Hello friends! I’m so glad you’re here today. This week is jam packed with content, having three blog hops in one week! Today I’m joining up with some wonderful ladies for an Old to New Blog Hop, hosted by Bev from Across the Blvd. I’ve had an old cabinet door that I got from the thrift store sitting around for a few months. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it or what it was going to be until this blog hop came along because there are so many ways to upcycle a cabinet door! After going back and forth between making a shelf or a rack with it, I finally decided on a sign/rack to hang by the front door.
Cabinet Door Upcycle Supplies:
- old cabinet door
- stencil or cut vinyl design
- vinyl or HTV
- decorative knobs
- screws & hanging hardware
Prep the Cabinet Door
Sand any old finish or paint off of the door. Then fill holes and knicks from old hardware and wear. Once the spackle has dried, sand until it’s smooth.
Clean the surface with soap and water.
Paint with Chalk Paint
Now you can paint the cabinet door. I used Waverly chalk paint in steel. I couldn’t find my white chalk spray paint, so the gray had to do. If you keep the brush damp, the chalk paint goes on more smoothly. Allow the cabinet door to dry, then add a second coat of paint. Repeat until you’re happy with the coverage. You can speed up the process by using a blow dryer between coats.
If you have an inset that you’d like to paint another color, tape off the wood around it with painter’s tape. I added a bit of robin’s egg blue to it because I wanted to distress and have a little of the lighter color showing through in some places.
I painted the inset of my cabinet door English navy, adding three coats.
Place the Design on the Cabinet Door
For personal use only!
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I am sharing the design that I used in case you’d like to use it as well. You can download and cut it with your cutting machine, but if you don’t have one you can still do this project. Simply download and print the design and cover the back in pencil. Then place it on the door and trace the outline with a pencil. After that, just paint, and voila! A beautiful cabinet door upcycle without a Cricut! For a more in-depth tutorial on the carbon copy method, check out this post.
Iron or Transfer Vinyl onto the Wood
I used heat transfer vinyl for this project, so I used an iron to transfer the design into the inset. Use whatever application method is appropriate for the type of vinyl you’re using.
Finally distress the wood around the inset. I also distressed around and over my wording a bit. Some of the vinyl started to move on me because I slid the iron by accident. I was not pleased with myself, but a little sanding and it looks okay. Removing it completely later might be an option.
Adding hooks or knobs is optional, but I added two that my son can hang his bookbag on as he comes in from school. They’re also good for keys and jackets. Decide where you want the knobs to be and mark the spot or spots with a pencil. Drill holes and install the knobs.
That’s it! Go hang your cabinet door upcycle in its place of honor!
Once I finished my sign I realized I will need to saw the excess screw off the back of the decorative knobs. They are too long (about 4″ total, that’s crazy!) for the door to sit flush with the wall. For now it’s sitting on my sofa table, and it looks great!
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Old to New Blog Hop
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