Upcycling a Cabinet Door into a Gorgeous Wall Panel

June 7, 2018

When I first bought these doors (I have two of them and one still to be completed), I knew the potential for something beautiful was there.  I just needed to see beyond the condition and dust that covered them.  I suspect they were left in a garage somewhere as they were covered in dust when I found them.  

 

They stand at 42 1/2 inches tall and are solid wood construction.  I couldn't pass them up. So I removed the hardware and started filling all the cracks, holes and crevices with wood filler. Of course I had to clean them first with a mixture of 50/50 Denatured Alcohol and Water. Once the wood filler dried, I used 150 grit sand paper and sanded those areas until they felt smooth.  I used a soft chip paint brush and dusted the areas where I sanded.  

 

I chose to paint the doors using General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue.  It's just the perfect warmth of blue with a hint of green as an undertone.  It works so nicely in most any decor and creates a subtle pop of color while also acting as a neutral.  Truly one of my favorite paint colors to use.  

 

Persian Blue seems very French to me and therefore I wanted to add some French design elements that would make this stand out no matter where it was placed in a home.  So I used a Re-Design with Prima Design Transfer and applied the Rose by scraping the transfer onto the surface.  After which I sanded to ensure it had a smooth feel to the touch.  

 

 

I then decided that a beautiful French stencil would look amazing on the lower half of the door and I happened to have a French Poem Stencil I purchased thru Cutting Edge Stencils. Using General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black, it was the perfect touch the door needed.  

 

I then sealed the entire door using General Finishes Flat Out Flat Top Coat followed by light detailing in the creases by using General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects.  I hand distressed all the edges and called it Done.  I absolutely love the results.  Do you love it too?!  

 B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L !!!  

 

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