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Turning a Credenza into Cabinets DIY Style


@mvemother Turning a Credenza into Cabinets DIY Style

For the past few weekends my husband has been building a garden shed, there’s a picture below but it’s not the finished project, you’ll just have to wait for that.  Anyway, while cleaning out the old shed we were staring at one of my favorite unfinished furniture projects, a credenza.  I sighed, “I really love the two sides; I wish we could just cut the middle part out and turn it into two cabinets.”  I love my husband.  Two minutes later, the middle was gone and I had a couple of cabinets.  YEAH! 

I haven’t really discussed it hear before (but I’m thinking I should), I craft and we homeschool at the dining room table; I know it’s cliché but it’s the way we roll.  I LOVED being able to bring this hutch into the room for storage but this year Vin and Es have separate Science and Math so we end up with books everywhere and these cabinets are the answer to our disarray. 

Here’s a quick run through of how we turned what you see below to what you see above. 

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As promised this is a picture of Nate’s magnificent shed…but it’s not finished yet…I’m thinking we need some old gas station signs for the side, what do you think?

@mvemother Nate's Magnificent Garden Shed

FYI: The sealer on the finished project isn’t nearly as visible in person as it is in the picture.

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First I went to Graphics Fairy and picked out some graphics.  I let the little ones decide…they chose fish. Whatever.

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I printed their choices out on vellum and then carefully cut them out.

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Next, I ventured down to the garage were Nate had already painted the cabinets in my favorite color, it’s a shade of white with a touch of grey, I call it perfection.  Where was I?  Oh yeah, I used Mod Podge Matte to put the fish print outs onto the cabinet doors. 

**Be sure to first put the glue onto the cabinet and then carefully place the graphic on top of it. This makes the image a bit muted but it also keeps the ink from being smeared. 

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After I let that dry, Nate hit both the cabinets with a sealer and once they had aired out we brought them into the dining room.  I had them filled with books an hour later. 

@mvemother Cabinet refurbished

Please ignore my crooked photography and the ugly effects the flash was having on the finish.

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I had to move the table and chairs out of the way for this picture, hope you appreciate it. :P

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The next time you’re trying to decide to make a purchase or keep an object remember that turning nothing into something is always an option.   I sincerely believe things, and people, speak to us for a reason.  If something as simple as a couple of cabinets bring joy to your eyes and function to your day, well…let them. 

Sharing at: Graphics Fairy, Skip To My Lou, Tip Junkie, Shabby Chic Cottage, 504 Main, Miss Mustard Seed

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