Four our guest room, I wanted to get a piece of furniture with cabinets in addition to drawers for some additional storage. I had been looking at buffets and sideboards on Craigslist for a while but could never find one in decent shape for a few hundred dollars or less. On a trip to the suburbs, I drove past a thrift shop and decided to pop in. This sideboard was buried under some old cash registers and picture frames, but was in good shape and was 20% off that day because it had a yellow sticker on it and apparently yellow was the color of the day so I got it for $80! It had one broken knob, was missing a knob, and had some scratches and nicks.
After brining it home and giving it a good sanding with a power sander, I broke out my new favorite toy – a power sprayer! The sprayer took some getting used to – its not quite the same thing as spray paint, but it does make paint a lot more affordable.
Last summer when Ryan and I were visiting his family at their shore house, we saw a china cabinet in their backyard and asked why it was out there. They told us they were planning on throwing it out since they had just purchased two matching cabinets to replace this one. As they were talking, all I heard was “Free Cabinet!”. We loaded it in the car and brought it home. A few days later, I sanded, primed, and painted a bright bluish color – almost like a Tiffany blue. I also bought some paintable wallpaper at Lowe’s and attached it to the doors using double stick tape incase I didn’t like it. The knobs also came from Lowe’s. It now sits in my closet proudly holding perfumes, purses, jewelry, and boots. I love that it looks like a display case, it makes me feel like I’m shopping in my own closet!
Project Cost: $85 ($40 for paint and primer, $20 for wallpaper, $25 for knobs)
I needed some additional space on my third floor (master bedroom and bathroom area) to hold odds and ends like linens, toilet paper, towels, soap, etc. Our bathroom has a small sink with some storage underneath and the bedroom has a typical bi-fold accordion door closet with limited space. No hall closets anywhere in the house. So, I thought it might be fun to find an old china cabinet on CraigsList and give it a nice update. I wanted cabinet and shelf space but wanted it to look nice since it would be in the hallway. Here are some before, during, and after photos. (I completed this about a year ago but didn’t get around to posting it until today.