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China Cabinet Makeover

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed that I posted some pretty picturesque photos last week. Jacob and I were in Switzerland visiting our dear friends and you better believe that as soon as I sort/edit the 1000+ photos I took, I’ll share them here.

In the meantime, let’s talk about my most recent furniture purchase and makeover.


I had been searching for a china cabinet for the past year or so. After we got a new (to us) kitchen table last fall, it became clear that I didn’t have room for a traditional hutch in my small eat-in kitchen.

So the hunt for the perfect corner china cabinet began.

Long story short, corner china cabinets that cost less than an arm and a leg are few and far between. Finally, in March I found one on Craigslist that met my strict requirements: cabinets on bottom, not very big but big enough, solid wood, shelves on top, less than $150.

The next day we drove the forty five minutes to meet her (the cabinet, that is) and I was smitten. She’s about 60 years old and handmade. The first thing I noticed was that there is no back/sides to the china cabinet, just a piece of wood in the back that anchors the shelves. Kind of strange, but now it’s grown on me. And it sure was nice to not have to paint three full sides of a cabinet by a reputable kitchen cabinet manufacturer.

Needless to say, after some of the usual Craigslist bartering and some creative maneuvering to fit the damn thing in the back of our truck, we bought it and the elusive corner china cabinet was mine!


Pretty, no? AND the bottom shelf is just tall enough to fit a bottle of the mister’s go-to whiskey. Added bonus!


Even though the wood was in great shape, I had my heart set on a brightly painted coral cabinet. I decided on Starburst Orange by Benjamin Moore.

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I picked up a quart of paint and got to work taping the gazillion window panes. I also washed all the wood surfaces and lightly sanded the whole piece.


I painted the cabinet in thin layers over several nights. I used a brush for the first coat and a small roller for the shelves and cabinet doors on the second coat.


After those first two coats, the cabinet was ….bright.

My sweet husband is a saint who never questions my random decorating or painting projects, so his nonchalant response was, “oh, is it going to be that color?” which probably means, “wow, that is a very bright, feminine and distracting color.”

Never fear, Jacob dear.

I added a layer of Valspar Antiquing Glaze to the whole thing and the color went from neon Malibu Barbie to a muted orangey/pink.

The finished product:


Please ignore the fact that the lighting in this particular corner of the kitchen makes it impossible to photograph properly.




Detail of the glazing.


And, of course I had to get fun new knobs.



I love it. It’s definitely brightened up our kitchen, and I’ve finally been able to display some of our fun wedding dishes.


 What do you guys think?


Uh oh. It’s that time again y’all. Well, technically it was that time last week, but I was sick so you’re just getting to see my project for the first time today.

*drumroll please*

It’s the Pinterest Challenge: Winter Edition.

The only rule is to do your own personal take on something inspirational that you’ve pinned (and link back to the original creator of the project that inspired you, be it a company like Anthropologie or a personal blog that got your wheels a turning). The project can be anything: big or small, decor or sewing or cooking related – or beyond! The first time around I made a painted wooden letter canvas, and last time I made an embroidered baby gift.

This time, I decided to do a mini-makeover on my entryway. Stenciled walls are ever popular on Pinterest, so I picked a pin that featured a shape and tutorial I liked and got to work.

Here’s the Before & After!


Sorry for the crappy iphone ‘Before’ pic.

On to the tutorial!

I used the moroccan stencil that Sarah linked to in the post I had pinned, and printed it out on copy paper. Then I taped the shape together and cut it out of some spare cardboard.


Next, I traced the cardboard stencil on with a pencil.


I used a small flat paintbrush to freehand over the lines that I had penciled on the wall.


No fancy technique here, just tried to keep my lines even and not get too much paint on the brush.


It took two (three in some spots) light coats to cover the pencil lines completely. Several hours and episodes of Nashville (yep, not ashamed) later, I had this:


I seriously love it.



I do have plans for a bigger, more colorful painting on the wall, but for now I just put the old one back up.


The best part is it cost less than $3 for the paint (and you could very easily use free paint leftover from another project).

Our wall color is Toasted Almond by Olympic. I wanted something subtle, so I chose a very light cream called Mystique by Valspar. Have you seen these 8 oz. samples? For 2.98 you get a pretty good sized container of paint. I didn’t even use a quarter of the jar for this project.

The second half of the entryway mini-makeover  was inspired by this pin  featuring creative coat closet door storage.


Unfortunately, we don’t have an Ikea close by (probably pretty fortunate for my wallet, however). The shortest curtain rods I could find were 30-something inches and my door was only 21 inches wide. Enter the $2 Walmart Curtain Rod.



However, I wasn’t feeling the white rods on my cream door.



Enter my BFF Rustoleum hammered metal spray paint.
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I also picked up a set of clip curtain rings.


After the curtain rods dried for 24 hours I drilled a few holes, popped the rods and clips on, and admired my handiwork.

Easy peezy lemon squeezy.


Cute, right? We were constantly losing hats and gloves and now they’re all gathered in one place.


I’m also keeping my most frequently used scarves on the lower rack.



Both projects were pretty easy and definitely budget-friendly. As I mentioned, the stenciled wall cost a grand total of $2.98. The curtain rods were $2 each, and the clip rings are $7 a set ( I had one set already). The spray paint cost $6, for a grand total of $20! Not too shabby.

Have you finished any Pinterest-inspired projects lately?

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