Cupboard Makeover – an Ikea Hack

Cupboard makeover after2

I have been stretching my DIY muscles and I have been working with power tools! And it was much more fun than I expected. So I did a little tutorial on what I did, come check it out.

I gave an old Ikea cupboard a total makeover. The cupboard is at least 10 years old and really not very exciting. It used to look like many boring but functional cupboards look.
Ik ben weer lekker bezig geweest. Ik heb een oud en saai Ikea kastje een totale makeover gegeven. Ik heb alle stapjes gefotografeerd zodat jullie precies kunnen volgen wat ik gedaan heb. Omdat daardoor dit berichtje al erg lang is geworden heb ik niet alles vertaald. Sorry dames, maar ik denk dat de foto’s redelijk voor zich spreken. Als iets niet duidelijk is of wanneer je meer wil weten kun je me altijd mailen, dan sta ik jullie met plezier ten dienste.

Cupboard makeover before

See! It is a useful, sturdy cupboard that happens to be exactly the right size to be the bottom to my Library cupboard. But it was so ugly, and one of the first things you would see when you came into my craft room. It is solid mdf with this plasticky finish that used to be white, but had turned into this pale yellow.

I am not the kind of person to throw away a perfectly fine piece of furniture, but I didn’t want it looking like this.

And then inspiration hit me. It came in the form of this book.

Christina Strutt book cover

Home-made vintage by Christina Strutt. Christina has written several books on country, and vintage living, but this particular one contains mainly easy sewing projects. I was hooked the minute I say it at Bookdepository.com (do you know this online book shop? They have the same collection as Amazon but free shipping! I said free world wide shipping! Crazy addictive this bookstore I tell you). I mean come on, vintage, sewing and easy all in one book, how could I not buy it. And I was not disappointed.
Het idee voor dit project had ik gevonden in het boek Home-made Vintage van Christina Strutt. Een tijdje geleden had ik dit boek bij de Bookdepository gekocht. Dat is trouwens een geweldige boekwinkel met wereldwijde gratis verzending. Echt een aanrader!

You will see me do more projects from this book, but right now this is the picture that got me going.

Christina Strutt inspiration image

When I saw it, the wheels in my head started turning. What if I could make this cupboard look a bit more country? What if I could add some color? Could I make it look a bit like this picture?

And so the project began. I’ll show you exactly what I have done, because it was actually quite easy and this kind of makeover lends itself to many cupboards. So I guess you might call this my first tutorial.

Because this cupboard had long doors I first had to figure out how big my windows in the doors should be. So I drew the doors in scale on paper and fiddled with the design until I thought it looked ok. If your cupboard has paneled doors this would be much easier, then you would just remove the panels.

Cupboard makeover design

If you start sawing a window into something you have to be able to get the saw blade in there. So after I had drawn the lines on the door I drilled a whole in all four corners (power tool number one). Make sure the whole is big enough for your saw blade to fit through. Because the finish on my cupboard was very slippery I punched a small hole first so that my drill wouldn’t slip.

Cupboard makeover workplace setup

As you can see I constructed a sort of workmate table for myself . I set up two tables a little apart and then used clamps to make sure the door wouldn’t move. Don’t you think the Christmas lights add a nice touch?

And then came power tool number two, the saw. I was actually quite scared about that part, but it was much easier then I had feared.Cupboard makeover sawing

I sawed until the panel fell on the floor and it looked like this.

Cupboard makeover window

And then the fun part started. Fixing it up again.

I got myself some nice decorative moulding to finish that edge. Because the saw cut was pretty raw I searched for moulding that had a bit of a ‘hangover’ so that the saw cut would be hidden.

Cupboard makeover window frame

Figuring out how long the pieces of the window frame should be was actually the hardest part. It involved math! But with the help of my love I was able to figure it out. He also helped me saw the mitered corners. We attached the frame with some strong wood glue and a couple of small nails.

