Skip to Content

Make Over a $10 Flea Market Cabinet

Disclosure: This content may contain affiliate links. See my full terms of use here.

This project is also featured in a roundup of my 10 best painted furniture projects.

Looking for more upcycle projects?  Check out this cute little plant stand, this trunk makeover, and my piano bench makeover.

Make Over a $10 Flea Market Cabinet

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

A few weeks ago, I put out a post showing how I upcycled a ratty old piano bench into a pretty little table for our apartment. Well the same day that I found that bench I found this $10 cabinet, which I thought had a lot of potential:

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

It was an interesting shape and built very well, and for $10, I figured, why not? But restoring it to its previous glory took a lot of love (and sanding). It looked like it had been through a lot…it was covered in scratches and had what seemed like minor water damage around the base. And some random blue paint.

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding, and wear a mask while working with oil-based stains and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand. This post contains affiliate links. You can read more about that here. Thank you!)

I knew I wanted the top of the piece to be the focal point, so I decided to re-finish it with a fresh stain. I did this by sanding the finish off using an electric sander. It was so rewarding to sand that top off! I really lucked out with how beautiful the wood was.

Cabinet-7

After I had sanded the top completely off, I used Minwax wood stain in English Chestnut. (See my post about how to stain and finish wood if you’re curious!)

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

The rest of this project is somewhat of a blur. Why? Because I finished it in the week before we moved! So I’ll just go ahead and tell you what I did. After the stain dried, I did three coats of Minwax polyurethane semi-gloss finish (with a very light sand between the first and second and second and third coats). Two coats probably would have been enough, but I wanted to do a third coat for extra protection. The wood is just so pretty.

Cabinet Final-2

After I finished the top, I did a light sand over the entire piece (excluding the top, of course). Most of it was just hand sanding, but I did use the electric sander on the front of the door, which had some really deep scratches and blemishes, and on the base’s bottom corners, which had a bit of water damage. Then I wiped the piece down and painted a coat of primer (this kind). After that dried, I painted three coats of  Folk Art Home Decor in White Adirondack. I am satisfied with how this piece looked after three coats of Folk Art, but based on experience working with other similar paint lines, I do think that two coats of Americana Deco Art Chalky Finish in Everlasting would have been enough. Alas, I had a 50% off coupon for Jo-Ann, and Jo-Ann only sells Folk Art, so I used that. One extra coat didn’t kill me, and the finished product looks great.

Cabinet Final-6

Cabinet Final-4

I also scouted high and low for a piece of hardware to use for the door. I ended up with a pretty little piece from Silk & Burlap, which is a little shop in downtown Frederick, MD.

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

I love the finished product!

Cabinet Final-5

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet

Make Over a Flea Market Cabinet



Comment spam is the worst.

And it's why I had to turn off comments on my posts that are older than a few weeks. However, I want to know if you have a question! You can hop over to my Instagram or Facebook pages and leave a comment or send me a direct message. Thank you for visiting and reading!

—————

This blog's content is for entertainment purposes only and is not professional advice. By reading this blog and attempting to re-create any content shared on it, you assume all responsibility. Read my full Terms of Use  here. Be safe out there!

Previous
Make Face Wash (That Doubles as Makeup Brush Cleaner)
Next
Make Baked Bath Salts

Carol

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Now you've gone and made me want to go thrifting today! That shape is a winner! Loving your hardware choice, too!

Brittany Merth

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Ha! Thanks, Carol! I hope you find something nice for 10 bucks ;)

Bobbi

Sunday 21st of February 2016

I loved this little cabinet makeover. Please notify me with future posts and ideas.

Brittany Merth

Sunday 21st of February 2016

Thank you, Bobbi :) You can subscribe on my main page and get all of my new posts!

Shirley Cagle

Sunday 31st of January 2016

You did a beautiful job. I believe it looks better than when it was all one color.

Brittany Merth

Monday 1st of February 2016

Thanks, Shirley!

Aceline Fenton

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

You did wonderful job on this cabinet looking very stylish. You have magic in your hands....

Fabio

Thursday 12th of November 2015

I am a professional painter but article like yours inspire me to start make some furniture makeover. Thanks!

Brittany Merth

Friday 13th of November 2015

You are welcome! I am not a professional, but I definitely have fun with it.

shares