Monday, March 30, 2009

Not Your Usual Cabinet Door Makeover

I was lucky enough to get a load of cabinet doors that will be perfect for projects – they have a solid flat front with routered edges which makes them perfect for wall hangings! I’m so excited to see what I can do with them – there are many different sizes!

I made a wall hanging for my cousin’s wedding shower this weekend using one of the doors. Everyone at the shower seemed to like it and I heard requests to take orders! 

It started out looking something like this:

And ended up looking like this: IMG_4732

I didn’t take process pictures for a tutorial but I will type it out for anyone interested.

1. Lightly sand cabinet door. I filled in the handle holes with spackling.

2. Paint – I did about 3 coats of paint on the front edges and two coats on the back. I always paint the backs so they look finished. Also paint the initial.

3. I used a dark gel stain to rub over the edges to darken it and add dimension.

4. Figuring out a paper pattern. This door was about 16 x 18”. I marked the center of the door and the line for the lower pieces.

5. I printed out the last name using Word to a size that would look good on the initial (70 I think). I used tracing paper to trace it onto the initial and then used a silver Sharpie to fill in.

6. I Mod Podged one section at a time and adhered the paper. I had a very hard time getting the striped papers straight and had to try several times – and they still aren’t perfectly straight.  Smooth out bubbles.

7. Once the Mod Podge dries, use sandpaper to remove the excess paper. This will give a nice distressed edge. I inked the edges of the paper at this point for extra distressing.

8. Coat with a thin layer of Mod Podge, dry, and repeat. I did 3 coats of Mod Podge before adhering the initial.

9. Adhere the initial using a strong craft glue. I used a Liquid Nails product. Place heavy books to get a good hold. I leave mine overnight.

10. One final coat of Mod Podge over the initial & door.

11. Glue on the accent ribbon & attach a picture hanger to the back. Finished!


  1. Beautiful job! It looks great.

  2. Very nice. I love the writing on the large inital. It really added a great element.

  3. are sooo creative! LOVE IT!

  4. i am so impressed! you should sell these.

  5. This is such a great idea! I don't think I would have seen the potential in old cabinets, and I like to think that I can see potential everywhere! Lol! Super job!

    PS. I'd love to see you come link this up at my cabinet powwow tomorrow! I also participated in a mod podge party today, and I'm sure they'd love to see it, too!

  6. Since I've been visiting so many new blogs the last couple days alot of the crafter blogs have me really interested in the mod poge (?) thing.

    The cabinet door looks GREAT!

  7. I am so in love with this project! Thanks for linking up to my party!

    I'm definitely going to be scoutin' for some old cabinet doors!


  8. Wow, that is simply gorgeous!! I love how it turned out, your colors are beautiful!

  9. love this idea, it has inspired me and thoughts are now running through my head

  10. O.K. that is so stinkin' cute!!!!! I gotta try something like that!


  11. Oh my goodness! That is so stinkin cute! I love it. Great job!


  12. I never would have thought to makeover a cabinet door and use it for a wall hanging!! I love it!

  13. I love resourcefulness!

    The finished product looks great!
    What a fun take on Masked Mommy's cabinet Pow-Wow!

  14. You amaze me, Sarah! I agree that you ought to sell these...and make them for your family for our birthdays ;)

  15. Thanks for coming and linking up! I really do love this idea!

  16. WOW, all I can say is WOW!!! Who knew a cabinet door could look so great, well you I guess! I love how you added the name, thanks for telling us how you did it. What a great gift and you know for sure there weren't any duplicates!

  17. What a great way to use something no one else wanted. Love it!

  18. I absolutely love! That is amazing.

  19. I absolutely LOVE what you did with this cupboard. I just think I might have to try and make one.

  20. This is great! I googled Vintage cupboard door art and found you! I have a pile of cupboard doors. I was thinking of hanging them randomly in the trees, but I'm rethinking it now. I will have to check all your ideas! Thanks so much for posting them!


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