Asked on Jan 02, 2016

Ideas for finishing built in cabinets

by Charlene
This antique built-in was totally renovated and the inside is unfinished. I would like to get some opinions on what I should do to the interior. Thanks!
q ideas for finishing built in cabinets, kitchen cabinets, painted furniture, painting wood furniture
q ideas for finishing built in cabinets, kitchen cabinets, painted furniture, painting wood furniture
  14 answers
  • Allison henry Allison henry on Jan 02, 2016
    use it as a china cabinet

    • Charlene Charlene on Jan 03, 2016
      Hi Allison, thank you for your comment - I was wondering how to finish it, as it's still "raw" wood inside😉

  • I was thinking paint it a color to coordinate with your room and mirror the back wall. Install a light and use as a china cabinet. Or, paint it white and modge podge a color coordinated fabric or paper on the back wall.

  • Maria DiTondo Maria DiTondo on Jan 02, 2016
    I like to put sheets of craft scrapbook paper in mine, you can change whenever you want and they have great patterns, and under a $1 per sheet, sometimes even cheaper :-)

  • Toni Toni on Jan 03, 2016
    I agree with Ms. Dawson, mirror the back then add a light in the top.

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Jan 03, 2016
    Cute cabinet! I recently did a couple of pieces using wallpaper as the background. It looks great through the glass doors, but you can easily change it when you want the change out the colors! Or you could try the paintable wallpapers from Lowes. They are textured papers that give the appearance of wainscoting but are really paper. Easy to apply, easy to remove and you can paint them any color you like.

    • Charlene Charlene on Jan 03, 2016
      Thanks Sue- I like that idea for the background - what about the shelves, should I paint them white or dark stain, like the floors?

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 03, 2016
    Persoanlly I think it looks great as is.I think it a a piece of its own personality without added any more to it.Just my opinion...

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 03, 2016
    I've had the unpleasant experience of removing a mirror from a cabinet, so can't recommend that. I think if you painted it a pretty color (I'm on a turquoise kick these days) you could also use the excellent suggestion for scrap book paper to change the mood (and season). If you like the mirror look but, don't want to commit, try placing some in the back of the cabinet (I often see smaller ones in picture frames even in the Dollar Tree) that would work. Have fun!

  • Skrizzo Skrizzo on Jan 03, 2016
    First job in new home, accent wall in dining room done with Williamburgh fabric, left over made valences and table runner. Coordinating fabric on chairs and stapled into back of IKEA cabinet. Was going to paste but staple was easier and easily removable.

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Jan 03, 2016
    I would go white to match the exterior of the cabinet

  • Allison henry Allison henry on Jan 03, 2016
    do you like notty pine?

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 03, 2016
    Looks a bit unfinished, imo. Agree with Sue -Country Designs. Your decor items inside will show up well with a white background. Or you could paper in a white..

  • Allison henry Allison henry on Jan 04, 2016
    try nitty pine

  • CK CK on Jan 05, 2016
    I have a very similar built in. (It was modified however by the previous owners.) I discovered two things about it when we moved to this house: 1. I loved the doors but it limited how I could arrange the contents inside. They were removed and safely stored away 2. White paint inside does play up any thing, any color of items you choose to display. Even white and/or cream items show up very nicely with a white background. Now...if you like having a little color there and don't plan to change your accent colors in the room, then you might consider a different color by painting it, putting in fabric, removable contact paper, wrapping paper that's pretty, art paper, old newsprint, etc. etc. etc. I stick with white because no matter what other color I use in my room, then I don't have to redo the interior of the cabinet ;-)

  • Charlene Charlene on Jan 05, 2016
    I think I going to go with the white or the same color as the walls in that room