Hello awesome friends and welcome back! Today I’m sharing a pretty painted china cabinet that I got for a steal at the thrift store!
I’m still finishing up my Halloween decorating, so I thought this cutie was worth another share!
Would you believe this cabinet was only $25??
I know!! I couldn’t grab the tag fast enough! It had definitely seen better days, and luckily, only the drawer had missing veneer.
If just a small amount is missing, but the rest is intact, I will usually just fill those areas with wood filler. However in this case, much of the veneer was starting to come loose, so it needed to be removed.
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Remove the veneer
My friend, Larissa from Prodigal Pieces, has a great veneer removal method, and it totally works!
You basically soak a towel in water and let it sit on your surface overnight. Or you can do what I did and apply the towel to the drawer and then pour water onto it:
Once I had it all removed, I used my rotary sander to smooth out the surface…
Then it was good to go!
After giving the cabinet a really good cleaning, I decided to give it and the drawer a coat of Dixie Belle’s BOSS in white since it has some age to it and likely would be a bleeder. I let it sit overnight, but when I started to paint the inside the next day, I was still getting a little bleeding here and there, so I decided to give it another coat both inside and out and let it sit again overnight.
That did the trick! (99% of the time, one coat does it, but you get those stubborn pieces every so often.)
Ready for Paint
You can find my tutorial for How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint HERE!
I like to paint the insides of these pieces in white or something else light, especially if there is no light. Otherwise they are just too dark inside. You’ll also notice I decided to add a little character to the inside with my favorite…stripes!! I taped them off with Frogtape for Delicate Surfaces and painted just one coat of the white and gray mix:
Then I removed the tape right away while the paint was still wet. I hit the drawers while I was at it.
See how I space out my stripes the easy way HERE!
The big reveal
I love how this sweet piece turned out!
I thought it would be fun to stage it for a bathroom.
I really wish I had enough space in our bathroom for it!
It could hold all kinds of toiletries!
I removed the fretwork and the glass from the door frame so I could paint everything. The fretwork got primed with Rustoleum spray primer, followed by a coat of Cotton on both sides. I sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper but didn’t bother to seal it.
I liked the cabinet without it, but it adds such a pretty detail to the door. The fretwork and glass were being held in place with narrow pieces of trim and small nails. I painted the trim and reused the nails to put it all back together just how it was.
The original shelves were thinner and were sagging quite a bit in the center, so I had the guy at Home Depot cut two new shelves to fit for me. Then I primed with the BOSS and painted with a coat of Cotton. They were sealed with the Clear Coat in Satin as well.
These look much better and are much more sturdy than the originals, and I love the striped detail at the back peeking out from behind them when the door is open…
I picked it up at the antique mall where I have my booth, for $6:
It was another quick redo done in two coats of Cotton:
Ya’ll know I love a painted basket!!
The drawer got a pretty new liner in fabric I picked up at JoAnns:
You can see how I line drawers with fabric in this video:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
I changed out the hardware as well…
This pretty handle is one of my favorites from Hobby Lobby:
The knob on the bottom door, which is hard to see, also came from Hobby Lobby, and the drawer pulls came from a set of about 12 that I found at HomeGoods:
They were perfect for the drawer, and I just covered right over the existing holes instead of filling them.
Priming with the white BOSS and only painting one coat of the gray mix allowed for pretty distressing:
You can check out what I had already completed so far at the links below if you like:
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this chest:
UPdate: See how sweet this chest turned out HERE now!
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