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I like eating outside. And I like making it look pretty.

But what an easy way to re-do an old boring dining cabinet without breaking the bank. Here is my easy steps for finishing a cabinet into a pretty one and bring it outside to create a garden station for breakfast.(or any meal)

No.1 Start with an old cabinet

A old cabinet can be used for many different things. I decided to re-do it into something that has personality. I had this cabinet in my garage for a long time. I had partially painted it white years ago and its time it gets finished. Once its done I am going to use it outdoors for entertaining. When it rains I can easily move it to the garage. I gave it a good sanding again since its been years that I did anything with it.

No. 2. Paint the cabinet white

 I used  left over paint I had from another project. I decided to paint this by hand since much of it was already painted. It took me about a good hour to paint all the inside doors and cabinet shelves white.  Let that dry over night. The cabinet bones has a very attractive french country  look to it. Since I don’t have room in my home, its going to look  pretty against the green outdoors.

No. 3 Sanding all the corners!

…again since most of the work was done years ago, the sanding of the edges will be easy and fast. I am obsessed with white and heavily distressed edges. So I hit the sander on those parts extra long.This is pine so the wood grain is light which makes it even more pretty.


No. 4 Put hardware back on

This piece is about 20 years old and the hardware has a pretty scroll design to it. From age it has a nice patina to it. The white paint brings out the patina even more. Males me 🙂


No.5 Bring the piece outdoors

My son and myself carried it to the garden area. I knew it would look super pretty among the trees and plants.The plants add life to the piece and the feeling of being outside makes it magical.


No. 6 Adding accessories

I added a 3 tier metal tray to hold the linen and utensils & coffee cups. A porcelain tea kettle. 2 large flower pots filled with mums added that perfect blend of garden decor.


Mexican Scrambled Eggs


  •   4 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 white onion(chopped)
  • 1 green chilli (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Heat the skillet with vegetable oil and saute the onion, chilli, tomatos together. Once that is cook add the eggs and with a wooden spoon cook to your liking. Serve with bread or tortillas.




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  • Sue

    This looks beautiful. Does it hold up to weather or will you have to move it inside during the wintery months? Just curious.

  • FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks

    That’s a lovely cabinet Maria! You can’t leave it out in the weather, can you? I especially love that tiered metal stand too! How fun to sit out under the trees admiring your work!

  • marian

    lovely, I love white n green

  • Jennifer @ Town and Country Living

    Such a great idea to have an outdoor buffet! Love your kitty, too.

  • Mary

    What a beautiful piece and it is so unexpected out in the garden Maria. I would love to sit outside and enjoy the great outdoors while drinking some coffee.

  • Leanna

    This makeover is beautiful. Its so bright and fresh against the green of the outdoors. It all looks lovely together Maria. Pinning.

    • Maria Brittis

      Thanks Leanna, Appreciate the love. I am suppose to evacuate my coastal area because Hurricane Irma. Pray for me.


  • lynn spencer

    I love the way this looks in your yard! It’s a great piece that you will use very often…thanks for the great idea.

    • Maria Brittis

      Thanks you Lynn.. I had to bring it in today since its raining very hard here! the garage was only a few steps away.

  • Cindy Richter

    Beautiful sideboard and what a cute idea! Saw this on the Sweet Inspiration link party!

  • Michelle

    It does look so magical outside Maria. It almost feels like Alice and the Mad Hatter might just pop in for some tea when the want to escape the madness og Wonderland

  • Suzanne

    Hi Maria,
    There is something about the outdoors that makes everything better. This is a lovely idea and what a wonderful way to start the day.

  • Ginger

    Fantastic work – and what a stunning result! Happy Fiesta Friday!
    Ginger x

  • Rajlakshmi

    This looks so beautiful. I love all the natural setting and the cabinet looks wonderful.

  • Debrashoppeno5

    What a lovely setting for any time of day but especially for breakfast if you are serving those yummy eggs.

  • Jann Olson

    I love old dressers repurposed into a buffet. Great idea to take it outdoors! Thanks so much for sharing with SYC. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I’m not seeing a link back to the party.

  • Linda

    How beautiful, I must share on my social sites. Hugs, Linda on Poinsettia Drive

  • April J Harris

    Pinning! What a beautiful cabinet. I love how you have made a room outdoors like this! Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely weekend!

  • Theresa

    so pretty! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared

  • Donna Reidland

    Very pretty! And this is a great time of year to be outside!

  • Leslie

    What a beautiful piece! I love how it looks outside. And the eggs sound delicious too! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  • Chloe

    Lovely job on the piece of furniture, Maria, and I always enjoy how you photograph in the out of doors! I try to set up something similar, but with snacks and fruit when I have guests so they can always help themselves. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate yourStory!

  • Amber Harrop

    Absolutely gorgeous but would be in my kitchen as it is permanently wet in Ireland right now

    • Maria Brittis

      How nice that you are from Ireland. I don’t keep it out, i put it back inside that day! When I have parties I bring outside.

  • Karren Haller

    Such a lovely place in your garden!
    Thank you for sharing on #omhgww this week!
    Hope you have a great week!

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