Are you looking for ideas on how to style the wedding china you adore? Follow these 7 easy steps to transform your vintage china hutch. Decorate with your favorite china patterns, pottery, quilts, glassware, and other collectibles.

Vintage China Hutch

What can you do with a vintage china hutch?

Decorate your vintage china cabinet today with wedding china in these 7 simple steps.

How to make your vintage china hutch look more rustic?

My favorite vintage china hutch and cabinets are all made out of pine wood. They are all so rustic and charming. You can decorate them with your favorite china patterns, antique ironstone, pottery, quilts, blue and white platters, books, glassware, everyday dishwares, and any other collectibles that make you happy.

Vintage china hutch empty.

Wedding China Nostalgia

Whether you just acquired your first set of china or you recently dug it out of the attic from years of collecting dust (like I just did), displaying your china can be special in so many ways.

I was gifted our blue and white china pattern by Lenox from my family almost 25 years ago when we were first married. Honestly, I have not used it that often. Do you use your wedding china regularly?

Displaying our wedding china reminds me of these family gifts arriving at our home before our wedding. Do you remember getting gifts before your wedding? It was such an exciting time. And seeing them displayed in our vintage china hutch is making me so happy right now!

Not only this, but my mother used to pick us up one or two individual pieces to add to our china collection every year on our anniversary. We were fortunate enough to have a Lenox outlet in the next town over in Kittery, Maine. And you know what? Some of the patterns she picked up for us didn’t match. They have a silver trim instead of the traditional gold. And I couldn’t love them anymore today knowing this.

Decorative Vintage China Hutch in 7 Easy Steps

Let me show you how I displayed our wedding china in our vintage china hutch in these 7 simple steps.

1. Gather and Organize all Your China in one Place

This will give you a good visual of how many pieces you have to work with. Organize all your plates, bowls, tea cups, platters, etc., together. If your collection is new and you don’t have many pieces, that’s okay, too. That’s part of the enjoyment.

Here is my collection of 25-year-old wedding china. Not a large collection; it’s 6 table settings, one platter, and 4 different size bowls that my mother picked out for us that have silver rims, not matching the rest of the set:)

Set of blue and white Lenox China

2. Choose the Largest Dishware First

Choose the largest of your china pieces to display in your vintage hutch cabinet first. For me, it was this large china platter.

China Platter in vintage china hutch.

Center this large china piece into your vintage china hutch.

Of course, every vintage china hutch and cabinet is not going to be the same. This vintage cabinet only has two shelves for me to display. You may have more or less, but aligning your largest pieces first is a good practice to start with.

What is the best background for a vintage china hutch?

I like the natural look of my vintage pine china cabinet background. However, I have seen many old cabinets and hutches with lovely wallpaper backgrounds. If you are going for a more formal style, I recommend adding wallpaper as a beautiful option. You can also brighten it up by painting the background Chantilly Lace White or Simply White. It will give your china cabinet a fabulous farmhouse look.

China Platter in vintage china hutch.

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3. Display Your China Dinner Plates Next

Next, lay your dinner china on or around your vintage china hutch to visualize its size and placement within your shelving.

Looking at it here, I knew I wanted to display all 6 of my dinner plates on the top shelf.

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4. Secure Your Plates and Platters

You will definitely want to secure your china plates and platters to the vintage china hutch shelving so that they don’t slip and break. You could use plate stands, but they can take up a great deal of space.

So, I use a thumbtack in front of each of my plates and platters.

Thumbtacks on blue and and white china plate.

Don’t worry. Once you have finished decorating the hutch, you will not be able to see the thumbtacks.

You’ll see more on this as you read on.

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Should you line your china cabinet with dishes on end?

This is completely up to you! There are so many different looks. A full china cabinet vs. a streamlined hutch? It’s all a personal preference. Here, I lined my top shelf with 6 dinner plates end to end. Yet, I think 3 plates would simply look beautiful too. Test it out in your own vintage china hutch to see which look you prefer.

5. Create Height by Stacking Dishes and Bowls

You’ll want to create height on your hutch cabinet’s shelving. You can easily accomplish this by stacking the smaller plates, bowls, and tea cups.

I have also used vintage books to help create height. See more in this post, Vintage Hutch Farmhouse Decor Ideas post.

Blue and White wedding china in vintage china hutch.

6. Add Glassware Matching Your Vintage China Hutch

Adding vintage-colored glassware will fill in the open spaces and complete your wedding china display in your vintage china hutch.

I started by adding two little sherry glasses that my mother gave me one Christmas years back. But it was still missing something.

Blue and white china display in vintage china hutch.

