The Cabinet is D-O-N-E

by Chris on May 2, 2011

Okay. So it’s not completely done. I lied. But I figure I have held you off on this project for long enough. It just needs to be jewelry-fied, so I guess you can see it by now. Let’s take a look at the before, shall we?

china cabinet

I loved everything about it—the glass details, the shape, the storage, etc.  The wood was beautiful, but it was badly beat up. That certainly helped with my decision to paint. Of course, my favorite part of it was the price. $60.00 off Craigslist. Ya-to-the-hoo!

china cabinet

After taking it apart, this is what it turned into. For months. Michigan weather hit, and there was just no finishing it in that cold.


And here it is today…

refinished cabinet

I seriously looked into crystal knobs for it, but the idea of filling holes, drilling new ones, and spending more money on this than I already had was not appealing to me.

refinished cabinet

I’m pretty much in love with it, and I’m taking my time filling the top with accessories. It’s quite the balance making sure I like the way it looks, and it’s still functional for my daughter’s things.

china cabinet detail

Of course, her favorite part needs to be gussied up as well. We’ll be working on that one very soon.


Well, there you go! I’m in love, my daughter’s in love, and my husband’s in love with the price. That’s a win/win, don’t ya think?

white cabinet

I almost forgot…Dutch Boy sent me the paint for this project (free!!). It’s painted Timeless Ivory, and it’s just that. What a classically beautiful shade. It’s perfect.



lauren @ West Furniture Revival May 2, 2011 at 4:04 am

the hutch turned out beautiful.. im not really into white furniture but i love it.

Bailey May 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

It is beautiful!

Chelsy@ Sweet Pea Kisses May 2, 2011 at 4:07 am

Sooooooooooooo purdy!!! I love how classy and clean it looks! Great job!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick May 2, 2011 at 4:07 am

Just gorgeous girl! Worth the wait!!

southerninspiration May 2, 2011 at 4:08 am

Oh my !!! it is gorgeous!!!

Ange May 2, 2011 at 4:11 am

I had to wipe the drool off my keyboard just so I could type! LOVE IT!!!! It looks so beautiful in white!

rushartist May 2, 2011 at 4:15 am

This is so beautiful!!! The white looks so clean and delicate. Looks like a huge job, but with a result like that it must be totally worth it. I am in love! :-)

Lil' Woman May 2, 2011 at 4:39 am

Oh my goodness, gorgeous…and for $60…that is awesome.

Kristen May 2, 2011 at 5:00 am

Love it – it turned out gorgeous and thanks to Dutch paint?! How cool is that?! Too bad they don't provide free labor as well!
It's just perfect for her pretty little room – good job mom!

Comeca Jones May 2, 2011 at 5:11 am


Mimi May 2, 2011 at 5:54 am

Absolutely gorgeous! The glass doors really stand out being white. I love it! Mimi xx

Miss Charming May 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

It looks absolutely beautiful! You did a wonderful job!

Paula May 2, 2011 at 7:15 am

So very lovely! You have a great eye :) and it looks perfect in white!

Pudel-design May 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

That cabinet turned out great!
Love this crisp white look!
Nice job!
Lovely greetings…

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen May 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

It's BEAUTIFUL! You did an awesome job! I like the handles-it needs that little bit of color (my opinion!) Blessings, Sharon

Jaime May 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

Chris it went from Granny to Glamourous! and all with some paint well done. The original hardware gives it some contrast and you could line the back piece with colored paper for pop. Your hard work has paid off.

Andi @ Jane of all crafts May 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

Totally worth the wait! It looks fabulous! I can't believe it was only 60 bucks, gotta love craigslist!

Red Door Home May 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

Beautiful! The circular pattern on the glass doors make this piece a knock-out!

Madigan at madiganmade May 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

I love the pattern on the doors… this is just a knock-out in white! Beautiful job!

Christa @ Stories of a House May 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

Gosh, this is simply gorgeous! You really had an eye for what to look for and nailed the shade of white!

Gold Shoe Girl May 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

It looks fantastic. I am also working on a hutch for my daughter's room. I hope mine turns out as well as yours.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut May 2, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hey girl! I am impressed…you did a beautiful job painting it!

Rhonda Gaffney May 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

It looks incredible!! How did you do such a flawless paint job??? Did you use a sprayer. It is unbelievable!!!!

Jennifer May 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

Wow! This is beautiful! I love the wood design across the glass. What a lucky find and you did a fantastic job re-finishing it!
Scissors & Spatulas

Nichole @ May 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm


Prudently Painted Vintage May 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

This piece is gorgeous! I love it!! What a great find!

I am originally from Michigan. I grew up in Grand Haven (if you know where that is) Small world :)

Chris May 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Wow that is beautiful! And you got it for $60??? Lucky Lady! I NEVER find deals like that! I just love this!

Mrs C with Style May 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Wow what a find for $60!!! If you find anymore let me know:) I love that you painted it white! Love this post!!

james May 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

oh how beautiful. nice work.

