$10 Yard Sale Cabinet...Glammed Up!

This has to be one of my favorite and most dramatic transformations yet!!! This piece has a formica top which I really didn't want to mess with so I decided to work around it! The cabinet has wonderful bones but the drab yellow country finish did not show it off, so I sanded it down, painted it black and highlighted the detailing with gold leafing to really "glam" it up.

Take a look at the Before...

And now check out the After...

black painted cabinet with gold leafing

This piece fits perfectly under my $5 flea market photo of the Flat Iron building in New York City. I also found this great black and white barrel shaped lampshade ($24...a little more than I would have liked to have spent) at Lowe's which works really well with my $9 Walmart clearance lamp.

This post is linked to the following...

Boogieboard Cottage

Keeping It Simple


Somewhat Simple

shabby creek cottage

The Shabby Nest


  1. I love how this turned out! What a great Job!

  2. Thanks SJ...this one took a little more skill in the way of painting on the gold leafing..but it was worth the time an effort!


  3. Love that!! What a great little find - and I love the black with the gold :)

    Stopping by from Becolorful

  4. Love the transformation! You did a great job :)

  5. What a cute transformation. Great job!

  6. wow! great transformation and find.

    found you and this lovely post via BBC and would love to have you visit the great giveaway i have at the moment!




  7. That is one amazing transformation!
    Very pretty, really brought it up to date, yet still having a cottage feel.

  8. From drab to dramatic!!! You did an incredible job and now your cabinet looks VERY high end! Your vignette is tres chic! :)

  9. This is so pretty! $10? that's amazing! Great job.
    I'd love it if you shared it at a link party that started today at Project Queen. www.projectqueen.org
    I'm a new follower.

  10. what a steal! love that glam gold!


  11. You took your Plain Jane cabinet to major DRAMA Queen! Love it. New follower... hope you will follow me.

  12. wow, what a gorgeous transformation! I love how elegant it looks. Great job!

    Coley @

  13. What a transformation! The cabinet looks absolutely beautiful in your home with all of your other thrifty finds. I gotta say, you've achieve a very expensive look. Way to go, and way to inspire!


  14. This is gorgeous. Love the black. Thanks for joining Wow.

  15. Oh my! What a gorgeous piece! You did a fabulous job and it is decorated perfectly!

  16. I love all things frenchy and I love that cabinet. The black and gold makes a great statement of elegance. That corner of your home looks beautiful.

  17. What a great job you did. Love the gold touches.

    I primed and painted a laminate top and it has held really well over the years. Hasn't come off in any area.

  18. Barbara, what an awesome transformation!! I just saw your feature on Be Colorful!! You did a great job!! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

  19. Thank You Shenita...I love the way this piece came out too..totally unexpected!

    Thank you so much for following me...I am following you now!

  20. That furniture face lift rocks! Best $10 spent, possibly ever! Your newest follower,

  21. Hi Barbara - just wanted you to know that I featured your gorgeous $10 cabinet at Project Queen's Linky Party #5 Highlights. It's beautiful!!! Thanks so much for linking up and I hope you'll come back again this week. www.projectqueen.org

  22. It looks gorgeous! What a find for $10. I love this style of furniture, I can't get enough of it! Visiting from Project Queen.

    ps I host a linky party every Friday, I would love it if you could stop by and link up. Thanks!

  23. Good night, nurse! You took it from zero to seventy in under 5 seconds! Love that new look, you are so totally going to enjoy having this in your house. Don't you love a good yard sale?!?!

  24. Barbara,
    Please share what kind of black that paint you used on this piece! I would love to do something similar to it.
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  25. Just now seeing this and oh my word, I love it! This is my kinda glam. Such a great idea to add the gold leafing...quite elegant.

    Did you use paint with primer included?



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