Repurposed China Cabinet as Bathroom Storage


Painting an outdated china cabinet and using it as bathroom storage /



Hello sweet friends!   Hope you are all doing well!   Between teaching Zumba, painting furniture, and trying to update our 20+ year old house, some days I feel like I’m just chasing my tail.    It feels so good to have an actual finished project to share with you today!



Painting an old china cabinet and using it as bathroom storage /



If you follow Clockworkinteriors on Instagram (the little camera icon on the sideboard), it’s possible you’ve seen the “before” of this china cabinet that I purchased to use as storage in our new bathroom:



Using an updated china hutch as bathroom storage /



Okay.  Before we get to the elephant in the room … Remember the white MCM bedroom suite that I refinished for my daughter?  Remember that I eluded to the fact that someone / something had scratched the top??  Well, just look at what’s in the background!! I’m thinking whoever unpacked whatever was on that pallet may be my number one suspect!  There is most definitely something sitting on the top of that dresser!


Okay, now onto the other guilty party.  Yes, I painted over mahogany veneer.  And I realize some of you are thinking, “Why would she paint that?!”  (Social media isn’t always very “social”, if you know what I mean!)  (To be fair, the hutch didn’t look this good in person.  It had quite a few dings.  And the red tone just doesn’t match our bathroom.)  The plan was always that I was going to paint whatever storage piece we found.  It was going to be the pop of color in the room.   But I’m really not that cold hearted.  I tried my best to find a fixer upper (it certainly would have been cheaper!), but they were all too large for the space or just plain ugly.  And please know that the cabinet wasn’t someone’s precious family heirloom.  I bought it out of a guy’s stuffed storage locker.  And isn’t it better that this piece will be used and loved each and every day??  If my bold type still hasn’t swayed you, wait until you read the price comparisons of buying new.  And the hutch is still wood … it’s still in one piece … the paint can always be stripped off …. that person just won’t be me!  LOL  😀 😀


Deciding on the color was easy.    As soon as I saw the Cooper Dining Table in an Ethan Allen sale catalog, I knew indigo blue was going to be the pop of color in our new bathroom:



Ethan Allen Cooper dining Table in Pinstripe


Besides the price tag, what’s not to love about that room, right??!   Another plus of picking a darker shade is I wouldn’t have to worry about the tanins bleeding through, which can happen when you are painting over mohagany or other red stains.  (FYI: For the interior of the hutch, I first rolled on two coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer, and there was still a little bleed through.  However, two coats of the actual paint took care of the bleed through.)


Here’s a couple “work in progress” phone pictures:



Updating an old china hutch to be used as bathroom storage /


The paint color of the hutch’s exterior is SW Indigo and the interior is SW Repose Gray mixed at 50%.





If Seattle hadn’t been having it’s wettest October on record, this would have been a great project to spray.   I’m 5′ 3 “, and taller pieces always take longer when painting with a brush.  Spraying would have been a “breeze”. 😉



Updating an old china hutch to be used as bathroom storage /



And here’s the hutch in it’s new home!:



Painting an outdated china cabinet and using it for bathroom storage /



To refresh your memory, before our  bathroom remodel, this is where cleaning supplies and my hair products were “stored”:



Before picture of master bathroom remodel /



Now the cleaning supplies are out of sight:



Updating a china hutch / cabinet as bathroom storage /



And my hair products now have a proper home:



Updating a china cabinet to use as bathroom storage /




Using a painted china cabinet as bathroom storage /



To say I’m pleased that linens and toilet paper are no longer stored in my closet would be an understatement!



Painting an old hutch to use as bathroom storage /




Painting an outdated hutch and using it as bathroom storage /



And I’ve even got room to grow!  The glass plates can easily be hung on the wall.  😀


The hutch’s original hardware is one of my favorite styles, but I decided to use the same glass knobs that we purchased for the vanity doors.  They are lovely, and the glass really sparkles:



An old hutch is updated with SW Indigo paint and new glass knobs /



Was it worth it to repurpose an old china cabinet as bathroom storage?  If you’re a numbers person, lets do some comparisons. My costs were: The Hutch: $150;  Hardware: $15;  Paint:  $15;  Primer:  Already had … used minimal; Tape:   Already had … used minimal; TSP Substitute:  Already had … used minimal.

Clockwork Interiors’ mahogony hand painted china cabinet $180:



Painting an outdated china cabinet with SW Indigo so it can be used for bathroom storage /



Restoration Hardware Kent Tall Bath Cabinet is $1,450; cheaper if you’re a member, but shipping STARTS at $199:



RH Kent Tall Bath Cabinet



Pottery Barn Classic Linen Closet (made of MDF and poplar) is $999; not including shipping:



Classic Linen Closet

Hey!  Looks like we used the same floor tile!


