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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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
10. Cabinet knobs
11. Coat hooks
13. Chain cutter
14. Picture hangers
15. Drop cloths – I like oversized trash bags (I can still use them for their intended purpose after)
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.
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.
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!
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