Furniture Repurpose: Cabinet Doors Into Beautiful Wall Hooks

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This post was contributed by Sherri at The Inspired Nest. A shop selling decor,  furniture repurpose, vintage items and other beautiful handmade creations. If you live in the Houston area please visit their shop. Enjoy this beautiful tutorial!

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Repurposed Cabinet Doors


   At The Inspired Nest we are all about rustic, distressed, “vintagey” finds, including furniture, wreaths, crosses, crafts and home décor.  We (my Nest partners, Lisa, Anne and I) also LOVE the idea of repurposing the old into something new.  Today I’m highlighting a small example of what you’ll find in our shop.  I’m taking some garage sale cabinet doors and turning them into shabby chic wall hook plaques … perfect for a mudroom or laundry room or by the back door.
     Here’s a list of supplies I used:

1.    Cabinet doors – I picked these up at a garage sale for $5.  Just look for a style you like, ignore the hardware and color.

2.    Baby wipes

3.    Hot glue and gun

4.    Wood filler

5.    Baby medicine syringe

6.    Sandpaper – 150 grit

7.    Paint – I love, love, love chalk paint!

8.    Furniture wax – clear and dark

9.    Drill

10. Cabinet knobs

11. Coat hooks

12. Screwdriver

13. Chain cutter

14. Picture hangers

15. Drop cloths – I like oversized trash bags (I can still use them for their intended purpose after)

Cabinet Door Supplies 2Cabinet Door Supplies

Start off by cleaning up the cabinet doors…wipees are great for this and will be used later, too.  Do this outside, because who knows where those doors have been!  I get a charge out of a dramatic before and after change, so I was thrilled with how beat-up and ugly these doors were…no telling how many coats of paint are on there!  And, as you can see, these doors had handles before (thus the 2 holes), but I prefer a simple knob for this project, so I need to fill one of those holes.  This is not as big a job as it sounds.  After you choose which hole to close up (I chose the upper one), you need to take your handy Elmer’s Wood Filler (about $6 at your local hardware store) and “filler up”…drop cloth time!  IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE FILLER FROM OOZING OUT THE BACK OF THE HOLE, COVER THE BACK SURFACE WITH HOT GLUE AND LET IT DRY.  The wood filler can then be easily injected into the hole with a medicine syringe.  Try to overfill the hole a bit so that when it dries you won’t have a sinkhole.  The filler dries in about 15 minutes, then you can sand the “overfill” down till its level.

   Filling In Holes


   The next step is painting.  I am a big fan of chalk paint, such as CeCe Caldwell or Annie Sloan, and chose Annie Sloan’s “Old White” for this project…it screams shabby chic!  Chalk paint is special because it sticks to almost any surface/material without sanding first, it dries really quick and it is super easy to distress.  Its not found at regular paint stores, so google it for your area to find a distributor.  It covers pretty well, so I used just 2 coats on these doors.

Painting Cabinet Doors

 Painted Cabinet Doors

   After the paint is dry, then you can distress.  I like 150 grit sandpaper torn into small pieces.  You can do a little or a lot, but I like to think of what parts would get naturally “rubbed off” over time and sand those.

You’ll have a whole bunch of dust after sanding, so time to wipe down with those wipees again

   On to waxing.  As I said, the paint dries to a “chalky” finish that easily sands off, so that means it scratches easily.  To protect the finish, put a coat of wax on.  When you use dark wax (which provides a great antique look – the right half of the door in the picture below has the dark wax), work in small patches, put a layer of clear wax on first, then add a layer of dark wax (a little goes a looooong way), then buff off. I like to use old t-shirts to wax, but brushes work, too.  Let it dry!

   Now you can attach hardware.  First drill holes for your hooks (make sure you measure well!!).  Next, attach whatever you want to use to hang these doors on your wall on the back.  Attach the hooks that you drilled holes for.  Then attach the decorative knobs…I love these vintage looking knobs (Hobby Lobby!).  Use the chain cutter to snip off the end of the screws so they don’t poke a hole in the wall : ).  You can also use a nice glob from your glue gun as a “bumper” on the end of those snipped screws so you won’t scratch your wall, either!

   Now you have an interesting architectural piece for your home AND you repurposed an item AND you did it yourself!  Win Win Win!

   The Inspired Nest is located inside K-T Antiques at 5614 2nd Street, Katy, Texas 77493.  Please visit us when you are in the Katy area!



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