$40 Craigslist china cabinet transformation
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:
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.
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?