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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Federal China Cabinet

A large china cabinet with plenty of room to hold many, if not all, of my china and crystal has been on my "want "list for quite some time. Imagine how thrilled I was when I found this piece -wait for it- at one of my favorite thrift stores! Can you imagine? It was marked at $450.00 which I thought was a steal. 

But that's not all. The sign at the shop said everything would be 1/2 off come Saturday.  Well, it's Thursday, do I gamble and see if it's still here? I decided to take the risk and came back at opening time Saturday morning. There was a line out front when my  husband and I got there, but the china cabinet was still waiting for me.  Woo hoo, only $225.00!

 This cabinet is a classic Federal style. It has a strong triangular pediment and lots of detailing with carved garlands and swags. This style takes it's cues from the Adams Brothers and the neoclassical era.

 Brass rosette hardware matches carved wooden rosettes.

I wasted no time in filling it up,mostly with vintage ironstone and my Wedgwood china.

I love how the mirror I found thrift shopping in San Clemente last spring echoes the pediment.

This is the sideboard that I have used for some 25 years in the dining room. It's a wonderful piece that I bought at an estate sale and leans toward Hepplewhite styling. I have loved it, I just needed more space! It now resides in the front entry. 

So here is the Dining Room, looking very patriotic!

Although much of my house has transitioned to Country French over the years, I still find I can't resist the timeless Georgian and Federal styles.

Oh, and can you keep a secret? The base on one side has a crack. I guess this is why it was donated to the thrift store in the first place. It's barely noticeable and I don't mind one bit. After all, we all have some bumps and bruises don't we?


  1. What a great piece and a lucky find!! Gorgeous!

  2. WoW! That is a beautiful piece of furniture and what a great price!

  3. Your furniture is gorgeous. What an amazing find! And all that glorious storage; I bet you're just loving it!

  4. That is an amazing piece to find at a thrift shop and marked down.

    Enjoy your "cheap" cabinet.