February 8, 2011

Cabinet Door Recycled into Coat/Purse/Key Hanger

My In-Laws just did a massive remodeling project on their house,
They redid everything,
including their kitchen
so upon finding the old cabinets on the lawn, I tore a door off and took it home
and there it sat, until the idea hit me
Nice poplar wood cabinet door, huh? 
Well this isn't how it looked when I started 
It looked more like this
Red Oil paint (They are big Husker Fans)
over an off white latex
I first started sanding, and that was taking forever
then I got a flat razorbalde and scraped off all the oil
then sanded the latex paint off 
so this is what it looks like in it's fresh state
I really tired to get all all the lax, but really didn't ant to get out the paint stripper,
 so some remains in the corners
I drilled holes for the knobs I found at Home Depot (4X$1.96) 
I picked a stain that I had from another project
(Dark Walnut)

Here it is
You can tell that I didn't get all the stain
but I thought I would go for the "worn" look
Here is my template before I use the "rubbing transfer" method
(which I basically drew everything out on the front,
traced it on the back,
then rubbed over the drawing on the front with a pencil to transfer the lead onto the wood)
After finding my lines,
I then painted,
one coat
(found the paint in the Oops stack for $.50)
I dried the paint with the hair dryer
(cuz with kids, who knows how much time I have to craft)
and then sanded it to make it look worn
I then added another layer of stain over the paint,
Then Polyed it, so just in case they put it outside
and Done!
I hope they enjoy something old coming back into their new house

(It is supposed to be a belated birthday gift to my MIL,
 but I haven't seen her since Christmas,
 so if you know her,
 don't ruin the surprise!)


UPDATE: 6/18/14
Here are a couple of doors that I have completed since this project:

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  1. You did a really nice job on this!! It looks fantastic:)

  2. This turned out awesome. Nicely done :)


  3. This looks great...I have something planned that is similar. I love the lettering you used!

  4. So so great!! I have a few cabinet doors laying around. I think that'll be a good use for one of them. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. Love this! Was just at a salvage shop and wondered what I could do with a cabinet door! Too bad I didn't buy one "just in case"

  6. Great job and what dedication!!! I don't know if I would have lasted through all that! I recently posted about a cabinet door that I turned into a sign too if you wanted to take a look!

  7. that is such a great idea..love it, lucky MIL!!

  8. Very cute & very pretty! You did a great job!

  9. Lovin' the turquoise! Great job!

  10. Very good work..... Love it!!!

  11. This is a wonderful project. I've scheduled it to be featured on Craft Gossip tomorrow afternoon so my readers can come and see! :)

    Thanks for inspiration!

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  12. Love this! I can't imagine how long it took you to get all of the red paint off. Talk about dedication! Very nice work!

  13. I want some cabinet doors now!! Beautifully made! Pinned this! :)

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  14. I just have to let you know, I pinned this on my Pinterest & it has garnered so much attention you could have a rather large business selling these!
    10 likes & 39 repins


  15. Really nice...one of my daugter threw away a bunch of old cabinet doors I have been saving for a project...was just looking fr what to do with them! I could just cry! You have inspired me to go get more! She will never get in my shed again, she says it's junk, I says it's tresure waiting for the right inspiration!


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