Monday, April 20, 2015

{Re*Made}: Cabinet Door to Tray

I am probably 85% hoarder.  I have this problem with throwing things away.  I mean, surely I can figure out some sort of use for it, right?  My house is full of just stuff waiting for me to figure out its use, some of it has been waiting years.  I know, it's ridiculous.  I am trying to be better about it, and the hubby and I tried doing the 40 bags in 40 days.  We started out great and got rid of a ton of stuff, but between our two work schedules, we couldn't stick with the schedule.  I'm hoping we can keep going even though it won't be within the original planned 40 days.

A few of the things I keep I know right away what I want to do with.  Thank goodness.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen we are giving our kitchen a face lift.  #goodbyeyellowkitchen  We aren't calling it a makeover really because there's mainly just painting and accessories being added.  Ok, and some new shelves, and a new cabinet....  It's taking a while (due to those work schedules I mentioned) but hopefully I'll have that reveal soon (because I'm so ready for it to be done!).

We did add a new base cabinet in one space, and to make things easy we just bought a stock cabinet from Home Depot.  The only issue was the door and drawer front didn't match our existing cabinets, so the hubby crafted a new one to match, which left us with this cabinet door.

And that hoarder in me just couldn't throw away a perfectly good solid wood cabinet door.  

After we took if off the cabinet and laid it on the floor, I immediately saw what it could become:  a tray (I mean, it's perfect, right?) and I'd use it as a centerpiece on my table with a collection of those super cute brass candlesticks that are everywhere right now.

I thought to give it a little bit more character, I'd add a piece of marble contact paper (like I used on my sewing table makeover) to the center panel.

So, first, I cut a piece of contact paper to fit within the center panel.

I knew I wanted to stain the frame so I decided to lay the contact paper afterwards so I wouldn't get stain on it.

I used my favorite -- Minwax Dark Walnut -- to stain the frame of the cabinet door.

Once the stain dried, I laid down the marble contact paper, making sure all the air bubbles were out as I went.  For me, that's always the trickiest part.

And that's pretty much it!  I added little rubber bumpers for feet to keep it from sliding - and maybe scratching my table - and then added my brass candlesticks.

I'll tell you a little secret.  My original intent was to paint the candlesticks copper.  I'm just not a big fan of brass, but am completely in love with copper, so I thought painting them copper would be fabulous.  But once I had cleaned and polished the candlesticks, I began questioning that decision.  And then, after I had them on my new tray, I knew they had to stay brass.  My husband was super shocked.

So was I!  haha!

I really loved how this turned out, and it ended up being the perfect quickie project for a super rainy day.

I'm now half-debating adding a bit of gold to the inside of the frame, or the outside edge.  But I might be better for me to keep it neutral, hehe!

Oh, and here's a quick tip:  votive holders make the cutest mini-succulent planters!

Isn't it cute?!

Have a good one!

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