Yesterday was a day inside out of the heat… and so, some restyling happened. I originally set out thinking I wanted to declutter some of the china in the 14.5′ long but it kind of took off in an unusual direction.

Antique Cupboard

You see, all those thrifting Thursdays have been adding bits of fabulous plates, pitchers, tchotchkes and the like to the cabinet. Which, is okay in small amounts- but sometimes, it just gets to be a bit too busy looking. And as much as I am a collector and love to have pretty things all around- I do like ‘quiet’ in my rooms as well. That breathable room in a design that feels less cluttered and busy makes a big difference in the overall.

Remember this cupboard when we first brought it home? I was tempted to just leave it. likes. that . without anything on the shelves because it looked so pretty as it was. You can read more about the story of this cupboard HERE

Dining Room Cupboard

Tip: When restyling shelves or cupboards- remove everything for a clean slate and add back only what you feel fits.

I needed a bit of a reset to get the cabinet looking fresh- so, we pulled everything out. As in every glass, teacup, platter, plate, candlestick- you name it. I like to do that when cleaning or restyling with each season because it gives me a ‘breathing room’ to get some creative inspiration. As a toss back- this was what it looked like in autumn with lots of white dishes and pretty little pumpkins.

We started out by taking everything out of the bottom cupboard areas first. We tossed what we didn’t need, made a box for donations and a box of seasonal storage that could be moved. And then we reorganized all the vintage glassware, plates, bowls, tureens, etc. to be stored on those bottom shelves and found a whole lot of new room on all. those. upper shelves. Which is amazing. And then what started as a simple restyling project for a photo backdrop turned into something bigger.

A new look

When my daughter and her fiancé moved into the cottage- we took all of our decor things out- including all the books on the bookshelves out there. And so, I had about 5 big boxes of antique books in the back room that were looking for somewhere to land. And land they did.

Antique Cupboard Library

Yep, we did it. We brought the books out and started stacking them on the shelves. Stacks, layers, lined up books- and a few simple pots or bits to break it up as well. As I mentioned, we were actually going to style just one section of the cupboard with the books for a backdrop for a few photoshoots I am working on – but we went for it and did the whole shebang. As you can see, we have a few missing spots currently- so, we filled them with a few jars and other bits for the photos to fill up the cupboard a bit more. And so, they will be taken out when we get some books to fill those spots and then we can wrap up the photos.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to try something different. Books don’t necessarily belong in a dining room- but hey, if you love them and have a ton of them- why not go for it and try it? And the decor change is just that- it can change right on back to whatever you love or something different when you are ready.

Here it is with the glass doors open so that you can see them a little better- lots of light reflections in all those glass doors.

I would love to turn them around and see those beautiful gold and worn pages- it would be a little more ‘quiet’ for my taste too. But I do love the vintage book spines too.

antique cupboard library

I don’t know how long this will stay this way -I originally planned to put some of the dishes back in the cupboard and do a mix and mingle so I do miss the look of the collected dishes at the moment. But for now all the books will work well for a couple of photoshoots I am working on. Once I get a few more to fill in the pots and bits and missing areas- I can get that wrapped upland see what I am feeling.

What do you think of the ‘library’ in the dining room?

Happy Monday everyone.