Of Craig’s List and China Cabinets…

Tom and I have had boxes all over our dining room ever since we moved into our house in May. This has gotten to be irritating as it is the first room on the left after you step through the front door. Not exactly the welcome we want to give friends and family upon inviting them inside of our house, especially for a first impression.

So why didn’t we just unpack the boxes? Well, they were full of things we want and had no where to put. So they stayed in the boxes until we could get a china cabinet to unload them into. We had our dining room painted gray with white trim (it looks better than it sounds, promise), so I really wanted a black china cabinet. But we focused on getting the living room together first, so the china cabinet was never bought. Mom had said that she would get it for us as an early Christmas present, so we were pumped.

Well, we finally got one. Not exactly a black one. Or a new one.  In fact, when we saw it in person, it was ugly as sin and looked like it had come right out of the ’70s to our home.  But it was one that looked like it could hold everything. We found it on Craig’s List. (Hey, we want some other presents for Christmas too. Used was the way to go.) The wood wasn’t attractive, and the china cabinet came with some old-fashioned, bronze hardware. In all fairness, it looked pretty good in the pictures, and it’s solid oak, which is super expensive in most stores. It was being sold for $175. The guy agreed to $150 and delivering it to us, so we had a deal.

This is the picture from Craig's List.
This is the picture from Craig’s List.

When it arrived, I knew I had my work cut out for me. I was pretty excited to find that the crisscrossed wood over some of the windows wasn’t wood after all. I was trying to figure out how I would remove it without messing up the wood and glass when I saw that it was just metal, and it was stuck in front of the window inside the frame. A little bending and pulling, and it came out, no problem. Yay!

This is where Tom helped by pulling out the ugly criss-crossed metal. Well, he started to help then got nervous he'd break the glass, so he left it to me. Then he wouldn't have to feel guilty if it broke. (I didn't break it.)
This is where Tom helped by pulling out the ugly criss-crossed metal. Well, he started to help then got nervous he’d break the glass, so he left it to me. Then he wouldn’t have to feel guilty if it broke. (I didn’t break it.)
Let's get a close up on the wood. Ick. It looked like it had been splattered with tar or paint. It was begging to be sanded and painted black.
Let’s get a close up on the wood. Ick. It looked like it had been splattered with tar or paint. It was begging to be sanded and painted black.

Next was a trip to Home Depot for black paint (I got the paint/primer combo) and for a 10-pack of sandpaper sponges. I used all 10 sponges, but I got the whole thing sanded down after many hours of elbow grease and determination. I did two coats of paint on the bottom half on Friday and let it dry. That night, Tom and I went to Wal-Mart and picked out some simple, brushed satin nickel hardware to update the doors a bit.  On Saturday, I did the top half in one coat and just touched up where I needed to after it dried. It took forever because I had to paint it inside and out. I also had to tape off some of the glass, which took a while.

Painting the bottom half over a shower curtain in the foyer. This was the first coat.
Painting the bottom half over a shower curtain in the foyer. This was the first coat.
This is what the hardware looked like. (Well, there were two knobs, but I'd already removed one.) Old fashioned, out of date.
This is what the hardware looked like. (Well, there were two knobs, but I’d already removed one.) Old fashioned, out of date.

Saturday night, Tom and I lifted the top half onto the bottom half, and I bolted it together. I also put the new hardware on the bottom half’s doors then reattached the doors. The bottom doors were closing just fine on their own, but when we tried to close them both, it was not working out so much. Today, they didn’t have as much trouble, so I guess they just needed to rub a little paint off. They close now that that’s happened. I also prayed they would just close already after all that work, so I must give credit where credit is due. They might have miraculously closed for me. God and I are friends. =)

Anyway, today, I put the doors back on top, put the shelves in, cleaned the glass, touched up the paint a bit, and put some things on the shelves. It made me so happy to see it looking like new! I was so excited that I kept looking out the front door for Tom to be pulling in from work so I could show him. It has a light in the top, so I have pictures of it from tonight with and without the light turned on.

YAY! The china cabinet is finally put together! Now I can unpack the boxes in the dining room, like the ones in the bottom right of the picture.
YAY! The china cabinet is finally put together! Now I can unpack the boxes in the dining room, like the ones in the bottom right of the picture.
In this one, the lights are turned on. You can kind of tell.
In this one, the lights are turned on. You can kind of tell.
This is it, lit up inside, but the lights were out in the dining room. The interior lighting is a bit more noticeable now.
This is it, lit up inside, but the lights were out in the dining room. The interior lighting is more noticeable in this one, huh?

Alrighty, that’s the latest addition to our home! I can’t wait to get the dining room all cleaned out. Maybe we can actually use it for…dining. We’ve only eaten in there once. Sadly, there were 8 of us, and all of our friends had to deal with the boxes everywhere. Thankfully, we have the kind of friends who don’t care. But still, it’s nice to use a room for it’s intended purpose instead of as storage. I’m so excited that the china cabinet is done!

~Meghan

One thought on “Of Craig’s List and China Cabinets…”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *