10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret CabinetryBHG – Refresh Cabinet Doors

1. CREATE FRESH LOOKS WITH MOLDING

Want more bang for your cabinetry buck? You can embellish any cabinet door with molding, glue and paint! Look how awesome those cabinet doors from BH&G (above) look with the unique molding design.

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

2. EVEN FAUX WOOD CABINETS CAN LOOK BETTER WITH PAINT

My little powder room had a faux wood vanity that just wasn’t the look I was going for. While I wanted to rip it out and start over, I was able to prolong its life with a simple coat of primer and paint. Instantly better!

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

3. GLUE ON EMBELLISHMENTS

In our old kitchen, we wanted something very old world and unique for our stove cabinet. So, we went to a garden center and picked out real bamboo pieces, had them cut and burned, and glued to the cabinet. The bamboo gave it a much more custom creative look than standard stock cabinetry, without the expensive price tag. We went with a mahogany finish to fit in with our tudor style house and contrast with our white cabinetry, but you certainly could paint it any color that works with your decor.

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret CabinetryBHG – Chicken Wire Cabinets

4. ADD UNIQUE INSERTS TO CABINET DOORS

Put your own spin on your existing cabinet doors. Chicken wire, leaded glass, ribbed glass, fabric…there are so many ways to take an average cabinet door and give it your own flair and personality.

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

5. INSTALL A COUNTER WITHOUT THE CABINETRY

Who says you have to have a run of the mill vanity cabinet? If you can store all your ugly toiletries elsewhere, go for the open shelf instead and make your bathroom look like a spa. That is what my mom did in our beach house with this simple butcher block counter and an open lower shelf.

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

6. REUSE FREE STANDING FURNITURE AS BUILT-INS

And in a family bathroom of our  beach house, my mom found a china cabinet at a resale shop. It made the perfect vanity when outfitted on top with a new sink! She cut off the china hutch and reused it in the laundry room! (see below!)

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

7. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Just because you have a china cabinet with a hutch doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep them together. They will forgive you for separating them from their mate. The lower cabinet became the bathroom vanity (above) and the upper hutch part of this china cabinet became storage for the laundry area, fitting perfectly above the washer and dryer. Two solutions with one cabinet!

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret CabinetryBHG – Paint Cabinet with Chalkboard Paint

8. ADD PERSONALITY AND FUNCTION TO CABINETS WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT

I love this chalkboard painted right on a cabinet! Added personality plus function, all with a can of paint. Maybe that is all you need to refresh a tired cabinet?

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

9. REFURBISH WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

Just because your cabinets are UGLY doesn’t mean you have to rip ’em out. Our built in china cabinet in our old house underwent a facelift and we refurbished what we had. Amazing what glass doors, v-groove paneling on the sides, new counters and drawers and a few other details can do to transform a hum-drum piece of cabinetry! You would never guess it was the same cabinet.

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret CabinetryBHG – Open Shelves

10. REMOVE CABINETS AND OPT FOR OPEN SHELVES

10 Creative Ways to Embellish, Repurpose and Reinterpret Cabinetry

You all know I love open shelves (update, you can see our kitchen remodel here!). Don’t tell me you can’t have open shelves because they wouldn’t look this nice. That is silly talk. You can choose to put cute things on open shelves, you don’t have to throw your Cheerios boxes and plastic bowls there.  Use your closed drawers and cabinets for uglies! By taking cabinets down or even just removing the doors of existing cabinets can totally transform a room and give it an entirely new look!

So, go forth and embellish, repurpose or reinvent!

DIY Desk & Reinventing Furniture

DIY Desk & Reinventing Furniture

Guest DIY post submitted by Christi @ Beachbrights

This is where it all started…the birth of my desk. My darling husband made this for me (inspired by one from BH&G magazine  May 2005) and I painted it a distressed black. I needed a desk to craft, sew and be creative on…I love this desk.

This is a picture of our Slidell, LA home office.  I was not taking these pictures for anyone but myself (never heard of blogging back then), so please excuse the quality.  Also, you will notice that there is not a rug in this room. Thanks Hurricane Katrina. Circa 2005

DIY Desk & Reinventing Furniture

Our next home was Tullahoma, TN.  I did not have a picture of the empty room but I did find this one before the cabinets had been painted.  I always get these cabinets from Home Depot (in stock) and paint them (distressed black).  I removed the doors of the top cabinets to create an “open look”. Installing those top cabinets created the height I needed in the room. The countertop is formica, custom ordered from Home Depot (or maybe Lowes :). Those black & white bins at the top of the cabinets are just white bins with black electrical tape made into a plaid pattern.  Notice I have a rug and the desk still looks fantastic! Circa 2006

DIY Desk & Reinventing Furniture

Now, for present day.  Yes we move.  A lot.  Because we move so often, I have ended up with a “hodge podge” of furniture. What worked well in one house, does not necessarily work well in the other. So, for my current home, I had to make these humongo bookshelves work in the home office.  Bye-Bye black distressed look.  Hello brown.  So, I sewed this table cover/skirt and had a piece of glass cut to fit on the top of the table. Viola. It works or at least make me feel good and TELL me it works :) Circa 2007

DIY Desk & Reinventing Furniture

So this is the story of the little desk that kept reinventing itself.  Who says I don’t recycle.

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