From China Cabinet to Buffet Table | Upcycling Project #1

Hey there, Mea here!

In today’s post, I am going to show you how you can take a china cabinet and upcycle it into pieces of furniture: a buffet table and a in house greenhouse.

As I work on redesigning my house, I realized that it was time to give my old china cabinet a new look. Even though I loved the vintage look, It was over 20 years old, and it was starting to fall apart. 

Instead of throwing it away, I challenged my self to take my china cabinet and repurposing it into something awesome, and this is where the journey began.


  • Hammer
  • Screw Driver
  • Old Floor Boards
  • Screws
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Safety Equipment


  • Please make sure that you wear the needed safety equipment while you work.


Breaking Down the Cabinet


Focusing on the upper part of the china cabinet, I removed the backboard first. I noticed some screws that would help me separate the china cabinet in half, but before I could do that, I removed the glass panels by removing the rubber stoppers and sat them to the side.


After I removed the glass, it was time to separate the cabinet into two. To accomplish this, I laid the China cabinet flat on the ground and started unscrewing the doors and any other area that connected the two pieces.


Out of the two pieces, my first project was going to be the bottom part of the China Cabinet, and I loved the way it looked by itself.


Creating the Table Top

After looking at it for a few minutes, I decided to make it into a buffet table for either my dining room or a plant table for my living room. I ran into my basement to see what I can use as a tabletop.

It didn’t take me long to find some unused Oak wood flooring that the previous owners left behind in the garage. 

I brought the flooring upstairs and laid it across my table for measurement. Widthwise, it was a perfect fit; now all I had to do was cut it the length to the proper size.

The table measured about 4 feet wide, so I added about two inches on both sides and one inch in the front for overhang.

Assembling the Piece

After cutting the wood to size, I lightly sanded out each piece. 

Using a twist drill bit, I pre-drilled holes and then screwed in some wood screws to hold the flooring in place, and must I say that it turned out beautifully!


After looking at it for a few weeks, I decided to move into my living room and change the color to give it a more boho-chic feel.


Did you try something like this? How did it turn out? Join me next week to find out what happened to the top portion! 

Happy Learning,


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