Thrifty Shelf Redo

We have a sliding glass door in our living room and over that is a shelf that runs the length of it. I love this shelf because it gives me a great "display" area for holiday decorating. I also love this shelf because it was my parents mantel over their fireplace when I was a kid. My dad made it. They have long since redone the whole fireplace area but, my dad NEVER throws out a piece of good wood! So, this board has been in his garage for a lot of years. About 8 years ago I spotted it and asked him if I could have it for shelves in my living room. He and Troy cut the piece into this shelf and one over my other window. They cut out some matching brackets for it and then I had to try recreate the very old rich deep color of the mantel wood. You don't even want to know everything that went into it!

The last time I decorated it was for Easter. It has been just sitting empty and lonely. Poor empty big shelf! Maybe I was too distracted by everyday problems, but nothing was coming to mind to put up there. Then I got the fruit dishes I showed you last week.

I decided to shop my home for some of my white ironstone tureens and pitchers. I have shown you all of these pieces at one time or another. they were all purchased at thrift stores. I had wanted to display some white ironstone before but, because our living room walls are blah eggshell, they just didn't really show up. But, I think with the colorful fruit plates, it works. At least I am happy with it. Remember, this was just a big empty shelf for the last few weeks. Of course, now it is time to make new valances. When we first put thee shelves up, I had Indian pottery up here and the birch tree fabric was a nice match. Now, not so much!

Some upclose pictures.

I'm joining several fun Tuesday parties today.....

Table Top Tuesday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Three or More Tuesday

2nd Time Around Tuesday

Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays


  1. Diann....what a terrific shelf with a great story and I love your fruity plates displayed with your ironstone. Don'tcha just love shopping your own house and finding great new ways to display things and make them *new*!


  2. It's perfect. What a beautiful piece and what a great idea.

  3. Diann, love what you did! The fruit plates and the ironstone look wonderful up there. Question, do you secure them with something? I have some shelves I want to put over windows and maybe doors but worry about my stuff falling. Thanks!

  4. Dianne this reminds me of my first home, I collect teapots and I had my husband build me something similar.....I miss my display shelf. Yours looks fantastic, I love it!

  5. So cool to have your parents mantel!! Looks great with your plates displayed there

  6. Diann, I love the way you added the ironstone pieces to that shelf. I am on the hunt for some ironstone tureens or bowls at a bargain price. I have found a few things, but some prices are so high. Thanks so much for stopping by with your sweet comments. You sure don't want me sewing anything for you yet. Boy, do I have a lot to learn. Taking baby steps.

  7. Hi Diann!

    That looks so wonderful and I love all the fruit dishes...So nice for summer and for fall!
    I always love the look of a shelf over a window. Many smiles out to you! Karen

  8. How lovely decorated! I love it!

  9. Oh I love this long shelf on top of the slider. Such a wonderful place to display things. Your new plates are so pretty there and I love the tureens and ironstone you have with them. Gorgeous vignette. Thanks so much for joining the party. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

  10. The ironstone looks so great up there with those awesome fruit plates! And I love that the shelf has some history behind it, made from your parents' mantel. Love it!
    Happy Monday!

  11. Diann, it's just perfect! And I'm drooling over some of that ironstone!
    xoxo Pattie

  12. I like the contrast of the bright dishes with the white ironstone. Nice! and happy!

  13. Over the door ledge~!! what a great idea, I love that and will probably do this too.,. thank you


  14. I love your plate display. Is is beautiful! Be blessed. Cindy

  15. Very pretty plate display...

  16. Helli Diann, I love the strawberry plates with the white ironstone. You have some lovely pieces. It looks so pretty. Good job with your choice.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  17. Oops, I meant hello. Typo's drive me nuts. HA!
    Jeanne, again :)

  18. Great looking shelf and a beautiful display! HAPPY NNT!


  19. those tureens and pitchers are to die for, they look lovely up there! Thanks for linking to "Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays" Would love to see you there again tomorrow!


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