Repurposed Bookcase into Cabinet
One day my little ones and I were going for a walk when I spied this on the curb.
I called my husband and asked him if he could swing by on his lunch break and pick it up. I then thought, “Hey I better make sure it’s ok if I get this curbside piece.” Sure enough the owner said I could have it. I always like to double check. 😉
It’s just an ordinary piece of laminate furniture you could probably pick up at the store. I took the bottom doors and the backing off. I then sanded and painted just the shell of the piece, leaving the shelves the way they were. I bought some wrapping paper at Michael’s for 50 cents, which I used to cover the shelves and the backing of this bookcase. The paper was attached to the shelves using hot glue. I simply taped the wrapping paper to the backing because I knew I would be securing it with staples when attaching it onto the bookcase. Here’s the progress so far:
I could have left it like that. It’s super cute now, but that’s not where I wanted to stop on this project. My vision was to build a cabinet with this case.
This bookcase wasn’t very heavy, so the door to the cabinet would have to match in weight. My father-in-law had some extra 1″x2″s from a previous project of his and he graciously gave them to me for my future projects. My husband cut them to my specified lengths and screwed them together to make the door. I then painted the door to match the bookcase.
I also had some extra hinges and a handle lying around, from various cabinets that were once part of our house, that I spray painted black.
I have a thing for frames so I wanted to use different sizes of frames to be a part of the door. I painted them all the same color that I used on the bookcase and 1″x2″s.
I LOVE birds and wanted to make them a part of this project as well. I had some cardstock that I cut to fit into the smaller frames and I bought some poster board which worked filling the bigger frames. I used the same bird stencil and only two colors and made different designs on each piece of paper to outfit the frames.
Now to put it all together. I attached the 1″x2″ frame to the bookcase using the black hinges. Then the handle was put on. For the last step I actually attached the frames to the door using sticky Velcro.
What do you think?
I plan on storing my paint in this cabinet.
I love how it went from being an ordinary laminate piece to a custom cabinet!
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