Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cupboard Makeover

So the first project I am going to share with you today is a cupboard make-over I did back in September. I was really excited to start my first project on my new bedroom. I had not even painted the walls at this time. But I had decided I wanted the coffee latte/brown walls. From the paint samples I had collected I had found this really wonderful blue colour I wanted to use. The same colour I later used in my Chair Redesign in April. I did have one slight problem though, I did not yet have a piece of furniture. I went to two flea markets and found nothing.

The cupboard I eventually found, I got for free. Close to where I live we have a dump yard where there is also a give-away section. Here people can place old furniture and other stuff they no longer want, but is still in a somewhat good shape. I found my cupboard there. I thought it would have so much potential. So I took it home.

Before Pictures:

The first thing I did was removing the handles and everything, I put it in a box to keep it all together (though I do not think I will use any for this project) then I sanded it down. At this point I used some sandpaper and my hand. This process took a long time, which is why, after consulting with my dad I went shopping.

I got this is a Black and Decker and it costs $90. It is really effective, and the shape of the front makes it easy to get into corners. The holes where the handles had been I closed, knowing that I was going to get new knobs. I took a spatula and some wall paste and used this to fill the holes.

Then I did three coats of base coast in white, for the paint to sit better and longer, and two coats of paint. The paint I used is a light turquoise.

This is what it looked like after two coats of the base paint.

This is what it looked like after two coats of paint as well.

Then I painted inside, two coats of the base color and two coats of white paint. I used some left over white wall paint.

This is what it looked like half-done. I still had to spray paint the hinges and buy some knobs. This was before I had painted my walls as you can see the purple walls in the background.

And here is the final product. I personally LOVE it! The crystal knobs I bought on eBay.

Here are the before and after picture, what a difference!


  1. Great job! I really like the new color.

  2. wowza - I am in love with how it turned out! You did an awesome job with the paint!

  3. It looks WONDERFUL!!!! I need to get myself palm sander too! I have many furniture projects coming up this summer!

    Love the color! And thanks for the E-Bay tip for the knobs!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

    1. Thank you! It works great and much easier than sanding by hand!

      I love the colour too, and there are so many cute knobs on e-bay. I went to a few stores in my city, but was so little impressed by the knobs here so I knew I had to find them elsewhere.


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