Pretty Papered Cabinet Makeover


Hello again, my creative friend.  It always feels good to finish a project and share it here with you, whether it’s a big piece of furniture or something smaller.  Inspiration can come in any shape or size!

This summer I picked up this piece from a yard sale for about $10, and I finally pulled it out for a decoupage cabinet makeover for Trash to Treasure Tuesday with my blogging friends.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

My hubs thought it was a dart board until I opened it and showed him all these glorious little shelves inside…  (“Glorious” for cute storage space, but not so fun for the extra painting involved!)  Bonus: It even came with the previous owner’s favorite magazine clippings.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

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Steps for doing a decoupage cabinet makeover:

First, paint it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I used my favorite Purdy brushes and altogether it got about three coats of paint.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I dry brushed over the hinges to hide the brass color, but ended up unscrewing the big magnets from the shelf inside.  Tip: It helps to snap a cell phone photo like the one below so later you’ll remember exactly where they go back, which way they face, etc.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

When you’re all done painting, lightly sand all over and then give the cabinet a topcoat for protection.  I used Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax applied with a lint-free cloth.

Next gather your decoupage supplies:  Matte Mod Podge, a foam brush (don’t use a really narrow one if you’re doing a large area like this), and paper cut to the size you need.  (I used Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper, it is gorgeous!)  I also like to have a paper towel nearby to wipe up any excess glue.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Apply the Mod Podge in thin, even layers. Make sure to get the edges and corners too and try not to have any big globs of glue anywhere.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Work in sections (I did three sections for this big piece of paper), applying the glue, carefully laying the paper into place, and then pressing out any wrinkles or air bubbles for a few minutes before moving on.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

If your use your hands while pressing, check after each section to make sure your fingers are clean.  No matter what type of paper you use, you may have some ink rub off onto your skin.  Clean it off before rubbing the next section of paper so you don’t get it dirty.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Once you’ve decoupaged your paper on and it’s dry, you will end up with a pretty papered cabinet makeover like this:

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I think it turned out pretty stinkin adorable.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Depending on your project, you may choose to put a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper to protect it.  I didn’t do it for this cabinet, but I would for something that might get a lot of wear and tear like a tabletop.

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I staged the cabinet with some of my craft paints – but it would also be great for nail polish storage too.  Or maybe miniature dolls or trinkets in a little girl’s room?  What else could be stored on those shelves?

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a before and after reminder of this yard sale cabinet makeover – it went from plain to oh-so-cute!   You can share or Pin it for easy access to find this project again later.  🙂

Yard sale cabinet gets a pretty papered cabinet makeover with decoupage Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper and Chalk Paint. DIY Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Now it’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday with four of my talented blogging friends…

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are their Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After and to learn how they did it.  (There are some really amazing ones this month!)

Trash to Treasure Tuesday - Sept. 20181. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
2. Prodigal Pieces
3. Artsy Chicks Rule
4. Bless’er House

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  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    September 11, 2018 at 5:31 am (2 weeks ago)

    From drab to fab, Jen! This cabinet definitely needed some refresh and your paper touches made it perfect. Pinning!

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  2. Christy James
    September 11, 2018 at 9:26 am (2 weeks ago)

    This turned out so pretty, Jen! LOVE that paper! This would have made a great Lego figure cabinet too. 🙂 XO

    Reply
    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      September 11, 2018 at 6:11 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you Christy! Ooh yes that’s a great idea too. And we do have tons of Lego figures at our house, ha!

      Reply
  3. Cynthia Dahl
    September 11, 2018 at 10:14 am (2 weeks ago)

    It is Adorable!
    Love the paper.

    Reply
    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      September 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you Cynthia, I appreciate your kind words! Rifle Paper Co. has the most beautiful paper – I’ve used it in a few decoupage projects. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Rose Lefebvre
    September 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I Love how the cabinet turned out!! It is so light and lovely and has color!

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  5. Carol Ybarra
    September 11, 2018 at 2:03 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Love it!

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  6. Maureen the Budget Queen
    September 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Love this!! Love the paper!! I recently did a little dresser for my new granddaughters room. It was tiny and leftover from daughters college days! I used scrapbooking paper from Micheals. I would send you pictures but I don’t know how

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      September 11, 2018 at 6:07 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much, Maureen! And thank you for sending me a photo of the pretty dresser you updated!

      Reply
  7. HopeJW
    September 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Hey Jen, this turned out fantastic! I wanted to share a trick I learned while using modpodge. Instead of using your bare hands, use Saran Wrap. You can wad it up to smooth it down or lay it out and press out your paper or fabric. You can also leave the Saran over night if you need to say….put books on a piece of wood to keep it flat over night. It will not stick.

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  8. Mary D.
    September 12, 2018 at 7:57 am (2 weeks ago)

    This is just lovely! I have a quick question. I haven’t worked with chalk paint and wax. Did you wax the entire cabinet or did you leave the door inserts just paint? Does the Mod Podge work okay over the wax? I was worried that the wax might create a barrier. Thanks so much. I love seeing all your creations!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      September 12, 2018 at 6:49 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Hi Mary, I did not wax the areas where I was going to decoupage. I’m not sure if it would create a barrier, but if nothing else, it would be a waste of time and wax. Thanks for your kind words and for following along! 🙂

      Reply
  9. Dixie Lee
    September 12, 2018 at 10:44 am (2 weeks ago)

    I will have two medicine cabinets that I took off the walls – think I will do this to both! thanks!

    Reply

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