London Phone Booth Cabinet Makeover

It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday again – one of my favorite days of the entire month, when four of my blogging friends and I each share a free or thrifted makeover (see all of our past ones HERE).  You can see theirs at the end of this post.

I started off with this thrifted cabinet.  It was obviously handmade (but well-made, although the inside wasn’t so pretty).

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I brought the cabinet inside right away to start working on it.  However I couldn’t decide what to do with it for the life of me!  I figured I’d do a stencil or an image transfer and call it a day.  Then I couldn’t decide on a color.  First I painted it French Linen but it looked drab on this piece, so I painted over that with Pure White (Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan).  I went through all my stencils and none seemed right.  I was stumped!  I had already wasted paint and still didn’t have a clue.

Then BOOM it was like a bolt of lightning and an idea hit me.  I kept the white paint and then started taping…

How to paint a London phone booth on furniture - Girl in the Garage

I have included some affiliate links, at no extra charge to you, so you can conveniently find the products I used.


Pure White Chalk Paint
Red latex paint (I already had it, otherwise I wouldn’t have used latex)
Modern Masters gold metallic paint
Purdy paint brush
FrogTape for delicate surfaces (my favorite for painting projects)
This stencil (I only used the crown)
Overhead projector for transferring the “Telephone” graphic (created in PicMonkey and printed onto clear transparency paper)
Sharpies for outlining the letters and black paint for filling in the letters

This project involved a lot of measuring and taping.  And I did end up using a stencil and did an image transfer.  Mostly I kept referring to an online photo of the famous British phone booth and then adjusted the design to my little cabinet.  And here it is……

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EEEK!  I seriously love how it turned out.  Don’t you love when your vision actually comes to life in front of you?  I’m so glad I didn’t just paint a random stencil on it and call it a day.

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I didn’t take a photo of the inside but I left it all white (and that taped-on paper went into the trash in about .02 seconds).

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Me in London, 2013. Read that blog post HERE. The window panes are different here than the one I used for my cabinet inspiration.

How to paint a London phone booth on furniture - Girl in the Garage

Of course I would really love to know what you think of my phone booth cabinet.  Is it too far out there?  I know it won’t work in every home but it’s a conversation piece for sure.  I’ll be bringing this to the Hunt & Gather market I’m doing in September and hopefully someone will have the perfect spot for it in their home (or at least an affinity for British things).

My friends have some awesome makeovers to show you too!  (and there’s a giveaway on Instagram – so keep scrolling for more details)

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

These are the Before photos – click on the blog names under the image to see the After and the full tutorial.

Trash to Treasure August 2016

1. Bless’er House

2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer

3. Prodigal Pieces

4. Artsy Chicks Rule

Lastly – we have a giveaway this week on Instagram!  Share your best Trash to Treasure Makeover with the hashtag #trashtotreasuretransformation and we’ll pick a winner this weekend to be featured on all 5 of our feeds and to win this prize package from Shur-Line!  Make sure you’re following me @jen_girlinthegarage and my friends @prodigalpieces @artsychicksrule @blesserhouse @confessionsofaserialdiyer for your chance to win (U.S. only).


Have an amazing day, friend!


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27 Comments on London Phone Booth Cabinet Makeover

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Larissa! This piece was a lot of fun and I honestly haven’t seen one done as a DIY project before 🙂

  1. Julia
    August 9, 2016 at 6:36 am (3 years ago)

    Love it!! I was in London in 2014 and have decorated my living room with my London photos and now have a growing collection of phone booths. This would be perfect! And I love to paint! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog!

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm (3 years ago)

      How wonderful! I have a tiny little phone booth souvenir (and a red bus too) from our trip that I include in my Christmas village each year. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words – and welcome to my blog!

  2. Carole
    August 9, 2016 at 7:19 am (3 years ago)

    Awesome idea, I love it!!!!

    • Vanessa Prohaska
      August 9, 2016 at 8:06 am (3 years ago)

      How lovely! It seems that it was built to be painted like that!

      • Jen
        August 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm (3 years ago)

        Thank you Vanessa – it certainly is the perfect shape! 🙂

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Carole! 🙂

  3. Marcie Lovett
    August 9, 2016 at 10:31 am (3 years ago)

    That has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! What a great idea.

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Marcie!

  4. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    August 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, that is the cutest and most creative thing ever! I love it Jen!!!

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Nancy! xo

  5. Karen Marie Kedzuch
    August 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm (3 years ago)

    This transformation is awesome.I know you want to sell it at the market but, what about using this in your playroom filled with books or items from around the world.Your picture in the phone booth in London above. On the wall and a globe placed on a stack of books. They can Learn about the world and your love of London.
    Happy Creating ,
    Karen Marie

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Those are great ideas, Karen! If it sells and I really miss it, I can always paint another one later. 🙂

  6. Mari
    August 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm (3 years ago)

    That is so neat…, love, love it!!! I’m missing that part of the brain that makes one so creative so I really enjoy seeing the creativity in others!

  7. Debbie Farmer
    August 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Very cute. I would love to know what you did with the inside.

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Debbie! I mentioned it in the post but it was easy to skip over. 🙂 I didn’t change anything structurally or take any photos of the inside, but I did paint it white.

  8. Patricia
    August 9, 2016 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I think it looks great and I live in London so would buy it if I could 🙂

    • Jen
      August 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Patricia, that’s a big compliment! xo

    • Jen
      August 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Marie! xo

  9. Janet Schen
    August 25, 2018 at 12:18 am (7 months ago)

    I love the phone booth cabinet! So clever and creative to have thought of that. It’s fabulous!

  10. Jenn Sweeney
    November 19, 2018 at 1:33 am (4 months ago)

    Love this!!!


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