Transform a Cabinet with Wallpaper

by Katie Reed

I spent the last weekend of our holidays working to get my craft room in order. Ever since we moved here, all of my crafting stuff has been in boxes downstairs. I tried in the first few weeks after our move to organize it, but the only space we had was in the room that houses our furnace, and it was a pretty dingy place. So as you can imagine, though all my stuff was in there, I never actually used it. Over time, it has just become filled with all the junk we had no place else for.

So this past weekend, Mark cleaned out the garage and made room for all that junk so that I could FINALLY get my craft room in order. I will reveal the amazing transformation a bit later, but right now I wanted to share one of the projects I did for it.

I found this AMAZING little entertainment center at the Goodwill store in Clermont, Florida early last year. It was a STEAL at $35! I saw it from across the store just as they were putting it out, and I raced over and bought it on the spot. At the time, I’d just found out I was pregnant, and I was CONVINCED it would be a girl (ah, how wrong I was!), and I thought it would be just perfect to make into a wardrobe for her room.

Plain white cabinet - before

Isn’t it lovely? When you opened it up, there were a couple little cubby holes and a big gaping hole in the back. I am not positive, but I believe this was a TV cabinet in another life, but I had no intention of making it so again.

Plain storage cabinet

It has been housing various odds and ends for several months, mostly my collection of crystals and tarot cards. Yep, I’m one of THOSE people.

Anyway, inspired by Regina’s office in the show Once Upon a Time, I was REALLY keen to find a way to have a really elegant room with lots of black, white and grey. So when I found this awesome wallpaper at Target, I was inspired. I thought I could transform this cabinet into something special.

I love it because it is removable, so at any point I can try something new. Which is a good thing because I DID have a little trouble with the mirrors. The wallpaper was a bit pricey at $30 for a small roll (and I ended up using all of it!), but it is much better than my original plan of painting the cabinet (the thought of all the prep work for that makes my head spin!).

I lined up the wallpaper along the sides and used a craft knife to cut it at the right points. The sides of the cabinet were beadboard, so getting a flat look was slightly difficult, but it worked.

I also decided to cover the mirrors. I wound up sticking the wallpaper over them and then using the knife to cut out the intricate design. It is definitely not an exact job. And I wound up with a couple of bubbles in the paper that I can’t seem to remove. GRR. I realized later that I could have just opened the doors and unscrewed the wood that was holding the mirrors on, and I could have papered from behind. Ah well. Live and learn!

I’m still SUPER pleased with the end result!

cabinet transformed with wallpaper

It looks SO gorgeous now. Especially with the grey paint on the walls and the set up I have now.

cabinet after

It was also important to me that the storage inside be good. After all, those little cubbies at the bottom were great, but on top of that was just a big bunch of space. So I found some really cute canvas bins on clearance at Lowes for only $3 each! I knew they would be perfect. They also had some black and white chevron bins that would have matched perfectly, but I couldn’t justify the much higher price. Ah well.

As you can see, they look great in there. I also used some plain black plastic storage bins I found at Target (again, on clearance) to house bulkier items. I think the inside is MUCH nicer now than before!

Cabinet storage with canvas bins

I am SO pleased by how this turned out. I really love the unit, and because everything is easily removed, I can always change it up later. How cool is that?!

Do you have any awesome furniture transformations you’ve done? Leave me some inspiration in the comments!

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13 comments

Elizabeth Flora Ross January 6, 2015 - 10:35 am

That’s awesome! Love it! Great job.

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Julie January 19, 2015 - 2:33 am

It looks so modern now, I love the fact you chose a really bold paper.

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Christine January 19, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Like the new version! Black and white is such a great color scheme….Good job!

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Christie January 19, 2015 - 8:06 pm

What a super cute transformation! I’ve thought about doing something similar. I’d love for you to stop by and share it tonight at Totally Terrific Tuesday! The party starts at 10pm!

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[email protected] Stroll Thru Life January 20, 2015 - 9:57 am

How fun is this and such a fabulous idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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Kristina @ My Own Home Blog January 20, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Oh my, this looks so great!
I’m a big fan of chevron, so this really caught my attention!

I’d love for you to stop by and link up with me at Talented Tuesday, 1 party 5 blogs, every Tuesday at 9am central!

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Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life January 20, 2015 - 10:47 pm

It looks so good now….less dated! Well done!

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Denise January 21, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Great inspiration. Shared on FB this week. Thanks for linking up at Sunday Features.

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Nikki January 22, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Hey! This caught me eye on Weekend re-Treat! I just got an old farmhouse armoire I was thinking about using fabric on, but I think your wallpaper idea would be just perfect! Thanks for sharing! And if you’re interested, I’m co-hosting a link party over on my blog. Nikki

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Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life January 29, 2015 - 6:08 pm

What a creative transformation! I would have never thought to use wallpaper! Thanks for sharing it with us at #FoodieFriDIY! Hope to see you again tonight!

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Brendan Bordin April 10, 2016 - 11:54 pm

Wow!! what a amazing idea @Katie! I love your post. The things you covered through the post are impressive. Absolutely, worth to share..Thanks for sharing dear.:)

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Liz Jo October 10, 2016 - 9:54 am

Easy way to make something look brand new again!

Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.

liz @ j for joiner

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Nicole October 11, 2016 - 1:05 pm

That’s a creative way to cover unwanted mirrors plus you can change out the paper if you decide you want to do something different. Great armoire makeover! Thank you for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

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