Let's jump right into it. I am going to start with a quick post to get your head spinning with ideas.
For this project, we used: An old china cabinet, a screwdriver, a Black and Decker oscillating multi-tool, and some Behr semi-opaque colored stain. (Please note, we were not sponsored or compensated in any way by any of the above named brands, it just happens to be what we used. We also do not make any claims that these products are superior to any other comparable items.)
First all of the handles, doors, glass panes, drawers, and shelves were removed. This makes sanding and staining much easier. Next up, sanding!
Sanding was accomplished much more quickly and easily than I thought possible, by way of the multi-tool. The whole thing only took a couple hours. The doors were also sanded, separate from the cabinet.
After sanding, it was time to stain. The cabinet required two coats total, along with some touch-ups. We bought three of the sample size cans, and ended up with more than one can left over, so I would say 2-3 should be plenty for most furniture.
After the stain was applied and allowed ample time to dry, my hubby reassembled the cabinet, and mounted screw hooks to the back wall for cup hangers. Since the back of the cabinet was pretty thin, he put a small board on the back of the cabinet and screwed the hooks into it, for stability. I put shelf paper (from dollar tree!) in to make it look pretty. The letters up top are also custom made, and will be covered in another tutorial. (Please note, the words "another tutorial" will smartly link to said tutorial. Just as soon as I actually write it.)
Beyond this, customize it any way you like. For example, I added in baskets in place of the drawer, and my favorite chipped teacup.
Wait, why would I love a chipped teacup?
Well there you have it.
Add in a coffee machine, some gasket jars and a cute little cappuccino shaped shaker for cocoa powder, and you are all set!