12/7/10

China Cabinet Redo

One of the projects I tackled this Summer was redoing an old china cabinet I found at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. With chipped dull paint, tarnished knobs and dusty shelves, she didn't look like much. But, I saw her potential and plus, she was just $60. I knew with a little labor of love, she had the potential of being beautiful. (*sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures)


I got out my cleaning supplies, gave her a good wipe down and then began lightly sanding. Because the piece is so old, I used a fine grit sandpaper and only sanded enough to smooth out the globs of paint from the previous poor paint job. I also removed the hardware and decided to remove the glass door as well. 

Here's the new hardware I picked up at Target.
I repainted the whole piece using leftover trim paint from our wainscoting install in the dining room. She still looked a little plain, so I added dark brown scrapbook paper that matched the wall color in the dining room on the back of the inside.
 I was intending on painting the back of the inside but didn't want to commit to a color just yet. The scrapbook paper was supposed to be temporary, but it was so easy and looked good enough I left it.

Just cut to size and use double sided tape to get it to stick.

And here she is in all her glory-

And a peek at my Thanksgiving table this year-


This was the first large piece of furniture I have done, and although more time consuming, it was very easy. I plan to do more pieces like this, as time allows. I love giving new life to otherwise discarded old furniture. It's cheaper, can be personalized and almost always better quality than you find today.

Budget Breakdown
Cabinet (ReStore)                          $60
New Hardware (Target)                 $20
Scrapbook paper (Hobby Lobby)   $1

I'd love to hear about any pieces of furniture you've redone or plan to! love, S

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! It looks great in your space! I'm jealous of all the storage!
    Welcome back to blogland...you've been missed!

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  2. that looks great, i love the dark inside. it is perfect for your dining room.

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  3. I love it Suzanne!Mine is actually in a very similar style, I love mixing white and dark wood together:) so happy to see you are blogging again, I've missed all your wonderful projects!

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