After that it was smooth sailing all the way.

Paint the whole thing. Because of the finish on the doors I used a ‘sticks to everything primer’ and I choose white as my color (of course).

Then I used a staple gun to attach chicken wire behind the frame. The finish on this doors was so hard that our staple gun couldn’t get any staples in, so I had to staple my chicken wire to the inside saw cut. But if your doors would be regular wooden ones, you could just staple it to the back.

Cupboard makeover detail chicken wire2

Here in this detail you can just make out how I (badly) stapled the wire to the sides. But you can also see how the overhang of the frame nicely covers it up.

Next get out the sewing machine (and yes ladies that is a power tool too!) and sew a panel that is big enough to cover the hole and the edge of the chicken wire. Easy peasy you only have to turn the edges in and stitch in a straight line.

I attached the panels with sticky Velcro.

Cupboard makeover inside

And finally get yourself some nice knobs. They really finish it of!

Cupboard makeover knobs

And then stand back and admire your work!

Cupboard makeover after

Now wasn’t that a fun and fairly easy project!? Believe me ladies if I can do it, so can you!

Cupboard makeover detail chicken wire

So did you like my first tutorial? Was it clear? Too long? Useful? Are you going to chicken wire your cupboards?
En wat vinden jullie? Geslaagd project? Geslaagde tutorial? Ik zou het fijn vinden als jullie me jullie mening laten weten, alle feedback is welkom!

Let me know what you think, I would love to get your feedback.

 

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  1. LiLi M. says

    Nu, zoveel smeekbeden om commentaar kan ik maar lastig weerstaan :-D! Zeker als je zo'n mooi project hebt gemaakt. Ik vind het echt leuk geworden. Geweldig resultaat als je voor de eerste keer met het grote jongens gereedschap mag werken, petje af! Je uitleg is heel duidelijk. Niet te lang en niet te kort. Wat wilde je nog meer weten? MIjn pincode is ****, dat zie ik tenminste staan ;-)!

  2. LiLi M. says

    Nu, zoveel smeekbeden om commentaar kan ik maar lastig weerstaan :-D! Zeker als je zo'n mooi project hebt gemaakt. Ik vind het echt leuk geworden. Geweldig resultaat als je voor de eerste keer met het grote jongens gereedschap mag werken, petje af! Je uitleg is heel duidelijk. Niet te lang en niet te kort. Wat wilde je nog meer weten? MIjn pincode is ****, dat zie ik tenminste staan ;-)!

  3. Heidi says

    Looks darling!! I HEART your door pulls!! Never fear, you are still high on the list via the comments @ Kimba's DIY day! Great tutorial too.

  4. kirstin & jordan says

    oh my goodness- this is fantastic! I love the idea of remaking ikea cabinets and making them into these fabulous gems…
    and I love it that you used powertools… usually I have my husband do that part. :)

  5. Chelsie says

    You are so cute and amazing! I found you because of your interesting comment on Thrifty Decor Chic.

    Thank you for sharing! (I LOVE people like YOU that make people like ME feel like maybe I can try decorating 😉

  6. Beth says

    What a great idea! I'm visiting from Kimba's. (BTW–you were number one even if it wasn't on Mr. Linky right?) I'm new to your blog and love it. Do you typically just bust out in German on each post? Love that too!

  7. Freekje says

    Jeetje Marianne!
    Super goed gedaan, écht een vrouwelijk kastje by the way…
    lekker feministisch zelluf doen en dan afstylen met roze en porcelein, hihi

    Dit soort berichten geven o zo veel inspiratie, dus kom maar op!
    Groetjes Freekje

  8. Freekje says

    Jeetje Marianne!
    Super goed gedaan, écht een vrouwelijk kastje by the way…
    lekker feministisch zelluf doen en dan afstylen met roze en porcelein, hihi

    Dit soort berichten geven o zo veel inspiratie, dus kom maar op!
    Groetjes Freekje

  9. BJ_Mama says

    How LOVELY! I don't use that word much, but it fit here. My favorite part is the knobs you chose…very unique!

