How to Makeover a Thrifted Wall Cabinet

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After that great garage sale, I was feeling like making something happen in my life. Do you ever feel that way? That you just want to Make Something Happen? I do. I definitely do.

The thing is, I have lots of life projects that I work on — building my business, trying to be a writer, homeschooling my kids, all the maintenance that goes with running a home… you know what I mean. And all of those things have looooong project timelines. Little steps, along the long path to where you are going. And I am fine with that. Truly.

BUT. Sometimes I want to just get some results, youknowwhatimean? This last weekend was one of those times, and this little cabinet was the target of my restlessness.

In one corner of our family room is a little spot where Baby Girl plays house, and restaurant and gives tea parties. You can just see the little table there in the corner by the green cabinets.

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A few months ago, Mr. Magpie found this little wall cabinet at the Goodwill and brought it home. I knew on sight it would be perfect to make a little wall-hung china hutch for Baby Girl’s tea things.

When he found it, it looked like this:

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Then, after the makeover, it looked like this:

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Baby Girl picked out the colors from my collection of sample paint and helped me paint it. It was her idea to put the pink on first, then the yellow so the pink would show through when we sanded it down.

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It was my idea to leave the knobs pink. I love pink and yellow together. It’s my favorite color combination. I also love pink and orange and pink and green.

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It’s not perfect, and I scratched the glass up when I sanded it (oops). But I don’t care. I made something with my little girl, and it was so fun. I didn’t know a 3 1/2 year old child could be so patient and careful with paint. Neither my husband or my son can be, so this is new for me.

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I love how it turned out, and I can’t wait to get it set up so she can put her little blue bottles in there along with the little tea cups and the vintage plates I found for her. Maybe even with a little posy of roses from the garden for special occasions.

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Lest you worry that Rocket Boy doesn’t get any of my time or attention, let me assure you that he does. It’s just that all he wants are robots and legos and time with robots and legos… and none of them are very pretty for the blog! Although we do take pictures of all of his creations. I am also working on his summer quilt and helping him organize his room better. Maybe this summer we can finally dig it out enough to do some fun projects in there and you can finally see what his space is like. At least, for the 3.5 seconds that I am taking pictures. After that, well, all bets are off, I’ll just say that.

What about you? Are you careful with paint? Did you have a tea set when you were little? I didn’t, so that part is new for me, too!


22 responses to “How to Makeover a Thrifted Wall Cabinet”

  1. That turned out just adorable! It looks nothing like the before. Great job!

    1. Thank you, Sandy! Sometimes I’m not sure how things are going to work out, but this one turned out nicely, I think. ~Angela~

  2. Oh, that’s just adorable! And what a sweet idea to use it for your little girl! As for your question of being careful with paint…uh….that would be a BIG no. But it’s funny, yesterday I was having those SAME feelings of wanting to accomplish something RIGHT NOW! I’ve wanted to paint my ironing board for a long time….I got it before my first daughter was born and she’s 47 (never thought I’d have kids that are in their 40’s!!). So I finished ironing the piece I was doing, stripped the covers off (there were 3, 2 purchased and one I made), tossed ’em in the wash and drug the board to my garage! It’s got the first coat, now I’m ready to get CRAFTY! I’m thinking stripped legs in the colors of my craft room, purple, turquoise and black. Crazy? Definitely! I live for crazy! It’s one of the perks of being old!!! And again….your background for your pictures is just gorgeous!!!

    1. Dona, your ironing board project sounds so fun! I think you should definitely do it! Hehehehe…. getting things done right now? Yep, great minds think alike, that’s what I say! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! ~Angela~

  3. Hi, Angela!I *love* this little cabinet!! (Exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for!)And, what you did to it! Wonderful, wonderful! And, with “Baby Girl”at your side, helping, no less….good job!!And, yes, totally know what you mean about just getting somethingaccomplished! Just to see one little thing actually *completed* andlooking the way you envisioned it. It gives you a huge boost, doesn’tit? Good for you!Teri