Then I added these cobalt blue vintage glasses that I found while out Thrifting with the Gals a week or so ago when I was in Maine.

Can you see how much the colored glassware adds to this display?

Blue glassware with blue and white china display in vintage china hutch.

You can now also see how the thumbtacks securing the plates and platters are nicely hidden.

blue and white china display in vintage china hutch.

How to make your vintage china hutch look more rustic?

As I mentioned above, my favorite vintage cabinets and hutches are made out of pine wood. They are all so rustic and charming. You can decorate them with your favorite china patterns, antique ironstone, pottery, quilts, blue and white platters, books, glassware, everyday dishwares, and any other collectibles you may enjoy.

You may also be inspired by this Vintage Hutch Makeover: Drab to Fab post.

7. Add Your Favorite Flowers or Greenery

With Christmas just behind us, I chose to add some simple greenery, red berries, and white hydrangeas to my newly displayed china cabinet.

And used an antique blue vase to match the blue touches with the china and glassware.

I stacked a few large white dishes, a vintage soup tureen, a cake stand, and a few wooden bowls on top of this old pine cabinet for a soft texture.

I love adding a “fakery bakery” to my hutch displays, too. Like this Pecan Pie created by my friend Dawn over at Everything Dawn, you may also enjoy this Faux Berry Mousseline Tarte in the post, Table Ready Fakery Bakery.

Antique china cabinet with blue and white china and glassware.

I am slowly putting our home back together after an extensive interior painting project this past November. I will be blogging all about it soon, I promise! But for right now, I’m taking my time and enjoying every minute.

Vintage China Hutch display in 7 easy steps.

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Lastly, I hung a couple of baskets next to this newly designed china hutch for a little added texture. I used an old handmade spool rack that my father made years back to hang them from.

Wall baskets next to vintage china hutch cabinet.

And then, of course, I decided to move the hutch completely to another wall. What do you think?

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at

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  1. Sharon Holt says:

    Thank what great tips

  2. Of course you know a pine cabinet with blue and white china has my heart! Yours is beautifully styled! I also love how you stacked the wooden boards next to it!

  3. Karen Anthony says:

    Beautifully done Ann. Change is good what ever you choose is fine with me.

    1. Thank you Karen! I agree change is very good and less structured is good too:)

  4. Teddee Grace says:

    This turned out so pretty, and I can tell you enjoyed styling the china cabinet. To keep plates from slipping, if the shelf doesn’t have a groove, I hot glue a piece of quarter round to the shelf at the correct location so the plates stand up but don’t fall forward. I’ve also just used toothpicks. They pop right off if you decide they are in the way at some point. I’ll look forward to reading your blog whenever you feel like blogging. I actually think more bloggers should just blog when they feel like it or have an interesting topic.

    1. These are wonderful ideas, toothpicks would be perfect. Thanks for sharing this! Yes, hobby blogging is so much fun and a great creative outlet. But as you get going you realize how much there is really involved in it all and it’s so easy to get caught up in all the other “stuff”. The newsletter is what a lot of “hobby” bloggers use but I’m just finding it a little too structured for my liking. I’m looking really looking forward to this change. Thank you so much for following along!

  5. Your wedding china is beautiful and I love how you displayed it. It would make me smile to see it out and remember. I love your hutch too, such a beautiful piece.

  6. I think that’s the same as my daughter’s wedding china or pretty close. I absolutely love it! I miss the Lenox outlet in Kittery but it seems that Lenox is now an outsourced company. This looks great Ann

    1. Thank you Linda. I did not know they were outsourced now. At my first job out of college, I worked for a company that was owned by Lenox. It was really neat to be affiliated with them back then. Happy New Year!

  7. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I love your dishes and china cabinet and the way you displayed them, so pretty. The way you want to change when you post is fine with me, I will be ready to read them however you choose.

    1. Marlene, you’re the sweetest. I’m looking forward to the less structured way of promoting blog posts. I love blogging, it’s so much fun, and I want to enjoy it even more. Thanks for being here! Happy New Year!

  8. Leslie Richter says:

    Beautiful, Ann! I love the way you styled the cabinet and accented the dishes with blue glasses and greenery. I think I may have to restyle the Lenox in my hutch and add some interesting touches. Perhaps I will use it more! The new paint color is so pretty! It makes the antique pieces really stand out. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much Leslie, I’ve been putting it all back very slowly, enjoying every minute of it. It’s going to be so nice when we have it all finished. We start wallpapering the bedrooms in a week or so too:) So lot’s going on. I’m so glad you were inspired today, it means so much to me. Best to you!