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China Cabinet Makeover

This china cabinet looked tired and ready for a makeover. It had definitely seen better days. It needed a deep cleaning, some repair and cosmetic work and a whole lot of love.

china cabinet makeover

Who else would pass this by and not give it a second look? I might have a few years ago, thinking it is beyond saving, but not anymore. I thought it had a nice old world look to it and with some adjustments could be pretty again.


We started with removing the hardware and cleaning. For this piece we used a mix of 50/50 denatured alcohol and water. Deep scrubbing and plenty of warm water helped to remove the dirt and build up from use over the years. Once it was clean we sanded the piece to remove any imperfections and old stain that was applied and set to dry with drips, how sad is that?


Once we sanded, we used a microfiber cloth and a tack cloth to remove any sanding dust. Next, we used a shellac based primer to ready the piece for paint. We lightly sanded after it was dry and removed any sanding dust with a microfiber cloth.

Next, I knew part of the plan was to have dark peeking out from under the final paint color. I wanted to give it the look of being worn, but I didn’t like the color of the wood so I used a color called Honfleur on the raised parts of the china cabinet and on the edges where I knew I wanted to rub back the final paint color so this gave it a consistent base color. I used my favorite Zibra round brush for this.

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