Tardis Boockcase/Media Storage - Tutorial

12 Hours

Any Dr. Who fans in your house? This is how I transformed an ugly DVD cabinet in a cute Tardis Bookcase, Media Storage and, of course, Time Machine!
Here is how I did it.
Black foamboard
Printed signs (from the Internet)
Mod Podge (for decoupage)
Wood glue
Wood tray (or something with similar shape)
Small pieces of plywood (from craft store)
Small candle holder (or something similar for top light)
Cylinder shape pocket flashlight
Gray Primer (I used Rustoleum gray primer spray)
Blue latex paint (I used Valspar Indigo Streamer)
Light gray latex paint (for windows)
Bar pulls in two different sizes
Paint sprayer OR foam rollers and paint brush
Part 1. The cabinet
First I took the whole thing apart – knobs, hinges, and shelves.
Closed the original knob holes with wood filler.
Cleaned and cleaned again with TSP diluted in water.
Primed all pieces using Rustoleum gray primer spray.
To save time, I spray painted the entire cabinet, shelves and hinges with Valspar Indigo Streamer. You could also use foam rollers and high quality brushes to do this part.
I drew and painted the window “glass” in light gray, using Frog tape to keep the light color inside the lines, and a sponge roller to obtain a smooth surface.
After all was painted and dry, I glued the window frames to the doors and sides, and the tray (upside down) to the top of the cabinet.
Before putting the cabinet together, I drilled the holes for the new handles and installed them (notice they go in different places!)
I used the same color on the inside of the cabinet and shelves.
I attached the base of the light to the top using a 3M no-damage hanging strip.
Part 2 – Window frames, Top, and Light.
First I worked out what would be a proportional size for the windows. I decided to divide each front door in 3 equal parts from top to bottom. The window frames went on the top section of the front door and on the sides. For this cabinet, the side windows needed to be narrower than the front ones in order to fit each of the 2 sections separated by the door hinges.
I drew all window frames on the black foamboard and cut them out using a snap-off knife.
For the “box” above the cabinet, I found a rectangular wood tray at Michaels, and used the same black foamboard to fill in the handles and make a smooth surface on all four sides.
The little metal frame on the top light was a candle lantern I bought from an online store.
The light inside the candle lantern is a cheap pocket flashlight I found at Lowes.
All signs you see on the doors and top were printed out of the Internet. Just google them and you’ll find dozens of options in all different sizes.
I used decoupage to apply them to the cabinet AFTER the paint was dry.
I painted all pieces in the same blue paint as the cabinet (Valspar Indigo Streamer).
I hope this tutorial was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.
Patricia @ The Wood Spa - Ridgefield, CT

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3 questions
  • Dee B
    Dee B
    on Mar 7, 2016

    What are the dimensions of this cabinet?

  • Dee B
    Dee B
    on Mar 7, 2016

    What are the dimensions of this cabinet?

  • Reg
    on Apr 20, 2017

    What kind of cabinet is this? I cannot find one anywhere with the shelves in the doors like that.

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  • Kym
    on Dec 27, 2017

    Oh my GOSH! My sister is a big Dr. Who fan and she has a huge book collection. Wonder how multiple Tardis would look in the "library"...Must find out! This is just too lovely. Can't wait to make these!! Thanks so much for the share. You did a wonderful job!
  • Sojournstar Media
    Sojournstar Media
    on Jun 20, 2018

    The Doctor is IN!!

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