Landis' Happenings May 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

WoW! Wonderful!!!!!!
Could you tell me the color of your daughters walls? This is the exact color we want in our own daughter's room! Thanks!
Please send to

To The Moon and Back May 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Wow! Absolutely Beautiful!

Tanya May 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Great find and fix up!

Janis@Home Style May 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

WOW!!!! I want one…..great job.

PS: I feel your painting pain……I have many projects that get sidetracked due to the frigid Canadian winters.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. May 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Yes, she is just perfect!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z May 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

It was totally worth the wait! It looks gorgeous! And one of the million things I love about you is that you know how to make things pretty and still functional. So many cabinets out there in blogland are just pretty. I need function in my life! Looking forward to seeing it again.

Allison@FabRehab May 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

It is perfection! It was a timeless piece to begin with and you kept it that way! Love!

Richella May 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

It's beautiful, Chris! I can see why you and your daughter are both in love–it looks absolutely beautiful in Timeless Ivory. It'll be fun to see how you arrange things to work in your daughter's room. I'm sure it'll look even better when it's accessorized.

And now it's May! So now you have the glorious part of Michigan weather to enjoy. Lo, the winter is past!

Irene Robertson May 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm


Jodi May 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Beautiful! I like it so much better painted!


jilly May 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Simply stunning and what a beautiful and timeless piece that your daughter will hopefully have forever. Love it.

Jocelyn May 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

That's gorgeous! You make me want to go and paint all my furniture white instead of the black I've been doing!

Avry May 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

It is BEAUTIFUL!! and personally I like the knobs on it :)

Anonymous May 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

You did a great job! I love your daughter's room. Can you post the color of her walls? Love that color.

jo May 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Your hard work paid off. Looks great and it will hopefully give years of pleasure. Enjoy!

Lisa May 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Oh my gosh that piece is GORGEOUS and I can't believe it was $60 on Craigslist!!!! That is SUCH a score and it looks so pretty with a fresh paintjob! Your daughter has the best room ever! I want to be her! :)

Katherines Corner May 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Oh how beautiful! Well done. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality May 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Chris, it's fantabulous!! What a great deal on a classic piece. Love the color, you must be thrilled with it.

Krystal {Blue Ribbon} May 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Gorgeous! I think the original pulls keep the vintage look. Sure, crystal knobs would've been fabulous, but these look gorgeous still!! LOVE!

Robyn @ Imperfect Nest May 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

This turned out beautifully! It certainly doesn't look like a $60 Craigslist find.

Shaunna May 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

absolutely gorgeous!!

Judy May 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I've been waiting for this reveal for months! I was so excited to see it this morning. It came out amazing. I have a very similar cabinet that I was considering refinishing. I have been waiting to see what you did first. Lol – You did an awesome job.

Jessica @ Decor Adventures May 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi Chris,

This is just lovey, so bright and beautiful. Congrats for getting it done :-)

Bossy Betty May 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

So wonderful!

Nikki May 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Well DONE! It really is beautiful.

Kaye May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

This is fabulous Chris! I love it.

What kind of sprayer (paaint) did you end up getting?


Statham Family Blog May 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Oh my gosh!!! I am so in love with your hutch….I love white furniture. If I had seen this in a furniture store I would've paid $1200.00 for it to have it. I love your blog, you are one talented lady. If you ever want to get rid of it, email me and I'll take it off your hands.
It is beautiful.

AliLilly May 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Oh. My. Heavens!! It's GORGEOUS!!! I am IN LOVE!!!!!

Heather@The Black's Best May 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

What a lucky girl…this is a beautiful piece, great job!

hometown girl May 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

turned out beautiful! love it! susan

Holly May 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

This is stunning!!! You always have the best projects and ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

Attempting Aloha May 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

So so pretty! Great job!


Cailan May 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

That is one fantastic piece of furniture and the price – you should get all kinds of points for that! It turned out so lovely!

Karel May 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

It's gorgeous. I love it! And you're right…it's been very cold and rainy here in Michigan. Was sunny today but still cool. I'm in West Michigan…how about you?

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) May 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Timeless Ivory, perfect! Such a pretty piece and I am so jealous of the deal you got. It looks really pretty and must be very satisfying to have it completed.

modern jane May 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Wow! It's incredible! The trim work is beautiful:)

chris May 3, 2011 at 12:13 am

perfection. my craiglist stinks man.

Allison May 3, 2011 at 12:22 am

You did a beautiful job! It is the perfect white! I love the trim on it, too. It looks great on that beautiful blue wall!

Kathy R. May 3, 2011 at 12:26 am

It came out just beautiful. It's actually a win/win/win! I hope your daughter enjoys it. Nice job!

Jordan@the2seasons May 3, 2011 at 1:00 am

Love this, what a great Craigslist find. It now looks so fresh.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper May 3, 2011 at 1:04 am

that is one stunning cabinet!!! i love the details on it, and i love its fresh white coat!

Jessica May 3, 2011 at 2:12 am

I LOVE how it turned out! So exciting to get it for such a great deal and then make it look so beautiful. Great job!

Dream Mom May 3, 2011 at 2:25 am

Wow, what a beautiful job! It looks amazing! I think it looks really wonderful with the original hardware too. Can't wait to see what you fill it with!

