Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ikea Bookcase as a China Cabinet

We were very lucky to receive lots of our dinnerware for our wedding just over two years ago. We were also gifted some pieces by people for Christmases and birthdays more recently, which is amazing.

In addition to our formal china, we have a casual set for entertaining. When we chose everything, we dreamed of our future and decades of dinners together with each other and our loved ones. Of course, we neglected to consider how to store everything before we live in a more spacious home. Since we love the downtown city life right now, we live in a small condo. So where to put all the pretty plates and stemware?

We do have a big, beautiful china cabinet houses our formal china that my Mom gave us, but what to do with our casual china? Oh, and what to do with no budget and fragile china sitting haphazardly in boxes and on the floor (read: we needed a temporary solution – fast!).

Ikea to the rescue! We bought a simple Billy bookcase with glass door panels, which fits in this space in our little kitchen (ignore the boxes and whatnot, please). 
It worked really well. We weren't crazy about the little wooden pegs for handles, though. 
 Long term, this isn’t going to be our white china’s permanent home, but since we’re going with it for the foreseeable future we made it fit in a little better by changing out the knobs with a pair we bought for $4.00. They are dainty, crystal (glass?) and I love them. A tiny change, but one that we certainly notice and love.   

Happy Sunday!


  1. I think it's a great, stylish solution! You could add wallpaper to the back of the cabinet (without permanently adhering it) and change it out with your decor and/or seasons...another thrifty way to "customize" it. :)

  2. Hi Jenny,
    Your ikea cabinet is perfect for your space- Gotta love Ikea! They have some pretty good, versatile buys at great prices. The only thing I don't love is that when I go in there, I get lost- but it's worth navigating the maze to go in!!The glass knobs look charming too. :)

  3. What a great solution for storing your beautiful white ironstone dinnerware. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  4. I think you should keep it this way! It looks really nice. And, with Mapleandmagnolia's wallpaper idea, it would be fabu.

  5. That looks really good and looks like it fits perfect in the space. I love the new knobs! You are off to a great start!

  6. So cute! I love using ikea bookcases in unexpected ways:) I had one in my kitchen for awhile as well! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Keep up the fun posts:)

  7. So glad you stopped by and I love how your new shelf looks filled with all your dishes. The perfect fit.

    Hope you enjoy your week.


  8. this is beautiful! i'm right after you at met monday... great to meet you (-:

  9. That's a great solution and it looks wonderful with the new glass knobs. Hubby and I have been looking at the Billy bookcases as a possible solution for all of our books and DVDs for our family room. Haven't quite made up our minds yet.

  10. This may not be permanent, but it looks great! I envy you, just starting out, getting to make fresh creative choices!

  11. Great use for a Billy bookcase :-)

    The glass knobs dress it up nicely. You could always paint the back of the interior to dress it up a bit more, or create a frosted glass pattern on the doors.


  12. Great piece to store and to display your treasures!

  13. I love it what a great idea, love the new glass knobs they made it look like a different cabinet!


  14. Love how you have displayed your treasures!

  15. IKEA to the rescue! And what a difference a little cabinet jewelry makes! :)

    xoxo laurie

  16. Love the Billy bookcase, and how you added the pretty glass knobs, too. You have a beautiful collection and have displayed perfectly! *Becca*

  17. Great alternative! And it looks great too! :)

  18. Hi Jenny,

    I've loved what you've done to your Billy Bookcase! I love Ikea too - actually, I have quite a few Ikea pieces that I'd like to redo since my taste in decor has slowly evolved over the years! ;) Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment today. I enjoy your blog and am your newest follower.

    Hugs from Los Angeles,

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