Saturday, March 26, 2011

China Cabinet Redo

It's true, I didn't register for China, I knew I wouldn't use it.  But, I love dishes and serve ware and have been wanting a china cabinet.  I was planning on getting rid of my childhood book case, when I  realized I could fix it up and use it for a china cabinet.  Then, I realized, it WAS a china cabinet.  I didn't think of it that way, since it was my book case for as long as I could remember.

My plan was to stain it to keep it looking antique, but I decided to paint it instead.  Staining just seemed too hard, and I had this real desire for it to be a deep black/purple.  Anyway, here it is!

Here's what it looked like before.  In desperate need of some TLC.

 Don't you love how I used it to store such beautiful, neat displays?

 I love this knob!  I hoped to keep it on there as a reminder of it's former antique glory (I know it was beautiful at one time).

My Process Begins!

I pulled all the little decoration strippy guys off.

 I filled in the chips in the veneer with a wood filler.

Thanks for the help, Mom!

We pulled of the veneer panels in the front and sanded the whole thing.

The cat needed to be involved, too.

Primed and ready to paint!

The color was much brighter than I anticipated.

So, after 2 more trips to Lowe's, I got it covered in a darker purple (still brighter than the black/purple I wanted, but much more to my liking).

 New hardware.  Do you know how hard it is to find handles this size?  Apparently, they don't make handle holes the same distance apart as in the "olden" days.  I ended up getting a new door pull, too, as it went with the drawer handles.

Now, I store pretty things in here!


  1. LOVE this China cabinet!

  2. Thanks, Kristi! I love it, too! So glad I took the time to do it.