Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Wall Cabinet From Drab to Fab

The shape of this vintage wall cabinet caught my eye at a large rummage sale a few months ago.  I love the scalloped edge at the top and the little, vintage knob.  The finish was a typical 1970's orange-ish brown and the inside was lined with cute, but outdated, red fabric with tiny flowers.  

Step 1: find an old cabinet in need of a little love.

Step 2: sand off the old finish and apply primer.

After primer, I painted one coat of creamy white (swiss coffee) and then sanded and distressed the edges.  The white was kind of stark, so I applied a glaze (ralph Lauren - smoke) over the top.

Step 3: Cover up the inside of the cabinet with scrapbook paper.  To do this, cut the paper to fit inside the cabinet, paint the backside of the paper with Modge Podge, and press the paper into place, smoothing out any bubbles.  After it has dried completely, apply two more coats of Modge Podge over the paper for protection.

I found this beautiful, pale greenish-blue, damask paper at my local craft store.  It was in the clearance pile of scrapbook paper and was only a quarter.

What an improvement!

I may add some chicken wire to the front of my cabinet door, but I kind of like it as is with the open shelving.

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Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks so beautiful now! I wonder why that paper was on clearance? It's so pretty! What a good idea you had to line the cabinet with it!

Emily said...

I love it! Great job!

Bonnie said...


Robin Johnson said...

It looks so lovely! You did a fantastic job. It looks like a totally different piece.

Vintage Gal said...

The cabinet is fabulous ~ just beautiful. Wonderful job~ ;-)

ChiPPy-SHaBBy said...

WOW!!! What a difference W*H*I*T*E made... Love the simplicity of the vignette - bird/potted plant...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Passionate for White said...

LOVE IT! And I think that if you do decide to add chicken wire you should spray it white first and then rough it up a bit...that way it won't take away from that Bee-U-Tee-ful damask paper.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Great transformation. I love the damask paper, it really sets it off. ~~Sherry~~

Deborah said...

Beautiful Amanda!
Quite the lovely transformation!
You've given in new life!! :)

Deborah xoxo

Renee {Shabby, Chic and Charming} said...

So, so pretty! I love that paper. Wonderful transformation!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Very pretty...so happy I stopped by!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Beautiful job! I love how it turned out.

A Few Pennies said...

That is so pretty; I have a cabinet similar and I want to do that too! Love the paper inside; so elegant with the white.

Unknown said...

love the cabinet.. looks so vintage.. you did a great job. im awarding you the versatile blogger award. i hope youll come by and accept it.

Mariaelena said...

Hi Amanda,
so nice to meet you. I adore this project...I may have to copy this one....It would so fit in to my home. I just became a follower...I recently started a blog of my own. I'd love for you to check it out...
Happy Monday,

Heaven's Walk said...

Amanda - that cabinet is just beautiful! The damask paper really makes it looks sweetly vintage. :) Nice job!

xoxo laurie

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Love this little cabinet..
It is beautiful with the new backing, too.

Unknown said...

This turned out beautiful!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I have that little cabinet! It even has the exact same red calico lining. How funny! I kind of liked the wood finish on mine, but I really loved that little knob. I also used scrapbook paper to cover the red calico, but I just taped it in. I haven't decided if I will paint it, but it's hanging in my kitchen with spice jars in it. Wow! Those must have been mass manufactured with that red calico or yours is my long lost twin! LOL

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Wait! Did I mention I love how yours turned out? I meant to! I might even play with mine now.

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