{china cabinet}

May 31, 2011

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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  1. A Lived in Home says:

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

  2. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    Great job!

  3. the cape on the corner says:

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

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

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

  6. It’s gorgeous!!

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

  8. Nicole@Thrifty Decorating says:

    Cute project!! I submitted it! :)

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

  10. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    Looks great!

  11. Johnnie says:

    Great job Vanessa!

  12. This looks so cool!

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


  13. operationcrafthappy says:

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

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

  15. 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$!?!)

  16. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says:

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

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

  18. Lesley Litrento says:

    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!:)

  19. ElisabethAndrée says:

    Looking GOOD! Well done.

  20. {nifty thrifty things} says:

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

  21. Alexis @ persia lou says:

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

  22. AllieMakes! says:

    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!

  23. Art For Little Hands says:

    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.

  24. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:

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

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

  26. Susan @ Busy Home Adventures says:

    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.

  27. Stephanie Hillberry says:

    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!

    Stephanie from Deviantly Domesticated

  28. jandjhome says:

    Can I tell you how much I love this cabinet.

  29. Style File says:

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

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

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