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Builder Grade Cabinet Upgraded! Tutorial

04 April 2011

Builder Grade Cabinet Upgraded! 
Special Guest Tutorial by Nest, Nesting Nested

Have you ever looked at your cabinets and thought about refinishing them, but don't know how or where to start? That is exactly how I felt for the first few years that I lived in my house. One day I decided I was going to do it...paint and refinish my cabinets. I didn't know how or even if they would turn out, but I knew I was going to try and am so glad I did.
I just finished my cabinet in my downstairs half bathroom that I have been working on for the past few days. It was a lot of work, but well worth it.

Instructions to follow:

Supplies used:
*electric sander
*decorative mouldings
*liquid nails
*finish nails
*Martha Stewart "Heavy Cream" paint
*Paint brushes and paint roller
* Wipe-on Poly *Valspar glaze in "Mocha"

I first thought long and hard about how I would accomplish a more custom and updated looking cabinet. I came up with a plan that included beadboard, mouldings, paint, glaze and new hardware.
Now to really get started...
First you'll need to prepare your cabinet's surface by cleaning it with TSP and sanding it thoroughly. I used an electric sander to make the job easier and quicker, but you could always sand it by hand too.
Next I measured and cut two pieces of beadbord and then glued it, using liquid nails, to the recessed part of my cabinet doors. Finally, I finished it off by framing the beadboard with a decorative a moulding. Also, I used three pieces of moldings to make a baseboard, just the perfect height, for the bottom of my cabinet.

Now it's time to prime. I used two coats of primer and then waited until the next day to apply the paint. I used two coats of paint as well. 24 hrs. later, when the paint was completely dry, I sanded the cabinet just a little bit to smooth out any rough spots or drips.


You're almost done now...the glaze is so easy to apply. All you need to do is either wipe or brush a coat of glaze on, wait a minute or two and wipe some, most, or all of it off depending on how worn you want it to look.
The directions on the back of the glaze say to wait one week after glazing to apply a clear protective coat. I used a wipe-on polyurethane.
I am so happy with the end result...a beautiful, updated cabinet!

I got this vintage inspired hardware at Pottery Barn.
Love it!!!


Dave @ Transform My Home April 4, 2011 at 7:19 AM  

Very impressive! I like the beadboard idea and wish I had seen this before I painted mine plain white.

Sarah April 4, 2011 at 7:38 AM  

I never would have thought to add trim/beadboard before painting. Love this!


Robyn April 4, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

WOW! An awesome transformation! I love your hardware too, it's so pretty.

mamax4 April 4, 2011 at 8:39 AM  

That is really a creative use of elbow grease - you have a great talent! No one would ever know they weren't a custom-made or genuine vintage cabinet. Beautiful!

Tami @ still crazy after all these years

Anna April 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

This is an inspiring post because we are getting ready to do our cabinets this weekend!


C@TheGiacobbeDiaries April 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

What fab cabs! They look great. I have builder grade cabs in my kitchen and bath. I want to re-do the bath ones because its a smaller project. I never thought to add molding to the iinterior panel front of the door. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Angela April 4, 2011 at 12:25 PM  

LOVE IT! It definitely gives me some inspiration for my ugly out-dated 1960s cabinets. Thanks for sharing!

TC April 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM  

Amazing! Truly a beautiful transformation. Great post!

Tamara, Bella Boho

Cynthia April 4, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

My Dad is a custom cabinet builder so I am hard to impress when it comes to kitchens and cabinetry. I am impressed. That is a seriously awesome makeover! I am SO passing this on to my neighbors who are all stuck with those cabinets (which I don't have due to sentence #1)- what a great way to improve a kitchen! It ALMOST makes me wish I had a basic kitchen just so I could have the fun of turning it into something that cool!

Vintage Barn 27 April 5, 2011 at 8:37 AM  

Ok, I am now very inspired to start on the first of three bathrooms. Your renovated cabinets are beautiful!

Just The Details...of Jenn April 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

Love this!!! I was just in HD the other day and was talking with the Paint Dept and I was asking about the Rust-o-leum for a cabinet redo...he said it was highly toxic and recommended the old fashioned way with primer,paint, polyurethane!! I definitely love the glazing and molding though!! So pretty!

Creative Escapes April 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM  

I love love love this, I can think of almost every room in my house that I can do this too - thank you thank you!

Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy September 21, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

I am so glad I found your site via tipjunkie/Cassity's post (today)!!! LOVE this idea & it would be perfect for my bath cabinets!

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