Cabinet post

Emboldened by table building success I decided to raise up our hutch. I thought that would make it look more interesting. Off I went to the Madería Villalobos. Heavy provincial legs completely fit the bill, they looked sturdy enough that the breakfront wouldn’t look like a stilt walker, they were a little taller than I wanted but I thought that it would still be okay. Unfortunately, there were only three left. Why is someone going to all the lumberyards and buying only one leg? After much deliberating, I finally decided on some shorter, sturdier and more practical legs.

As in many of my great ideas, this one crashed when confronted with reality. After consulting with my team of advisors, I came to the conclusion that while it was a feasible project, it was going to involve more than just slapping a set of feet onto the bottom. Words like cross bracing and weight bearing were bandied about. The legs are now slated to become part of a hassock that I want to build.

However, I am please to say, just a little paint and some appliques really have changed the appearance of the china cabinet.

My biggest challenge was the deep leaf design  carved179 into the top curve of the hutch.

I carefully made a tracing of the arch and took the pattern with me when I picked out my wooden appliques.

Choosing the motifs took the longest time. I saw what looked like the perfect piece, but at almost $600 mxn, I didn’t even ask to look at it.

We were helped in our quest by a charming older gentleman, who I think is one of the owners. He had as much fun as we did, pulling out carved motifs and helping us balance the design on the paper pattern. At one point he mentioned that we could have molding cut for the cabinet doors.


Nothing covered the holes perfectly, but wood putty and some scraps of veneer took care of that problem.

The next step was painting everything with a coat of rojo oxido chalk paint which literally means red oxide, but I think of as oxblood but I guess technically is primer red. It dried more a pinkish color. A sort of deep purple and a duck egg blue was dry brushed over the red.china cabinet re-do 2013 009china cabinet re-do 2013 012

china cabinet re-do 2013 014china cabinet re-do 2013 004I decided to paint the interior a soft yellow which I think brightens it up and picks up on the yellow designs on the china displayed inside. I don’t have a before photo with the doors hung however but I think you can get the idea.


Now for the big reveal…….china cabinet re-do 2013 015

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Steve,
    this took me a week. If I was still living NOB it probably would have just taken a week end. I am no way near as productive as I used to be.


  2. Nice job. I amazed you can stretch 24 hours in a day to do all you do. You are tempting Mexican fate.

  3. Lee,
    I have no clue,but “lots” sounds like an industry term if I ever heard one.

    I keep telling Husband that if something ever happens and we have to move NOB again, I am going to buy and sell used furniture.


  4. Do you have any idea how much you could sell that for in the U.S.? Lots!

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