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Repurposed Emerald Green Cabinet


What if I told you that it's possible to get two pieces of furniture from one china cabinet. Do I have your attention? Super! If you've followed us for for any length of time you know that we love to repurpose and refinish furniture into show stopping pieces without breaking the bank.



Today, we're going to show you how we create gorgeous media consoles, buffets, or custom cabinets from one hutch. That's two furniture statement pieces for the price of one!








We received products from General Finishes to complete this furniture makeover.
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We're calling this project "The Chesapeake Cabinet" which started out as an older and beaten up china hutch. It had chips, it had gouges and was collecting dust in a storage unit.




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This china cabinet was ideal because it came two pieces. I love china cabinets that have an upper and a lower. Number 1- They are easier to move and 2- You can easily add legs to each section to create a unique and stand alone piece. 



The upper section of  china cabinets make beautiful custom cabinets and the lower section (depending not the height) are the perfect size to repurpose into media consolesbuffets or sofa tables and sometimes bathroom vanities.



You can see additional examples of us doing that with this repurposed hutch or check out how we transformed the bottom of this china cabinet!




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In order to add legs we need to beef up both the top and bottom of the cabinet. We used 1/2" pine, cut the boards to size, then attached them with wood glue and finishing nails.




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Once the boards were secured, we attached the legs Home Depot fence posts to the bottom board with wood glue and screws. If you're looking for a wood legs Amazon carries a great variety of furniture legs.



We painted the cabinet with two coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Emerald and then sealed it with one of my personal favorites, General Finishes High Performance in Flat.




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Then, we used spray adhesive and Modge Podge to adhere a fun geometric fabric to the back of the cabinet. When we pulled it altogether, we got a fun and dramatic alternative to a traditional china hutch...




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It's was really pretty simple! Would you like to see more furniture tutorials just like this? Stop by our Tutorial Shop to see more! Do you have time for one more furniture makeover? We think our Balayage Inspired Media Console might just knock your socks off!


Have a great week!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street





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54 comments

  1. This is seriously gorgeous. I love the black & white against that emerald paint. The white dishes...just love it!

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  2. Once again my friend you knocked this outta the ballpark!! Great job!

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  3. Oh my gosh I have a cabinet top that i bought the same legs from home depot and am putting them on the bottom just like this! I love that i can see for real how it will look and i love it! Great job. I bought square caps to bulk up where the legs go but i think your idea may work better. And i love your colors here. So pretty and cool!

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    1. Really!? Small world! Well when you're finished with yours, I hope you'll tag me. I'd love to see it!- Carrie

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    2. If I can figure out how to do tag, I certainly will ha! It weights a super ton so I need help moving it. I sold the bottom and just didn't have the heart to ditch the top since it is beautiful. I figured it would make a bookcase or curio type cabinet. I actually have two hutch tops I'm doing this to, but they are so awkward and huge I have been intimidated to start either one :). You have inspired me to dig in!

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    3. I should have been more clear... If you post an after picture on Insta or FB, tag me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Love this and and the color is great!

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  5. This is so cool! I love revamping old furniture, but I've never done anything THIS impressive! #waywow linkup

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  6. A very clever makeover! I Love the new look cabinet! Thanks you for linking up to #frifree4all over at www.snaphappybakes.com

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  7. I love the transformation. It looks so modern with the new color and paper pattern. Nice job!

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    1. Appreciate you stopping by, Erlene! Thanks so much!

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  8. Carrie!

    As always, you just knocked it out of the ballpark, girlfriend! LOVE this!

    oxox
    Evey

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! This project was a fun to work on!

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  9. Looks awesome! And what a lovely, vibrant color!

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    1. Thank you, Mila! General Finishes Emerald is a show stopper!

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  10. love this!!! Can't wait to see all the submissions, especially if they are like yours. I love the green with the black and white, I'm in love!! You did an incredible job with the flip, I want it!!!! Thanks for posting at #WAYWOW Come back, I love everything you've posted, it would fit right in my home perfectly!

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  11. Seriously gorgeous flip! Love the green with the black and white geometric fabric! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Best of the Weekend party. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

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    1. Hi Jenna! Thanks for hosting. I'd love to participate again! Thanks!

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    2. Love it so much that I had to feature it tonight!

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    3. I'm honored, Jenna! Have a great weekend!

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  12. I LOVE this transformation! The paint colour, the legs, the geometric pattern chosen... love everything! I'm featuring this project at the Talented Tuesday party this week. Hope you'll stop by and say hi!!

    Lindi @ www.lovecreatecelebrate.com

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  13. Carrie, Amazing job refinishing that cabinet. What a great way to transform a cabinet top, the green paint and geometric designs are perfect. Thanks so much for sharing your furniture piece at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Please join us again tomorrow night at 8 EST. Take care, Tara

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    1. Tara- Thanks for hosting and for stopping by! I'd love to participate again! See you soon..

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  14. What a beautiful job you did on this piece! I'm so glad that you shared this at "Best of the Weekend" so that I could discover it. I hope that you are keeping this to enjoy!

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    1. Ah, I am! For now anyway.... until I decide to change up my color scheme ;) I suppose that's one of the perks of painting furniture. Switching things up is considered normal at our home... Thanks for stopping by!.. Carrie

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  15. Cute makeover! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  16. Absolutely love it! Featured it today for Think & Make Party over at HeatheredNest.com :) :)

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  17. It hardly looks like the same piece, and I mean this in the best way! :) Lovely work, Carrie!

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  18. Featuring tonight on The Painted Drawer Link Party and thanks for sharing! Thanks also for the heads up on the contest!

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    1. Thank you sharing, Suzanne! What an honor it is to be included. There were some lovely projects this past week! Thanks again!... Carrie

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  19. I'm stopping by from The Painted Drawer Link Party feature. This piece is brilliant! The Emerald Green with the contrasting fabric, and the feet...What a fabulous example of upcycling! Perfectly executed!
    Robin

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to write such a nice note. Take Care!... Carrie

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  20. Oh my goodness, I am in love with this! Love the creativity, love the color, love the geometry. AND that's the FIRST time I've EVER loved geometry! ;)

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    1. Thank you, Kimm! And I'm right there with you... math isn't my strong suit either. But, geometric fabric, that I can do! :)

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  21. This piece is beautiful!! I used Emerald milk paint for my piece as well this month. I LOVE the color, and yours looks amazing with the geometric pattern on the inside. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for hosting us this month!

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    1. Isn't GF's Emerald just lovely? It makes me smile every time I open the can. :) I'm so glad that you're participating in The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest this month!

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  22. Love that you saved the top of that china hutch, great project and what a juicy bright green color! Love the floor staging as well, adds a nice touch !

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    1. It is a juicy bright green, Brenda! :) Thank you!

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  23. That green is fantastic! Maybe I'll have to start looking at monster china cabinets differently in the future. Thanks for hosting!

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  24. Look how beautiful. Love love love. I wish I had your creativity (since I seem to already share your old a** needs-a-refresh furniture, LOL).

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    1. I'm sure that you are more creative then you give yourself credit for!

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