haven’t yet talked my hubby into making that change.
Here is the best I’ve got for a “before” picture – taken in 2012. It shows that in the previous arrangement my dishes were all in four stacks, on the first and second shelves on the right-hand side. (There are also a lot fewer of them in this picture – sagging in the middle wasn’t an issue!)
Because the middle shelf was now starting to sag, I moved all the pink-themed glass from the lower left to the middle-right, and moved the dishes from the middle-right to the lower left. Now I’ve got a nice row along the sturdiest shelf – across the bottom – of five stacks. I even see some room for growth in a couple of them in the new arrangement:
I tried to take a shot of the pink shelf, now on the middle-right – in person, the pink items all grouped together are really lovely. It was hard to get a shot showing the true color.
I’m sort of thinking now about ways other than painting to make the hutch look a little less mid-century and a little more cottagey. I’m thinking of maybe lining it with something that could later be removed. Contact paper maybe? Muslin? Your ideas would be much appreciated!