No, I have not recently started globe trotting and taken off for the far East. (Sounds fun though doesn’t it?!) Rather, my husband and I finally acquired a new-to-us China cabinet. And then promptly redid it!
Let me tell you, it helps to have a very handy husband around when you want to tackle a project like this. Because he’s amazing. He has all of the tools on hand, can custom match stain, and, perhaps most importantly, trusts me when I tell him to do things a certain way. 😉
We found (or rather my mom found) this china cabinet through the newspaper second hand. We had been hunting for a bit for a piece that would be a good fit for us and this one had a “can’t lose” price of $100. So we snatched it up and figured we could make it work.
Things that were killing me about this piece:
1. the trim across the top – faux burled wood is NOT a look I am into
2. the hardware in general – dated and scruffy
3. the plastic (yes! plastic) trim around the the drawers – for shame!! the company put plastic trim on this beautiful wood piece
Handy husband to the rescue…
Watch those doors and drawers become COMPLETELY updated with the help of a belt sander, trim, nail gun, compound miter saw, and custom stain. And finally, new hardware. (Have I mentioned he’s amazing?)
I hope you will all agree with me that the piece looks a great deal better and updated. And I finally have a place to put all of my beautiful china and crystal! (Which coincidentally my husband also picked out!)
It is so “grown up” to have a fully stocked china cabinet. I had a bit of a moment when I saw the finished product and realized that I have now, somehow, officially become an adult. It’s all perspective I suppose.
Yesterday was my 33rd Birthday and my dad left me a comment on Facebook sharing this quote which perhaps you will recognize.
“At that time Frodo was still in his tweens, as the hobbits called the irresponsible twenties between childhood and coming of age at thirty-three.”
Welcome to the world of responsibility!!
40 thoughts on “China Tales”
It looks BEAUTIFUL!! Happy Birthday, too!
Happy Birthday, Angela! Love the quote. Congratulations on coming of age and acquiring a lovely china cabinet! I still don't have one, guess I'm not an adult yet!
Your china cupboard looks wonderful–ver impressive work! And so exciting to be a cupboard owning grownup–Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday! What a lovely cabinet and how lucky to have a husband who is so handy!!
Happy Birthday! I turn 33 next week, and I don't feel like much of an adult either yet. Maybe I'm missing a china cabinet! Your husband did an amazing job. Usually when I see cabinet makeovers, they're done with paint because it seems so hard to match stain. So that is really impressive.
Great recycling job! Happy birthday for yesterday 🙂 Oh the job of being a responsible adult…
happy birthday… and welcome to being a grown up xx You have done really well with your cabinet… thought of renting your "handyman" out ? He-He x
Silly me, I thought it was going to become a fabric storage spot. It looks even better as a china cabinet. happy birthday!
So beautiful! What a talented Hub! Happy Birthday. I pray that it is beyond amazing for your hobbit coming of age. LOL
That is fantastic! Where exactly did you aquire said husband?
He found me…they're quite hard to come by. 😉 Oh and I haven't even mentioned how he cooks and bakes!
Happy Birthday! Congratulations on your coming of age 🙂
Happy birthday. You all did a wonderful job. Isn't a handy husband wonderful?
Oh my WOW!!! Just amazing! What a wonderful birthday find 🙂 Hope your day was the best yet! You may be a "grown-up", but being a kid at heart always makes life more exciting 🙂 Enjoy your grown-up, kid at heartness!
What a clever husband you have! Love the new cabinet!! Happy Birthday!!!
Wow – that is fantastic! Happy Birthday.
You are one lucky duck to have a husband who's so handy around the house…can I borrow him for a few days?
Wow the finished product looks great – your husband did a grand job with it.
i have to admit that i liked the burled bit, but plastic trim? seriously! fortunately my husband possesses this same set of wonderful skills, though i had never thought of having him do this type of revamp! looks great! and happy birthday!
Your husband did an amazing job!
OMG, you and your husband are amazing! That china cabinet looks great! Happy Birthday!
Fabulous after. I love it.
What a lovely piece! Looks as good as new– or better than it did new, as I suppose must be said in this case! 🙂
It looks great girl!
It looks great girl!
It looks great girl!
It looks great girl!
What a fantastic transformation. Well, with you and your husband's genes, your kids are doomed to be creative geniuses (genii?)
beautiful job!! and happy birthday!!
Happy Birthday! You have done a lovely job on your china cabinet.
Happy Belated Birthday!! What a great piece! You are so lucky to have a handy man!
It looks amazing! Tell your husband he did an awesome job. And Happy Birthday!!
Happy Birthday! The China cabinet is so fancy! I love what you/your hubby did with it! I can't believe the plastic, that's crazy!
Wow! It's gorgeous! I wish I had the talent to do that sort of refab work. Your hubby is a meastro.
Happy birthday! Hope you spoilt yourself
what an amazing transformation. Good Job.
Oooh, happy belated birthday! My dad quotes from LOTR too, haha!
My boyfriend and I have been attempting to re-paint and re-upholster some simple chairs for, like, a year. I procrastinate because I'd rather be sewing or, well, just doing something else, and I guess because we don't have the know-how to make it look entirely professional. Still, it's fun, and I look forward to the day when the Echino can finally go on it!
Well done on the China cabinet and Happy birthday to you Super Angela! (I've found you via the Super Mario quilt-along…)
Holy cow, that transformation is amazing! Good work! My mom is giving me an antique china cabinet soon that I love but is a bit outdated… totally going to keep this post in mind. 🙂
Angela, this is amazing! Inspiring. I would love to see any other furniture transformations that y'all do!
Happy belated birthday. How great of your dad to send you that quote. Means so much more than Hallmark. You know for sure that he is thinking about you with love. Your husband did a beautiful job giving that china cabinet a second life to live at your house. I also thought at the beginning of the post that it would be used for fabric storage. Now you have a beautiful place to store your precious china and crystal that is not made of cardboard. lol Take good care of that man – he's a catch! (Inside joke behind my DH and I.) N