1920’s Ornate China Cabinet


February 28, 2015 by Terry

I acquired this beautiful 1920’s china cabinet a little over a year ago now.  It was part of an entire dining set I purchased.  There was a table, 6 matching chairs, a sideboard and this beautiful hutch!  What a fantastic find!


IMG_2276IMG_2274This is the matching sideboard:

IMG_2282Both pieces are beautiful and look great in photos but the top on the buffet has so much damage and the china cabinet has some of the wood design missing on the door along with many deep nicks and scratches.

IMG_2277After spotting an early 1800’s piece at an antique shop in a town close by, I decided that I would try to sell this one.  To be honest … my husband told me that in order to have the 1800’s piece, I would have to trade in this one as we just didn’t have the room for both.  I have to say that while I love this piece … I’m in love with the 1800’s piece!  I wish I had a photo of it.  It is so grand in size … beautiful but simple.

I took this one to my booth to sell but in the condition it was in and all the fixing up it would need it just wasn’t selling.  Because I cannot get the 1800’s piece until this one sells, I decided that I would have to do the fixing on this one.

So I brought it home and gave it a new makeover with Milk paint and hemp oil and a lot of elbow grease!  It’s even prettier now than it already was!

1920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 0271920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 0421920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 047I gave the piece 2 coats of Typewriter Milk Paint from the Miss Mustard Seed milk paint line.  I didn’t want it chippy so I added the bonding agent to it after mixing it up so it would grab onto the shiny finish.  I also gave it a quick sanding on the areas I planned to paint.

This piece has so much pretty detail and I didn’t want to cover it all up with paint so I decided to keep much of it in the original finish.  The color combination of the milk paint and the original finish compliment each other while also bringing out the original detail more.

1920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 027You will also notice that the wood decal from the door is gone.  It was too frail to make it work and actually I like it better without as I felt it made the piece look too busy.  Now it looks fancy yet simple and crisp with the black framing it’s face.

I left the inside natural as well and went over it with fine grit sandpaper and some oil.  The milk paint was sealed with Hemp oil.

1920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 0541920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 047I can’t believe how beautiful this paint turned out for being applied with a brush!  It looks like it was sprayed on … seriously!  Not a single brush stroke to be seen, even on the ornate legs!

1920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 086Sorry… the Hemp Oil was still drying in these pics as you can see around the drawer.  I went over the whole thing with a soft cloth after to remove any excess oil.

I have taken this piece back to my booth all beautified and fixed so now it should definitely be able to find it’s new forever home :)

1920's China hutch makeover in typewriter milk paint 048Smiles!


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35 thoughts on “1920’s Ornate China Cabinet

  1. Make says:

    Lovely, did you use plain milk paint or mix hemp oil into it?


  2. Jo says:

    Terry, I absolutely love the pieces you bring back to life! Very inspiring for me, as I just joined this milk paint restoration party. I have to say it’s very addictive and fun. Thanks for showing us how it’s done so beautifully.


  3. Beautiful transformation! You have really modernised the piece while keeping the beautiful original features and wood.


    • Thank you for the nice compliment! I’m really loving the way the natural wood works with the black paint. I think it draws more attention to the wood detail now.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment :)


  4. This turned out amazing! You did a great job updating this piece…I’m sure it will sell right away, since it would work in so many places. Thanks for sharing this with us!


  5. This is stunning!


  6. Oh my Terry this is a stunner! I really like the how the Typewriter Black milk paint looks with the natural wood. I’m sure this will sell quickly! You did a beautiful job but then you do a beautiful job on all your pieces.


  7. So pretty-love the 2 tones!


  8. I can’t say anything new, other comments say it all. I love the two tone look two. Such an eye you have!


  9. Gilly says:

    Absolutely beautiful…..I love that you have some of the wood showing and the details on this piece are stunning! The sideboard is beautiful also…..what great finds!


  10. BethMarohn says:

    Love how this turned out! I have a thing for the black accent painted pieces with the wood tones. This is the perfect piece to paint like that!


  11. Beth H says:

    Thank you for keeping the parts of that beautiful wood intact!! It goes beautifully with the black. Great work!


  12. It’s stunning! I love that you left some of the natural wood showing. That along with the painted sections compliment each other so beautifully. I’m sure someone will snap this up in no time!


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  14. […] couple of years ago now I purchased a beautiful dining set that included a sideboard and china cabinet.  I kept the sideboard but have sold the china cabinet as I did not have the space for […]


  15. WoW- what a GREAT piece! LUV how you altered its look- so much nicer NOW!
    I don’t know how you originally found ME, but I am so happy ‘cuz I’ve really enjoyed following you back! I love your creativity, your vision and interpretation of “better now!”
    Hope one day to actually meet you f-t-f. Cheers to a New Year of inGENious projects!


    • Terry says:

      Okay Catherine …. you just totally made my day! Bless your kind heart! I think I first found your blog when I was browsing another linky party and your blog name caught my eye! I love it :) So happy I have found a friend in you and I would love to meet you someday as well! You have a magnetic personality and a great attitude!


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