Old Upper to Beautiful Cabinet

Jody Harris
by Jody Harris
8 Materials
3 Days

We got these old worn out cupboards at an on line auction. They were pretty beat up and definitely needed a good sprucing up. Here is our journey. Hope you enjoy it.

The beginning. Dark and pretty dirty.

The Inside.

The top. Or bottom. Looks charred huh! Both pieces were wiped with Krud Kutter, a cleaner that we love, sanded and wiped down to remove the dust.

The doors were painted with a cottage white paint and then distressed.

As was the inside.

Old fence boards were cut to fit the sides and top. Then sanded.

And this fabulous stain and sealer was added to the boards. It works really well with old boards. It takes to them very well and it’s a one and done kinda thing. It really brings out the grain of the wood, which we love.

If you are looking for old fence boards, many people are very willing to give them to you, if you are willing to go and take it away for them! Ask around or even look on social media sites for people posting “Free” items.

Wood glue was added to the backs of the boards first.

Then, we used our air nailer to attach them to the top and sides.

We added these legs to one of the cupboards. They were painted the same as the cupboard and distressed also.

Cute huh!

We attached the legs of both pieces by screwing down from the bottom on the inside.

For the 2nd cupboard we only had two of the legs on the left. We thought you wouldn’t see the legs in the back, so we used scraps that we had in our shop.

Then we sat it up and those legs glared at us. Not matching or complimentary or even close to the cute shapely legs in the front.

Back to the drawing board. Literally! We took a piece of paper and traced the front legs. Then, took that shape and traced it onto a spare board we had from another project. Never throw away those small, extra pieces. They can come in handy in instances like this!

Then, with a skill saw, cut out the shape.

The leg on the left is freshly cut and the leg on the right is how it looked after it was sanded.

Painted and distressed. Aahhhh, much better. Don’t you think!

Cute knobs were added. We were given these by a friend, so that cut down on our expenses too!

I didn’t get a completed picture of the second one but they look the same except for the legs. So I added a this one, just a different angle. They turned out so darn cute! Hopefully someone will love them as much as we do!

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  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 09, 2021

    Hi Jody, this is one of the few transformations like this that to me, came out wonderfully. You made certain that whatever additions you did enhanced rather than detracted from the end result. The catch you did of the back legs not working and how you solved the problem I can and will give you double thumbs up. Both cabinets LOOK as though you bought them that way which to me is the sign of a great remake. I am wondering why you did not use leg plates to screw in the first set of legs OR did you counter sink the screws so that they would not show? Did the screws in the legs come out easily? I have never tried to take them out so I am curious about that. P.S. I do not compliment willy nilly you deserved and earned it :)

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  • Teresa Teresa on Jun 08, 2021

    great job!

  • Mary Mary on Jun 07, 2022

    In my book the cabinet would be even prettier without being made to look shabby chic. A little decoupage on the front doors and different knobs? love to see recycling of anything!

    • Teresa Ann Ford Teresa Ann Ford on Jun 07, 2022

      I know what you mean. She did a great job. I love shabby chic but I think it could have been distressed differently but beauty is in the eye of the distresser as they say.