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DIY Kitchen Sign: Repurpose Old Cabinet Doors (Easy Upcycle!)

By Paul

April 19, 2024

kitchen cabinet, reclaimedwood, upcycle, wall art

From Kitchen Castoff to Wall Art: A Creative Upcycling Project

Have you ever looked at a pile of old kitchen cabinets and thought, "There's gotta be more life for these guys?" Well, there is! This video takes you on a journey of transforming a forgotten cabinet door into a stunning piece of wall art, perfect for adding a unique touch to your home.

The Upcycling Process in Action

This isn't your typical instruction manual. Instead, the video is a visual journey, showcasing the upcycling process from start to finish. Watch as a tired cabinet door sheds its old skin and transforms into a beautiful work of art. It's a demonstration-heavy approach, allowing you to see the techniques in action and get inspired for your own creation.

**If you are looking for a full list of materials and step-by-step instructions, scroll down or click here.

A Treasure Unearthed

While the video focuses on the creative process, it leaves you with a delightful afterthought: the potential for turning these upcycled pieces into something more. Imagine rows of these unique wall art creations at a craft fair, or catching the eye of a local home decor store. The possibilities are endless!

The Beauty of Upcycling

This project is more than just a way to create something beautiful. It's about giving new life to old materials, reducing waste, and expressing your artistic side. So grab your cabinet door, hit play on the video, and get ready to unleash your inner artist!

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Ready to Upcycle?

In the comments section below the video, you'll find a list of tools and materials used in the project. With a little creativity and the inspiration from the video, you can transform your own cabinet door into a piece of statement art.

Happy Upcycling!

Upcycling Kitchen Cabinet Doors into Wall Art: A Step-by-Step Guide

While the video doesn't delve into every detail, here's a general step-by-step approach to upcycle your old cabinet doors into beautiful wall art:


  • Old cabinet door
  • Sandpaper (various grits)
  • Drop cloths or tarp (optional)
  • Cleaning supplies (soap, water)
  • Paint (primer, base coat, optional accent colors)
  • Paint brushes or rollers
  • Drop cloths or tarp (for painting)
  • Safety gear (dust mask, gloves, optional safety glasses)
  • Hardware (optional: hooks, hangers, sawtooth hangers)
  • Design elements (stencils, stamps, decoupage materials, depending on your chosen design)
  • Sealant (optional, for extra protection)
  • Screwdriver (for removing hardware)
  • Laser (we love our laser) You can find options of a laser that can manage cutting 1/8" wood and other projects here --> Amazon affiliate link: https://amzn.to/442rtqB

Step 1: Prep the Cabinet Door

  1. Remove Hardware: Use a screwdriver to remove any existing hinges, knobs, or handles. Fill any screw holes with wood putty and allow it to dry completely. Sand the filled areas smooth.
  2. Clean the Surface: Wipe down the entire door with a damp cloth and mild soap solution to remove dust, grease, or grime. Let the door dry completely.
  3. Sanding: Using a medium-grit sandpaper, sand the entire surface of the door to remove any remaining dirt and create a smooth base for paint. Wipe away dust with a damp cloth and allow the door to dry completely. Depending on the desired finish, you may want to follow up with a finer-grit sandpaper for a super smooth surface.

Step 2: Paint and Design

  1. Prime the Door: Apply a coat of primer suitable for your chosen paint type. This helps the paint adhere better and provides a more even finish. Let the primer dry completely, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Base Coat: Apply your chosen base coat paint color. Opt for multiple thin coats for a smoother finish. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next.
  3. Get Creative!: Here's where the video shines! It will showcase various design techniques you can implement. This could involve using stencils, stamps, decoupage, or freehand painting to create your desired artwork on the door.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

  1. Sealant (Optional): For extra protection and a polished look, apply a coat of clear sealant suitable for your chosen paint type. Allow it to dry completely.
  2. Hardware (Optional): Reattach the original hardware or choose new decorative pieces to complement your design.
  3. Hanging: Depending on your chosen hardware, attach hooks, hangers, or sawtooth hangers to the back of the door for easy wall mounting.

Remember: This is just a general guide. The video will show the techniques in action, allowing you to see how they translate to a finished product. Let the video inspire your creativity and personalize your upcycled cabinet door with your own artistic flair!

Thank you for your interest. 

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