Upcycling boring cabinets


Boring Melamine Cabinet

Boring Melamine Cabinet

We’ve all purchased them…those cheap, boring white melamine cabinets. Great for storage but not very pretty. Here is an example of how they can be dressed up with molding, paint and new hardware.

On this piece I even dressed up the doors with bead board and trimmed around it with half round molding.

Upcycled Melamine cabinet

Upcycled Melamine cabinet

This small cabinet actually started out as a cheap, rickety bookshelf. I enclosed it to make it sturdy and added a door made from the bottom half of a louvered bi-fold closet door (I know, more closet doors) I replaced the louvers with tin ceiling tiles and trimmed the top and bottom off with decorative molding.

Small dressed up cabinet

Small dressed up cabinet

In my laundry room I have one wall that is my sewing and craft area. The old kitchen cabinets were salvaged from a house that was being torn down. Very well built cabinets and great storage for all my craft supplies but very boring so I dressed up the doors with a diamond design made from half round molding and added new hardware.  The small shelves between the two cabinets is an old scalloped edge trim board that was over the kitchen sink and cut down to size.   I attached a hollow core bi-fold door to the bottom of  the cabinets and down the side to hide my sewing machine and serger.  The curtain keeps the mess hidden.

Sewing and craft storage area

Sewing and craft storage area

Sewing area

Sewing area