Thursday, August 13, 2015

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center

When I shared my DIY coffee bar and dining room makeover last week, I told you that I moved the china cabinet into the music room. That might sound like a strange idea, but I was inspired by this china cabinet turned into an entertainment center on Pinterest. (Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original source, sorry!) Here's what I started with:

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
This china cabinet is designed a bit differently, so it wouldn't work for a large TV like the inspiration piece. Even so, it worked for the little baby TV that we have in the music room.  I would definitely suggest measuring your piece first and make sure your TV will fit before making any changes to the piece.
The first step was to remove the door. I removed the molding on each side of the door as well to give the TV a little more space.
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
I filled in the holes with paintable wood putty. Once it was dry, I sanded it smooth and then lightly sanded the entire piece. I also got a large drill bit (I think it's called a hole saw?) to make a hole for the TV cords to feed through the back of the piece.
My Mom painted this cutie while she visited a few weeks ago and I was so thankful for her help! Once she hand painted the piece and distressed it, I used my Earlex HV5500 paint sprayer to do the top coat. Here she is now!

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center

Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center
Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center


The Details:

Hardware: the white shabby knobs are from Pier 1 and the pulls are original to the piece
 Decor: the basket, coffee sign, and other accessories are all garage sale finds or instruments that we used for decoration.

I'm loving the way the music room is coming along so far! We have our vintage orange sofa, an unique coffee table, and now -- an awesome entertainment center! I can't wait to show you guys the entire room put together!

 

What do you think? Would you turn your china cabinet into an entertainment center?


Before and After: Repurpose a China Cabinet into an Entertainment Center

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Sunday, August 2, 2015

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

(Disclosure: While you will find that I'm clearly obsessed with General Finishes, this is not a sponsored post. I truly love their products!)

Hey friends! If you follow me on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram, you know I've been a pretty busy girl the last few weeks. My Mom and I completed 10 pieces in just one week and I was sooo thankful and excited to get all of it done! My favorite project(s)? My DIY coffee bar and dining room makeover! Just so we can fully appreciate this makeover, let's take it way back (a year ago) to when my roomie and I first moved in:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

It's a rental house so we're very limited in what we can do. There's a lot of things I don't like -- the outdated kitchen cabinets, the wood trim, etc. Even so, I have to work with what I have (and what I can afford). After a year, this is what the dining room and kitchen looked like:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
(I apologize for not cleaning before taking before pictures, but it was like: "Quick, take before pictures so we can get to work!")

The Kitchen Island:

 You guys are going to think I'm crazy because I just posted the Before and After: Kitchen Island post two months ago, but once I realized I wanted to keep the piece, it had to be brighter!


DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!


The Details:

 Paint: General Finishes Holiday Red
Glaze: General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze
Top Coat: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat
Baskets: Were on sale (and I had a coupon) at Michaels!


The Kitchen Table and Chairs:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

My Mom got this set at a garage sale a few years ago and then eventually gifted it to me. It was poorly painted by whoever owned it previously, though, and (as a painter) I felt like I needed to explain to guests that I didn't paint it every time someone came over. It also had large scratches across the top. I replaced the white chairs with two mismatched chairs that matched the style of the table better. Then, I sanded everything down (I sanded the table top down to the bare wood) before painting.

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

The Details:

Paint on legs: General Finishes Patina Green
Paint on the table top and the 4 chairs: General Finishes Lamp Black
Glaze on Legs: General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze
Top Coat: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat (two coats for extra durability)
Fabric on chairs: found at Joann's Fabrics
Owl salt and pepper shakers: from TJMaxx
Faux potted plant: from Ikea


The New Coffee Bar:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

 I had other plans for the china cabinet in our music room, and I wanted to create more counter space where the china cabinet was -- as you can see from the pictures above, we don't have a lot of it (the other side of the kitchen is mostly the fridge and stove). After seeing so many amazing DIY coffee bars on Pinterest, I decided to create my own! Added bonus -- moving the coffee pot and such over to that side of the room would free up some space on the counter!

My Mom and roomie found this perfect piece for $30 at Picker's Paradise:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

I removed all of the doors and hardware and gave everything a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. I knew I wanted to go with a single knob, so I filled in one of the two hardware holes from each door with paintable putty as well.

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover! 
(I still wanted to display some of my Nana's china, of course!)

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

The Details:

Paint on piece: General Finishes Patina Green
Glaze on piece: General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze
Top Coat: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat  (two coats for extra durability)
Hardware: pulls are from Lowes and knobs are from Pier 1
Shelves: These were once in my Mom's house, but she likes to move things around more than I do, so she gave them to me!
Accessories: The light up globe is a $5 estate sale find, the adorable milk bottles with straws were a birthday gift from my friend Dana, the water dispenser is from World Market, and everything else was thrifted or from garage sales. The red tea/cocoa holder was painted with General Finishes Holiday Red.



So what do you think? Huge difference, right!?

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

I'm so happy with the way it turned out -- it's so bright and colorful and it makes me smile every time I walk in the room!

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Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;
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