Hey friends! I’ve amassed quite the collection of old cabinet doors from the Habitat For Humanity store, so it’s time for me to start doing stuff with them. Here’s my first project of sure to many to come: DIY repurposed cabinet doors.
Here’s how these two particular doors looked when I bought them. They still had their hardware and were in pretty grubby condition.
First order of business was to remove the hardware. I’ll keep all of it for a future project, but for now it goes into my hardware stash. I love my Black + Decker drill for jobs like this – it makes it so much easier than doing it “manually” and no sore wrists from fighting the screws! You can get your own Black + Decker drill here.
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Next it was time to clean the crud off the cabinets. Krud Kutter Prepaint Degreaser to the rescue! I originally bought this for when we paint our kitchen cabinets, but I decided to try it out on this project to see how well it worked. I was really impressed – it cut through all the dirt and grime with ease, and left the cabinet doors almost looking brand new! If you want to try this out on your own project, you can buy it here.
Time to start painting! For smaller projects, I love using the FolkArt Home Decor chalk paint line of products. Don’t let the reasonable price fool you: this chalk paint is excellent quality, very easy to use, and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. The colors I used for this project is Adrionack White and Sheepskin. Check out their full chalk paint line here!
I wanted the paint to crackle here and there on the doors, so I spot applied FolkArt Home Decor Crackle Medium in random spots on the doors. I let it dry thoroughly before applying the paint. You can get FolkArt Home Decor Crackle Medium here.
Next up was painting. I only painted one coat, working quickly over where I had applied the crackle medium before so I didn’t pull any of it off.
Here is the two doors side by side after the paint dried. The one on the left is the Adrionack White and the one on the right is the Sheepskin.
I distressed the all the edges with 150 grit sandpaper to really give these doors an aged effect.
I used the FolkArt Home Decor Waxes in Antiquing and Clear to finish up the project. I applied the Antiquing wax first. Since the bottle was small, I poured a bit of the wax on a paper plate so I could use my large wax brush. I brushed the Antiquing wax on working in areas, then immediately wiped off the excess wax with a clean, damp cloth. After leaving it dry thoroughly, I did the same thing with the Clear wax, only I let each area sit for a few minutes and then wiped off the excess with a clean, dry cloth. You can get the Antiquing wax here and the Clear wax here.
I’m pretty happy with the results! I used them on top of my end tables in my front room where I needed to fill up some empty wall space. Of course these are not limited to using just like this – you can hang them on your wall, use them as back plates for hooks, make them into trays… the list goes on and on! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my DIY repurposed cabinet doors tutorial, and I hope it inspires you to make some of your own! How will you use yours?
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below!