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The Ceiling is Too Low for this China Cabinet

Painted China Cabinet

My shop ceiling is a bit short. It can become an issue when someone wants a tall armoire finished or painted china cabinet. My first question is always “how tall is it?” So, naturally, when my client contacted me regarding having her china cabinet painted I had to measure to make sure that it would fit.  Clearly, as you can see it’s huge.  She also assured me that the top separated from the bottom, so I decided that we are in the clear, and the makeover is a go. Once it arrived I could see that in all it’s enormous glory it is also gorgeous. It’s solid wood, well made, wonderful curves but it has seen better days.unfinished china cabinet, large china cabinet painted china cabinet

Prepping a China Cabinet for Paint

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The top of the lower half had the most wear with water rings, dents, dings, and discoloration. China cabinet before sanding, damaged china cabinet, staten island

Along with the drawers and the rest of the piece the top was thoroughly sanded, cleaned and prepped. This is my full process for How to Prep Painted FurnitureSanding creates dust, how to prep furniture, painted china cabinet

I managed to produce so much dust from sanding that I decided to break out the vacuum and suck up the bulk of it before wiping it to the floor away.  The vacuum is also great for getting any old dust that is way in the back, inside the piece, and in the corners.

China Cabinet Drawers

Like many buffet servers, this one has a cutlery drawer with separators and velvet lining. As a result of its busy life so far the inside of this one is, for lack of a better word – funky. Velvet lined cutlery drawer, painted china cabinet, velvet lining, new york

I removed as much as I could including scraping out some dried chocolate and decided I couldn’t bear to finish this piece so nicely on the outside and leave the inside less than.  So I ordered and re-lined the drawer with a new velvet lining and it’s inside is now as pretty as it’s outside.

New velvet lined cutlery drawer

Painting the Large China Cabinet

This giant beauty was then hand painted a very natural and neutral creamy vanilla for a timeless and traditional look.  Those gorgeous details and curves are not lost either. The entire piece has also been distressed drawing just enough attention to those very details. Distressed vintage furniture, shabby chic, new york, painted china cabinet Painted vintage china cabinet, bisque, pure home paint      distressed painted china cabinet, painted china cabinet, staten island

Originally my customer had planned to replace the hardware with new pulls.  I have to admit I am so glad she decided to keep the originals.vintage hardware on painted furniture

They just fit the piece perfectly. The pulls were cleaned and then brushed with a touch of hazelnut brown.  The brown toned down the brassy gold and leaves an aged and antique finish.

The Result – Creamy Vanilla Painted China Cabinet

The painted china cabinet has such a timelessness to it.Painted buffet server, painted china cabinet

You may be wondering where the top half is.  Remember I mentioned my short ceiling? Well, due to the size of this painted china cabinet, I am unable to piece it together for photos here at the shop.  I have full intentions of getting a photo of it together once it makes it’s way back home.Painted china cabinet buffet server, staten island, vintage china cabinet, just the woods

I had to take photos of the top and bottom separately in the meantime. Oh, the struggle. ;PPainted china cabinet hutch

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Painted china cabinet hutch

The China Cabinet Made its Way Home

An updated photo of the piece in its forever home!!   Hand Painted Vintage China Cabinet by Just the Woods

If you like this creamy color you can get this look with Bisque found in my online shop: SHOP PAINT.

You can see other makeovers in this color by checking out: Toasted Almond Sofa Table and Beautiful Burl Wood Desk Makeover.

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