Tuesday, February 9, 2016

OUR JADEITE COLLECTION

 At the house in town, we had these original, built in cabinets on each side of the dining room.  They separated the living room from the dining room.  You might have seen them in the post about the last photos of the house.

Jadeite in vintage built in cabinet
Since we have a kitchen full of cabinets for our regular dishware, we used the built-ins for jadeite (also spelled jadite) green glass pieces that we've collected over the years....

Here is the WIKI entry for them.


Jadeite Collection
Here is one side.  Our collection is a mixture of both new (reproduction) and vintage pieces.  Some (the plates and coffee cups) were from my Grandmother's house, others my Mom collected and some we bought.  


Jadeite Collection
And here is the cabinet on the other side.  We have just always loved the color and it was easy to find them over the years and pick up a few here and there.  It's not a lot of pieces, in fact some is just spread out to fill up the shelves (nesting bowls for example) so we don't need a lot of storage space for them.

Our issue though is that we don't have room to display all of this at the apartment.  We decided to box them up and take them to the farm.  Of course, where we put them once they are there is another story.



We don't have any furniture that we could use as it is all being used for other items.  There is also no room for new furniture at the farm.  So we're leaning toward something like this...shelves above the kitchen doors and/or possibly the window. Since our walls are white, it might be a nice pop of color.  

Another project.  

For now, they are safely boxed up.

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33 comments:

  1. Those cabinets in your old house were lovely - using the space above the doors is a great idea. Having a proper cabinet to display dishes is something I've always wanted - but our "dining room" is being used as a kids play/tv/computer room, so it will be a few years until I get to have it back.

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    1. They were, I loved those cabinets. Yep, it's so nice to have a cabinet just for stuff like this. You'll get there!! :-)

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  2. such a beautiful collection and I think your idea for displaying them sounds wonderful, I like that!!

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    1. Thanks, it's not huge but we have enjoyed finding it and keeping it together.

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  3. I have shelves like this above a large window in my kitchen and over the sliding door in the dining room. Great place to showcase your jadeite!

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    1. Thanks, glad to know it does work other than a picture online, ha.

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  4. 1st Man,

    I know you'll figure something out amazing. Free floating shelves, or even a thin line sets of book shelves.

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  5. Love your collection, never heard of jadeite but they are a beautiful color. My friend had a shelf over her kitchen door holding old tins she collected. I love the look but in a house with gas heat and a lazy duster it would be a mess for me.

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    1. I've added a link to a wiki entry about it. Ha, I totally understand about dusting...we'll have to see how that goes, LOL!

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  6. Can't have enough display space and any shelves help. I love jadite too, but when I find it, it is for my daughter who collects it.

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    1. It's a fun thing to collect and isn't always so expensive. I wish we had more shelves but we're rappelling running out of room, ha.

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  7. Love the color (green, any shade, is my favorite). I have a round casserole dish (w/top) that is this color that I've used to use a lot. I noticed that it was slightly chipped on the top by banging a spoon against it. I now only use it for special dishes or occasions.

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    1. It's a very pretty color in person isn't it? We've used ours and hope to use it more at the farm when we start having people over more often. I'd love to dress up an outdoor table with white tablecloth and this greenware, how pretty would that be?

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  8. Hi from sunny Queensland, what a lovely collection of beautiful vintage green, they will look great on open shelves, such a pretty colour for Summer display. You could rotate your lovely things with the seasons and that would require less display space.

    A big word of warning ......I had a beautiful tall antique jug on a shelf in my kitchen and my Dad was hammering on the other wall, it didn't take much and Bang ! Gone forever , please empty your shelves, you don't know how far the vibrations travel.

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    1. Ooh, great safety suggestion, thanks...I will definitely remember that. I like the idea of rotating things in and out too. Hmmm, that means we could get more stuff to collect, LOL!

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  9. I remember those dishes back in the day!

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  10. Beautiful collection. Nice that you have some pieces b from your grandmother and your mother had. Wonderful keepsakes.
    I would be careful on storing them just on open shelves; especially up high.
    Some sort of display cabinet with glass doors would be great. Any little vibration they could fall and break.
    With the tremors and quakes we have around here, I'm very careful on what I store on open shelves up high.

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    1. Oh yeah, y'all have the quakes (that's so crazy!) We don't have to worry about that but you're right, we probably should be good about keeping it safe. Thanks!!

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  11. i love jadeite and i love this door shelf idea!

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    1. I'm going to move this up to the top of the project list. I think it will be quick and fairly easy. I'd love to find some scrollwork like those side pieces. Might need to stalk around the local big box hardware stores, ha.

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  12. What a smart way to make the most of your space at the little farmhouse. The jade color is fantastic.

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    1. Thanks, and we do love the color. It's so different. Thanks again!!

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  13. I love your jadeite! You’ve got a really lovely collection. And how wonderful that some of the pieces were from your grandma and mom.
    I like your idea of displaying it but it kinda makes me nervous about their safety. Could you add a railing of some kind to the shelves?

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    1. Aww, thanks! You know, a railing would be a great and fairly easy to add. Thanks!!!

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  14. Shelves over doors and windows seems brilliant to me. The green will look beautiful. I love to add color to areas that are mostly white.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. That's one reason we painted the inside all white, so we can add color in other places. This should look nice against a white wall.

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  15. I love your jadite collection & your old built=ins were perfect for displaying them. When you don't have room for more furniture on your floor your always smart to use the valuable real estate on your walls & think vertical. The shelving above the doors is very attractive & seems perfect for an old farm house. An easy solution and you can enjoy seeing your jadite every time you walk by a door. over a window in the kitchen would be great too.

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    1. oh they were so perfect, I really miss them now. I was just afraid it might look too cluttered but in a way, I feel like the farm can be somewhat cluttered, especially with a 'collection'. It seems appropriate...ha

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  16. I collect jadite too. Well, I just collect glassware period and have some jadite. For some of my plates, I buy plate hangers and hang them on the walls. Also, for the cup/saucers, the little stand (can't think of what they are called) that the saucer stands on in the back and the cup hangs on a hook in front of it, are neat ways to display them. I also keep my dining table "set" with a collection I have pieced together. Margie from AR

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    1. Hi! Now those are some good ideas! Thanks!!! I bet your table it beautiful set with them. They are such a lovely color! Thanks for sharing!!

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  17. That collection is beautiful. I love the shelf above the door idea, but probably wouldn't be a good idea here as I have someone who constantly slams doors !

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