Before & After China Cabinet
Watch as I take an outdated china hutch and give it a new life as a bar cabinet!
I found this cabinet on FB Marketplace and knew it would be great as a bar cabinet.
But first it needed some modernizing. I unscrewed and removed the ornamentation on the top and then carefully removed the glass and fretwork.
Much better! It’s already looking cleaner. I cleaned and sanded the whole cabinet with 220 grit sandpaper.
Next I got to work carefully sanding the fretwork. I used my Dewalt orbital sander for this step.
You can see the difference already. One down, one to go!
For the hard to reach spots I used my Dremel Lite tool to help me sand the curves in the fretwork.
Sanding is done! All the old finish has been removed! I applied one coat of Zinsser Wood Bleach to lighten the wood a bit more.
Now it’s time to prime! I sprayed Aqualock black primer on the cabinet.
Black primer is great to use when you’re painting dark colors. I ordered this on Amazon.
Now it’s time to paint! The first coat always looks a little scary but wait til you see the final result! I used my Homeright sprayer for this step.
I painted the inside a soft white and added a fun wallpaper to the backer board.
Lastly I sanded down the shelves to raw wood to lighten them up.
I added some Dixie Belle Gold Gilding wax to the plate grooves.
It came together beautifully!
Every detail compliments the next!
What do you think? I love how it turned out!