Farmhouse China Cabinet Makeover with Shiplap


You guys.  Remember how I told you last week about my recent little Goodwill shopping spree when I shared the $6 vintage vanity bench that I redid?

Well this big beautiful beast was the big score that day – only $36 on sale!

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Sure it had chips and scratches, a few of the feet had big chunks missing, four of the curved trim pieces on the doors were missing (one was hiding in a drawer though), and it had a whole lotta sadness going on.  But it’s super heavy and solid for being only about 6 feet tall.  Oh and the back was stamped 6/21/48.

*Guys, today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day with my furniture makeover friends – so be sure to stick around and visit their projects at the bottom of this post.  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I use and recommend.

First up, I removed the back panel – I wasn’t sure how I was going to update it yet, but it’s much easier to paint inside without that in the way.  Then I taped the glass on both the front and back sides.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Next, since that reddish mahogany finish always bleeds, I primed it with my favorite shellac primer.

Soon I was walking through Home Depot trying to get ideas for the back of this china cabinet makeover.  Then I saw something…..  Shiplap!   Did you know you can buy boards of it there?   I know it’s been really popular on walls for a farmhouse look thanks to Fixer Upper but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen it used on furniture before.

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My two older boys were with me since I had just picked them up from school.  They weren’t amused at how long I was taking in the store, but they liked riding on the cart!

One primed 8ft. shiplap board is about $5, and I ended up using four of them.  I had the store cut them in half for me, and then my husband (Guy in the Garage) cut them a little shorter to the exact length needed.

By this point I had also painted the china cabinet in its first layer of paint – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Shiplap has little grooves at the top and bottom that make the boards really easy to interlock with each other.  I hammered a couple one-inch nails at each end and then they were secure.  So simple.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s another behind the scenes photo (no judging, you know I’m not perfect by any means!) – the boards are all in place and the next layer of paint is on – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It was pretty as-is but this was going to be a rustic, farmhouse china cabinet makeover.  (Imperfections for the win.)  Funny story – I sent the above photo to my mom and sister to show them my progress and my mom replied “What’s shiplap?”  LOL.  She doesn’t watch much TV.  🙂

Next came lots of sanding and mess everywhere.  This cabinet got my favorite type of treatment – layered neutral paint colors with some distressing to bring out the lovely details.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

That shiplap – oh my word, it’s so pretty!  I’m not the type to commit to something like that on my walls because I’d probably change my mind after a few months, but I absolutely love it on this cabinet.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The layers of Country Grey and Old White are such a nice contrast against the wood finish peeking through, don’t you think?   Swoon.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The drawer pulls are all original but the door pulls were in rough shape – so it got some new bling from Hobby Lobby.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

There are two big areas for storage behind the bottom doors.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The drawers were actually in good condition so I left the wood alone.  Again, the contrast looks good here.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I forgot to mentioned that it was sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax for protection.

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Below is another look at the before and after of this china cabinet makeover (which you can Pin from the button at either the top or bottom of this post):

Goodwill antique china cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint and shiplap for a fresh farmhouse look - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I’d really truly love to know what you think!  And if you have any questions – be sure to ask those too.  I read and appreciate all your comments.   Also – if you’d take a moment to Pin this post or share it with a friend, I’d be so thankful!

Next it’s time for Furniture Fixer Uppers day with some of my favorite blogging friends:

You can see all my past Furniture Fixer Upper posts right Here.

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After and to learn how they did it.

Furniture Fixer Uppers - March 20181. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
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3. Petticoat Junktion

Talk soon, my lovelies!


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33 Comments on Farmhouse China Cabinet Makeover with Shiplap

  1. Debra Wise
    March 22, 2018 at 8:26 am (4 months ago)

    Great makeover! Love the shiplap!!

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  2. Lena
    March 22, 2018 at 9:12 am (4 months ago)

    I love the shiplap. It completely changed the look of this “traditional” style piece. I’ll have to remember that the next time I do a hutch like this one.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 22, 2018 at 9:36 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks Lena! It was easier than I thought – I’ll definitely use it again sometime. 🙂

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  3. Christy@Confessions of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
    March 22, 2018 at 9:34 am (4 months ago)

    I LOVE the shiplap! It is so unexpected for this formal piece and I love the combination. I had some leftover boards from the board and batten I did in the boys’ bathroom and I was going to add it like shiplap to the back of hanging shelf I did last week, but opted for fabric instead. Kinda wish I’d have gone with this look! XO
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  4. kandice
    March 22, 2018 at 9:57 am (4 months ago)

    this is so pretty! love the shiplap! our kids also like to ride around on the orange trolly thing too lol

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  5. carolyn
    March 22, 2018 at 11:38 am (4 months ago)

    I’m curious to know why you didn’t just remove all the trim on the doors since some of it was missing?

