there are a lot of forlorn-looking cabinets sitting around fleamarkets and goodwill these days. and sometimes all they need is a little bit of love (and a coat of paint or wood stain) to perk back up. these two before & after projects are all about those sad cabinets- and finally finding an owner who’s willing to take a little time to spruce them back up and bring them home.
our first cabinet before & after comes from designer kate zimmerman of jetkat design. kate picked up this armoire at an estate sale for $50 and decided to bring it home for a makeover. after sanding the entire piece down, kate applied a white stain and cut a piece of wood to fit the door on the right. she covered the wood with affordable ikea fabric and voila! a brand new dresser that now has a loving home. great work, kate!
the second cabinet makeover comes from d*s reader emily smith of the publishing laboratory. emily’s sister rescued this cabinet from a curb in south carolina, despite it’s rotting wood and dingy exterior. emily and her boyfriend decided to tackle the makeover project themselves. after taking it apart, they refit it with new wooden back panels and shelves and cleaned and sanded any salvageable parts. after a fresh coat of paint, new knobs, hinges and a pretty curtain- it’s good as new! great work emily and justin!