As long as I can remember I have wanted a china cabinet. Growing up my grandma had two of them and I always knew I wanted one someday. I have been looking on craigslist off and on for quite a while. I kept seeing them in Seattle for a reasonable price but not locally. I happened upon one a couple weeks ago nearby. The lady was asking $150. I emailed her and asked if she didn't sell it would she take less. She emailed me a week later and said she would take $100.
My husband and I went and picked it up. It is solid wood and very heavy. It's the perfect size, not to big. So last week was spent refinishing it. It was a huge job. I had to sand the top of the buffet because it had some minor water damage. Then after a thorough cleaning I gave it 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of paint, 1 coat of antiquing glaze, and 1 coat of polycrylic. All the effort was worth it. I love the way it fits in with the rest of the dining room furniture.
After one coat of primer.
I also cut pieces of bead board to fit the back of the upper portion. I used liquid nails to secure it to the dark wood paneling. Then put these heavy cans on top of it overnight. I had to caulk around each of the panels to fill in the small gaps.
I used Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze (in Tobacco) to give it a bit of an aged look and it really made the details pop. I just brushed it on and wiped it off.
And these were taken this morning in the natural light. Isn't she gorgeous!
I love all the detail especially the dental moulding.
It fits in nicely with the dining room furniture.
Another look at the BEFORE
And the AFTER