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before & after: old door daybed + embellished cabinet

by Kate Pruitt


It’s always fun to see architectural details from buildings — doors, windows, banisters, hardware, etc. — creatively re-purposed as furniture. Ida’s daybed is a lovely re-interpretation of these decrepit old doors, and I love the rounded corners, trim and various decorative touches she’s added to finish off the piece. Lovely work, Ida! — Kate

Time: 2–3 days

Cost: $205 ($90 for doors plus materials)

Basic Steps: First we measured our doors and cut them on each end to make sure they fit the width of daybed frame. Then I drew a pattern we wanted on the door (that was the hardest part) and copied it to the other door using a cardboard template and had the Hubs (Bradley) cut away with a skill saw. We cut one of the doors in half for the side panels. I painted the doors and brought them inside for assembly (no way this massive bed was going to fit through our back door). In our sunroom, we attached each half door to the full door using the decking spindles and lag bolts. Then we bolted in the daybed frame and added the front table legs, decorative trim and wood accents.

My advice for people looking to create something similar is to buy the daybed frame first, so you can use it when you are measuring/cutting the doors. Also try to find a local salvage yard to get a good deal on doors and trim, and keep on recycling! — Ida

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Read about Jessica’s embellished cabinet after the jump!

I’ll admit it: Fancy paint jobs frighten me. I love the look of intricately painted dressers and cabinets, but I’ve never mastered the patience to tackle those kinds of time-intensive projects. Jessica’s embellished, painterly cabinet is making me think I should try a bit harder. Her work is so meticulous, which is crucial to pull off an elaborate piece like this. I love the pop of yellow and white against the mix of grays — very eye-catching. Great job, Jessica!

Time: 8 hours (not including drying time)

Cost: $200

Basic Steps: We stripped the piece of its old finish, then sanded and painted the piece with 2 -in-1 primer/semigloss paint. Once that was finished, we painted the accent color, stenciled the design and applied a gloss polycrylic finish. For the design, I drew and rendered the look I wanted, then did some option reviews by switching colors/designs around to see slight modifications. This helped me plan out the exact look I wanted!

When buying supplies, ask the sales people in that department for any tips, techniques or product recommendations; they can be very helpful! (Shout out: Home Depot paint dept.) Be patient! Don’t settle! Go with your gut! — Jessica

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