Easy Repurposed Cabinet Doors | Home Decor

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$15
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Repurposed cabinet doors are a great way to create functional home decor. Recently I visited a ReStore with Habitat for Humanity and got super motivated to create something functional for my bathroom that looks pretty at the same time. The doors were affordably priced and it was also giving back to the community. That's a win win in my book! This blog post will show you how to create a toilet paper caddy that was not only functional but pretty too.

Searching through an ocean of cabinets doors was actually inspiring at the ReStore. Let's just say it stirred up my creativity. Here is everything I used to create my toilet paper caddy.


For this project, the first thing I did was remove all the hardware. A simple screw driver was all I needed.

Repurposed cabinet doors are usually very dirty, so a good cleaning is needed. I cleaned them well with a solution of soapy water (Dawn dish detergent) and rinsed with water. The Dawn will help cut the grease that most cabinets have. Most cabinet doors will have a shiny surface and in order for paint to adhere, you will need to scuff up the surface (lightly sand) with sand paper. I used a 220 grit paper with my orbital sander.

After the prep, I painted the cabinet door with a chalk mineral paint. For this project I used a beautiful color called Driftwood by Dixie Belle Paint Co. To give my repurposed cabinet door project a homey feel, I used a stencil with the letters H O M E. You can customize it to whatever you want it to say. Then I sealed the painted cabinet door with black wax and buffed with a soft cloth.

I lightly distressed the edges of the cabinet door to add an aged look with a 220 grit sandpaper.

I added a copper gilding wax with my finger to the raised edges of the repurposed cabinet doors to match the basket I had chosen for this project.

I drilled 2 holes into the cabinet door and used copper wire to secure the basket in place. As a result, the basket allowed me to display my items for storage of my toiletries. I like the TP idea!

I hope this has inspired you to use those repurposed cabinet doors and come up with some useful ways to display them. Functional home decor on a budget!

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2 questions
  • Nicci Rounce
    Nicci Rounce
    on Jan 25, 2019

    When you say you sealed the door with "black wax", do you mean the car polish?

  • Ashley
    Ashley
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Where do you find "Restores"? I've never heard of them....We have thrift and antique stores, but that's about it.

    • Deniseinark
      Deniseinark
      on Oct 28, 2020

      Look for Habitat For Humanity Re-Stores. They take donations of salvaged furniture and building supplies in support of Habitat For Humanity.

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