  10. Bonjade says

    Nou hij is werkelijk opgepimpt zeg.
    Wat een verandering is dit. Ik had zo'n gerimpeld sierlijstje nog nooit gezien. Die zijn echt top. Geeft meteen een wat oude look.
    Dusse…..als er nog meer daar opgepimpt wordt…..ik houd me aanbevolen….
    Fijne dag

  11. Princess Of Pink says

    G E W E L D I G !!!!!!! Echt waar geweldig gedaan. En wij vrouwen kunnen prima omgaan met die "mannen" powertools toch?????
    Wat heb je dat goed gedaan, moet ff kijken of ook ik niet ergens een lelijk kassie heb staan wat opgepimpd moet worden, lol. EN bedankt voor die boekenlink! Weer een addiction erbij, alsof ik al niet genoeg heb, lol.

    Bravo!!

  12. Marianne says

    Jij durft wel, zeg! Maar het eindresultaat is ontzettend leuk.
    De uitleg is heel erg duidelijk en niet te lang.

  13. Sarah says

    holy cow… that must have taken quite some time and a LOT of work… but totally worth it. the pay-off is incredible. nice job! :)

  14. Sunny says

    You did such a good job! Looks so cute! Chicken wire is so country/vintage and I love it. Stopping over from ASPTL!

  15. the queen says

    awesome! your tutorial was just perfect. takes the fear out of cutting up some old (but perfectly practical) cupboards

  16. jeanette says

    jeetje wat een origineel kastje heb jij ervan gemaakt. echt super leuk. wat een ander gezicht is dit zeg. die knopjes en dat opengewerkte met gaas dat doet het hem. creatief bedacht!

  17. jeanette says

    jeetje wat een origineel kastje heb jij ervan gemaakt. echt super leuk. wat een ander gezicht is dit zeg. die knopjes en dat opengewerkte met gaas dat doet het hem. creatief bedacht!

  18. gail@myrepurposedlife says

    oh my! I love this! You did an awesome job!
    I particularly love the knobs. I'm going to have to file this one away in my ole' brain, for sure!

  19. Sh@ron says

    This is a great makeover project and the instructions are easy to understand. Love the cute door pulls.
    Thanks for Sharing
    Sharon

  20. Carol says

    Wow! I'm totally impressed!!! Great work!!!
    I just found your blog and will have to explore it a bit more in the coming days,
    Sending you best wishes from Boxwood Cottage in Germany
    Carola

  21. FrenchGardenHouse says

    How great, I LOVE that!! I have a few cabinets I would love to do that with. thanks so much for sharing this with us.
    xo Lidy

  22. vosges paris says

    zooo dat heb je mooi gedaan! leuk zo'n recycle project. Dankeje wel voor de link trouwens , die ga ik echt eens goed bekijken.

  23. Arvind Devalia says

    Great stuff Marianne!

    Maybe IKEA will copy you and start offerig your design:-)

    Good luck with the blogging!

    Love and best wishes

    Arvind Devalia

  24. Heidi says

    I am so impressed! That was a great tutorial! It turned out adorable! I am going to start hunting for a cabinet to transform!
    :)Heidi

  25. Jeannette says

    Ik heb net je blog ontdekt en val met mijn neus in de boter. Wat een geweldige verandering! En chapeau…ik zou er niet opgekomen zijn en al helemaaaal niet kunnen. Maar met zo´n tutorial word ik al wat moediger. Prachtige lijst trouwens.
    Ik ga meteen even de rest van je blog lezen..ik ben reuze nieuwsgierig nu ik deze post gezien heb. 😉
    ♥ Jeannette

  26. Anonymous says

    So smart and creative!! Fantastic job! I like it better than the one in the book….

    Rosa
    absolutelygirlythings.blogspot.com