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UGLY DUCKLING WARDROBE MAKEOVER

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A month ago, operation bedroom makeover commenced.

First on the agenda…. find a way to update the look of this beast of a wardrobe.

And oh what a beast it was!

It had been built in by the previous tenants (god, what were they thinking??). Upon moving in, we had removed its even uglier outdated doors, leaving the very unattractive melamine wood exposed for all to see.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $50 Difficulty: Medium
I really hated the look of the melamine wood so I decided I needed to paint it! And wallpaper it too! This isn't the first time I've wallpapered furniture before - check out this modern wallpapered spice rack I made from plywood.


Materials used (please note specific links to products are all on my blog at link below)
  • Foam brushes
  • sander
  • Primer
  • Furniture paint (or chalk or latex paint)
  • TSPPoly
  • Wallapaper
  • Modpodge


HOW TO: 1. I used my palm sander to sand the inside of the wardrobe. I also used 150 grit sandpaper for some areas like the edges, bottoms and detailing to ensure I got into all the nooks and crannies.
2. Wipe away the dust from sanding and clean with TSP. 3. I then used a primer, and applied with a paint brush to all the edges and corners I knew the roller wouldn’t reach.
4.Once the primer had dried, I plastered on the final coat of paint. I used a specific furniture paint but you can use latex or chalk paint for the final coat
5.Notice I left the backing un-painted so I could apply the wallpaper. Head over to my blog for the specific link to where you can buy this style wallpaper. I applied the wallpaper with modpodge glue and done!


Just a note painting melamine wood is a little like painting IKEA furniture, as they both have a laminate type finish. I wrote an in-depth post about painting ikea furniture which you can read here  
It looks like a completely different wardrobe.
The open closet concept was only meant to be a  temporary idea while I figured out what to do in terms of wardrobe doors. Im embarrassed to say, still no doors and my wardrobe looks a little unkept! Click over to my blog at the link below for a REAL LIFE photo - between you and me, the above photo is a little staged

Materials I used for this project:

  • Foam brushes   (amazon)
  • Modpodge   (amazon)

To see more: http://grillo-designs.com/how-to-paint-melamine-wood/

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  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Sep 18, 2017

    WOW! Amazing transformation. Love the wallpaper.

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      Abigail Scott Glen Burnie, MD
      on Oct 17, 2017

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  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen
    on Sep 25, 2017

    I love that paper! If you are thinking of doors, why not try curtains? They are cheaper, easier to clean and you can match the curtain as close as you can to the paper. Check out this link for some ideas!

    • Patty Smith
      Patty Smith
      on Sep 29, 2017

      This is a easier was to paint with and form of laminated finish. I was the whatever down with hot soapy water, let dry, them apply 1 good coat of ZINSSER Cover Stain Primer with stain blocker and bond coat that is used for oil-base and is Interior/Exterior grade. Then do what you want, Paint, Wallpaper, Glue Gems, etc. This procedure saves so much time and no sanding! I used it on Mobile home cabinets which are cover with a paper made to look like wood, they turned out perfect and not one person could tell they were re-painted. I think your closet turned out beautifully and I love the wallpaper.

  • Ruth Robison
    Ruth Robison
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Great job, well done! I use voile material attached with a cheap plastic covered wire to simply screw into each top end of my similar wardrobe, you can't see the cable stuff, only the pretty voile which is cheap and there are so many colours available!

    • Khahn858
      Khahn858
      on Oct 15, 2017

      I agree. We had bifold wood doors "dust collectors" as i called them on all our bedroom closets. This year i removed them in 2 rooms replaced them with tension rods and curtains. Love them. No noise (opening the "doors") and can throw them in the wash as needed.

  • Littlemomma2005711
    Littlemomma2005711
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Lovely!!!

  • Nadine
    Nadine Houston, TX
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Great solution. Looks so much nicer and brighter. Now the clothes are happy to be in there.

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