The wooden shelves had been very badly cut (not by us) to fit around this pipework:
They were warped and the old lead paint was smelly, thick and peeling. It was time to do something about it.
Having been envious of Susan's china cupboard at Between Naps on the Porch, (actually, I'm envious of her whole house, but there you go) I decided that this cupboard could be re designated as my china cupboard, so I arranged for a carpenter friend to come round while we were away and get the cupboard into shape. New pine shelving was installed and all the ugly pipes were boxed in.
I have plans to paint the pine white, but that can wait until after Christmas now. For the time being I'm more than delighted at how things are looking, and a fine excuse to expand my china collection a little bit!
Below is my wedding china. It's ''Osborne' by Wedgewood, and unfortunately now discontinued. I saw a mountain of it for sale at an antiques market a few years back and I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy more then:
Four salad plates that come in their own little matching box:
The very popular but sometimes sneered at, 'Botanic Gardens' by Portmeirion: