30 Jun

Spice Cabinets

Spice chests came in all styles.  This folk art one dates from the late 19th to early 20th century.

These chests were introduced in England in the 18th century and later were also made in America.  They were considered pieces of furniture and were found only in the more affluent households.

vintage chest decor

What’s great is that you don’t have to use it for spices.  It’s fun and interesting to take pieces and use them in different ways.  We see this one on a sideboard or hanging on a dining room wall filled with those little treasures for the table:  napkin rings, salt spoons, shakers, demitasse spoons…

The divided drawers are an organizer’s dream.

Antique chest uses

Or in a bathroom with cotton balls and Q-tips, a sewing room with bobbins and thread.  This charmer can go so many places.


-Lisa Purdy


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