Finishing the China Cabinet

It’s done!  The $5 china cabinet has been repaired, restored and repainted!  Let’s look back first, at how it came to me.

china cab base

broken china cabinet

Here is the final product!


china cab

If you haven’t read the previous posts about this little journey, you can find out how we acquired the $5 cabinet here.  I planned the re-build in this post and completed the base.

Along the way, many improvements were made like scraping off the gold etching on the glass.  You have to see my trick for getting that stuff off!

gold etch mark

With the top of the cabinet, I only had to add a bottom piece of plywood and paint the entire thing with chalk paint.  The new base made it so sturdy, it won’t ever fall over!  Which was exactly what I wanted to make sure of, before it went to the new owner!

If I would have had room in my house, I 100% would have kept this piece.  I’m so in love with it.  I will say that when I do this kind of project again, I will not use the wax.  Wax hates me.  You can get the same benefits from a poly and they come in matte, satin and gloss… so there are several sheen options.

One final look at this piece, then it’s off to the new owner.  <3

before after china cab base

pre paint china cab

china cab



Building A Top For The China Cabinet

The top is officially on the china cabinet base! You may remember in the first post, when I said that I ripped it off because it had a huge chunk missing, it also was made of particle board…which I hate. I plan on selling this china cabinet when I get it completely finished and I refuse to sell something that is not sturdy, so…it had to go.

The Plan

The china cabinet was originally built like this:

orig china cab

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Updating Furniture With Chalk Paint

My husband went to a storage locker auction and I seriously had my doubts.  He won his first one for $5.  I won’t lie, it was awful.  Cleaning out other people’s trash is not something I want to do at all, so I stayed away.  I ended up asking him if there was any furniture in it and he said, “Yeah, but just an old broken down china cabinet, that I’m going to throw away.”

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Remove Gold Etching From Glass

Remember when I told you about my $5 China Cabinet and the photo that I posted of the doors with the gold “faux” etching?  Removing this baked on decoration almost got the best of me.  I tried scraping it off with a razor blade and all it did was scratch off little lines.  My son even said “Hey Mom, do you think that will take you one week or two to get that piece of glass done?”  I didn’t answer him, because I thought for sure it would be longer than that.  I tried looking up tutorials, helpful hints, everything I could find… but everyone just said to buy new glass to put in the doors.

Then I remembered my brand spankin’ new bottle of  Herbal Authority Tea Tree Oil .  I have been a big believer in this stuff for years.  We use it on scrapes, cuts, insect bites, I’ve used it to remove stain from my hands, rust from the pulls for the china cabinet, I put a few drops in the bath for the dogs and it repels fleas/kills and ticks.  Keeper of the Home has 25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil that you can take a look at here.  It’s AWESOME!

So I mixed about 15 drops with some hot water, let it sit for about 5 minutes.


I then removed the blade from my utility knife and held it at a 45 degree angle against the gold line.
And look how smoothly it came off!
Within 10 minutes I had all of the gold removed from one of the pieces of glass.  Shattering my son’s estimate of 1 to 2 weeks!  I was left with this pile of gold goop.
I now have nice clean glass to put back in the doors of my china cabinet! Hooray for not having to buy new!
Just to show you how great this stuff is, I used it on this chair that hubby got from his storage wars expeditions.  It sat for about 5 minutes then I was able to scrape the paint right off without damaging the wood!
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