Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Put those wall cabinets on the floor!

Every morning I sit at the computer with a cup of coffee, like a lot of other people in Blogonia (it's my new cool word, spread it like wildfire)- that by the way, is my favorite movie quote from Never Been Kissed, because well it's so ridiculous!- I'm searching, looking hard for the next kick A idea. I was doing just that the other morning when I found my next inspiration; drinking coffee and reading This Old House online. That's when I stumbled upon a great article about re-purposing wall cabinets into window seats- GENIUS! I have a bunch of wall cabinets in the garage left over from our kitchen renovation!

I went to my garage, excited to pull out those wall cabinets and get started. In my mind I imagined the dinning room table pushed up to those window seats and the family sitting down for a meal...how romantic! But it always is, in our heads isn't it? When I pulled the cabinets from the garage, reality set in as I tried to sit on the wall cabinets and instead of feeling like I was in a Louisa May Alcott novel I felt more like Norm from Cheers when I sat tall enough to reach a bar counter and have a beer!

Well, I pulled them out of the garage, I had to do something with them. Here's just the something I did.

Look at this Beauty!!

I removed the door.
Then I flipped this bad boy upside-down.

Sanded up the surface.
Primed it.
Painted it grey.
Cut the center from the cabinet door, then primed, puttied and painted the frame.
I polyurethaned the table top that I cut and added hinges so that the top flip open for extra storage!

Screwing in the hinges.
Attached hinges on the other side of the cabinet door frame.

I used push pins to put fabric in the frame. Now I can switch it out when I want to change it up a little  bit.
Backside of the door.
Notice the gap between the fabric.
I used brown ribbon to cover the gap.

A wall cabinet happily situated on the floor!

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  1. Oh, what a great idea! I have been looking for another cabinet for my craft room and this opens up the possibilities! You did a great job on the transformation. Visiting you from Tip Junkie.

  2. love it would be a perfect style of cabinet for my granddaughter for her items that she has to play here it would be right at her reach thanks for sharing come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  3. this looks fabulous! I adore the colors. this post would be so great at my new party from trash to treasure. I'd love it if you joined.

  4. OMG! Ang, that looks so awesome! I wish daddy didn't burn our old cabinets! I love that idea!

  5. I have a cabinet sitting in my living room that was removed from the kitchen when we got the new fridge. I was wondering if I cvould use it without hanging it back on the wall. What a great idea.. thanks for sharing!

  6. I'm so glad to read your blog. it is very informative

  7. Nice blog, I love to read through this blog.Idea of covering gap with ribbon is admirable.
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  8. Be sure the doors and hardware are removed from the cabinets to make them lighter..

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