Building a Blue & White Bar

Gardeners cannot wait for “Spring cleaning.”  Overdue cleaning projects  indoors must commence before the first crocus appears because the garden chores always trump dusting, waxing and organizing inside.   The Welsh dresser needed a major cleaning and overhaul…a new purpose.  How about a bar?

First, empty all shelves, drawers and cupboards.

Clean with Murphy’s oil.  Use steel wool and Butchers’s Wax and give a good scrub and polish.

Now, what can be displayed on a bar?  Stay with blue & white which fits with the color scheme in the room.

Antique French blue & white dish

Love these antique blue & white dishes.  They were a gift from a friend!  I spotted them at an estate sale, told her about them, and she went back and purchased them for me as a gift!!!!  This is my oldest dearest friend; would not trade her, not even for more plates. (She is funny and will chuckle at that.) I would like to find out more about them.  The last decade or so I have spent more time building my Chinese export rose mandarin collection, but I could easily go in this direction.  Before I delve into blue & white research,though,  I have to read a new book I received for Christmas,  Chinese export Ceramics by Rose Kerr and Luisa E. Mengoni.

Chinese Export Ceramics

Now, what could be displayed on a bar?  How about pewter wine tastevins?

Tea pots for those who abstain?  I know it is stretching the bar theme, but I am fascinated by the pewter tea pot collection my Mother-in-law left us.

Antique pewter tea pot

Before I go too far, any good ideas you could pass on to me?  Tomorrow is my ONE YEAR anniversary of this blog, and I’d like to have the bar finished, so I can raise a glass and say

“Here’s to you!”


About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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5 Responses to Building a Blue & White Bar

  1. Holleygarden says:

    Here’s to you! Congrats on your first blogaversary! I’m so glad you stopped by my blog. Your blue and white plates are beautiful, and I love the pewter teapot! It’s been warm here, and I’ve been outside weeding. Too bad I didn’t get all the cleaning done, because as you say, “garden chores always trump dusting, waxing and organizing inside”. So true!


  2. OH my gosh… that PLATE! LOVE IT!
    Thanks for your support – it means so much to me!
    the Parisienne Farmgirl’s Giveaway Fantastique
    Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine


  3. Happy one year to your blog and you for providing such entertaining posts. Here’s to another good year. Cheers!


  4. Happy anniversary to you and your blog! Congratulations as well on your Spirit of the Garden project’s completion! I am a fan of blue and white china and have a set that I use as my everyday china. Love your mother-in-law’s pewter teapot!


  5. Jayne says:

    Thank you for stopping by! I am still trying to research the plates – no success yet!


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