DIY/ Flea Market/ Thrifty

{china cabinet}

A couple of months ago I found this little 50’s/60’s china cabinet on the local eBay classified. I just couldn’t pass up the 20€ (~ $28)  deal!
{china cabinet}
The hubby and I were on the same page about the style and decided to take on the 80km (~50 miles) road trip to pick it up in the little coastal town Bremerhaven.
{china cabinet}
I liked everything about the cabinet — expect for the back. It’s made of flimsy imitation wood and I just did not like the looks of it at all. So, I searched for cute wrapping paper (for weeks), until I found this pretty pinkish-grey paper a couple weeks back.

I used double-sided tape to adhere it to the back and voilà! — itty bitty makeover that still made for a huge change and improvement! I’m in love with it!

I’m partying here


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    A Lived in Home
    Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 03:13 PM

    Great style!! I wouldn’t have passed it up either!

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    Steph @ Crafting in the Rain
    Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 03:32 PM

    Great job!

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    the cape on the corner
    Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 03:46 PM

    oh my gosh, i love that piece! and what a steal, too.

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    Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 04:10 PM

    Wow, I’d say that was the deal of the day! I love it!

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    Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 04:40 PM

    I dream of a deal like that! It looks just perfect with the design on the back-

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    Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 05:56 PM

    It’s gorgeous!!

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    Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 02:27 PM

    I love the style on this cabinet! I would have made the 50 mile drive too for that price. :)

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    Nicole@Thrifty Decorating
    Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 06:07 PM

    Cute project!! I submitted it! :)

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    Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 06:22 PM

    I love it and that you did NOT paint it! Double sided tape, eh? I might try that in my china cab. Well done.

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    Vivienne @ the V Spot
    Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 06:32 PM

    Looks great!

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    Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 07:11 PM

    Great job Vanessa!

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    Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 09:52 PM

    This looks so cool!

    Hey, found you from Wandering Wednesdays Blog Hop! Here’s me-

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    Thursday June 2nd, 2011 at 01:27 AM

    Agasp! My 60’s crockery would look quite at home in somwting like that… you are truly talented and resourceful!!! Gorgeous, dahr-ling.

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    Thursday June 2nd, 2011 at 04:59 AM

    very nice :) the results are superb .…. erum from arts crafts n hobbies

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    Thursday June 2nd, 2011 at 03:42 PM

    I just wanted to say that I *love* that you left it wood. It breaks my heart to see gorgeous pieces painted. Love it and awesome deal (28$!?!)

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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    Thursday June 2nd, 2011 at 09:36 PM

    Like the new background! The paper was worth waiting for!
    Thanks for linking up this week! :)

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    Friday June 3rd, 2011 at 07:45 PM

    Such a fabulous find. I love how you improved it without taking away from all the vintage goodness. Enjoy!

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    Lesley Litrento
    Saturday June 4th, 2011 at 04:05 PM

    When I saw the thumnail on Funky Junk, I thought, “Please please please tell me that she kept this AMAZING finished!” lol Wow! I would have driven the miles too. Seriously, what a treat to see such a ‘creature.’ Love the addition of the paper and what a smart choice to use the tape. Less permanent incase you want something new later on.… Thanks for sharing this today. It made me smile!:)

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    Sunday June 5th, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Looking GOOD! Well done.

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sunday June 5th, 2011 at 05:12 PM

    Thank you so much, Elisabeth (or Andrée? :D)!

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    Alexis @ persia lou
    Sunday June 5th, 2011 at 08:09 PM

    So beautiful! It looks fantastic against that green wall. I hope to one day snag such a great find!

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    Sunday June 5th, 2011 at 09:14 PM

    That is great! I love that style!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

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    Art For Little Hands
    Sunday June 5th, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    I like that this was such an easy makeover. You kept its style and I like the style it is. I like the wrapping paper you chose too and what is nice is when you want a change all you have to do is look for new wrapping paper.

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    Kim @ Cheap Chic Home
    Monday June 6th, 2011 at 02:02 AM

    This is a great style. It was worth waiting to find the great backing paper.

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    Monday June 6th, 2011 at 04:03 AM

    Lovely redo! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party! Can’t wait to see what you share next!

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    Susan @ Busy Home Adventures
    Monday June 6th, 2011 at 01:55 PM

    What a cool piece! I love the style, too. Worth the trip for sure. The paper you put up is a clear improvement!

    Stopping by from Dittle Dattle.

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    Stephanie Hillberry
    Monday June 6th, 2011 at 09:54 PM

    I, too, found a great mid-century cabinet piece at one of our local thrift stores and bought it for a song. Three years later, it is still MY FAVORITE piece!
    Your wallpaper upgrade is a smart and lovely touch–and I like how you can change it out if the mood suits you. Great find and great makeover!


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    Monday June 6th, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Can I tell you how much I love this cabinet.

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    Style File
    Tuesday June 7th, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Nice job. I’m glad you didn’t paint that pretty wood grain — it is so perfectly matched.

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    Wednesday June 8th, 2011 at 08:51 PM

    Oh you definitely couldn’t pass that up at all! I love the look of the paper. Well done!

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