Have you ever thought of using a china cabinet in a way that it wasn’t originally intended?
Sometimes when you move to a new home, you have to reimagine different ways to display pieces of furniture. Many times they just don’t fit in the new space the same way they did in the previous home. Such was the case with the French Provincial china cabinet that I’ve had for many years. It simply wasn’t going to work in our new dining room, so it’s been re-purposed! The china cabinet is now a linen cabinet in the master bath!
This sweet French Provincial china cabinet has gone through a couple of makeovers, and served a couple of different purposes, over the last several years.
If you’ve followed me for awhile, you may remember when this china cabinet originally got a makeover, and then later, I changed the doors from glass to chicken wire for more of a French Country look.
When we moved into our current home, the cabinet didn’t fit well in the new dining room. The dining room ceilings are so high, that they dwarfed the china cabinet. I didn’t like the look of it at all, and even considered selling it at one point.
But then I realized that our very large master bathroom had a big wall on one side that was going to need a substantial piece of furniture placed there. It seemed like the china cabinet would be the perfect piece to repurpose as a linen cabinet in our master bath!
Hubby switched the doors from chicken wire back to the original glass (I’m glad I saved it!), and after moving the cabinet into the master bathroom, it seemed like it had belonged there forever. It was a perfect fit!
The glassed in cabinet top is perfect for storing bath towels and wash cloths. Glass jars filled with bath salts, soap, and cotton balls are so pretty behind the glass against the dark blue interior.
I’m still looking for a few more pretty glass jars to display, and I’m sure the cabinet will get tweaked many times before I’m satisfied with it.
After we moved the cabinet into the bathroom, I wanted to give the doors a small custom detail by adding a monogram. I wanted it to look like the glass had been etched, and I found the perfect decal on Etsy.
I ordered the script initial in a frost vinyl that looks exactly like etched glass once it’s applied to the glass doors.
We’ve never had a master bathroom that’s as large as the one we have now, so I’ve never repurposed furniture to use in a bathroom before. Now that I’ve added this piece of furniture to the bathroom, I’m loving the custom one of a kind look!
The bottom of the china cabinet has lots of drawers in the center, and cabinets on each side for an abundance of storage, and it didn’t take long to fill it up. We are loving all of this extra storage in our master bath.
I brought in an antique French children’s chair that I found at my favorite monthly estate sale, and sat it beside the cabinet for Miss RubyLou.
She follows us everywhere we go, including the bathroom! She loves hopping up in the little French chair and waits patiently for us to get ready every morning.
Our master bath is quite large and bright, so it was difficult to photograph. There is so much light that comes in through a glass block window.
The bath is wallpapered in a gray and gold stripe which appears to have been done recently, and I love the colors and pattern so I don’t have any plans to change it. There’s really not a lot of updating that needs to be done, only a few cosmetic changes such as updating fixtures, replacing the 1990’s lights, and adding a pretty chandelier.
I’m looking for a pair of pretty French sconces to hang on each side of the glass block window, and more accessories, but I’m taking my time in finding those so it’s a slow process.
Also on my wish list is a pretty runner for this hallway leading from the master bedroom into the bath.
The “boob light” will get replaced with something pretty, and I’m on the hunt for just the right size Louis XV French bench to go in front of the huge tub.
It seems like we’re going at a snail’s pace, but I don’t want to buy something in a hurry and then not be happy with it. I would rather take my time and find the perfect piece.
I did find a couple of antique French engravings at an estate sale recently, that I added to the wall beside the newly imagined linen cabinet, and highlighted them with a couple of vintage iron pieces in a French theme, so I am adding a few things!
Have you reimagined a piece of furniture, using it in a way that it wasn’t originally intended? I would love to hear about it!
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