From China Cabinet to Buffet Table | Upcycling Project #1

Hey there, Mea here!

In today’s post, I am going to show you how you can take a china cabinet and upcycle it into pieces of furniture: a buffet table and a in house greenhouse.

As I work on redesigning my house, I realized that it was time to give my old china cabinet a new look. Even though I loved the vintage look, It was over 20 years old, and it was starting to fall apart. 

Instead of throwing it away, I challenged my self to take my china cabinet and repurposing it into something awesome, and this is where the journey began.

Materials

  • Hammer
  • Screw Driver
  • Old Floor Boards
  • Screws
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Safety Equipment

Safety

  • Please make sure that you wear the needed safety equipment while you work.

Instructions

Breaking Down the Cabinet

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Focusing on the upper part of the china cabinet, I removed the backboard first. I noticed some screws that would help me separate the china cabinet in half, but before I could do that, I removed the glass panels by removing the rubber stoppers and sat them to the side.

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After I removed the glass, it was time to separate the cabinet into two. To accomplish this, I laid the China cabinet flat on the ground and started unscrewing the doors and any other area that connected the two pieces.

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Out of the two pieces, my first project was going to be the bottom part of the China Cabinet, and I loved the way it looked by itself.

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Creating the Table Top

After looking at it for a few minutes, I decided to make it into a buffet table for either my dining room or a plant table for my living room. I ran into my basement to see what I can use as a tabletop.

It didn’t take me long to find some unused Oak wood flooring that the previous owners left behind in the garage. 

I brought the flooring upstairs and laid it across my table for measurement. Widthwise, it was a perfect fit; now all I had to do was cut it the length to the proper size.

The table measured about 4 feet wide, so I added about two inches on both sides and one inch in the front for overhang.

Assembling the Piece

After cutting the wood to size, I lightly sanded out each piece. 

Using a twist drill bit, I pre-drilled holes and then screwed in some wood screws to hold the flooring in place, and must I say that it turned out beautifully!

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After looking at it for a few weeks, I decided to move into my living room and change the color to give it a more boho-chic feel.

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Did you try something like this? How did it turn out? Join me next week to find out what happened to the top portion! 

Happy Learning,

Mea

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