How to display pink depression glass

by Drd4223999
I have some beautiful pink depression glass but it is so pale and transparent that I've never found a good way to display it. It just sort of disappears against the wall or cabinet. I'm actually considering painting my pieces so they will show up. Haven't used them in a long time and the pieces are just gathering dust in their box any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks.
  10 answers
  • William William on Mar 24, 2016
    PLEASE PLEASE do not PAINT them! Depression glass is a collectable! Pink depression glass needs a white background or base to bring out the color. Lay down crisp white fabric OFFSET on a side table and layout the pieces. Tallest in the back to shortest in the front. A white painted wall mounted curio cabinet would work. However you choose to display the pieces, remember to use white as a backdrop to bring out the color.
    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 24, 2016
      I added a response incorrectly so it did not go directly to you. Sorry, I am new to the board. I doubt that I will. I'm enjoying my transfer ware collection in blue more now and am moving into a little house with no china cabinet. I always used a white tablecloth and background but they just didn't show up well. They delicacy of the pattern just disappeared. Maybe it's just my eyesight since I'm very shotrtsighted. I enjoyed using the dessert plates at practically every family gathering I hosted. I appreciate your comment. Thank you!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 24, 2016
    My opinion if you paint them you will decrease the valve of them I do not know how big they are, however I think if you use a brighter color underneath them it will make them shine.
  • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 24, 2016
    I know. I spent years collecting it and I think it is beautiful. But I'm at the point where I need to get rid of things I'm not using or find a way to transform it. Sort of like painting hardwood furniture. I used to think that it should never be painted to preserve its history. But now I have a few pieces that I am wanting to paint. So that thought process has just been transferred to other items so that I could enjoy displaying them. No one in my family wants the dishes so that's not an option. I'm may see if I can sell them on eBay but since they have sentimental value I'd rather figure out a way to use and enjoy them. Sorry for such a long answer. I appreciate your comment. Thanks
  • Patti Patti on Mar 25, 2016
    I love the pink depression glass! If I had it I would set my dining room table with it by mixing up the pieces with the good China. For example, try placing the dessert plates on top of dinner plates and layering, as is the current trend right now as seen in fine china collections.
    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 25, 2016
      That sounds gorgeous!! If I had an opportunity to use them I would sure use your idea. If I still had a formal dining room, and didn't have two wonderful cats who just love to push things off the table, nightstand, etc it would by lovely to layer them as you have suggested and just leave the table set occasionally even if I didn't have company company. Thanks for your lovely suggestion!
  • Mary Mary on Mar 25, 2016
    Does the pink fit in with your decor color? If not consider saving a few pieces and selling the rest or gifting them to family members with the history of the piece. I would try adding a few pieces to a bookshelf styling it with complimentary pieces. You could add faux flowers to add to the color. Have fun!
    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 25, 2016
      I'm really enjoying my blue transfer ware and when I move I'm going to be using more sea colors like blues and greens. But I bet I could find a way to use a few pieces. That way I still have one or two pieces to enjoy and can find a home for the rest. I'll just have to incorporate them into a wallscape since I don't dare leave them sitting on a table since I have curious cats who like to play with displays. Thanks for a great idea!
  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 25, 2016
    I have cobalt blue depression glass that I love and would never part with after spending years collecting, but I also have a few pieces of the pink depression glass. We have three fairly large windows with decent size window ledges and I put all of my blue depression glass on these ledges to allow the light to show through them. Our window frames are all painted soft white so the blue and pink sparkle and show beautifully. Most don't show well against wood unless the bookcase/cabinet has built in lighting.
    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 25, 2016
      Oh they must really be beautiful like that! I don't think that will work where I'm moving to though, especially with my cats. I need to figure out how to hang 2 of the larger serving platters from the top of my window frames, sort of like pieces of stained glass. I have a set of 2 windows where that idea would really be pretty. I will have to think about how to do this!! Thanks!
  • Donna Donna on Mar 25, 2016
    My mother collects Depression glass in a variety of colors, including the same pink as you. Have you tried displaying it on a shelf or display cabinet that is painted white or cream color? I think the pink would stand out against a light background. Also try stacking your glassware, like your plates or saucers, to make more of an impact. Mix in other items like creamers or vases that are white or neutral in color. I think it could be really pretty.
    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 25, 2016
      I did have them in a cabinet with a mirror back for a long time and they did look lovely in it. I just don't have that cabinet anymore and am downsizing. I've always loved dishes and right now my favorites are transfer ware pieces and I can't keep them all. Have given a lot away already. Just a different life stage where I'm simplifying. I still, however, have to curb my inclination to start collecting jaydite which I have fallen in love with. So many beautiful thing to enjoy!! Life is wonderful isn't it when we can appreciate beauty and color in so many ways. Thanks for your suggestions. I appreciate them.
  • Margaret Thom Margaret Thom on Mar 25, 2016
    I understand! When our kids or grands don't want our collection and we are ready to part with things just being kept in storage boxes because of our sentimental attachment, the question becomes what do we do when we are ready to move on? I have found changing how I think is the key....for example I parted with a room full of books by giving them to the library to "store for me" where I can visit them whenever I want. :-). Maybe you can choose three favorite items to keep and display and give or sell the rest to someone thrilled to get them.
    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 25, 2016
      You understand so well! I have given a lot away already and it is great to know that what we have loved in our life has meaning to our loved ones and friends. I've done stained glass pieces and quilts for a lot of my family and I loved doing it for them. It always means more to me to make something for someone. I've taught a lot of young girls to sew and quilt too and that was so satisfying. I agree, keeping just a few pieces is a good idea. Thanks for your understanding
  • Danielle Danielle on Mar 25, 2016
    It pops better against a dark background in a lighted cabinet. I've used dark fabric over different pieces of junk to make different heights for pieces to sit on so it sort of cascades in and down from both sides. Wish I'd taken pictures when it was like that, but it looked really cool. Just please don't paint it, angels will cry and unicorns will spit on you, and not in the good Unicorn SPiT kind of way. Lol.
    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 25, 2016
      Oh my gosh, I got a good laugh! At one time I had an antique display case with a mirror back and they did look great in that case, but it is long gone. I'm downsizing so I don't want to get another one. Since I don't want the awful and terrible consequences that you predict I am now persuaded by you and all the other kind people who have responded that I won't paint them. Pinky swear. Lol
  • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 25, 2016
    Well I still have to figure out which pieces I will keep after I move, but I will NOT paint them, lol. If was fun getting everybody's feedback and comments. It's really great to be able to sort ideas out this way!