Pretty Ways to Store & Display Your Favorite Dish Patterns

Decorative Way to Store and Display China

Welcome to the 703rd Tablescape Thursday!

(Update: If you were interested in the Burberry Bag I shared that sold out so quickly on Tuesday, it’s back in stock. I’ve added a link to it at the end of this post.)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Do you have anything special planned for today? I was thinking of setting a St. Patrick’s Day table to share, but since I just did that last week, I thought it would be fun to do something different for this week’s Tablescape Thursday.

Many years back, I gave my kitchen a much-needed update. During that process, I had the kitchen cabinets painted to help brighten up the kitchen. I also had the center panel of each cabinet door cut out and replaced with glass. I love the look of glass cabinet doors and thought it would help the room feel more open.

Stained Kitchen Cabinets Before Painting


Before I had the center panel of the cabinet doors removed and glass installed, I spent an evening playing around with the dishes to get an idea of how they would look once the glass doors were in place. I was surprised and delighted to see how easy it was to arrange the dishes where they looked pretty but were also easy to access. That was important since they were going to be visible full-time once the glass panels were installed.

Kitchen Cabinets before Painting


I loved how it turned out!


The kitchen felt so much more open and brighter. The glass doors made such a difference and viewing pretty dishes was much nicer than staring at a row of cabinet doors. For today’s post, I thought I’d share a few close-ups of how I placed the dishes in case you’ve thought of changing some of your cabinet doors to glass-paneled doors.



This Blue Willow dinnerware is the set I use pretty much every day. The bowls, diner plates, and salad plates are all easily accessible as you can see in the photo below. Since I have so many place settings, I decided to arrange some of the dinner plates across the back of the cabinets, along with some of the larger platters.

China and Dish Storage That's Pretty


To keep the plates and platters upright and secured across the back of the cabinet so they don’t fall, I cut small sections of felt strips–the kind that can be used on the bottom of furniture or chair legs to keep them from scratching the floor. The felt pads stuck down really well to the floor of the cabinet, and in all these years, I haven’t had a single one pop up or come loose. The little felt strips aren’t visible when the cabinet door is open since there’s always at least one or two dishes in front hiding them from view. You can see the felt pads I used here: Felt Pads. I bet clear silicone-type pads would work just as well if you wanted an even more invisible option.

Display Plates Standing Up in Cabinet


Skipping down to the far right end of the cabinets…

China Storage Behind Glass Door Cabinets


I have a vintage/antique set of Spode-Copeland Tower stores in these cabinets. I think this set dates back to the 1920s–it’s the oldest china pattern that I own. I really love having it on display full-time since it’s such a pretty pattern.

Displaying Vintage or Antique Dinnerware, Spode Copeland Tower


This set rarely gets used so I didn’t mind stacking the plates and bowls together. The plates and platters across the back are again held in place with felt pads. A couple of the serving bowls are displayed on plate holders/racks.

Decorative Storage for Vintage China in Kitchen


Between the Blue Willow on the left and the Spode-Copeland Tower on the right, I had one cabinet left to fill.

Displaying Dishes, Storing and Displaying China


I filled it with the only set of white dinnerware that I own, an inexpensive set purchased from Big Lots. The white creates a nice separation between the two colorful patterns on either side. I had a few more dinner plates from this set than I could fit in this one cabinet so those ended up underneath the Blue Willow dinner plates.

White Dinnerware, Displaying Dishware


If you look closely, you can just barely see them under the Blue Willow dinner plates in this photo below.

China and Dish Storage That's Pretty


Across on the other side of the kitchen, above the little built-in desk, I have one more set of cabinets with glass doors.

White Kitchen with Granite Countertops


These cabinet doors were originally open with a dark, heavy wire mesh that caught dust and dirt. I was forever having to clean out this section of cabinets. I replaced the unattractive, heavy, wire mesh with glass to match the other cabinets. In this cabinet, I store a pattern that was my everyday dinnerware for around 15 years, Villeroy and Boch’s Melina.

Kitchen China Storage That's Pretty


I still use this china from time to time. If I used it every day, I wouldn’t have the bowls stacked on the plates, but this works fine since I don’t use it that often. Again, the dinner plates across the back of the cabinet are supported with the felt pads shared earlier in this post.

Fun Ways to Store and Display Everyday China Dinnerware


A few more close-ups…

Villeroy & Boch China, Kitchen China Storage, Pretty and Practical


The small, white, clay candleholder was a gift my son made when he was 4 years old and in preschool.  ♥

China Storage, Dinnerware Storage


I still love this Villeroy & Boch pattern that I chose for our everyday dinnerware approximately 35 years ago. I love using it when my son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons are here because it reminds me of how it was our everyday china when my son was growing up.

Villeroy & Boch Melina China, Displayed


On the top shelf, you can see how I like to store the cups and saucers. I don’t drink hot coffee and when family is here, they normally use some larger mugs that I brought home from a ski trip many years ago to Breckenridge, Colorado. So storing them this way works fine since they are so rarely ever used, but they are accessible if I should need them.

China Storage, Pretty and Practical


I need to create an Alice in Wonderland table setting and use this fun teapot in the centerpiece. Doesn’t he look like he belongs in a whimsical AIW tablescape?

Decorative Way to Store and Display China


If you’ve ever thought of opening up your kitchen by adding glass-front cabinets, I hope this post is helpful for sparking some ideas on how to arrange all your favorite dinnerware and collectibles. It really is possible to create storage that’s both functional and pretty for your kitchen.

China Storage Behind Glass Door Cabinets


Update: If you were interested in the Burberry Bumbag I shared on sale in Tuesday’s post, it appears to be back in stock here: Burberry Bumbag.

Looking forward to all the beautiful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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Author: Andy Edwards