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DIY: China Cabinet Makeover

May 16, 2011 by admin

If you want to see the transformation of my craigslist china cabinet, check out this week’s blog on!  Plus there are some great furniture painting tips!


  1. ErikaM says:

    Hi Michael,

    Every single shot in the H&H feature of your home was magic! I am so inspired by the fresh colour palette you chose and your creative mix of new and newly “found” furnishings.

    Can you offer some tips on selecting quality used/antique furniture? How can you make sure that you are getting the best value for your money? Without giving away all of your secrets, can you let me know of any dealers/consignment stores in the GTA that are sure bets?

    Thanks! Love the blog.

    • Hi Erika – that’s so nice about the magazine feature! I’m so happy you like it! The colour palette is all colours I love so I’m so happy they all worked well together in the end. When it comes to shopping vintage, you learn as you go. Your eye gets trained to look for classic shapes and nice wood tones – oh and pretty hardware too. You obviously want to find something that’s solid and not falling apart. Chairs are tricky cause they often feel wobbly. You can reglue them, but I haven’t had to do that so far. Always check that drawers work well and if they stick you can consider sanding or planing them down to help a bit.

      As for shops in the GTA, try Arcadia Antiques and Queen West Antique Centre on Queen West in Toronto. Bronze on Queen East, The Elegant Garage Sale on Mount Pleasant. If you’re up for a drive to Belleville (2.5 hours from Toronto) I love Funk and Gruven A-Z and Aberfoyle Antique Market near Guelph. And always check Value Village and The Salvation Army!

      Hope that helps!


  2. Lynne says:

    Hi Michael.
    Just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to re-use and refinish my bathroom vanity. I followed your instructions to the letter and it looks great. Painted an old pine, worn vanity a nice fresh white, added new hardware (all by myself, too) and it looks great!
    Thanks again,

    • That’s so exciting Lynne! I’m so happy you were able to get through the project and reap the rewards! And new hardware too? You’re so fancy!

      P.S. I heard about your position next year – Yay!!!!!!


  3. ErikaM says:

    Thanks, Michael!

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