Faux Bamboo China Cabinet: Ick to Idyllic

I always wanted a piece of furniture in faux bamboo. Hollywood Regency, it’s called, and can look very glamorous in the right setting. So I have kept my eye out in my thrifting adventures for just the right piece. So, imagine how fun it was to find, in a yard sale, a very simple, almost completely perfect, although very dirty, faux bamboo china cabinet. When I walked up to look at it, the old guy immediately slashed the price on it in half. I took that as a yes!

bamboo china cabinet before

Everything was original to the 1960′s piece. All three glass shelves had the plate groove. All the pulls, lights, drawers, hinges, everything, worked great. Nothing to replace or repair, except the electrical cord for the lights inside. Ripe for paint! Of course, I thought, it has to be black, to me the most elegant of Hollywood Regency colors. So that’s what I did.

bamboo china cabinet front

It took forever, but I made believers out of my husband and several friends who were more than a little dubious. I could use my spray gun, and I did to get the smooth sides, but there were so many touch ups because of the textures. When the hardware got clean, it had a warm, copper tone to it, so I chose copper for all the hand-painted bamboo joints. Light glints off them in a wonderful way, giving the cabinet lots of interest.

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bamboo china cabinet top

I wish I could keep it, but I’d like to share the vintage glam goodness with someone who also loves faux bamboo. Check it out in my Etsy shop. (SOLD)

Linking up with: Miss Mustard Seed, Elizabeth & Co.Jennifer Rizzo, Simply Designing

About Leslie Howard

I love color, painting, furniture and architecture. The world is a better place when we have wonderful things to feast our eyes on!
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5 Responses to Faux Bamboo China Cabinet: Ick to Idyllic

  1. Mary says:

    wow, this looks great – it looks amazing in black!

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  2. your sister says:

    I’ve got to hand it to you, you have a knack for breathing new life into cast-off furniture. You are willing to take the risk and it appears to pay off. Nice job.

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  3. This is stunning! I have a fetish for faux bamboo. I am so jealous of your find, and even more jealous of your amazing makeover. Great job! (Now following your blog.)

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  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Wow, really beautiful!

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