Desiree May 3, 2011 at 3:26 am

Absolutely beautiful! First of all, I love seeing Before & After shots and yours are stunning. It is amazing what a coat of paint can do. My husband and I re-did a dining room set, you can check it out on my blog if you like!

Robyn May 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

It just never ceases to amaze me what a difference a bit of white paint can make!

Holly Kennedy May 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

This is sooooooooo beautiful! Great job!

Annissa May 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Congratulations, it's absolutely gorgeous !!

c.w.frosting May 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Great craigslist find, it's perfect! Panels are very Ballard!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Barb May 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

Even though I just talked to you and told you how beautiful it was, I had to post my congratulations on a job WELL done! You must be very proud. It turned out absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Love you,

Emily @ Remarkable Home May 4, 2011 at 12:29 am

Absolutely beautiful! What a gorgeous piece! And that white on that blue wall…to die for! BTW, what is that blue??

Also, do you use a sprayer? Which one? I am in the market for a good one.

Congratulations on getting it done! CAn't wait to see how you accessorize it!

Karyn May 4, 2011 at 2:23 am

I would like to know if u sprayed or rolled that and what kind of sprayer u used? It looks amazing!

Etcetorize May 6, 2011 at 3:53 am

Wow wow wow. So beautiful! I get so nervous painting wood that looks perfectly fine but am always so dazzled when others just go for it and make it pretty.

Darcy May 7, 2011 at 3:29 am

I cannot believe how beautiful it is!!!!!! Gorgeous!

Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} May 7, 2011 at 3:35 am

Swoon! I'm in LOVE! Does it have a twin for my dining room? Gorgeous!

Caley May 7, 2011 at 4:44 am

Oh my heavens…I need one. This is the next thing I'm hunting down to re-do.

Stacey May 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

WoW! Stunning! Fresh, clean and amazing! And $60 is a steal! What a great job – you should be proud! So exciting to finally get it done, I'm sure!
Stacey of Embracing Change

The Real Me! May 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm

That looks so good. I've gotten 5 hutches off of Craigslist and I've painted all but one so far. They look soooo good when they are done and they have tons of storage. My favorite was one I got for $25.00. It was beat up but paint can cover many evils. LOL!
Great job on yours.
Have a blessed day.

Kelly @ View along the way May 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Visiting from CG, and LOOOOVING this. UGH. SO gorgeous. I have a piece made of gorgeous wood like this too, and I'm hesitant to paint it, but if I can get it looking this good, I'll be thrilled!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust May 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Wow, how beautiful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project with us.

Warmly, Michelle

Jenny May 9, 2011 at 3:53 am

This is STUNNING! I think I can safely say that it took my breath away a little bit when I saw the "after"! Super-duper-wow. Love it!

Lacie @ Creative Attempts May 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

this is absolutely stunning. you are a super talent!!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger May 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Looks amazing, I love the elicpse shaped glass fronts.
I'm a designer in Michigan (Metro Detroit), where abouts are you?

Miss B.e.e. May 10, 2011 at 1:37 am

I am completely in love with this piece! I love the circular details and the creamy white! (drooling…)Like you said, the best part was the price and it's absolutely gorgeous now!

Alison @ The Polohouse May 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

You just administered CPR to this piece!!
A whole new life you've given it!
I have an ornate dresser in the garage that I have been putting off painting bc of the Illinois cold.
Maybe today I will get out there and tackle it with paint.
You are an inspiration Chris!

Your newest follower,

Kathy C. May 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Gorgeous!! I seriously don't know what else to say…it turned out so amazing!

Jenna, SAS Interiors May 11, 2011 at 12:56 am

This cabinet is a piece of ART! How beautiful!! Did you paint it with a brush / roller or did you spray it? If you bought that at a store, it would have cost well over a $1000! I can't wait to see it filled ;)

I'm your newest follower!

~Jenna, SAS Interiors

Allyson May 18, 2011 at 12:16 am

This looks wonderful!…I'm wishy washy about furniture with glass in it and white furniture, but this looks so sunny and pretty!
Great job!


Stacey May 26, 2011 at 2:22 am

One word – WOW! That is amazing – so worth the wait!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Hayley May 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm

It is amazing! I can’t believe you only paid $60, it’s stunning :)

kat May 27, 2011 at 1:46 am

Wow! That’s absoulutely gorgeous!!!

Debbi Beverage May 29, 2011 at 2:44 am

It looks great! Is it a Lexington piece? What a great price and all your hard work really paid off!!! Thanks for sharing!
Debbi @ the beach

Laura at Top This Top That January 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

great eye /vision! The piece is stunning. what finish did you apply to the cabinet?

Wicked July 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I’ve been wanting to save an older china cabinet and paint it, but the project looks like one I might not finish. You have to strip & sand, fill gaps & scratches, before painting, right? Still, it’s great to see someone did it.

Chris July 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Oh no. Not at all, Wicked. Read my “how to” posts on painting. It’ll help cut the whole stripping process out!

Wicked July 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

How sweet of you to provide this info! This just might change my life/decor!

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