Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gray China Cabinet by Rob & Megan

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.









Cabinet $50.00
Delivery $10.00
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
Fabric: $20.00

Total: $140.00

We hope you like the finished product. 

Rob & Megan



124 comments:

  1. So cute! I love the finished product.

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  2. Fantastic transformation and what a great deal you got! I think the fabric is my favourite part of hutch.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Claire. :) We appreciate your compliment.

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  3. It looks amazing!! Nice work! I love the gray and the fabric is perfect!

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  4. LOVE the fabric choice for the back! How did you attach it? Spray glue? Did you starch it first?

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    1. Thanks so much, Lindsey. We steamed it with our steamer first and then attached it with spray adhesive by 3M :) Megan

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  5. Turned out just wonderful! I love it! I'm a new follower. :-) Hope you'll stop by my place and follow along on my kitchen reno.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy. We appreciate you stopping by and following. We're going to head to your blog now to check it out.

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  6. Nice! Blog hopping! Your newest follower. Please follow back so we can share life through our blogs!

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  7. Thus cabinet looks great. I love the fabric on back!

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  8. So pretty. Great color choice and that fabric is the perfect accent! Thanks for coming by 504 Main!

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  9. Wow I love it! Thanks for sharing the idea
    Thanks for sharing. I'm your new follower on Linky. I'd love if you can follow me too :D

    Thanks
    Witha @ http://withapinkie.blogspot.com

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  10. Love the way it turned out, the grey color and the gorgeous fabric on the back, great idea.

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  11. Gorgeous! The fabric is the perfect touch!

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  12. Love the fabric in the back. Perfect color too!
    I found you at Vintage Mauve's link party.

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  13. Thanks everyone for all the comments! We appreciate you stopping by. :) Megan

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  14. Beautiful job! Love the pretty fabric back! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  15. What a great transformation!! Great work!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Jill. We love linking up to your party.

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  16. It's adorable! great job!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com

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  17. gorgeous makeover- i love the splash of whimsy the fabric adds!

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  18. beautiful! I'm your newest follower from the blog hop I lost a good craigslist, thrift store, garage find myself!

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  19. That is amazing!!! What a wonderful job you did. Have you found something you like better than the Citrus Strip? I'd be interested to know. I plan to do my own china hutch this spring and it needs a LOT of cleaning up. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Lynn my husband said he would rather just sand it and not use a product. Hope this helps. I would love to see your project when you do it. :)

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  20. Great makeover, I love the gray paint. Thanks for linking up at Burlap & Denim!

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    1. We loved checking out your great blog. We appreciate you visiting us.

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  21. This turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!
    -Melissa

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  22. I don't like it....I absolutely LOVE it! That fabric just makes it perfect. Great job! I'm glad I found your blog. I'm a new follower. I would love if you stopped by and followed back. Hope to see you soon, Lori

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    1. Thanks so much. I can't eait to check out your blog, Lori :)

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  23. Beautiful update! Love that fabric.

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  24. Wow! Looks so great!! Beautiful job you did!!
    Do you have plans for this?

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  25. Wow! Looks so great!! Beautiful job you did!!
    Do you have plans for this?

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    1. Thanks so much. We are planning on having it in a guest room right now.

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  26. Love the transformation. Makes me wish I had another dining room so I can redo a hutch like this. BTW, I am also not a huge fan of Citristrip for the same reason as your husband. But if you have to strip something in place, in the house, I still haven't found anything better since it does smell great and isn't super runny/drippy.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. You are right it does smell good. Megan

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  27. Great job...I love the color choice and I really like the addition of the fabric too! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

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  28. This looks great!! Thanks for the reminder to stalk Craigslist - such a good idea!

    Did you know that with the CraigsNotifications app, you can search and have notifications sent to you within any given search parameters. It's SOO helpful!

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

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  29. Stunning!! (And the price, unbelievable ;)

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  30. Great transformation! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you. I have actually already liked this up. :)

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  31. WOW!! Beautiful! I invite you to my linky party on Tuesdays :) It's still open if you'd like to share :) new visitor to your blog! ~nancy~

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    1. Thanks so much!! Just linked up. I have admired your work for quite some time. Thank you for checking out our blog.

