Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The 1970 China Cabinet Re-do!
About 13 years ago Mike's Aunt gave us a china cabinet that she was getting rid of. I was so excited to get it so I could store my valuables in it. It wasn't the best looking thing, but when you're just starting out you'll take anything that's free and be thrilled about it. As the years went by the more this china cabinet bugged me. It was so out dated, but I knew Mike would never go for buying a new one. For years I thought maybe I could just paint it and it would look better, but the project just felt too big to me. Then awhile back my sister told me about this blog that had all these cute ideas to refinish "ugly" furniture. I loved looking at the blog and the more time I spent I kept thinking how I could maybe make that ugly china cabinet look better. So one day after Katy got back from College we tore it apart and the journey began. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture before I took it apart so you could see the brass criss cross metal in the sides of the glass on the top cabinet. They were very 1970's. The more we painted the better I felt about our adventure. It took a lot of time, but with Katy helping me it went faster than I thought. I only broke one piece of glass (cost 8.00 to replace) and almost needed stitches when I took off a chunk of skin cleaning the glass pieces. All in all I think the project cost me about 50.00 to complete. It took primer, paint and new hardware and walla I got myself I pretty hip china cabinet. The picture doesn't do it justice, but I am in love with my very old up to date hand me down. I took all of the cream china my Mom gave me and put it on display with one pop of green in the center. Every time I walk in my dining room I smile with glee because I saved us some money and feel great about it.