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 22, 2018 at 12:41 pm (4 months ago)

      That’s a good question. I usually prefer to embrace the imperfections in an antique if it’s related to special trim work or an important part of the character. Sometimes I see people remove the uniqueness of a special antique piece because there are minor issues, and when they’re all done it almost looks like a modern mass-produced piece of furniture. Much of the charm is gone. It’s just my personal preference, and I might not always do it – it depends on the piece.

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  6. Jessica
    March 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm (4 months ago)

    Is that primer you put on it first?

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm (4 months ago)

      Yep! It’s my favorite shellac primer. I talk about it more in the post (right after I removed the back and taped the glass). There’s also a link to it above. 🙂

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  7. Anonymous
    March 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm (4 months ago)

    So how DID you replace the missing curved pieces on the door trim. You don’t tell us that…

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm (4 months ago)

      I didn’t replace the missing pieces. If you look at the close-up photos, each door still has two missing pieces of curved trim. There are little raised lines where the trim used to be (from the old glue maybe), so when I painted it and then distressed over the lines, you almost can’t tell that they’re missing from far away. Hope that makes sense. 🙂

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  8. Laura F
    March 22, 2018 at 1:38 pm (4 months ago)

    Love the shiplap! I have a similar cabinet that I was going to do beadboard on the back of….plans now changing! The shiplap is a modern yet just traditional enough touch that updates your piece well….Great Job!
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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm (4 months ago)

      Haha! I was thinking of doing beadboard on this one at first – I love it too!

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  9. Tracie
    March 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm (4 months ago)

    How ironic, I just purchased a corner hutch that matches it to a “T”!!!!

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  10. Marcie Lovett
    March 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm (4 months ago)

    That was a fun idea! I didn’t realize shiplap was an actual product you could buy, I thought it was just wood strips. I love the shape of the cabinet – my favorite furniture era.

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  11. Marie-The Interior Frugalista
    March 22, 2018 at 6:37 pm (4 months ago)

    Did you say $36 – nice score! Seeing your boys on the cart reminded me of when mine were little, they loved riding on those. I’ve been contemplating using shiplap on the back of a cabinet I’m redoing and seeing yours convinced me that’s the way to go. Love the makeover, Jen!
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  12. Naomi S.
    March 22, 2018 at 8:14 pm (4 months ago)

    I like the shiplap on the back of the cabinet, Jen. That was inspired. It looks very “country”. The only thing I don’t like is the pulls on the drawers. They are definitely not “country” to me and distract from that look on the rest of the cabinet. I would use something more primitive–maybe a cupped pull in metal. And some plain knobs in the same metal for the doors. Then it would really look more in keeping with the shiplap. How does that strike you? You realize, of course, that is just one person’s opinion and not intended to be critical of your work at all.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm (4 months ago)

      Naomi- Cup pulls didn’t even cross my mind, but you’re right that style would be perfect for this piece. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll remember that next time I do a similar project. For now I’ll keep these and try to sell it as-is. 🙂

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  13. Lizzy Leff
    March 22, 2018 at 9:09 pm (4 months ago)

    Love it! Great job. I just did my dining room in shiplap, and I have extra. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. MaryJean
    March 22, 2018 at 11:05 pm (4 months ago)

    I really love the shiplap! I thought it would not be noticeable with the doors closed, but it looks great! Nice job, Jen.

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  15. PC
    March 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm (4 months ago)

    I have the same cabinet in pristine condition from my grandmother. I love how this one looks

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  16. Jamie Perez
    April 3, 2018 at 6:23 pm (4 months ago)

    I love it!! I have a Buffett that is similar just waiting for a makeover! I know now that I will definitely use primer (so thank you!) and my piece is also missing a few chunks around the feet. Should I fill them in…or just paint and call it “the well loved” look!!!?!?

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      April 4, 2018 at 1:09 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much! If it’s a piece that you’re keeping, I wouldn’t worry about fixing the feet unless it really bothers you, or if it would be an easy fix.

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  17. Vivian
    May 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm (3 months ago)

    I have a cabinet that is similar in style and design and have been thinking of painting it. How much chalk paint did your project take? And how long did it take? Everything I’m reading about chalk paint makes me think it is a quick drying product making projects faster (maybe) than using normal paint. Any tips or specifics you can give?

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      May 7, 2018 at 11:27 pm (2 months ago)

      Hi Vivian. I used about a half can of Chalk Paint, that’s after priming it first with the Zinsser BIN shellac. I’ve done lots of projects with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, it’s my favorite type of furniture paint. It does dry pretty quickly- if I’m doing a big piece, once I get a coat of paint on then I can usually go back to where I started and start doing the second coat right away. Of course if you’re outside on a hot day (like it’s been here lately) then it will dry even faster. The china cabinet took a couple days, I have three little kids so I have to take a lot of breaks. 🙂

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