Rob and I have become the newest Craigslist stalkers. We are looking daily to see if there is a piece of furniture we can try something new with and transform it. We found this china cabinet on Craigslist the other day for a steal and the owner offered to deliver it for a small fee. We bought it sight unseen and hoped for the best. We were excited to see at delivery that the piece was in great condition overall.
We then went and checked out some Valspar paint at Lowe's. We narrowed it down to two colors using the sample sizes. What a great deal it is to use those at about $3 a container. We decided to use Valspar's Woodlawn Colonial Gray in flat paint.
Rob took off all of the doors, glass, and the back of the cabinet. The back was very flimsy so he decided to replace that later on. The center section of glass was not able to be removed, so Rob taped it off instead. Rob used CitrusStrip stripping gel with steel wool to remove the layers on the cabinet before painting. He actually found it to not be his favorite product due to residue that remained afterwards and got in the way during painting.
It is hard to tell in this picture, but Rob has gotten the stain off using the stripping gel.
Here are the doors and cabinet drying after two coats of paint and one coat of polyurethane.
We went to Home Depot and Lowe's to check out potential hardware choices. Well we ended up having to order new handles online because the standard width is 3 inches, and of course our handles needed to be four inches. I snagged two standard satin nickel knobs for the doors and then ordered from DirectDoorHardware's Residential Essentials Cabinet Pull for the four new handles.
We have ordered this fabric from the etsy shop Decorate 23
The plan is to use this fabric to provide a better looking backing for the cabinet. Rob actually was able to attach the fabric to the original backing of the cabinet.
Samples to Determine Color: $7.00
Quart of Woodlawn Colonial Gray: $13.00
Handles (HomeDepot & Online): $30.00
Stripping Gel and Steel Wool: $20.00
We hope you like the finished product.
Rob & Megan