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Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet

Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - finished cabinet
This was a boxy looking little cabinet with drawers and I wanted to upcycle it to make it look shabby chic. So this is what I did. I found the cabinet set out for trash pick up, but didn't know what it was or what to do with it. After a couple of months, we came up with this idea for storing my daughter's Bath and Body Works collection!
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August 5, 2020

Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - finished cabinetThis was a boxy looking little cabinet with drawers and I wanted to upcycle it to make it look shabby chic. So this is what I did. I found the cabinet set out for trash pick up, but didn't know what it was or what to do with it. After a couple of months, we came up with this idea for storing my daughter's Bath and Body Works collection!

Total Time: 10 to 15 hours

Yield: 1

Supplies:

  • 1 cabinet or bookcase
  • molding scraps
  • hammer
  • putty
  • flat white paint
  • nails
  • screws
  • semi-gloss paint
  • paintbrush
  • washi tape
  • contact paper
  • adhesive vinyl for printers
  • adhesive vinyl for decor
  • Cricut machine
Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - molding
 

Steps:

  1. Since I wanted this cabinet to look less "boxy," and to sit vertically on the ground, the "shelves" were removed from each other. Using only two of the shelves, screw the top to the bottom. (I couldn't use third shelf because there was an open side and it would make it too top heavy.) Putty was added to the side to cover up the previous nail holes and then sanded. Attach one shelf to the other by screwing into place. Then, after placing the cabinet in a vertical position, molding was added to the top, sides, and bottom, and hammered into place.
  2. Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - cabinet prior to rework
     
    Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - patching nail holes
     
    Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - sanded
     
    Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet- adding molding
     
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  3. Paint the entire surface of furniture piece, front of drawers, and molding with flat paint as a base coat. Let dry. Paint with semi-gloss paint. I had to use three or four coats of paint to cover up the previous color. Let dry completely, three to four days.
  4. Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - prime
     
    Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - paint all parts and allow to dry
     
  5. Line the little drawers with contact paper. Add washi tape for decoration on the ends.
  6. Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - contact paper used to line drawers
     
    Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - washi tape to decorate the drawer fronts
     
  7. Print design (I found one on the computer). Print out on printable adhesive backed paper. Cut out design as desired. Decide where you want the design placed. Make scallops from adhesive vinyl. I used my Cricut to cut out scallops to decorate along the sides and top if desired.
  8. Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - applying adhesive scallops
     
    Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - flower design printed on adhesive paper and placed in the side corners
     
    Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - view of the side including the scalloped edging
     
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