Kitchen Cabinet Makeover: Painted White + Door Stencil

7 Materials
8 Hours

Just a few weeks ago, I spotted this custom made kitchen cabinet. It was all wood and in great condition and the asking price was $20.00.

Kitchen Cabinet Before

The sellers were converting to open shelving and had the original cabinets for sale. This was the last one! There was storage space inside, so I knew it would make a great functional piece, in just about any room of the home. It just needed a few minor adjustments. This is how I repurposed a kitchen cabinet.

Furniture Feet

For starter, the cabinet needed height. I had these four furniture feet in my stash that I had found at the Thrift Store for $1.00 each, and they were unfinished. They would be perfect for my project.

The Hubs drilled a hole in each corner of the bottom of the cabinet. He then screwed the feet into place.

Dixie Belle Drop Cloth

Prep and Paint the Repurposed Kitchen Cabinet

The only prep work that was needed for my repurposed kitchen cabinet was giving it a good cleaning. I used my vinegar and water solution to clean the cabinet thoroughly. Half vinegar and half water proportions. Find out on my blog how I clean dirty, grungy furniture before painting them.

I did not remove the doors. I normally do, but I wanted the hardware to be painted so that it could be distressed later.

Repurposed Kitchen Cabinet After Two Coats of Paint

I chose the paint color Drop Cloth from Dixie Belle. I have fallen in love with this color! I recently used it on my television cabinet repurpose project which you can see HERE.

It only took two coats of the Drop Cloth for full coverage.

Distressing Edeges on Repurposed Kitchen Cabinet

Distressing the Repurposed Kitchen Cabinet

The next day, I took my 220-grit sandpaper and distressed around the edges, heavily! I wanted a worn, chippy look. After distressing, I also sanded the entire piece lightly to achieve a smooth finish.

Americana Décor Stencil

Stencil on Cabinet Doors

I felt the doors needed some help. They were plain. I had this Americana Décor stencil that I had purchased off Amazon a while back. I used brown craft paint for the stencil. To apply the paint to the stencil, I used a makeup sponge.

Dabbing Craft Paint With Makeup Sponge

Then, I just simply dabbed ever so lightly up and down. Almost like a light pounding. I then went back over and dapped with my sponge just to make sure there were not any areas with too much paint.

Sanding Lightly Stencil Painted Door

Once the stencil paint dried COMPLETELY, I used a piece of 220-grit sandpaper to sand lightly over the stenciled area. Remember, I was going for the worn look.

I sealed the entire piece with one coat of Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax.

Adding Hardware


The cabinet did not have the hardware. I found these two wood knobs in my stash that had a few dings which was perfect for my project.

Final Cabinet

I loved the way my repurposed kitchen cabinet turned out!

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  • Josie Josie on Mar 21, 2022

    I was wondering if you added a top to the cabinet or molding ?

  • Josie Josie on Mar 21, 2022

    Did you add a top to t by e cabinet?

  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Mar 21, 2022

    I must say it really does look like a free standing piece of furniture that always was so. No one would think of kitchen cabinets just by looking at it. I, too, wonder what you did to get the top piece.

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