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The Versatile Welsh Cupboard

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I love romantic country decorating.  I do not have a favorite style, but one of my favorite pieces of furniture is the Welsh cupboard (or Irish dresser, or English hutch, or American plate stacker).  Whatever name you call it, it is one versatile and functional furniture piece. By definition, it is a cabinet with a large enclosed storage base either composed of cabinets and/or drawers with an upper area of open shelves.

My husband and I bought an inexpensive Welsh cupboard from Storehouse Furniture over twenty years ago, and I have never regretted it.  It is one of my favorite things in our home other than our antiques we inherited.  It has lived in the kitchen of one home, the dining room in another, and now it is in our keeping room.  The maple butcher block top has enhanced its versatility.  I have used it for dish storage, food preparation, and meal serving. Now, I have most of our everyday MacKenzie-Childs dishes on it.  I also love that it is a very pretty, bright white.



Here is a view of our keeping room from the kitchen.  You can see the Welsh cupboard on the right hand wall.  Since we have a wall of windows in the kitchen, there is no space for it.  It is not that inconvenient, though, since it is very close to both the kitchen and dining room.


Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?  Where did you find it?  I will be joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm for her White Wednesday party.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I love your Welsh Cupboard. You have awesome everyday dishes, too. I'm looking for a cupboard or hutch for the eat in area of our kitchen. I have two favourite pieces of furniture, our heritage leather sofa and a black/pine hutch. Your tree looks lovely too. Merry Christmas.

  2. Beautiful cupboard and plate collection!

  3. Wow!! I love your cupboard and plate collection and tree looks so beautiful:)
    Thanks for stopping by, hugs Biljana

  4. Ah, so that's where you get your beautiful ceramics from. My late husband's grandfather left him a cherrywood, curved glass breakfront along with his mustache cup collection--my favorite piece of furniture in my house.

    Thanks for letting me post anonymously!

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Carole! I would love to see your breakfront and the mustache cup collection. How special :D

  6. Ricki, I am impressed that you can AFFORD so many MacKenzie Childs pieces. You know I LOVE them. Terry

  7. We registered for it when we married because we inherited china and silver from Trip's grandmother, so that's why we have some of the really old patterns. So at least sixty percent (if not more) of what we have we received as wedding gifts 22 years ago. The rest I've received as gifts, flea markets, and ebay, mostly. The large dinner plates and chargers were only $22.00 back then, too. I am fortunate we got a bulk of it back then because we could not afford it now with a daughter going to college next year!

  8. Hi i love your cupboard, i wish we had space for a cupbord, because i love old tableware. I love yours to, i dind not know it.


  9. The hutch and all the plates are just lovely! The tree looks so festive and whimsical! Thanks so much for visiting me. I can't wait to explore your blog!

  10. Oh my goodness you have so many great new posts while I was busy, busy last week. I'm playing catch-up now.

    I didn't realize that was called a Welsh Dresser. I think the butcher block area is brilliant so you can use it for serving or display. Your china looks fantastic against the white. I just know I would end up putting a large basket underneath it for storage (likely tablecloths etc). I love yours over in your keeping room - very pretty.


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