Bring a traditional china cabinet into the 21st century with this styling hack! Get the look of modern farmhouse when you display dishes in china cabinet using baskets. For more interior ideas see my DIY Home page.
Today I am sharing with you how I updated my traditional china cabinet and gave it a more modern farmhouse look. Adding natural hayacinth woven baskets to the shelves gave this china cabinet Pottery Barn Store design type feel.
Display Dishes in China Cabinet
This cabinet really did not have much of a style to it, but it is a really nice piece of furniture. I just am not in love with it. It seemed no matter how I displayed the dishes and glasses inside they got lost in the mirrored background.
painting was not an option. My husband absolutely put his foot down and forbid me to paint it. Believe me I thought about doing it anyway while he was a work! Ha!
I am glad I listened to him and came up with another way to solve this design dilemma. This is an easy transformation and the cabinet is now the focal point of the room. This was such a simple way to update a piece of furniture without paint.
As you can see from this picture there is too much crystal and no balance or color. It’s just blah with the mirrored background.
The first thing I did was to empty out the cabinet. Cleaned all of the glass shelves and mirror. Next I adjusted the shelf height.
I have a large area on the bottom and one thin shelf in the middle. I added and arranged the baskets. I had seven baskets to use. Three deep ones to fit the bottom. Two mid-size baskets for the sides and top shelf. One oval shaped basket for the center.
I placed all of my white entertaining plates and dishes into the bottom baskets. You can stack them or sit them on their side. I opted to stand them on their sides for more space.
I placed my glasses on the top two empty shelf spaces.
I placed serving trays and short items to thin second shelf. I placed my cloth napkins in the oval shaped basket.
I hope you liked this fun china cabinet styling idea. Maybe you have a similar design problem and this is the answer! It was for me.