Cabinet Makeover

7 Materials
8 Hours

This corner cabinet is probably my absolute favourite of all my thrift finds! I wanted a corner piece to store my china tea sets that were inherited from my grandma. I had seen a similar refinished version in a furniture store and decided find one to refinish myself and save some money. A few weeks later I found the exact same cabinet on eBay and won the bid for £0.99! As I already had all the materials to transform this it really was a true thrifting win!

Repair and prep

Here is a picture of the before. Although the cabinet was in good condition there was some damage to the bottom due to damp. This had caused the wood to warp slightly and also chip off in places. Prior to painting I used some wood filler on these areas and then sanded it back into shape. I did not sand this piece due to the fact that it is not made of solid wood. However I prepped the surface as best as I could so the paint would adhere well.


I applied several coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in original to give the coverage

Distress and seal

I used Annie Sloan clear wax to seal.

I applied two coats of wax with a sponge, buffing in between coats.

And finally buffed well to finish with a lint free cloth.

I took some sandpaper during the waxing process and lightly distressed all the edges of the piece to give more character to the overall finish.

Finish the details

I did attempt to use masking tape to protect the glass on the door. However this did not work entirely and there was some paint left on the glass when I removed it.

I took a thin blade which does not scratch glass and used it to remove the excess paint to tidy up the finish.

This picture shows one of the damaged areas at the bottom where I applied the wood filler and you can hardly see that there was ever any damage.


I love the finished result but also how functional this piece is!

Not only does this piece add character to the room but I'm able to store my china tea sets and have them on display at the same time. But also the bottom cupboard functions as a drinks cabinet to store glasses. Not to mention the fact that it was such a bargain and I think that makes me love it all the more!

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~ Rachel ♡

Suggested materials:

  • Chalk paint original   (DIY store)
  • Clear wax   (DIY store)
  • Medium brush   (DIY store)
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