We are very inspired by old things that can be turned into something unique and fabulous. If you are looking to update your furniture, don’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, Lowe’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 don’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:
- Vinyl wallpaper
- Waddell furniture legs (available on eBay)
- Waddell plates (available on eBay)
- Screw driver (or impact driver)
- Wooden blocks
- Painters tape
- Dry rag