Let’s check out where I found my inspiration.  Ethan Allen.  Here is their, albeit larger, Lombardy China Cabinet (gemalina (?!) wood with oak veneers) $6,768!:



Ethan Allen Lombardy China Cabinet $6,768


It’s gorgeous … as it should be for that price!

Are you with me??  If these were one of a kind, unique, original pieces, I would consider paying shipping fees.  But for mass produced MDF?? No way.  If you need extra storage (in any room!) consider repurposing a piece of furniture.  In our area,  people are basically giving away larger media cabinets and pine hutches.   I saw some as low as $50!   A wardrobe or dresser are also great pieces for storage.


Painting an old hutch with SW Indigo and SW Repose Gray /






Updating an old china cabinet with paint and use it as bathroom storage /


If you have any questions on this makeover, leave a comment.   I appreciate, read and answer each and every one.  I’m currently working on some real fun pieces, and I’ll post on them as soon as I’m able. But in the meantime, I usually share sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram.  Take care, Cynthia


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53 Responses

  1. I think because of the price you paid and the effort you put into the hutch, I like your’s better. It’s a beautiful piece without the extra cost. Win win!

    • Thank you, Shari! I can’t tell you how happy this color (and hutch) makes me. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  2. I love the pop of blue in the bathroom, Cynthia! I bought something similar to use as storage in our bathroom, but I still haven’t what color to paint it.

    • Thank you, Carol! Maybe it’s not meant to be painted? Start using it as is and you’ll figure it out! Take care, Cynthia

  3. Cynthia you are one smart lady. It is crazy to pay thousands for imitation wood. I have even heard somewhere that RH has their stuff made in China for a fraction of the cost. It is so much better to find your own and then upcycle it to your liking. Your cabinet looks amazing. Love the fresh clean color you have chosen.

    • Thank you, Mary! You are one thoughtful Lady! So happy that you’ve joined the OFMP Blogger’s Squad! Can’t wait to see what beauties you produce!

  4. Cynthia, I love your blue hutch. Actually, your bathroom remodel is pretty terrific. I wish my bathrooms were large enough to feature a hutch, but that will take remodeling — and my kitchen is next on the list. Great job!

    • Thank you, Ann Marie. How exciting that you’re getting a new kitchen. I hope you’ll be sharing it with us! Take care, Cynthia

  5. Wow – it’s beautiful! Absolutely love the bold color!

    • Hi Joyce! It looks quite a bit different from when you saw it. LOL Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  6. I think your cabinet is far superior to the other ones you mentioned. Plus you got the color you wanted. It looks fantastic.

    • Plus I didn’t have to break the bank to get it! Thanks for stopping by today, Debra! Take care, Cynthia

  7. Stunning! I love the blue. I love it all! Great job.

    • Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment today, Jill! Take care, Cynthia

  8. I absolutely love the use of a dining room hutch + the indigo blue color. It’s so pretty. Makes me wish we had a larger bathroom to do something similar. Visiting from Sundays at Home party.

    • Thank you, Victoria. It’s definitely a better use of the space than the step up corner tub that use to be there! LOL It definitely keeps bathroom clutter at bay. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  9. Oh my goodness, this is just absolutely gorgeous! Love the color! Pinned and tweeted!

  10. First Cynthia, I’m so jealous you could fit a China cabinet in your bathroom. Second, what a fabulous repurpose using it for bathroom storage. And last, wow – gorgeous makeover – love the color!!!!!

    • Oh no … don’t be jealous, Marie! 😀 I’ve lived in small houses, and I’ve lived in big houses … small houses are certainly easier and give you time to do other things. Unless you have a cleaning person .. which makes me jealous! LOL Thanks for all your support! Cynthia

  11. I absolutely love this! The color is amazing with the rest of the soft colors in the room. Have you shared the details on that tub? I’m going to go poke around and see. 🙂

    By the way, I wanted to let you know that Thoughts of Home on Thursday is discontinuing at this time. It has been 40 great weeks and we are all ready to use our time in more creative ways. Thanks so much for being a part of it.

    • Thanks so much, Stacey! Thanks also for the reminder that I really should do a bathroom reveal. Oh well .. maybe in the New Year! LOL 😀

  12. Wow! Your bathroom is gorgeous. That tub is so wonderful. I love the idea of the hutch so you can hide some things, but display others. great job!

