Old New Cabinet

September 18, 2016 28 Comments

We are very inspired by old things that can be turned into something unique and fabulous. If you are looking to update your furniture, donโ€™t rush to throw old things out. Think about how you can give them a second chance. Here is an example of how you can refresh your old furniture with just vinyl self-adhesive wallpaper and some simple accessories.



Let us start from the beginning.
Recently, we were shopping for a shoe cabinet for our hallway. As true DIYers, we wanted to craft something unique and, of course, environmentally friendly. So we decided to surf our local Craigslist first, to see what we like, and brainstorm on what can be done to the available items.

TIP: Shop for items on Craigslist or at your local thrift store. Then brainstorm on what can be done to the piece to make it look fresh and modern. Browse the Internet for ideas! Pinterest is our favorite!

We bought this sturdy solid wood cabinet from Craigslist for just $40 (read: possibly diverted it from landfill). We decided to give it a mid-century look. A very distinctive element of a mid-century style is Waddell legs. So, the first thing we had to add was Waddell furniture legs. You can find them in your local Home Depot,ย Loweโ€™s or eBay. However, not all sizes are available in the store, so you might consider ordering them online. Home Depot ships to the store for free.

You will also need Waddell plate hardware (available on eBay). You can find hardware that directs furniture legs straight or at an angle (the type we chose).

This is angled Waddell plate hardware:

Install Waddell Legs:
The bottom of the cabinet had a niche making it too hard to install legs. So we had to install wooden blocks first.

Then we installed the Waddell plates on the blocks

Screw the Waddell legs into the hardware.

Make sure the legs are installed at the correct angle. When you are satisfied, remove the legs and paint or stain them.

Refacing the cabinet doors:

For this step, make sure you have an extra pair of hands to help you. You donโ€™t need to sand the cabinets. Self-adhesive vinyl attaches to the glossy surface very easily. Remove the doors and any hardware attached to the cabinet.

Measure and cut the pieces of vinyl paper. Allow a little extra overlap on each side.
You can always trim surplus paper later.

Peel the paper and align the edges of the paper with the door.

As one person peels the paper, another works the dry rag to get rid of any bubbles.

TIP: To avoid bubbles, keep the paper lying horizontally as you continue to peel as shown above. The picture below is an example of how not to do it (we figured, as we started working on the second door)!

After vinyl application is completed, grab a very sharp (preferably, brand new. Otherwise you will get a fuzzy edge) razor blade or retractable blade knife and cut any surplus paper off around the edges.

Install the doors and enjoy your new old cabinet!

Things we used for this project:


Linking To:

Life On Lakeshore Drive

Love Of Home

September 21, 2016


  1. Angie ~ ambient wares

    January 11, 2017

    This turned out beautiful! You really succeeded in giving it the perfect Mid-Century look ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinning!

    • Dmitri Karpov

      January 12, 2017

      Thank you Angie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    January 12, 2017

    Nadia, I just saw your cabinet featured at the DIY Furniture Makeover site and just had to pop over to take a closer look. LOVE the transformation you gave this cabinet!!! Pinning to share ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 14, 2017

      Thank you Marie for your kind words ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  3. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    January 13, 2017

    Love this furniture style! Pinning. Visiting from Funtastic Fridays party.

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 14, 2017

      Thank you Victoria!

  4. Linda Nelson

    January 13, 2017

    That came out awesome!

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 14, 2017

      Thank you Linda ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Claire

    January 13, 2017

    Love the Mid-Century vibe to this piece. The geometric paper is fantastic.

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 14, 2017

      Thank you fop visiting Claire ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Julia Nyanyo

    January 15, 2017

    I love that geometric paper. I would not have looked twice at that cabinet but now I love it. Very cool, thanks for the inspiration.

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 19, 2017

      Thank you Julia!

  7. Angie ~ ambient wares

    January 19, 2017

    Just wanted to let you know you’ll be featured at tonight’s Funtastic Friday Link Party!

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 19, 2017

      Wow!!! thank you so much Angie! So exciting!

  8. Brooke of Passport Couture

    January 21, 2017

    I love the final results of this cabinet! It’s great you used a few techniques to update this furniture piece. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 26, 2017

      Thank you Brooke! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Katrin

    January 21, 2017

    It’s amazing what you did with it!! I would have never thought of giving it a second chance and it so deserved it, because it’s beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!! Happy weekend!

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 26, 2017

      Thank you Katrin! yeah, it amazing how furniture can be transformed when you give it a little love ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Julie Christiansen

    March 2, 2017

    What a fun pattern on the doors! It is always fun to see a good furniture makeover. Thank you so much for sharing at My Busy Beehives #BEEPARTY.

    • Nadia Karpov

      March 8, 2017

      Thank you Julie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Kate Hollingsworth

    March 2, 2017

    I’m so glad you shared this with us at To Grandmas House We Go link party. I’ve been seeing your cabinet all over blogland and it’s really stunning! I love it ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

    • Nadia Karpov

      March 8, 2017

      Thank you, Kate!

  12. Tarahlynn

    March 7, 2017

    What an absolute stunner! Thank you for sharing with us at last weeks To Grandma’s house we go party, you will be featured in the next party opening tomorrow morning ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week!

    • Nadia Karpov

      March 8, 2017

      Tarah, Thank you! Yaaaay! so excited! :))) See you at the party!

  13. Jen @ Noting Grace

    March 13, 2017

    Wow! Just Wow!!! I love this cabinet – I didn’t know that kind of contact paper was available. I will definitely have to try an application like that on one of my DIYs. Thanks for linking up for I DIYed that.

    • Nadia Karpov

      March 15, 2017

      Thank you, Jen! and this paper is so durable! it has been around 2 years since this project, and it still looks like new!

  14. Claire

    April 16, 2017

    Wow I love the mid century modern look you have given this cabinet. The geometric paper is fabulous.

    • Nadia Karpov

      April 27, 2017

      Thank you, Claire!

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