Debbie’s China Cabinet Makeover

Today’s post was written by my friend, Debbie. We met at church a couple of years ago, and she has been such an inspiration to me! We worked on a piece of furniture at her house recently, and I thought it would be fun to invite her over here so that y’all could meet, too! :-)


It’s amazing what a little paint and wax can do, isn’t it?

red geraniums

Complete transformation. That is the only way I can describe this project Layla and I worked on together!

China Cabinet Makeover | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Brian the Carpenter replaced the glass with thin plywood, and then Layla and I used wood filler to fill in the grooves on the legs, switched out (and relocated) the old knobs, painted the whole thing with Old White chalk paint, and distressed all the edges to create a more casual look.

Knobs from Hobby Lobby

We started with an outdated-yet-sturdy, dining room china cabinet and ended with a cute little armoire that I can use in any room. I love it, and it’s hard to believe that something we’ve had around the house for so many years now feels like such a fresh, new treasure!

White Chalk Paint | China Cabinet Makeover

Watching it transform was very exciting. A little hard on the back, but definitely very exciting. 😉

China Cabinet Makeover | Red Geranium | Wood Box | Stacked Books

As we worked, I was reminded me of how thankful I am that God is in the restoration business, too. Thankful that He specializes in life-change transformations. Transformations that begin with an Encounter, and last forever because of Hope. Transformations that take away our shame and bitterness, and replace them with forgiveness, joy, and peace. Transformations that, before long, make our lives look completely different than they used to. God has been hard at work in my life since the day I first met Him, and like my old china cabinet, He sure has a way of making me feel like a treasure, too! 😀 Debbie Signature

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  1. says

    The transformation is wonderful – love the after! Also love the transformation God has made in my own life and how, all these later, He is improving me still.

  2. says

    I love everything about this! and you’ve totally inspired me too! I just found (yes, found! woohoo!) a dining room sideboard on the side of the road last weekend – it’s going to get a full makeover, but the groves are ugly – now I will be filling them with wood filler, just genius! Thanks!

  3. Joan says

    I love your blog, I read every one. I was glad to see the remarks about God. We don’t see that often any more.
    Thanks and keep up the inspiring work.

  4. says

    Lovely! This “re-cycle” takes the cake! What an amazing transformation. There is something so satisfying about finding a way to re-use something that’s already owned. Are the knobs new or vintage? And, do you think that the pain would adhere to glass, if for instance, a pattern or detail was desired leaving some visibility into the cabinet? I’ve never worked with the chalk or milk paint.
    Thanks : )

  5. Dana says

    I have something similar I have wanted to work on. How did you treat the hinges? I have painted hinges before and the paint tends to peel off with use. Also, what did you do to the inside of the cabinet?

  6. Sunny says

    Loved this post…I am crazy to do chalk paint on anything that doesn’t move…but loved the reference to God’s transformation in us…and esp how it begins with an Encounter…amen to that.

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