Re-purposing a China Cabinet

6:00:00 AM

Picture if you will....

A shiny tiger mahogany china cabinet that ended 
up by default in my home...

Problem was, it just wasn't my style....

I stared at it for a year or so in my living room, always saying 
"I really need to do something to that piece"....

So, I did....

The first thing I did was to removed the glass doors.... and I lived with it like that for a while....

It still wasn't right...

 So then I removed the whole top piece...

and about a year ago, turned it into a desk...

I sat the top of the hutch right on top of a black board from IKEA... one side is supported with a saw horse and the other with an antique wooden file cabinet...
I filled the center space with a cork board.

Now I still have the rest of the hutch 
to deal with... and I'm ready to get busy!

Here's a little sample of what the before looked like:

Come back and see just how awesome this one turned out!

Hint... Home-made chalk paint is involved...

Check out part 2 and part 3!


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  1. I am so looking forward to the reveal. It's a gorgeous piece. And homemade chalk paint in black?
    Love it!

  2. Susan that shiny tiger had to go - thank goodness! Can't wait to see the makeover, that tease pic looks so yummy.

  3. Looking forward to the next installment! :D

  4. You are amazing! I love that you turned it into a desk (I'm a little behind here...) Can't wait to see what it looks like now!!

  5. Love the top piece on a desk, Susan! What a great storage piece. You got two pieces out of one here! I can't wait to see how the base turned out. I'm going to play around with making my own chalk paint this week, too.

  6. I am truly intrigued at what the bottom looks like now. I'm toying with painting a piece black and now I think I may need to make my own homemade chalk paint in black ...



  7. I keep looking at the pictures of the piece and then the pictures of the desk and wow - I never would have guessed it was the same piece


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