    1. Thank you, Teri!! It really does. It’s kind of silly, that one little project would make me feel so much more hopeful than progress on something big, but it just does. Maybe it’s because I’m such a visual person. My long-term goals are all things that are hard to see. The cabinet? I can point at it and say, “Hey, I made that happen!” It’s a great feeling.As for cabinets, we find them at the Goodwill all the time. Like, I’ve had to stop buying them because I find so many of them! The trick is that they’re not usually with the furniture, they’re usually buried under junk in the “wood” aisle — you know the one? Baskets on one side, wood stuff on the other. That one. They’re often laying flat and covered with a bunch of other stuff. Good luck!!~Angela~

  4. I miss my Goodwill! Since we moved to N.C. 5 weeks ago. I have not found a decent, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat, thrift store or salvage yard, yet….Wahhh! 🙁 Evens the auctions here are not rewarding, ‘though I do still have some distant ones to check out.Your finish turned out lovely. I hope “Baby Girl” enjoys it for many years to come!

    1. Thank you JP! And oh, my, I can’t even imagine life without any thrift stores!! How will you survive?? ~Angela~

  5. Very pretty, Angela! You gave that piece a new lease on life. I think it’s cute that your daughter was so careful helping you paint it. I’ll bet she just loves it.

    1. She does love it. Today we put it in her little area and she put all her dishes in it just so. It was adorable. I still can’t get over how careful she is painting with me. It’s a whole new world!! Thanks for stopping by, Kathy! ~Angela~

  6. You’ve wowed me a couple of times this week Angela. I love the shabby white and those flowers are beautiful!!

    1. Thank you Kathy!! That means a lot coming from you, since you know I love everything you do!! My craft table is up next for the feedsack treatment. I can’t wait!! ~Angela~

  7. Wow! She picked the colours herself? She’s a deigner-to-be! Well done! The cabinet was adorable to begin with and painting it made it th cutest thing ever. I have a weakness for pink, so I might be a little biased…

    1. Thank you so much Magali! Yes, she did. Granted, she was picking from sample paints I already had on hand, so all the colors were “preapproved”! 🙂 I love pink too, so I figure you can’t go wrong if pink is involved! Thanks for stopping by! ~Angela~

  8. I know what you mean about needing to do a project – to make it happen! I’m working on two at a time right now. Repainting a little table that sits by my door (just realized I didn’t take a before photo!) and finishing a paint job I started too long ago on a little bench that sits at the foot of our bed. (Yes, I’ll share them soon) Both small projects – easy to do. Why, oh why, did I wait so long? Life, that’s why. Love what you and Baby Girl did with her sweet, little tea cabinet. I had a tea set when I was her age and I had such wonderful tea parties and dinners – all given from the kitchen of my dreams (in my imagination) and shared with the most wonderful, imaginary friends!~Adrienne~

    1. Isn’t it funny how after you do these projects you wonder — why DID it take so long to get around to them? But yes, life does have a way of taking over all of your spare time. I am hoping to paint my workshop table this week so I can finally get to the artwork part of things in here!! I’ve been waiting for so long! Meanwhile, I am hoping to get a chance to take some pictures of one of Baby Girl’s tea parties this week. We moved all of her cooking things to the green cabinet in that part of the room as well, so it would be great to capture some of it. Or at least the aftermath. Heh. Of course, I’ll have to wait until she’s done, she won’t let me take pictures when she’s busy with her things. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your projects all done! ~Angela~

  9. It came out beautiful, Angela.

    1. Thank you, Sue!! I am always so relieved when they work, you know? ~Angela~

  10. I love your sweet little cabinet. It reminds me that I have a little cabinet in the attic that might just need to come down and get a paint job.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I don’t know why I put these projects off for so long, I’m so happy when I get them done! Thanks for stopping by. ~Angela~

  11. I love this, Angela. It’s so precious. What makes it even more precious is that your little girl helped you. What a great eye she has for choosing colors. Yes, I had a tea set when I was a little girl. I played for hours in my little kitchen, pretending to cook, rearranging furniture, repurposing things (yes, way back then before it became “repurposing”). I’m sure all that play time set me up for loving home as I do now. Keep enjoying that sweet girl. 🙂

    1. Hee hee! That’s so cute hearing about your childhood kitchen play! I loved it, too, and I love seeing Baby Girl playing, too. She sets the table for her teddy and the stuffed dog and talks to them all for hours! ~Angela~

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