China Cabinet DIY Transformation

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We just finished our Cinderella transformation on the china cabinet we picked up at an estate sale a few weeks ago. We had been wanting a china cabinet for quite some time as all of the china we got as wedding presents have been in our attic in the original boxes never used since we didn't have a china cabinet or way to store it. 

We had found a china cabinet at an antique store (for $500!) we planned to purchase the day before we bought the one we have now but it ended up raining the day we were supposed to pick it up so we weren't able to get it. Point of God. 
The very next day we were out hitting up some yard sales and just happened to find an estate sale that was out in the country that had not been advertised. Just when we thought there was nothing we wanted and everyone smelled like old people we were on our way out when we both made eye contact with this piece:

We looked at each other and both nodded. Although it was pretty beat up and had nasty knobs with stain all over them the piece had good bones and that's all we needed. They were asking $90 for it. We asked them to take $75 and tried to control our excitement when they said of course. (They obviously didn't see the potential!) I whipped out the checkbook as they went on telling us that it would probably clean up some if we dusted it and took some furniture polish to it. If they only knew our plans...

We wasted no time in getting started. A quick trip to Home Depot for stain, paint, and hardware and we were back home to start sanding, staining, and painting. 

Although the piece took a lot longer than we originally expected to complete (about three full days) we LOVE the outcome. It looks great in our house and we FINALLY have our china out of the attic and ready to use! 

Here is the finished result:

 And of course a shot a of the before and after:

Moral of the story? As long as a piece has good bones there is a whirl wind of potential. 

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  1. You made an awesome job on that cabinet mate. I think that color is great and I want to make something like that too on some of my old Bisley Filing cabinets. Cheers.

    1. You should totally do it! I loved the result! Great name by the way. :)

  2. Love it! Like the two colors.
    Homa style is having an Inspire Me link party that just started!
    I would love it if you linked up:)
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    I do my best to help market all the inspiring projects through my social media sites.

    1. Thank you Jeanette! I just linked up. Thanks for the invite. :)

  3. I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! To read all about it go here:

    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  4. Wow, your china cabinet looks fabulous!! You did a great job. Thank you so much for the inspiration, and for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  6. Looks gorgeous, Chelsea!!!