Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

3 Materials
2 Days
These cabinets are original to my house. They are the shoddiest things I've ever seen. I'm not sure what kind of "wood" they are made out of...possibly particle board or something along that line.
On most of the door's edges they have "puffed up" and/or were ''scuffed up''. Kind of like a swelling. There is a faux wood "paper type" covering that I originally thought was a Contact Paper. But isn't. Anyway, they look awful and after 23 yrs. I'd had it.
I took one of the doors to Sherwin Williams to see if there was a paint that would stick to the slick covering. The guy behind the counter, said the slickness wouldn't be the problem, but the "raised" flaky edges were. And suggested I buy new cabinets. Well, if new cabinets were in the budget I would have already done that! I left mumbling...thanks for the help, maybe I'll just decoupage them, darn cabinets anyway, blah, blah, blah.I got in my van and on the way home thought....hmm, maybe decoupaging isn't that far fetched. I thought of pretty papers I could use, the possibilities were endless.Then reality hit, if I didn't like were the paper had been placed trying to reposition it would be a nightmare. The light bulb lit! yes, it does on occasion.I'm very familiar decoupaging fabric. Repositonable, inexpensive, variety...BINGO!I stopped at Walmart. Found some fabric that reminded me of the Beach. A sandy brown, slightly nubby..perfect!Asked for 3 yards (having no idea how much I would actually need)!Grabbed 3 bottles of Mod Podge Satin (again not knowing how much), and headed home.First, I removed the doors.I cut the fabric to approximate size, applied the Modge Podge with a paint brush to the cabinet frame then trimmed to fit with a exacto knife. After all the fabric was in place on the frame, I started my first of 4 coats of Mod Podge.In between coats I worked on the doors. I scraped off the raised edges/areas with a putty knife, so you wouldn't see a bump.Applied the same technique.
Cut fabric to approx. size (yes, I marked which door was which on the inside. Knowing me I would end up with them on the wrong sides upside down!).
Apply the Mod Podge to the front of the door.Flip door over onto the wrong side of fabric.
Smooth out any wrinkles and
repostition if necessary.
Try to fold corners as neatly as possible over to the inside and glue well. Why I didn't think of staples is beyond me :/
Trim as needed.
The beginning of my four coat process, smooth out all wrinkles l to allowing to let completely dry between coats.
My family thought I was crazy. Yeh, like a fox! Once all coats were applied, I decided I wanted to add knobs on the doors. They didn't originally have them. I thought of the glass knobs from my  Play House from when I was little. My oldest Son surprised me with them one day while we were working at our parents farm trying to get it ready to rent out. The Play House, along with other out buildings, was on the demolish list.He had gone in without me knowing and removed them for me. I dug them out and it just so happened they were the screw in type, got the screwdriver added them and Voila!They look awesome, even if I have to say so myself! LOL With all those coats of Mod Podge they came out sooo smooth and ware resistant. Even, the kids say they look 100 times better! All for about $10.00!

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  • Fabric   (Walmart)
  • Mod Podge   (walmart)
  • Vintage knobs   (already hand)
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  • I really didn't pay attention. Just looked for something that I liked that I thought would look good in my beach themed bathroom. You's want a thinner fabric not thick like upholstery fabric, so ir would be easy to get into the corners, etc. Good luck!

  • Tina Tina on May 20, 2017
    did u put 4 coats of the fabric on?