Before & After China Cabinet

by Yellowcreekinteriors
7 Materials
10 Hours

Watch as I take an outdated china hutch and give it a new life as a bar cabinet!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!

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  • Ngoc Ngo Ngoc Ngo on Feb 20, 2023

    wow it is a lovely piece turned out. You have good taste but did you turn the fretwork on the right side upside down on purpose?

  • Foster Foster on Feb 21, 2023

    what happen to the top peace ?

  • Aggie Aggie on Feb 21, 2023

    If you mentioned the color of the paint I missed it. What brand and color is it? It is beautiful!

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