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Hey friends! It’s Thrifty Style Team time! Thrifty Style Team is a group of uber-talented ladies who get together once a month to bring you thrifty DIY projects and decor inspiration that won’t break the bank! Thrifty Style Team is hosted by my super-talented friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate!
This month I’m sharing how to repurpose a cabinet door to add more depth and interest to framed art.
This project was inspired when I was trying to decorate the space on either side of my chalkboard in my entryway. I’ve had the chalkboard here for a couple of years now. In that time I’ve hung various decor here but nothing really worked well. Finally I tried hanging a couple of 8 X 10 inch framed art here, and although it looked okay, I still wasn’t totally in love with it.
Then I remembered my bonepile of kitchen cabinet doors that I got from the Habitat For Humanity ReStore. I dug through the pile in the hopes that I could find a couple of cabinet doors that were the same size, big enough to fit two 8 x 10 inch frames on each one, and fit in the space on either side of my chalkboard. There is a light plate switch on the lower right side of the chalkboard that I have to work around so I had to take that in account too.
Eureka! I found a pair of cabinet doors that fit all the criteria! I got to work cleaning them up with Krud Cutter Prepaint Cleaner. It is an effective prepaint cleaner, especially considering that it has no harsh chemicals like a lot of other prepaint cleaners. I love that I can use it inside our house without gassing myself, my hubs and all our cats out of the house!
I decided I wanted to repaint the doors with a crackle effect, so after cleaning them I applying one coat of FolkArt Home Decor Crackle Medium using a paint brush and allowed it dry thoroughly. I like this crackle medium because it has to dry first before you can paint over it. Some other crackle mediums have to be wet or damp when you paint over them in order for them to work and because of that they can be challenging to work with.
One the crackle medium was dry, I applied one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White using a paint brush, working quickly and being careful not to over stroke so I didn’t pull the crackle medium up. Even though dry crackle medium is easier to work with than the wet one in my opinion, it still can be a bit challenging. If you have never used crackle medium before, I suggest you practice on something first that you don’t care about messing up to get the hang of it before you use it on a project piece.
I allowed the paint to thoroughly dry and it cracked beautifully! I finished the doors by applying one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat in Matte Clear using a paint brush, allowed it to dry thoroughly and then applied a light coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked Aged Glaze using a paint brush and wiping off any excess with a soft cotton rag.
Once the cabinet doors were completely dry, I flipped them over and attached saw tooth picture hangers that I got in this kit on the back.
I flipped the cabinet doors back over, lined up the empty 8 x 10 inch frames and hammered a nail where the frames would hang on the door. It was a lot easier to do this while the doors were still on the table than trying to do it once I had them hung up.
Once I had where the picture frames would hang squared away, I framed the botanical art prints I got from Amazon and hung everything up.
I am totally in love with the way they turned out and love how they look hanging on the sides of my chalkboard!
That’s it for my tutorial on how to repurpose a cabinet door to add more depth and interest to framed art! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below!
Here’s the this month’s entire lineup of great thrifty DIY projects and decor inspiration from the rest of the talented ladies of the Thrifty Style Team!
Redhead Can Decorate – Lily of the Valley Green Ball Jar Centerpiece
The Painted Hinge – How to Repurpose a Cabinet Door to Add More Depth and Interest to Framed Art
DIY Beautify – How to Upcycle a Berry Wreath
2 Bees In A Pod – Decoupage Vase with Napkins – Dollar Tree Project
The How To Home – DIY Hurricane Candle
Sweet Pea – How to Make Citronella Candles
What Meegan Makes – Vintage Embroidery Hoop Shadow Box
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – 5 Ways to Display Free Printables
Lora B. Create & Ponder – Upcycled Old Garden Fencing Cloche How To
White Arrows Home – Vintage Brooch Magnets
Our Crafty Mom – Round Side Table Makeover With Napkins
Chas’ Crazy Creations – DIY Candle Holders
Cottage On Bunker Hill – DIY Cottage Garden Tower
Vinyet Etc – DIY Plant Stands From Vintage Stools
Until next time!
Lora Bloomquist says
Great tips, Michelle! I’ve never used crackle medium before, but these turned out so great, now I want to try! The frames look awesome on the doors, and now you can switch them out whenever you want! My favorite kind of decorating;)
Thanks so much Lora! You will love working with crackle medium – it’s so much fun! And yes, switching things out is my favorite kind of decorating too 🙂
Cindy LONG says
I love this project Michelle, the art looks high end and totally custom, which I guess it is 😉
Thank you so much Cindy! 🙂
This is a great idea, Michelle! The cabinet doors behind your art really makes the art pop. And this project is a great way to repurpose cabinet doors.
Thank you so much Paula!
What a beautiful way to add a touch of vintage art to your home. The crackle medium is really a great trick for adding texture and depth. Thanks for the tutorial!
You’re very welcome Meegan, and thank you!
Chas Greener says
What a great idea, and I love how it turned out. Wonderful hoping with you and I hope you have a great weeekend.
Thank you so much Chas! I was wonderful hopping with you too!
Jennifer Howard says
I just love what you did!! It’s so pretty.
Thanks so much Jennifer!
Laurie@Vinyet Etc says
Hi Michelle! I just love how your whole vignette looks, so fresh and pretty! Those sweet botanical prints are truly grounded and pop perfectly on those cabinet doors, they really give those prints a whole new substantial look and feel.
Thank you so much Laurie!
This totally finishes it off, Michelle! Gorgeous idea, as always! I would love to go thrifty shopping with you. We would have a blast! I love your beautiful arched entry to your hall. I would kill for an arched doorway! XO
Thanks so much Julie! Yes I’m sure we’d have a great time thrifting together! I love our doorway arches too – we have them throughout our first floor. Thanks so much for hosting this super-fun blog hop!
Kathy A says
I recently bought 2 cabinet doors at a sale–half off, intending to use chalkboard paint on the centers. NOW, I may have to rethink my process. Too bad they are 2 different sizes!
Thanks Kathy! I’m happy my project gave you some inspiration for your cabinet doors!
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says
Oh my goodness Michelle! This project turned our great! You really made your creativity come to life. We are kicking ourselves that we have never tried crackle paint. It created the perfect finish on the cabinets. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips and ideas!
You’re very welcome ladies – I’m happy you liked the crackle effect! But be warned: once you try crackle medium, you will want to put it on EVERYTHING you paint! 🙂
Mary Beth says
Oh, Michelle, what a lovely display you created. I am always swapping out décor and this is such a smart way to do it, plus, I love the distressed look you gave the base display. So pretty!
Thank you so much Mary Beth!
Kristi Dominguez says
I’m really loving the crackle finish on this…it’s just perfect! xoxo
Thank you so much Kristi!