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  32. What a great transformation! I've been on the lookout for a piece like that for ages. I have no idea what I'd put in it if I found it, but they always look so great when they're redone. I'd love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share this. The party is still going on here: http://etcetorize.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-it-great-monday_11.html . Hope to see you there~

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    1. Thanks for visiting and the invite to link up. Megan

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  33. WOW - you did a brilliant job on that! I think its lovely.

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  34. Oh I love a fun furniture redo! I would love for you to share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday Linky Party!

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-32.html

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting. I linked up. Thanks for the invite. Megan

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  35. What a beautiful cabinet. The fabric you used is fabulous and I love the paint color, too! Thanks so much for sharing at our Uncommonly Yours link party! Hope to see you next week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I love linking up on your blog. :) Megan

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  36. Love it!! I'm wanting to do this for myself...you make it seem so easy!! Great Craigslist deal. Geez!

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    1. Go for it Jennifer. You wouldnt believe all the great deals on CL nowadays. Megan

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    2. Did this past weekend!! Showing it off Thursday!! :) Mine wasn't quite the deal as yours!

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  37. Wow, just beautiful! Great job and great tutorial! Visiting from At the Picket Fence. Hope you have a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  38. Just fabulous Amy!! Love the backing. Looks great! Thanks for linking up this week :)

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  39. Great project! It looks completely different painted.
    Thanks so much for linking up!
    igottacreate.blogspot.com

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  40. That looks just beautiful! Excellent job! And how awesome that your husband likes to help! You are so lucky! Please come by my linky party hapening now to link it up - I would love to see you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  41. This is amazing!!! Such a beautiful transformation! We would love you to come link up to our Fave Furniture Fridays going on right now!

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  42. Love how this came out! You did a great job.

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  43. I love this! It makes me wish I would have kept my china cabinet! We'd really like for you to share this at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/03/riverton-housewives-round-up-8.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite tolink up, Paula. We appreciate you stopping by.

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  44. You have been featured at it's robin with an i !!!

    Don't forget to grab my button.

    I love the new look of your blog BTW!!

    Light and Love, Robin

    http://www.itsrobinwithani.com/

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  45. Love it! Featuring you today! {HUGS}

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    1. Thanks so much, Clydia! We appreciate the feature. :) Megan

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  46. What a stunning transformation!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday this past week! It means a lot to have you be one of our birds of a feather! I hope the party has brought some good things your way.
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  47. wow, almost 100 comments!!! This is awesome, it's no wonder. It was also tied for most viewed link on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday so it'll be featured tonight - congrats!! Feel free to grab a featured button. :)

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  48. Great work!! Thanks so much for linking up at Live Laugh Linky! Hope to see you again this week :)

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  49. This looks amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you'll join us again next week! -The Sisters

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  50. What a transformation! I love the fabric choice for the back paneling as well. I saw you featured over at Kammys Korner. I am your newest follower! Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jen! :) We appreciate you stopping by. Megan

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  51. You're a STAR tonight! I'm featuring you over at I Gotta Create! It's amazing what you were able to achieve with $140! I'm excited to feature you with my new blog design and feature button. yahoo! <3
    igottacreate.blogspot.com
    Spring Fling linky party

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature, Christina! We appreciate it. Megan

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  52. Wow this turned out fantastic!! I LOVE the fabric on the back to cute. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  53. wow.. this is awesome
    thanks for linking up at friday fun party.
    Hani
    craftionary.net

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  54. That is an amazing transformation! I am so jealous. I've been looking at some of your projects, and they all look so great. I'm also very envious of the grey stripped dresser that you painted. I'm a new follower.

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  55. Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!
    I hope you will stop by and link up another great project http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/you-inspire-linky-party_24.html
    Claire xox

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  57. Hey I'm doing a round up....featuring you tomorrow! :)

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