Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY China Cabinet Project + {How to Paint Laminate Furniture}

I had been searching, for sometime now, for a china cabinet to put in our condo. I didn't have much to go off of...just looking around.
I had been wanting one, then once the wedding happened and we received numerous gifts of our china, silverware, and serving dishes, it was time to HAVE one.
I had completely run out of room in my kitchen cabinets and still had boxes piled on the floor.

Anyway...we started an intense search. I was online, looking at furniture stores, antique shops, and everything was a bit out of our price range as we're starting to save for a home.
We live by some local thrift shops and decided we could check out the furniture there.
We scored!

Found a vertical, 77 in cabinet that comes in two pieces for $40! 
I was a happy, happy lady! I was mostly please with the size of the cabinet and the fact it had glass all around the top half. I will show you in a minute.

We purchased that baby up without even thinking of transporting it home...
We ended up having to rent a u-haul van!

So we got it home and laid down our project sheets all ready to go!


 Like I had mentioned it is two pieces and the top just sets right up on the bottom

The first step was taking all the hardware, glass shelving and front pieces, and doors off.

Next we had to clean each door and piece of wood so that the primer paint would adhere the best.

 To clean it, we vacuumed every piece and then just rubbed them down with rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol makes it so that we didn't have any water sitting on the furniture. It dries super fast.

The china cabinet we picked up was not real wood, like most furniture isn't now-a-days unless it is your really nice furniture. We had to do some research on the best primer to adhere and work with that laminate furniture. Many primers and paints won't cover it so it can be a challenge. Several blogs that I read mentioned this product as being like gold...and it was just that! 

This primer worked so fast. It cured in an hour so we were able to do the two coats in a matter of hours for each piece.
This is available at Lowe's for $18.

We started applying!

A day later we were read to assemble all the pieces back together!

I made sure that all my glass pieces were cleaned with my favorite glass cleaner before Joey put them back in.
 The only glass cleaner I use :)

I also painted the drawer in the bottom cabinet "Sweet Mint" by Valspar. We got the little color sample paint jar at Lowe's for $3.

We set it in it's home and it is ready to be filled!

It looks so cute!
 I will post a picture of it filled when I get that finished on my Instagram (@youngnasawife)

This was such a fun weekend project and we were able to save a ton of money by re-purposing this older china cabinet. I am ready to tackle our old lamp now!
I would encourage you that if you are looking for a specific piece of furniture and you can't find one that fits in your budget or within your taste...check out antique malls and thrift shops; you never know what you may find! A project just may be around your corner!

Hope you all are enjoying the start of your week!


  1. I'm going to try this but I'm actually hoping to achieve a "white washed" finish. Is your cabinet simply painted w/white primer only? It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

    1. My is just with the Cover Stain Primer Pictured above. We loved the look of it so much we just kept it instead of painting it again. It took two coats. :)

  2. if you haven't discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, it's def worth a look. I'll do a before/after pic & share but have def learned a lot from your post. Thank you again.
    Jill Hudson
    Bloomington, IN

    1. Thanks Jill! I will have to look into this :)

  3. WOW!!!!! what a difference. they look amazing!Oak Bunk Beds

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