Wednesday 23 November 2011

Kitchen Cupboard Makeover

I did this cupboard makeover before I even decided on writing a blog so please excuse the quality of photos and the lack of them.....

When I first met my "new" cupboard the thoughts that ran through my mind will not make it onto this post. But seriously what was I thinking????

It didn't help that Sean had been to collect it from the Trade Me seller (for those non Kiwi's or Aussies - Trade Me is an online auction site) and he had seen it come off the back of a truck with big red letters along the side that said 0800 JUNKRUN.........

Along with the hideous colour was the distinct smell and Sean shaking his head, muttering to himself every time he looked at it. 
I was very disheartened! What did I expect for something that I paid $20 for?

I wiped it down with disinfectant and braved the cobwebs and live spiders to discover that the base was rotten!

Here is the before...

We stripped some of the door back and saw the good quality wood underneath.

Then for a month we slowly stripped all the various layers of paint off using a heat gun and paint scraper. 
We had to wait for the kids' bedtime to work due to the danger of the heat gun and the mess we created.


Sean rebuilt the base and nailed a new back board on. The insides of the drawers and cupboard part had to be painted too.

Once completely stripped and sanded, I painted 3 layers of Dulux Brilliant White . Then sanded it back for that distressed look.

I raced off to K-Mart for the basket and gave it a coat of paint - it now houses potatoes and onions.

Using my favourite colour accents to decorate - my new cupboard is complete......and very functional!

Thanks again for reading

Take care


  1. Nats this is my favourite.....what a talent you have (and patience) Luv Michelle P :0) xx

  2. This turned out grate, Natalie!
    A lovely piece you've got there :)

  3. OMG...I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! You did such an amazing job and what a transformation!

  4. wow, what a ton of work you put into it!! It is gorgeous! I love, love, refinishing furniture, and yours is very inspiring! I would love to invite you to link up at my blog hop linky party:

    Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

    1. Thank you so much Leanne - I would love to link to your party xx Nat

  5. Wow, wow, wow! What a gorgeous transformation! Congrats to you for having that vision. The pink would have sent me running in the other direction! I love the distressed look bread box, too.

    1. Claire - I nearly did run!!!! Thank you for your sweet comment and for stopping by xx Nat

  6. Oh my! This is gorgeous! Such vision you had to turn that pink and blue thing into something so divine!

    1. Thanks Karen - it was a lot of work and most days I was ready to give up, it was that bad. But I love it now xx Nat

  7. What were the last owners thinking with that colour? You have made it look beautiful love the colour of the bread box xo


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