Beginning a thing is always awkward: a polite introduction, laying your cards on the table. I’ve decided the best approach is to launch straight in, and we can get to know one another as time goes on. So here goes….
This lovely cabinet is by the designer Leonhard Pfeifer, and is called Abbeywood. When we had finished renovating our sleek and colourful kitchen (you’ll get to spy on all of the many decisions and finds we made on this blog later), we realised we needed some sort of dresser or sideboard to house all the tablecloth and napkin paraphernalia as well as a stowing place for all the boys’ ongoing and complex craft projects which claim table space.
The price – you can buy these at John Lewis or sometimes as “returns” bargains on eBay – was higher than we had budgeted, and for a while I moped around second hand furniture and antiques markets hoping to find something I could customise with some painted doors. In the end a trusted eBay furniture dealer got one in stock, and Tim and I agreed to call the piece a “gift purchase’ (Happy Christmas, us!). I’m so glad. It fits beautifully with our other furniture, and there’s plenty of space inside for all the jiffy bags, paper, table linen and board games.
Other colourful cabinets which caught my eye were….
The Herbert wood chest from Oliver Bonas. A more substantial-looking piece with a darker wood grain and funky handles;
Upcycled Sideboard by I Love Retro at Not On The High Street.com, with its jaunty drawers and hardware; and…
…an oh-so-similar contribution from Next, called Multi Cabinet.
Now when we need to clear the table for a meal, or just want to fight back against a takeover bid from one of those endless monopoly games, we scoop it all up and deposit it in the cupboard.
Having the mess tucked away behind those colourful doors is great, and until the cat develops opposable thumbs I think we’ll be able to contain it all nicely.