Cabinet Door to Wall Plaque

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I used a $2 cabinet door I picked up at Restore to make a beautiful wall plaque featuring a verse from "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel.
I could not believe my luck while browsing at Restore last week. I found some cabinet doors that were brand new with no knicks, scratches, or holes in them for only $2.00 each. Needless to say, I picked up several.
Here is the complete process on YouTube.
The first thing I did was to remove all label and tape residue using Goo Gone, then I cleaned the cabinet door thoroughly using a TSP substitute.
After it was cleaned I sanded it down to remove any polyurethane or sealer that might prevent the paint from adhering to the door.
I then painted the inside panel with three coats of chalk paint. Once it was completely dry (I let is sit overnight) I lightly sanded the paint to be sure I had a nice smooth surface.
I used painter's tape to protect the interior panel and then painted the cabinet door frame with four coats of Rose Gold metallic acrylic paint, allowing it to dry in between coats.I used thin coats so it did not take too long to dry.
I used my Silhouette Cameo 4 to cut out the lyrics from the Billy Joel song "Just the Way You Are" along with a copy of his signature I found online. I used transfer tape to adhere the lettering to the door panel.
Once the lettering was done I turned it over and attached a large sawtooth hanger to the top center of the frame.
It's finish and ready to be hung. I love the way it came out and it will be perfect in our bedroom as the song holds special meaning to us.
If you want to see more projects you can go to my blog, or look me up on YouTube, Salmonde.
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  • LadyOtheLake
    on Feb 26, 2020

    Thank you! I’m thinking of using this technique on old French provincial cabinets in my master bath. I’m going for old Hollywood Glam so a silver frame instead of the rose gold would be perfect! Your creativity astounds!

  • Lori
    on Mar 7, 2020

    I have 5 grown children and 5 teenage grandchildren. For Christmas now, I like to get them each the same thing but different. THIS is definitely the gift for 2020! What a fabulous upcycle and personal way to share my love with each of these most special loves of my life.

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