Renter's Cabinet Cover Up

5 Materials
$50
5 Hours
Medium

If you rent, you know there are limited with options at times to make a space your own. If you happen to hate your kitchen cabinets, but can't paint or replace them, this may be an option for you! My cabinets weren't all that bad, just your standard simple oak, but I thought I would test this out and share my results. With the fabric of your choice you can "paint" your rental cabinets to customize your

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SUPPLIES:

- Liquid Starch

- Scotchgard Fabric Protector against liquid and stains

- Drill

- Staple Gun - I know a hammer and pins are pictured above, however I found that using a staple gun was much more efficient and just as removable!

- 6 yds. fabric

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STEP 1: Remove your cabinets Using your drill, remove your cabinet doors and their hinges from the cabinets.

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STEP 2: Measure your fabric Lay your door onto your fabric and cut out a piece of fabric with a good 1.5" excess on each side.

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STEP 3: Staple the fabric Grab your staple gun and staple the fabric down to the back side of the doors. You will start by stapling one side and then the other making sure the fabric is nice and taut. If you are worried about the staples you can also use mod-podge or just extra starch on the edges to secure it in place

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STEP 4: Fold the fabric for the corners For the corners of the door you will need to fold each side over one another and then staple it in place. It helps to pull up the corner of the fabric over the edge and then fold one side over and then the other over that and then stapling through all 3 layers.

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STEP 5: Seal with liquid starch Once all your sides are stapled down seal the fabric border in place by spraying it with some liquid starch. It serves as a temporary glue and will keep your fabric in place.

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STEP 6: Prepare the cabinet frame Cut pieces for each section of the cabinet that lies behind the doors with some excess on each side to fold over and around the edges. For each section spray the surface with the liquid starch.

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STEP 7: Add fabric to the frame Grab your fabric piece fold over one edge so it is clean.

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Stick your fabric to the surface and spray it down with more starch making sure it is nice and smooth. I found it helped to go with the seams of the wood as a guide for where the strips of fabric will meet.

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STEP 8: Get rid of the excess fabric Wrap the excess edges of the fabric around the edges of the cabinet and staple them in place (again if you don't want to staple you can use extra starch or mod-podge to seal the edges in place) making sure the fabric on the front surface is lying nice and smooth. Add more liquid starch to help smooth it out and keep it in place. Repeat steps 6-8 for all uncovered sections of your cabinets. *For drawers you will use a combination of how you cover both the doors and the back surface.

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STEP 9: Spray down every crevice with a liberal amount of fabric protector. This will help to keep the cabinets water and stain resistant. Since kitchens get dirty this is a MUST! When you are ready to remove the coverings you just remove all the staples with a flathead screwdriver and wash away the starch with a wet sponge and some soap.

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Here is a before and after of the cabinets! Such a transformation! I must say I do love an emerald green color in the kitchen. I may have to add some hardware!

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Though I would prefer to just paint them, this is a nice option for those who aren't able to paint and want something different from what they have got going on in their rental!

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I did take an iron and press out the folded creases to help make the seams nice and tight!

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  • Dsouther
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Thank You Ms Pike. I too would never leave an apartment in worse shape than when I moved in. However, I just know how strict my son's complex is. That is why I wouldn't even think about putting staples in the cabinets. PS How do you get wood filler to match and sticky residue off cabinets without taking the color off too? Thank You

  • Dsouther
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Hi Ms. Pike. This is good to know. I too would never leave an apartment worse than I when I first rented it. I just know how strict my son's apartment complex is. I would never put staples in apartment cabinet doors. I wouldn't even do that the ones in my home and they are 50 years old. PS How would a person get wood filler to match the color of the cabinets and how do you clean sticky tape like residue off cabinets without taking off the stain/finish?

  • 'm very interested in trying this in my kitchen. What kind of fabric did you use? Could make a big difference In how it turns out.

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  • Sherri55
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Sorry you can not compare nail holes in sheetrock, patching them and then repainting over that. After a tenant leaves, small nail holes and painting is normal wear and tear and is expected. But holes in perfectly good cabinets? You are not talking about one or two holes. But several in each door. They would require patching, restaining to match the old finish, and then polyurethane. Ridiculous to compare the two. I would keep the security deposit and then some for ruining perfectly good cabinets which would have to be repaired before renting.

    • Jill Ron Pike
      5 days ago

      Same procedure as patching and painting over nail holes. Warm soapy water and wood filler do wonders! Any residue can be cleaned away before moving, just as tiny, inconspicuous staple marks can be filled in with tinted wood filler and a dab of polyurethane.

      I have never left a place worse than I found it, or ever had my security withheld for such things.

  • Dawn Cundiff
    on Feb 10, 2019

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