This post provides information on a small cabinet DIY and shows you how to update an existing cabinet using paint and contact paper.
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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want an easy project that I can complete in an afternoon. This is particularly true after working on something long and complicated. So, the purpose of this post is to share an affordable cabinet DIY. I think this DIY cost less than $5. (Excluding the cost of the cabinet)
As an antiques dealer, I always have extra inventory in our basement. Part of having a successful booth means that you keep things fresh and change your displays every 3 months. So, I am constantly rotating inventory in and out of my booth. This past weekend, in the basement, I came across a small cabinet that had not sold. I realized it would be perfect for storing my essential oils. However, the color was not consistent with my current decor. So I decided to paint it and line the interior with some contact paper.
I will walk you through the steps I took for this affordable DIY
Small Cabinet DIY
The first thing we need to do is gather our supplies.
- A small cabinet of your choice
- Contact paper from the Dollar Store. ( Technically, everything in the store is now $1.25)
- MMS milk paint in the color of your choice. I chose Arabesque
- MMS Milk Grip (bonding agent)
- MMS Milk Mix EZ
- MMS Milk Wax
- 150 grit sandpaper
- Kraft paper to cover your work surface
Step 1 – Prep Your Cabinet
This is the little cabinet that I wanted to update- it is about 12 inches high and 10 inches wide. It is truly tiny. The other day, I was wandering around the Dollar Store when I came across this contact paper and fell in love with the color and pattern. I picked up several rolls knowing that at some point and time, I would find a use for them.
Since I was going to paint the cabinet Arabesque, a dusty pink color, I decided to give it a quick sanding using 150 grit sandpaper. This took about 10 minutes. Then I wiped down the cabinet to remove any sanding dust.
Step 2 – Paint your Cabinet
Next, I mixed up 1/2 a cup of MMS milk paint in the color Arabesque. If you don’t know, milk paint is a powder so I used 1/2 cup powdered paint and added 1/2 cup warm water. To ensure the paint would mix easily and to ensure it would adhere to the cupboard I added a few drops of MMS milk mix EZ and a few tablespoons of MMS milk grip.
Then I started to paint the cupboard – both the exterior and interior. This took about 15 minutes.
Arabesque is a light color, so I needed to apply two coats of paint to the cabinet. You can see in the photo above how the cabinet looked after the first coat of paint. You can see some of the mint green still peeking through. I let the first coat of paint dry for 30 minutes and then applied a second coat of paint. Then I sealed the exterior with milk wax.
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Step 3 – Add Contact Paper
I really wanted the interior of this cabinet to look charming. So, I decided to add some of my recently purchased contact paper. If you have every tried to line the interior of a drawer or cupboard with contact paper, you know it can be a bit challenging. Here are a few TIPs–
- Measure your shelf or wall section that you want covered with a ruler
- Cut out a piece of contact paper slightly larger than what you measured
- With the backing still attached – dry fit the contact paper to the area you measured.
- Use your scissors to trim any excess contact paper
Here is another TIP – I always flip the contact paper over and use the grid on the backside. There are areas where the grid “disappears” because text is added or there are graphics. So, I use a ruler to draw my straight line through those areas. This helps to ensure I cut a straight line through those portions of the paper.
Another TIP– if your contact paper is curling, try wiping it down with a damp rag and let it remain dry fitted in the area it will be installed. Moisture helps reduce the curling of the paper.
After the contact paper has been dry fitted and trimmed to the area, I slowly remove the sticker backing and put it into place. There are times when I will have to lift off the sticky area and reapply the contact paper so that it lines up correctly.
Take your time with this process so that your paper lines up correctly.
First, I lined the back of the cupboard and then I lined the shelves.
Step 4- You are done!
With a little patience and time, I finished this cute cupboard in a Sunday afternoon. If you want to save this DIY for future reference, pin the images below to your Pinterest account. In the future, if you want to revisit this post, simply click on the image you saved in Pinterest.
Now, I have a place to store all my essential oils. I love it when a project provides a useful solution while requiring minimal time and cost. Can you believe that contact paper was $1.25? Quick – run to the dollar store!
I am so happy with how this turned out because now I have easy access to my essential oils and can use them in my diffuser.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found some inspiration or at least an activity to keep you busy on a Sunday afternoon.