Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pretty Ways to Store Cooking Utensils (yes, using transferware!)

I used to store my everyday cooking utensils in brown transfer ware pitchers.  Now that we've moved, I am decorating with red in the kitchen and have decided to use red transfer ware pitchers for utensil storage.  It is so convenient having our most used utensils in sight and close at hand, and it's a great way to show off a small collection.  


Isn't this rooster pitcher darling?

No, you don't absolutely have to use transferware pitchers to store your utensils.  Below, Martha Stewart uses white ironstone pitchers to house some of her cooking utensils as well as....
vintage crocks to hold other cooking utensils (I'm guessing these are two different houses or props)

Chez Larsson uses a flower pot to hold utensils

Toni, at A Bowl Full of Lemons, also stores some of her utensils in an old crock.  I love this!


If you choose to store your utensils in any kind of breakable containers I highly suggest that you stuff some old rags or napkins into the bottom of each container as this will help prevent cracking and breaking when putting your utensils in the pitchers.  It seems that when Shawn, the kids or I unload the dishwasher and put up the utensils we sort of just drop them into the pitchers.  I had a 100+ year old pitcher I'd been using and cracked it all the way through from dropping utensils into it.  Since I've used padding at the bottom of them I have not had this problem.  You can see another post HERE where I talk a little more about this and show other ways I've used transferware for storing everyday items.


Here's a photo of my utensils when they were stored in the brown pitchers.

And, here they are again in red.  As you can see, I've added a couple more pitchers to the mix.  We use lots of utensils!
Initially I tried placing them directly on the counter, like this:

...but since we are limited on space, I decided to place them all on a shallow tray as I did before so that they can be easily moved around as one unit when additional counter space is needed.

I think a collection of advertising crocks/jars would also be a fantastic way to house utensils.  How do you store yours?  What other things would make cute storage containers for your utensils?

Have a wonderful week!



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54 comments:

  1. I use stoneware pitchers and crocks to store my utensils. Love how it looks and sooo convenient!

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  2. I love both, your transferware and the white. Very nice idea and very decorative! Thanks for sharing. Come and visit my granddaughters, if you can. Hugs. FABBY

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  3. Beautiful! What a wonderful idea! I like the idea of placing them on a tray so that they can be removed when space is needed.

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  4. Beautiful transferware, I love the way the utensils look stored in them. That's a great tip about stuffing it to prevent breakage thanks for that.

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  5. Nancy, I love the look of using the pitchers for the utensils and agree that placing them all on a tray makes it easier to clear off the counter when needed. Plus I just like the look of corralling things on a tray. ;-) We have a copper vent hood with hooks across the back and sides that hold the metal whisks and utensils. The wooden spoons, spatulas, etc. are in a set of graduated sizes of pottery canisters. ~ Sarah

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  6. Hi Nancy, great ideas for storage, loving those white ironstone pitchers!! Really great inspiration here, thanks for joining in for VIF!! xo Debra

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  7. The red transferware rooster is gorgeous. Love the grouping on the tray. Thanks for the post.
    - Joy

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  8. Your transferware is gorgeous Nancy! I love that you 'use' it! My utensils are kept in old stoneware jars on the worktop - bottom padding had already been added ;o)
    Hope you are settling in well, and the back is broken on all those jobs!
    Have a great week.
    Rose H

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  9. This was such a visual and practical treat! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I love how this looks. I think the padding idea is a great tip. The red transferware looks fantastic!

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  11. Fun pictures with great ideas! I use two old crocks beside my stove for cooking utensils and another crock beside the sink for paper towels.

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  12. Nancy, when I look at transferware it reminds me of toile fabric. In fact, I used to call all of it toile. I'm sorry to seem ignorant, but what's the difference?

    Penne

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  13. I love transferware pitchers, Nancy, and I think it's a great idea to use them to hold your everyday cooking utensils AND display the transferware at the same time!

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  14. Love your display! You can look at my blog and see that you put all my favorite things (or at least some of them)....transferware and white pottery. Lovely!

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  15. It only makes sense to combine function with beauty! I use small crocks for my utinsels and a larger one for my rolling pin collection.
    'hugs from afar'

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  16. Hi Penne,

    Well you are not alone in calling transferware toile. Toile is French for cloth or canvas and refers to the monochromatic images produced on fabric.
    Transfer ware is pottery and relates to the unique printing process in which the designs are transferred to it.

    I have two different posts you may be interested in reading. One is specifically about toile fabrics: http://nancysdailydish.blogspot.com/2010/07/toile-de-jouy-and-transferware-black.html
    And the other is about the transfer ware printing process: http://nancysdailydish.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-is-transferware-and-how-is-it-made.html
    Both posts also give a brief history about each.
    I hope this helps!

    Nancy

    p/s feel free to email me at the button on the top, right side of my blog if you have further questions. ;-)

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  17. Great idea. I use a pampered chef utensil carousel, but this idea is much lovelier...

    http://jeanneselep.blogspot.com/2011/06/easter-hutch.html

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  18. Really great ideas! Love the red and white in your kitchen....

