REPURPOSE CABINET DOORS INTO ART

REPURPOSE CABINET DOORS  INTO ART!

One of the best ways to add character and personality to a room is by displaying art. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to create your own art, consider ways to repurpose cabinet doors. Not only do cabinet doors make great canvases, but they also come in many different sizes; easy to customize to fit your specific decor.  With a few simple tools and a little bit of creativity, you can create a unique piece of art that will undoubtedly brighten up any room.

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO CREATE UNIQUE ART

There are many ways to create art using cabinet doors. One popular option is to paint the cabinet door and afterwards, use Decor transfers such as those by Iron Orchid Designs.  IOD transfers come in a variety of designs and can significantly enhance the decorative element to any project.

If you’re more of a visual person when it comes to DIY, then check out this step-by-step video tutorial to see how it’s done.  Subsequently, you may be surprised at just how easy it is to repurpose cabinet doors into beautiful pieces of art!

WHERE TO FIND CABINET DOORS

When it comes to finding old cabinet doors, there are several places you can look.

One option is to check local salvage shops or antique stores.  If you have a specific style or type of door in mind, then you can also search social media exchange pages, or garage sales.  My favorite place is the Habitat for Humanity Restore.   All the cabinet doors are usually out front in bins that you can search through.  They usually range in price from $2 – $5.

Basically, take a little time to explore all your options; You should be able to find the perfect cabinet doors for your next DIY project.

SIMPLE STEPS FOR REPURPOSING A CABINET DOOR

PROJECT #1 – FARMHOUSE ART

STEP 1 – REMOVE HARDWARE AND FILL HOLES

Start by removing the hardware from the doors and fill any holes left.  This will give you a clean slate to work with.

removing hardware from cabinet door
Removing hardware from cabinet door

STEP 2 – PREP

It’s also a good idea to clean your cabinet door really well.  You can use a mixture of vinegar and water, a TSP mixture, or even alcohol.  If the doors are glossy, then you may want to sand them down a bit to create tooth.  This will help the new paint or stain adhere better.  I love DIY paint by Debi’s Design Diary!  It’s a clay based paint and adheres to most anything! Furthermore, no sanding or priming is necessary!

STEP 3 – DECIDE ON FINISH

After you’ve prepped the cabinet door, decide what finish you want. You could paint them a solid color, stain them,  decoupage them with patterned paper, stamp them, or add Decor Transfers.

STEP 4 – PAINT

Next, apply paint evenly to the door using a brush or roller.  For this project, I am using DIY paint in the color Bead Board and Farm Fresh.

Painting Cabinet Door
Painting Cabinet Door

STEP 5 – EMBELLISH

Once the paint is dry, you can further embellish using IOD Stamps or IOD Decor Transfers!  The transfer seen here is from the Brocante Transfer and the stamp used is the Crackle from the Vintage Textures Stamp.

Adding Transfer to Cabinet door
Adding Brocante Transfer to cabinet door
Stamping with Crackle stamp
Stamping with Crackle stamp

STEP 6 – SEAL

Lastly, seal your new piece of art!  You can seal your finished project with a polycrylic or wax(es).  I wanted a little more dimension and depth so I used 4 different waxes: Clear wax, Dark wax, Verdigris wax, and White wax.   Before using any colored wax, it’s best to start with Clear wax.

Adding clear wax to Finished project
DIY clear wax
dark wax
Wiping back excess wax.

After adding a colored or dark wax, you want to wipe back any excess using a soft t-shirt type material.

Adding Verigris wax
Verdigris Wax
Adding White wax to cabinet door
DIY white wax
Repurposed door using IOD Brocante Transfer
Repurposed Cabinet door using IOD Brocante Transfer.

STEP 7 – DISTRESS

I love how my repurpose turned out! Doesn’t this cabinet door just scream Farmhouse? For one last step, I  distressed it all back to the wood, in several places, giving it a little more of an aged look!

STEP 8 – ADD CLAW HOOK TO BACK FOR HANGING

If you want to hang your new Wall Decor, simply hammer in a little claw hook to the back.

 

NEW TO DECOR TRANSFERS?

If you’re new to Decor Transfers, no worries; check out this Blog Post! It tells you all you need to know to successfully use Transfers on Chalk painted surfaces.  It’s really easy and adds so much elegance or character to your DIY projects!

IOD Transfers over Chalk Paint

PROJECT #2 – VINTAGE WALL ART

Here is another example of how you can repurpose Cabinet Doors:  This is one of my favorites!  After painting the door using DIY paint in the color Vintage Linen,  I added part of the Brocante Transfer and framed it using Iflex Wood products Air dry Clay along with the  IOD Fleur de Lis mould were used to further embellish, as well as, an old finial that was painted.  Everything was clear waxed then dark waxed! This video tutorial  is on my Facebook page HERE.

 

PROJECT #3 – CHALKBOARD

Thirdly, what about a Chalk Board? As can be seen, many cabinet doors are perfect for this project!  Again, I used DIY paint in the color Old 57 on the cabinet door AND DIY paint in the color Little Black Dress for the chalk board! DIY paint comes in so many great colors! Just think of all the fun chalk boards you could make!  Additionally, decorative pieces were made and added along the top using IOD air dry clay and the IOD Swags mould.

 

Cabinet Door repurposed into Chalk Board

I really love how it turned out!

If you’d like to see how to make your own chalk board, check out my Blog Post HERE! Although, when I wrote that Blog post, I was not aware of DIY paint and how it can indeed be used to make beautiful Chalk Boards.  Thus, use DIY paint in the exact manner described in the post.  As mentioned above, any of the beautiful DIY paint colors would work.

Finally,  I want to know if you have up cycled a cabinet door before? If so, then how did it turn out?  I’d love to see pictures of your projects in the comments below – Certainly we can all get some inspiration from each other.  If you haven’t tried repurposing something before, don’t be afraid!  All in all, it’s a really fun (and cheap) way to add some personality to your home.   Just start with something small and work your way up – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Joanie