$40 Craigslist china cabinet redo

Hello friends!

Today I wanted to share with you the makeover I gave to a Craigslist china cabinet I bought for $40 last winter.

My goal was to make it look something like this:

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Step 1: Prep the piece for paint

I started by carefully removing the glass from the doors along with all the hinges and other hardware. Then I gave the piece a really good scrub with an abrasive sponge and Rust-Oleum® de-glosser, which comes in the Cabinet Transformations kit. I have several bottles of this stuff on hand leftover from past projects.

Step 2: Apply chalked paint with sprayer

After the furniture was clean and dry, I used a small paint sprayer and sprayed a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White on everything. Actually, it was a mixture of Linen White and Aged Gray, I think, because I didn’t have enough white on hand to cover everything. I just used whatever I had left in the basement.

Step 3: Brush on metallic finish

Next I used a large chalk paint brush to apply a thin coat of metallic paint over everything. I absolutely love the Modern Masters® Metallic Paint Collection and have used these metallic paints on many different projects. I chose Warm Silver for this project.

Step 4: Distress the piece with an orbital sander

After the metallic coat dried, I took an orbital sander and lightly “roughed up” the piece to give it a slightly distressed look.

Step 5: Apply clear enamel to seal the piece, then add hardware

Finally, I sprayed on two coats of Rust-Oleum Satin Clear Enamel to seal the piece and provide durability. I also added some new, aged bronze hardware purchased from Lowe’s.

Done!

Below you can see how the piece complements my 7-foot DIY barn board ‘Gather’ sign.

I decorated the inside of the cabinet using dishes I got at an estate sale years ago. I purchased this entire set of Japanese china (service for 16) for $5!

I picked up this pumpkin at HomeGoods recently.

And, although it’s not in the china cabinet, I wanted to show you the adorable velvet pumpkin sprigs and other fall faux greenery I picked up at Hobby Lobby for the dining room table.

What do you think of the new furniture and decor in the dining room? Have you done any fall DIY projects?

 

This project is linked up at Home Stories AtoZ

Living room tour

Hello friends! I hope it looks and feels like spring where you are. Here in Pennsylvania, we are currently buried under about 9 inches of snow, and it’s not showing any signs of letting up!

To remind us that spring is here (eventually, right?), I thought I’d share a tour of our living room, decorated for spring. I was perusing the home tour tab on the blog and noticed a lot of changes have occurred in the living room since I last posted about it.

One of the biggest upgrades has been replacing the carpet with solid hickory hardwood. I still LOVE this hickory floor after living with it for several years now, and we get many compliments on it. We bought the floor at a discount from Lumber Liquidators and installed it ourselves.

We changed the paint color on the walls from Iced Coffee to Valspar’s Feldspar Pottery, a warm gray color. The new leather sofa and loveseat are from Value City Furniture. The side chair is from TJ Maxx, and the rug is from Wayfair.

We purchased our micro grand piano a little over a year ago. We love it and play it every day.

I added a few inexpensive decor pieces from Hobby Lobby and Gabe’s on the mantel for a fresh, spring look.

Check out this post to learn how to make your own Pottery Barn-style birch candles.

The tobacco basket is from eBay. It reminds me of South Carolina, where my husband and I lived for several years while serving in the Air Force.

We bought new side tables and a media console from the Rustic Pine Collection at LaFuente Imports. This furniture is very affordable. We choose not to spend a lot on furniture pieces because we have children and a rowdy pup.

The matching branch lamps are from Pier One Imports.

The Bible under the lamp is a Dutch Bible that’s been in my husband’s family for years. I try to weave meaningful heirlooms into my decor when it makes sense. It helps to personalize a space and make a room feel extra special.

The monogrammed pillows are from Ballard Designs.

Since we live near a lake, I like to infuse lake-themed and nature-inspired pieces into my decor.

Tip: Decorating your home to complement its natural surroundings and the period in which it was built can be a fantastic way to help it stand out (in a good way) and feel unique.

So there you have it, an up-to-date tour of our living room. Happy spring!

Tale of a tired china cabinet (a furniture redo)

Hello friends! I hope you’re staying warm. We’ve been experiencing very cold temps here in Pennsylvania. Bring on spring! 

Today I wanted to share a sneak peek at my next furniture project. I found this china cabinet – or buffet and hutch, whatever you call it – on Craigslist for $40.

We had to drive a little over an hour to pick it up with our trailer, but it was worth it. It’s a solid piece with a traditional design that’s not too fussy … right up my style alley.

I have visions of this piece completely redone and sitting in my dining room. Here is the finish I am going to try and replicate:

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The cabinet has some interesting neoclassical features, such as the lions head hardware. If I had to choose a style that I lean toward, it would be traditional. Traditional furniture takes inspiration from English and French styles of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Baroque, Rococo, Romantic and Neoclassical. In my home, I prefer furniture with less ornate details, but I do appreciate substantial pieces that showcase good craftsmanship and quality materials.

Matt thinks I should keep the lions head knobs. If I do, maybe I’ll spray paint them a darker bronze color. What do you think? Should I change out the hardware … keep it and spray paint it … or leave it alone?

The silverware drawer is felt-lined, which is kind of cool. It just needs a good cleaning.

Here are some of the products I’m using to refinish the piece.

Stay tuned for progress on this project coming soon!

Have you ever defined your own furniture style? The following article may help provide some clarity: https://www.homemakers.com/styles.