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  19. How funny that you did a post on this subject. I just ordered a HUGE Spode Blue Italian Pitcher to go on my counter for my big utensils. I can't wait to get it. Love your ideas. thanks for sharing. :)

    ~Liz

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  20. Hi Nancy! Thank you for your visit!

    I love the idea of putting everything on a tray so that it can be quickly moved when space is needed. Your transferware is beautiful!

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  21. Happy Tuesday!

    Love this idea!

    If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and enter the giveaway.

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  22. This looks so pretty , Nancy! It is nice to have everything near the stove, ready to grab when you need it.

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  23. Hello Nancy,
    I am so inspired by this post! I have two containers housing my utensils - they get so crowded and confused - love your transferware pitchers in the basket - looks wonderful and love the Martha Stewart and Bowl Full of Lemons inspirations - I just joined Pinterest and created a pin to this post - still learning this - it is so fun. Visiting via Show Off Your Cottage Monday,
    Kathy

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  24. Good idea. I have limited space for storing utinsils. I have some cute pitchers .

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  25. Love this idea and all of your red transferware is stunning. The tray idea is a fabulous one. I hope you are getting settled in the new place and I can't wait to see how you've decorated. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  26. Your post has inspired me to look for some sweet pitchers to house all my utensils and ditch the crock I've been using forever! Thanks for the tip about lining the bottom, too!

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  27. this is so beautiful i am definately going to work on finding some of these..thanks for the inspiration

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  28. Everday utensils don't need to look utilitarion, as you have just proved. This is lovely, espescially in those beautiful containers.

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  29. Nancy, I'm visiting from WUW. I love how your using your red transferware for your utensils in your kitchen. Its a wonderful way to display and enjoy and serve as storage too. Great idea. Love your blog so I'll be your newest follower.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  30. Hey there, I'm visiting from WUW! Great ideas, practical storage, so appealing! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!!

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous! Right now I have my utensils in a yellow pot. As we change our kitchen I'd love to use something like you have shown.

    Do you still have an Etsy shop?

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  32. Nancy:

    You have such a magical touch - whether they be brown or red - you've done a wonderful job. So happy to see the house coming along with such splendor.

    - The Tablescaper

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  33. I love these ideas! I found a wire basket at HomeGoods that I am using but I would love something smaller with it for the smaller utensils that are in the drawer now! I am going keep on the look out for something like this!

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  34. I love to use trays on my counters to keep stuff a little more organized. Easier to clean too! I found your link at The Charm of Home. Great post...and great inspiration. Think how many drawers you could empty by putting all the utensils in pitchers? Thanks!

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  35. So pretty, and I love grouping it all on a tray.

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  36. glass jars, wire baskets of different sizes, old tins (like antique tins or coffee tins), brown crockery pitchers, majolica pitchers, old wooden boxes such as cheese boxes or other such boxes, collection of cobalt blue or ruby red glass pitchers, bottles or other containers.

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  37. Your transferware pitchers are beautiful, and now they're out on display. I also love decorating with red transferware in my kitchen. Great advice on putting some cushion in the bottom. Sorry your old one got cracked.
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Julie

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  38. What a pretty place to store utensils - beautiful!

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  39. Nancy,
    This is fabulous and your rooster pitcher is so cute. I just put mine in the drawer. Our counter space is so small no room for them on top. Your new house is looking very pretty. Thanks for linking this up to HSH!
    Sherry

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  40. I also use crocks and spatterware to store my kitchen cooking utensils and the occasional piece of Italian pottery! I agree, gathering them together on a tray makes a great grouping!

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  41. How happy it makes me to visit your blog and "play" in your dishes. You have the prettiest collections.

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  42. I love these kinds of containers for utensils. I use the old family cookie jar & crock, because they are green.
    Have a beautiful PS weekend.
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  43. I just LOVE this Nancy! It looks so charming and it such a clever way to have beauty meet function. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  44. This post made me get a cheery yellow Cheerios pitcher from my stash to hold my spatulas. I love objects with advertising.

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  45. Great ideas! The flower pot idea is kinda cool, too! Now I'll have to check my cupboards for containers.

    I love your red transferware.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  46. Such a great idea. I'm going to keep my eye for some transfer ware!

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  47. I agree I like to keep my most used items out. The tray idea is a good one also. Love the transferware.

    HPS

    LL

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  48. Gorgeous Nancy!! I adore that darling rooster!! What a sweet post~thanks for sharing this at FNF this week! :)

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  49. Oh girl....I am so glad I wandered by to check on you!!! It is lovely to find you posting often once again!!! As you know I am in the process of changing my "storage" from red and white transferware to brown and white!! I laughed when I read this post....our kitchens must be doing the backwards flip!!
    Hugs to you and I hope things are going well. You are still on my special list!

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  50. Beautiful. If kids cooking utensils were so beautiful, I think my kids would love eating.

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  51. I really like your blog... Its so informative.

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  52. I want them so bad. I hope i can get some clearance sale on these stuff.

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