    • Thank you, Kati. The bathroom remodel was a lot of work, but so worth it. Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  13. Love the blue and this is a beautiful bathroom. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

  14. […] love this color of paint that Cynthia at Clockwork Interiors selected for this china cabinet she repurposed for additional bathroom storage.  This would just […]

  15. GREAT IDEA, Cynthia. It would be sure that your cabinet caught my attention at first. Blue and white, how gorgeous they come together. Good job,

    • Thanks so much, Thomas. It makes me happy every day! 😀 Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  16. […] you may have looked into hutches like the Restoration Hardware Kent Bath Cabinet. Cynthia from Clockwork Interiors was peeking around at bathroom cabinets but wasn’t loving the steep prices she was finding. […]

  17. Gosh, this is a gorgeous project! I just love the color you painted it, and it is styled perfectly. I can only imagine how long it must have taken to paint this piece. I’m sure I wouldn’t have the patience 🙁 But I sure wish I had a bathroom big enough to accommodate something so pretty!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Julie. It actually didn’t take that long to paint, but I do paint a lot of furniture! LOL Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  18. I love, love, love this hutch! Color, style, just Wow! You have really inspired me!

    • Awwww, thank you, Marlyn! That’s a really great compliment to say that I inspired you. You just made my day! Take care, Cynthia

  19. I was drawn to that blue immediately and so surprised it was in a bathroom! I really love how it turned out and like many others wish I had room for something like this in my bathroom! Great job!

    • Thank you, Liz! Before our bathroom remodel, there was a huge step up corner tub … very 90s, and it was such a waste of space. Once we removed it, the bathroom feels huge, and I’m really enjoying the extra storage. Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  20. Oh my!! I LOVE it Cynthia!! So sorry it took me so long to come take a look. Absolutey GORGEOUS!

    • Thank you, Sweet Thea! It is a fabulous color … and the extra bathroom storage is pretty awesome! Take care, Cynthia

  21. Cynthia, I am just in love with your bold color choice for this piece it’s one of my favorite colors in glass. And that what a beautiful bathroom too! Thanks so much for sharing it at Friday’s Furniture Fix and just to let you know it is the featured project this week #67 party!

    • Wow! That’s awesome, Brenda! Thanks so much, and thanks for hosting each week! Take care, Cynthia

  22. Jennifer

    Absolutely beautiful outcome! You’ve inspired me to paint an old cabinet I have for my bathroom.

    • Thank you, Jennifer! I can’t tell you how nice it is to have all the extra storage … and the bold color makes me happy. Good luck with your project! Take care, Cynthia

  23. Anything blue is great with me. Indigo Blue is beautiful. I have a cabinet that I bought years ago. I have stored books in it, my Christmas dishes, now in the bathroom to hold anything that I do not want out. I am so excited to be using this beautiful color on it.

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, Jody. I’m so happy to read that you were inspired for your own makeover. Good luck on your project and take care, Cynthia

  24. Did you have to prep the cabinet before you painted? I have an actual china cabinet in my dining room that I want to paint.

    • Cynthia

      Hello Laura. The only prep work I did was to wash the cabinet really well with TSP Substitute to clean it and knock down the shine. If this were a piece I was selling, I would use furniture specific paint (i.e, milk or chalk paint). I’m try not to sand “red” stained furniture if I don’t have to, because it seems to make potential bleed through worse. I also made my own DIY chalk paint out of the SW Indigo latex paint, which helps it adhere. And I primed the interior of the cabinet with BIN 123 Primer. Hope this helps. Take care, Cynthia

  25. MoniqueDC

    You mentioned the interior paint was mixed at 50%. What does that mean? Original color mixed with 50% white? if so, what white? Curious to know.

    thank you,


  26. Lisa DeBose

    Hello fellow Seattlite!
    First off, fabulous job on your hutch, secondly, LOVING your remodeled bath room, the rest of your house (of the rooms you’ve done) have got to be beautiful.
    I’ll definitely be heading over to your site to see more. It’s now late May of 2017 and the ever not popular cottonwood tree fluffs are blowing EVERYWHERE LOL, but also nice weather for a project or two.
    Take care and enjoy the summer.

    • Cynthia

      Hello Lisa and welcome. Glad you stopped by today! I’m actually out of town, but I was wondering when those dreaded cottonwoods would start blowing. Upon my return, I’ve got a whole dining room set of furniture that needs to be sprayed outdoors. I just got a new spray shelter, so it sounds like it’ll be getting a work out! Hope you have a lovely Memorial Day weekend! Cynthia

  27. V Valencia

    Wow, that color was a great choice! The cabinet looks great in the marble bathroom. I was wondering what is the material on the windows in the pictures of the cabinet during the painting. It looks like smeared paint on the glass. Is it some medium to keep the paint from sticking to the glass? I would love to know.

    • Cynthia

      LOL. No, that would be paint! I don’t tape off glass on cabinets or mirrors. After everything is painted and dry, I take a razor blade and scrape the paint off of the glass. It works great and does not scratch the glass. Thanks for stopping by today!

  28. Diana Deiley

    It is absolutely the most stunning makeover I have seen lately. Just LOVE the color, the style, the purpose. It’s beautiful and adds glamour to your bathroom. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cynthia

      Thanks for the kind words, Diana. You’ve just made my day! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Take care, Cynthia

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