China Cabinet Refresh

Hello  amazing friends! I was SO hoping  to share our big kitchen reveal today. I got all my photos taken and edited yesterday, and then I sat down to write my post, and NO internet connection!

Several neighbors have been complaining about our Internet provider and losing their service over the past week or so, but it hadn’t affected us…until now. Terrible timing! Grrrr!

I couldn’t leave y’all hanging today, so thanks to my cell phone, I was able to pull an old favorite from my archives to share.

This isn’t the big reveal ya’ll we’re hoping for, but I do hope you’ll enjoy this makeover. It was a fun piece to work on!

I had stopped by the thrift store closest to my house one morning and came across this china cabinet:

I needed some pieces to fill my empty booth and immediately loved the large glass door panels, but I knew it would be a bleeder which can be a pain to paint so I passed on it.

Fast forward a week or so and guess what was still there? AND all furniture was 20% off, so for $80 I brought it home!

Just as I suspected, I did have issues with bleed-through, but the end result was worth the trouble I think…

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I knew I loved those big glass doors! I have included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.

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I staged it for a bathroom…I would LOVE to have this in my bathroom!

I started by taping off  and covering the glass panels in the doors since I was unable to remove them.

Then I gave the entire piece inside and out two coats of Zinsser spray shellac to seal in the stain, in hopes of preventing bleed-through. (Wait at least an hour before painting.) Then I decided to spray-prime with Zinsser bullseye spray primer as well since I had plans to paint the piece white.

For the most part, this did the trick, but I still had a couple of stubborn areas that were bleeding through like the trim pieces on the lower cabinet doors. I used another clear matte sealer I had on hand over those areas to try to tame the bleeding, and that did the trick. (If you ever get those stubborn spots, waxing those areas will work too.)

Then I spray painted the inside of the top of the cabinet and shelves with Rustoleum in Robin’s Egg, one of my favorites.

I spray painted the interior in Rustoleum Robin's Egg Blue spray paint for a pretty contrast.

For the rest of the cabinet I used my new favorite white, Bit of Sugar by Behr that I made into DIY Chalk Paint. See my complete tutorial for painting furniture with chalk paint HERE.

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I lightly sanded with 220 grit sand paper and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

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I decided to use a few different styles for the hardware.

I started with this pretty knob from Hobby Lobby for the glass door, and it comes just like this:

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Then for the drawer I decided to switch out the original hardware for these ones, also from Hobby Lobby:

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They were originally an antique brass color, but I wanted them to match the door knob. I spray painted them with black spray paint, then added a little Vaseline here and there before painting them white. The white paint came right off with a soft cloth in the places where I added Vaseline. Now they match!

I did the same with the new pulls for the bottom cabinet, which surprise…also came from Hobby Lobby:

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Choosing the cabinet hardware is probably my favorite part! Hobby Lobby has such a nice selection and they are 50% off every other week. 🙂

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These pieces add a little more charm to this cabinet.


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Add a pop of color to the inside of a cabinet for a bit of fun. This is Rustoleum spray paint in Robin Egg Blue.


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This china cabinet went through a big change, just like our kitchen! I will definitely be back to share the big reveal on Tuesday! Crossing fingers and toes that we get our internet issues fixed!

UPDATE: Our big kitchen reveal is live! See it HERE now! 😀

Have a great weekend!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    I sure hope you get your internet back, looking forward to seeing your completed kitchen. I loved this make over of this cabinet, it turned out beautiful.

  2. I can’t wait for the kitchen reveal! Thanks for sharing such wonderful pieces…oldies are still goodies!

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy, this is a great reminder of what beautiful work you do! This hutch is still stunning. 🙂 Did you sell it in your shop?
    I do hope your internet is back quickly. Amazing how much we depend on things like that, especially you as a professional blogger.

    • Aww thank you, Christina! I could have cried last night, I was so excited to share our completed kitchen! And yes we really depend technology more than we want these days! XOXO

  4. Marcie Lovett says

    It’s always fun to see an old favorite again, Christy. Good luck with the internet connection – can’t wait to see the “new” kitchen!

    • Aww thank you, Marcie! I can’t wait to share our completed kitchen! Enjoy your weekend! XOXO

  5. sharon austin says

    Love! That would look so good in my dining room!! Hmmmmmm , maybe I should do that to my current hutch?!

    • Thank you, Sharon! Isn’t paint amazing?? Yours will look like a whole new piece! XOXO

      • Thanks. I have several ideas swimming around my head, been thinking about this for months; it’s trying to pick a plan that’s the problem!!

  6. I love this! Thank you for sharing it! I want to start refinishing furniture to sell but have no idea how to price. What would you price something like this? I hope you don’t mind me asking..

  7. Pamela S Barnes says

    That turned out beautiful! What product did you use to clean up that glass?

  8. Gorgeous! LOVE the colors.

  9. I really like the colours plus the distressing you did 🙂 I always like to paint the inside of anything I’m making-over a different colour to the outside 😀 I’ve never used the Rustoleum chalk paint spray so really must give it a go.

  10. Debra A Wise says

    Still excited to see the kitchen reveal! Thanks for sharing this post. This is one of my favorites that you did and I love seeing it.

    • Thank you, Debra! I was so upset on Monday night! Everything is back up and running, so I’ll definitely have my kitchen ready to share on Tuesday. Glad you enjoyed this one again! XOXO

  11. I love what you did to this piece! I especially love the inside color!

  12. very good. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Patricia Wilson says

    I love what you did with the $15 bookcase and this new find. You are my kind of gal with your finished product. I love these. Thank you so much for sharing!