I'm trying to think out of the box. . . I know people turn the EXPEDIT shelf on it's side all the time, so why couldn't it be used as a buffet?
It holds records (doesn't it?), so it should hold plates? Plus I could get doors for some of the holes for closed storage and leave some of them open. . .
At $70 it's way under budget, but if I were to add doors to each of the holes it would push it up to $230, making it over budget. . .
I could add doors as I save more. . . or I could do a mix and match of open space and doors. . . they even have an insert that would be perfect for wine. . .
I don't know, it's just a thought. . .