Friday, July 13, 2012

Upcycle a Cupboard Door

Remember me posting about ideas for my twins bedroom?  If not, you can find the Teen Bedroom Ideas here.  Well, the painting is underway and I wanted to get moving on some projects for that room.  I wanted a place where they could hang backpacks or coats  and something that would also function as a piece of art in there.  I've had this cupboard door in my garage for a few years.  I picked it up at the Re-store for 4.00 and knew that would be the perfect thing to use for my base.

I taped off the door so that I could paint the inside.  I left the original finish on the outside of the door since the walls are gray.  I thought it would be a great contrast to the gray wall.  I painted the insides white with Martha Stewart craft paint. It took 3 coats.
While the paint was drying I added this tape to the edge of the cupboard door.  I found it on clearance at Michaels (see pic above) and thought it would be a great addition to the door.  Then I measured the door and attached my 6 hooks.   Note: It's best to predrill the holes on cupboard doors. It makes the job a whole lot easier!

I had some images of our Michigan sports teams as well as the boys school mascot.  I cut them out and then Mod Podged them onto the door. I then added a sealer.

I couldn't hang the finished shelf  because of painting the room but when I do the room reveal I'll make sure you see it hanging.  I have to apologize for the poor photos! I could not get rid of the glare.  One of these days soon I'll take a photography class.  Anyway, this was a very, very inexpensive way to add our sports theme to the room and hopefully some organization.
There are lots of different ways you can use doors in your home decorating.  I have another door project I'll show here in the near future.  Have you used doors in you decorating? If so share with me what you did.

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Full Circle Creations said...

Looks great! I like that you added the hooks to it. I am a sucker for a an old door.


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Hubba said...

Yay I'm from Michigan so this project is especially amazing to me! I'm a new follower coming from a blog hop! I would love if you followed back at

Heidi Fowler said...

Very cool! It's nice to see a masculine project once in a while! Wow! I love the stenciling! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

The Prudent Pantry said...

Very cool! It's amazing how often I see cupboard doors at our thrift store. I will now be looking at them in a different way. So many possibilities.

I would love it if you would share this at my new Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

Have a great day!

Bobbi said...

Love this idea! I've been surfing old for projects an you just gave me a great idea for my sons room redo. Thx!!

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

Wow, that is awesome! That plain old door sure ended up in a lofty position!

Lori Stokes Wright said...

This is awesome! My nephews would love this too. Although they live in Wisconsin, their dad is from MI, so it's all sports-all Michigan-all the time. I'm over from Eye Heart Mondays link party.

Karri Reiser said...

It turned out great, I would love to make something like this for my son's room. It would be perfect. Would love it if you would add this to my link party:
Have a great week.

Cristy @ menemini said...

Cute decor idea! I'm not all awake yet... I thought the title was cardboard ;-} Ottawa love Mod Podge!!

Christine said...

Barb!! This is such a FUN idea!!!!

Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Jessi Wohlwend said...

I love it, what a creative idea! I've been on the lookout for an old exterior door (full sized) because I have big plans to make a fun coat rack/shelf/entryway mirror thing out of it. Haven't found the right door yet, but I'm sure I will at some point! Re-using old stuff is the best :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

Claiming Our Space said...

What a great after and, as a Michiganian, I love the Wings logo. (Go Wings!) Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

Jessi Wohlwend said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured this awesome coat rack upcycle on my blog today! Feel free to check it out and grab a Featured button :-)

Krista thehappyhousie said...

Such a cute upcycle of your cabinet door! Love it!! Thanks for sharing this awesome project at the Get Your DIY On Challenge: Furniture Transformations. We hope you can make it back this evening at 7pm EST to share a holiday sign project - or just come by to get some holiday inspiration!
~Krista from the happy housie

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