Furniture Facelift Friday: China Cabinet Turned Kitchen Cabinet


This was a case of love at first sight! I found this solid oak cabinet at a thrift store for only $65 and I had to have it. It was intended to sit on top of a base cabinet, but the top part was the only piece left.

When we moved in to our home the previous owners had installed a hideous shelf in the kitchen made out of press board and those ugly L-brackets. It was one of the first things to go and we replaced it with this cabinet.

But the cabinet was very heavy and not built to be mounted to the wall, so we had to do some re-engineering. We didn’t want to take any chances because it would be holding my nice glassware and mounted over our kitchen computer.

Originally the back was a very thin piece of board, so I bought some thick plywood and screwed it on along the outside frame. We then mounted it in several places to some studs using humungous screws and washers. It isn’t going anywhere!

I love the contrast of the natural wood against my painted cabinets. And I use my glassware more often now that it is so much easier to get to!

Furniture Facelift Friday:
Every Friday I post before and after pics of a furniture restoration or repurpose. If you have any before and after photos you would like to submit, just post them to my Facebook wall at and you might be featured on my blog!

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