A few years ago I discovered this buffet and china cabinet in one of my favorite thrift stores.

sideboard purchased

I bought it to repurpose the china section only. I sold the bottom portion at a consignment store.


I’ve been using it for our family library. We have lots of books and the glass doors are great for keeping them dust free. It was on my “to do” painting list but that never happened. Although it was displaced to No. 2 Son’s room during a renovation that has yet to be completed, it’s original home was on the second floor hallway landing. Now that I incorporated our books into the main family areas, the size of this piece didn’t leave me too many other placement options. I thought. why not cut it into two sections and place it on either side of the media console in our basement family room.


mid century modern media cabinet

Here’s what I did:

Step 1- Remove molding.


Step 2 – Make the cuts. Mr. DIY taped and cut off the side edges from the center section.

First the top,

and then the bottom

giving us three sections, but not for long.

china cabinet cut sections


I decided to cut off the side sections rather than splitting it down the middle because I wanted the doors of each cabinet to open from the center. If I had cut it down the center, both doors of each finished cabinet would open from to the left or right and it would have required the addition of side panels as well.

china cabinet cut out

As for that curved cut out, originally to make room for the flourescent light fixture, I am not sure if I will fill it in or leave it as is. Sometimes I like the quirkiness of things like that. You know, a conversation starter so to speak. Maybe, maybe not. I will decide that later.

Step 3 – Adhere the two side sections together to match it’s twin, the original center section.


To do that, I had Mr. DIY add a thin piece of wood between the two sections to compensate for the wood loss during the cutting process.

Step 4 – Use a heat gun to remove the trim residuals left behind.

And there you have it, all glued up, sanded and waiting to be primed. It’s twin is ready as well.



Wow! that was a lot of work but there is so much more to go. Not entirely sure what color to paint them. Same color as the media console or another color? Not a fan of matchy, matchy, but I think that might be the way to go. What do you think?

I sure hope you will come back to see the rest of this transformation. To be continued…….

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