Upcycle your cabinet doors: Part 1

January 5th, 2009 in member junk     
DownHomeDIY DownHomeDIY, member
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Upcycled Memo Board
Having fun with buttons - these say Route 66.
A girly version, have fun with trim and buttons.  I glue buttons to thumb tacks for added detail or use upholstery tacks or colorful push pins.
Here are some cabinet doors before, just make sure you get some with a recessed panel on the front for this particular project. 
Upcycled Memo Board

Upcycled Memo Board

Photo: www.redesignsource.com

I have found a ton of uses for recycled cabinet door fronts.  One of my favorites projects is to repurpose them as memo boards.  You get a sturdy piece with a built in frame that is completely functional...and so inexpensive compared to something from Pottery Barn, or similar stores.  You can find doors at salvage yards, Habitat Retore, etc.  You can really have fun with them by dressing them up with buttons and funky trim.  I even added a key holder for the one in my kitchen.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Upcycled Cabinet Door Fronts
posted in: member junk, wood, artwork, funky, organizer, whimsical, fun, fabric, re;design, down home diy

Comments (11)

BillysBooBooBear writes: My boyfriend and I acquired a ton of cabinet doors a few months back (for free) and I have been trying to come up with a use for them. I was thinking of making a wall out of them, but now I think I might use a few for this too. Thanks for the idea.
Posted: 3:45 pm on July 26th
jfun writes: hey, has anyone had luck covering doors with material, etc. my daughter is renting a home that has splits in the veneer and she cannot afford to replace them right now; would it be best to staple then cover the staples with trim or should a glue be used or any other suggestion??????thanx, jfun Posted: 4:34 pm on August 7th
HopingToJunk writes: These are great. So much more fun and crafty than those you can buy in a store. I love the substantial, rich look of the cabinet as a frame. Great idea to be able to change out the fabric! That's especially nice for kids as they get older. And a great way to change something without creating waste. Posted: 9:25 am on January 25th
SnowmanHill writes: What a great way to use doors! I think a few hanging around my house as well! Thanks for sharing- Krista Posted: 1:59 pm on January 7th
JunkArchitect writes: These came out really cool and a great way to repurpose cabinet doors. How about adding some pegs to the bottom rail? Posted: 12:27 pm on January 6th
FunktionalJunk writes: These are so smart! Thanks for the instructions, too. I really like the idea of hooking it all together with velcro so you can change it out. That's a great plus for those of us with a fetish for vintage fabric scraps! I love your work...you have so many clever ideas. Keep 'em coming!

Leah Posted: 8:46 am on January 6th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Nice job! Looks like a great project we could all tackle. Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions as well!

Take care,
Candy Posted: 8:43 am on January 6th
DownHomeDIY writes: I have become a night owl and they go to preschool. Plus, some of these have already been done. I just needed to take photos and share! I've been doing this awhile, just haven't found the right place to share until now. "You are only as good as those you surround yourself with". Anyway, I add cork and a layer of styrofoam insulation (a huge sheet you find at the hardware store for like $5. I like it for the depth) Glue the cork to the cut to size insulation. The cork is key or else the push pins, etc. don't stay in good. Wrap and cover with fabric. You can either spray glue, tape, staple or however you want to attach the fabric b/c no on will see the back of it. Choose a fabric that will hide the pin holes well. I use big pieces of hook and loop tape (velcro) to adhere the fabric/cork/styrofoam component to the cabinet door front. That way if I ever get sick of the fabric I can just take it off. Does that make sense? It's late, time for bed! I can take a photo of the styrofoam insulation and add it later if you need me to. Posted: 11:38 pm on January 5th
rebeljunker writes: Very, very nice! I am amazed at what you get done, considering you have small children in the house.
I am just wondering, do you glue cork board to the middle of the "frame" and then cover it with fabric? could you give us the instructions?
Posted: 10:25 pm on January 5th
suewhitney writes: Nice job with these recycled doors. You're one busy girl... way to go!

Take care
Sue Posted: 9:14 pm on January 5th
kmayflowers writes: When am I going to learn to carry my screwdriver with me. I sat in the van looking at cabinet doors trying to talk myself into taking them home but I didn't have the vision. DH has said don't bring anything else home & you would have to see the garage & shop to appreciate his concern. I promise to do something with my "stuff" everyday. Cross my heart. Posted: 6:37 pm on January 5th
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