Updated Thrift Store China Cabinet

Hello amazing Friends! I hope you all had a lovely Holiday. I am still recovering from all the food I ate!

Since my Furniture Fixer Upper Crew and I usually get together the fourth Thursday of the month to share furniture flips, and with the hustle of the holiday, we decided that today it would be fun to share our favorite furniture fixer upper makeovers of the year! There are six of us in all so be sure to look for the links to my friends’ projects at the bottom!

My favorite furniture makeover is from last March, and it just might be one of my favorite makeovers ever!

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

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Remember this one??

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…

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

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

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

I staged it for a bathroom…I would LOVE to have this in my new bathroom! It would fit if I removed the tub. 🙂

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

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

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

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

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:

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

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

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

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:

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

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

China Cabinet Update in A Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

These pieces add a little more charm to this cabinet.

 

China Cabinet Update in Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

 

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.

 

China Cabinet Update in Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

 

China Cabinet Update in Bit of Sugar by Behr from confessionsofaserialDIYer.com

Don’t forget there are five more furniture makeovers from my friends today!

Click the links below the image to see what became of these treasures!

1. Prodigal Pieces

2. Just the Woods

3. The Interior Frugalista

4. Petticoat JUNKtion

5. Girl in the Garage

This china cabinet went through a big change, but I love how much lighter it feels. I hope you like it too!

Here is my second favorite Furniture Fixer Upper favorite this year:

Can you believe this is how my kitchen chairs looked before?? See this makeover HERE. See them in my new kitchen HERE!

I’ll be back on Tuesday counting down my top 10 posts of the year:

Top 10 Posts from 2017 from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

UPDATE: See them all HERE now!

Hope you have a safe and happy new year! 🙂

XOXO,

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Comments

  1. This one is such a beauty, Christy. The refreshed colors and function make it a star. Easy to see why it’s a favorite!

  2. Christina in SW FL says:

    Christy, I love, love, love this piece! I’d have to think hard about losing a tub also. lol. Simply beautiful makeover. Love your paint choices … always. Beautiful.

  3. I love this makeover too. It’s sooo pretty now. It actually inspired a cabinet that I did for a Customer a while back. She wanted a pop of color inside and I grabbed my phone to show her your cabinet and she loved it too 😊

    • Thanks, Kandice! I love that it inspired a makeover for your customer!! This is my favorite color combination. 😊

  4. Fantastic transformation. I tend towards dark wood but this is much less oppressive looking with your color scheme!

  5. Tina Matteson says:

    Another beautiful makeover, Christy! Love it.

  6. I hope you had a Merry Christmas with your lovely family! And a bit of a rest too. Happy New Year – I look forward to another year’s worth of your amazing makeovers 🙂

  7. Beautiful makeover – Pinned! 🙂

  8. MARCIE LOVETT says:

    I can see why that was a favorite, Christy! It was beautiful before and all that work made it even better. I forgot how tragic your kitchen chairs were. They sure have come a long way, haven’t they?

  9. I remember this lovely makeover – what a difference paint can make to relove a piece back into our homes again!

  10. I still love this makeover, Christy! Everything about it is gorgeous!! xo

  11. Yeah, who needs a bathtub anyway! 😉 Amazing what a little paint can do. Still looking for a place that I can put my stuff to sell.

    • Right?? Ha ha thank you, MaryJean! You just retired, right? XOXO

      • Yes, as of Dec. 26th I retired! Still waiting for the reality to hit. So far I have painted and put up a border in the spare bedroom, organized all my financial documents, organized the bathroom cabinets and the kitchen cabinets.
        It is frightfully cold here! Went to see The Lion King last night and it was 9 degrees! Global warming, right?

        • Congratulations! Sounds like you’ve been busy! It has been unseasonably cold for us here as well, not nearly 9 degrees, but hovering in the twenties the past couple of days. Stay warm and enjoy your free time!! XOXO

  12. Hi Christy, I wanted to know how do you get the smell out from old furniture?

    • You can dry sprinkling it with baking soda and leaving it for a day or two, then vacuuming. You may need to repeat the process if it doesn’t get the smell out completely the first time.

  13. Diane Lazar says:

    Absolutely in love with your white old world clock. Can you tell me where you purchased it from. Your blog is by far my favorite to see all the diy projects. Thank you, Diane

  14. THS is an absolute. Absolutely fabulous. Happy 2018. New to your site, but I see great post from 2017, I know 2018 will be even better, if that’s possible. Wow!

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