Updating a Builder Grade Linen Cabinet

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I find that paint is the easiest, quickest, and most cost effective way to update a home. I am slowly updating all my orange honey oak in my home. This linen cabinet is located in the hallway at the top of my stairs and stuck out like a sore thumb from my front door entry especially after we updated our staircase. This was a quick and very easy project.

Before & After

Step 1 Cleaning the cabinet


I told ya it was orange 🍊 and it also darkened the hallway. I first cleaned the cabinet with warm water and TSP. I love this stuff it works wonderful at removing dirt and gets rid of any sticky residue that may be on the wood.

Step 2 Applying Shellac


I always apply shellac primer before I begin painting any cabinets. I use Zinsser BIN Shellac Primer in a White Base. I find that it not only serves as a stain blocker but it also creates a smooth finish and gives that final paint a nice clean finish.

Step 3 The Paint

The Paint

Once the shellac is completely dried, I painted the cabinet using Sherwin-Williams emerald base paint. I used incredible white in a satin finish, this white is very pretty and the paint hardens after time which gives it a more professional finish.

Step 4 Applying the Hardware

The Hardware

The next step was drilling the holes for the hardware. The original ones did not have any knobs or pulls. I think that knobs and pulls are also a quick way to update furniture, especially cabinets. I just used an electric drill to make the holes and then I secured the hardware.


Here’s a close up of the pulls I chose.


Here is a photo of the completed project, we think it was a great improvement and didn’t take long at all. I told ya it be easy 😊 Happy DIYing and if you want to see more of what I do, please come visit me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mycreativekneads/

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