In February I picked up an old china cabinet from my local library for the bargain deal of $20. They even delivered!
In the beginning it was ugly. Really ugly. It took me hours to get all the hinges off because the screws were stripped and stuck. I never did figure out how to get out the middle glass panel and didn’t want to chance breaking it. I sanded and sanded and then lost my sander. Still can’t find it.
Turns out the white, slightly clumpy white baseboard paint I was trying to use up just soaked into the old wood. Some of the yellow aging still shows through after 6 coats!
But after many coats I managed to get it “good enough” and moved it inside.
Finally the doors were done so I picked up new screws and door knobs. And I installed the contact paper for the backsplash.
I filled the cabinet with my favorite collections, the yellow dishes,
and the bottom cabinets are great for storing excess china (I have 24 place settings…) and snacks,
My costs were $3.77 x 2 for screws (two sizes) = $7.54, $2.00 apiece for 8 knobs for a total of $16.