Now I know my ABC’s of decorating: J is for jelly cabinet

I know what you are saying—-”I don’t have that much jelly in my house that would require it’s own cabinet.”  That is probably a true statement for most of us.  However, these versatile little pieces of furniture are mostly used as accent pieces that can also provide a bit of storage.

Like a pie safe, a jelly cabinet was originally designed with a specific purpose in mind–to store jars of jelly and other canned goods.  The shelves are usually shallow, just wide enough to hold a jar, which makes it easy to store this item of furniture in a small space.  While few people stock up on home-made jelly and jam these days, there are many other uses for this unique piece.

  • The small size makes it an ideal choice for a unique end table next to a sofa or chair.
  • Plenty of concealed storage turns this kitchen item into an unusual bedside table or nightstand.
  • Even the smallest of entryways needs a spot to drop keys and mail and a jelly cabinet might be the perfect small space solution.
  • Most kitchens can use additional storage and a jelly cabinet provides a spot for spices, linens, small canned goods or bulk items like tea, rice and bread.
  • How about using it in the bathroom to hold additional tissue, soaps and other necessities.
  • A country home still enjoys modern amenities like DVD players and music docks.  Store all those CD’s and movies in a jelly cabinet for easy viewing when making a selection.

This is an example of a classically styled jelly cabinet featuring a raised panel door.  However, the unexpected shade of teal gives it an unexpected look that would be at home in any modern day decor.

Solid wood jelly cabinet made in America by Cody Road Workshops paintedfurniturebarn.com

Solid wood jelly cabinet made in America by Cody Road Workshops and available at
paintedfurniturebarn.com

Large versions like this two-door model provide even more storage for all your jelly jars!

Jelly cabinet from Maine Woodworks in your choice of paint color available at paintedfurniturebarn.com

Jelly cabinet from Maine Woodworks in your choice of paint color
available at paintedfurniturebarn.com

What do you think?  Is there a space in your country, beach or suburban home for this little piece of history?  Tell us what you store in your jelly cabinet?

 

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