Confessions of a plate addict and where to find them

Since I confessed to having an obsession with columns in the last post, I thought I’d go ahead and come squeaky clean and out of the closet about my other addictions.  Does anyone else have any addictions for material possessions?  I know that sounds terrible but I’m not so bad as to grab the dishes if the house were on fire or cry if they all broke, but I do love them so – hence the confessions of a plate addict.

Here at our house in Highland Village, we have dishes for everyday meals, plates for Mexican food, summer plates, a set for fall and Thanksgiving, even a set for Christmas.  I also have several special dishes for birthdays or holidays like Valentine’s Day and Saint Patrick’s Day.

I get teased a lot by my family.  Just to irritate me, they’ll use the fall plates during spring time!  Ugh – feel the love?  But because I love them all (the plates not the kids – just kidding!), I over look the sarcasm and continue my journey to find more.

White dish decor

White dishes are my absolute fave.  They go with every place mat and with each season.  I know what you’re thinking, what do you mean season…no one does that!  Well I do and white goes with them all. 😉  Some are antique ironstone from England like the chamber pot in the picture above and some are pieces I’ve purchased from stores like HomeGoods.  Look at that little gravy boat.  It’s also an antique from the 1920’s.  What makes it so special is that it was a gift from my BFF!    I will treasure it always.

Antigue Ironstone chamber pot from England

antique white oval platters

Can anyone really go wrong with white serving platters?  Of course not.  You can mix old with new, traditional with modern, simple with extravagant if you’d like.  Not one in the stack above is the same color but they still look great together.  Yet another reason to love white dishes.

white plate with deer emblem



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Stacked white dishes with scrolled detail

Okay, here comes another confession… I also adore antique silver or silver plated utensils.  I started collecting them a few years ago because I wanted them to use as hooks on the antique columns I was redoing.  You can see those here in this post.

antique spoons on oval plates

Look at them.  Each are beautiful in their own tarnished, well worn, elegant way.  Most of the pieces range from 50 cents to a dollar.  Occasionally if it was one I thought was really different, I’d pay $2.00.  The forks and knives are the least expensive.  Don’t be afraid to mix them together with a place setting though.  They look awesome when paired with any white dishes.

White dishes with antique spoon handles

Where to find white dishes

Where to find antique silver

  • Antique Stores and Malls (usually sold in full sets but you can find some individuals)
  • Estate Sales/Garage Sales (usually by the piece)
  • Vintage Trade Shows
  • Facebook – Online trading post/garage sale sites in your area
  • Your grandmothers attic

I think I might have enough white dishes for now only because a year ago I was at my nieces gorgeous wedding.  She had rented the most stunning plates for the reception dinner.  I was just beside myself looking at everyone’s plates.  They had pink ones, green ones, blue ones and yellow ones.  Flowery ones, some with birds, gold rimmed and silver rimmed.

Just imagine setting a place with both a white plate and a vintage flowery plate on top.  Oh my golly, I can see it!  Anyone up for having a tea party with me?!  I’ll set the table if you’ll cook.  Or we could just sit and sip looking at the gorgeousness of the place settings before us.  Sigh.

Repurposing an Antique Column

Once upon a time when we first moved to Highland Village in 2004, the road that led to our house was 2 lanes with a Super Target on one corner, an unsightly storage facility across from it and large heavily wooded ranch properties on the other two corners.  But one day I noticed workers starting to tear down the trees around the 100+ year old country house that sat there empty for years.

Usually, I’d be sad to see the large trees go and progress come in, but that day I was thrilled.  I decided to drive my little Honda Pilot over the bumps and through the field to grandmother’s house.  Not to deliver a basket of cookies (unless that is what it would have taken) but to smile real big and ever so sweetly ask if I could have the 6 porch columns on that old house.   To my amazement, they said sure!  Told me to come back tomorrow and they’d help me load ’em up.  Repurposing an antique column is a true fairy tale ending for me.

Repurposed antique column into coat rack

Have you ever been infatuated with something?  Not someone, we’ve probably all been there, but truly infatuated with a material object?   I’ll come clean and admit to having several things I adore and columns is one of those things.  I want old columns, square columns, fluted columns, short columns, fat columns.  I don’t discriminate and try not to hoard them either.  They get repurposed and are given new life.  I’ve even sold a couple of them.

Most of them are perfect just the way they are.  Some come with old chippy paint, some scarred and scratched up.  Others are simple in black, white, or cream.   The only thing usually wrong with them is they need a base in order for them to stand on their own.  Depending on the look you want, you can use the wooden or fiberglass bases found at Lowe’s. or iron brackets like these from Hobby Lobby.

Antique and repurposed column with silver spoon

You can use all sorts of things as hooks.  This one above has antique silver spoons that the Mister rolled and bent with a dowel rod.  Then he drilled a hole into the handle of the spoons with a drill bit to hold the screws.

You can also choose different cast iron hooks from Hobby Lobby (all 50% off of course).  Try old tools like trowels or hand shovels as hooks.  Old knobs look great and I’ve even used silver forks and knives as well.

Each column has turned out differently.  If you already have a column or come across one and are stuck with what to do with it.  Here are a few ideas to help.

Ideas for Repurposing an Antique Column

  • Turn it into a Welcome sign for the front porch
  • The obvious – backpacks, coats, scarves and hats
  • Add framed pictures for a unique display
  • Top it with a birdhouse
  • Hang plants or bird feeders from the hooks
  • Use it for jewelry
  • Turn it into a table
  • Turn it into a floor lamp
  • Wrap it with string lights and add garland etc.
  • Hang Christmas stockings from it

Antique column with silver spoons and lavender



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Old column on porch with bucket

 

Here are a few ideas found on the world wide web that are quite lovely.

 

Antique Column with knobs

Credit Living Vintage www.livingvintageco.com

 

Antique column made into birdhouse

Credit Deposito Santa Mariah http://depositosantamariah.blogspot.com

 

Post made into Welcome Sign

Credit 9 o’ clock Dance of Joy! http://kenziehand.blogspot.com/

 

As you can see from the pictures above, there are several ideas for repurposing old columns.  I love how each one is so unique.  I hope this inspires you to check your local antique stores, estate sales, architectural salvage yards or even an old vacant house just begging for a visit.  Lug that baby home and it into a masterpiece.  Have you repurposed something you are proud of?  Make a comment below and tell us all about it!