Mid-Century Modern(ization)

Redefining modern for a family-friendly home

A Vintage China Cabinet for a Song


When I first saw this china cabinet on Craigslist I thought it was hideous. I can’t find the original image now, but it was your typical dark, wildly out of focus photo that are in shocking abundance on sales sites.  I remember thinking, “Who in their right mind would want that atrocity in their home?”  But I guess I am easily manipulated by marketing (I am a marketer by profession after all) because when I saw this on Krrb two days later I was suddenly singing a song of a different tune.

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The exact same walnut burl wood china cabinet from the 1960s. For $899.  I immediately went back and checked the Craigslist site, yep. $70.  I suddenly had to have it.  Can we also pause for a moment to note how strange it is that I stumbled across two of these rare cabinets in a matter of days? Definitely weird.  Quite possibly destiny.

Ok, so now I was in love with it, but I had to do some major convincing with the other loves in my life.  My mother (who I run all my harebrained ideas past) thought it was “God awful” and my husband (who has ultimate veto power) said it was “strange” and looked at me like I had three heads.  I have to say, I’m getting used to that look.  But he’s always open to a good deal and so I showed him the Krrb link above and told him that if it didn’t work out I could sell it at a profit.  Maybe not $899,  but definitely more than $70 if I took some halfway decent photos in nice light.

And so. Here we have it.


I am just in love with it’s funky lines. That trapezoidal top, those feet.  It holds a ton of stuff and even has a light inside which is fun.

So it was out with the old and in with the new.  I sold our smaller, traditional Drexel hutch for an even $70. Gotta love free swaps!


This new to me hutch is actually two pieces. And HUGE.  It’s nearly 7′ tall and, with our high ceilings, it fills the space so much better than before.  The Drexel always looked so small and lost. Not this guy.  He’s suddenly the focal point of the whole room.  Even Kirk loves it.  And my mom admitted that I was right all along. ;)


I recently updated these dining chairs, too (another swap that didn’t cost me a penny!).  Stay tuned for more on that!


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

2 thoughts on “A Vintage China Cabinet for a Song

  1. $70? Wowser! Amazing score. It wasn’t love at first site for me either –I did instantly love the lower section, but the top threw me off. But now, seeing it in-situ, I think it’s fantastic. So dramatic, and it fits your space perfectly. Congrats, Olivia!

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