Media Cabinet Makeover with Decoupage

Decoupaged Media Cabinet by

It’s the end of August and time for another installment of Themed Furniture Makeovers.  If you aren’t familiar with this series, a group of blogging friends who enjoy painting furniture team up each month to make over a piece of furniture with a theme.  This month’s theme is decoupage.

I wasn’t sure what I’d make over this month until a new neighbor offered me a Crate and Barrel cabinet that he previously used in his bedroom.  I originally intended to use this piece for craft storage and then decided that it would be a perfect candidate for this month’s challenge.

Cabinet BeforeBefore I started working on this piece, I needed decoupage inspiration and found it downtown at The Art Box where they sell unique wrapping paper by the sheet.  When I saw this bold fish paper, I knew I had my inspiration.

After removing the hardware, I lightly sanded and primed the laminate.  I was worried that the paint wouldn’t adhere, but I had no problems using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue.  After painting, I decoupaged the fish paper to the doors using Mod Podge.  After it dried, I covered the paper in another coat of Mod Podge to seal it.

Fish Detail on Decoupaged Cabinet

To add detail to the door edges, I spray painted trim in gold to match the fish and glued it in place with wood glue.

Fish Detail and Trim Detail


The cabinet was waxed and buffed inside and out and this project was complete.

Crate and Barrel Stereo Cabinet Made over with Chalk Paint


The previously white door handles were spray painted the same gold that was used on the trim.

Fish Themed Furniture Makeover

The radio was handed down to me from my father-in-law and it still works.  The globe was my grandmother’s and it usually resides on Mr. SP’s desk.  I’ve always loved this globe and was thrilled when my grandmother let me have it years ago.

Scroll down to visit other decoupage projects from this month’s challenge.  This is a talented group and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy what you see.  To see projects from previous months, click here.




  1. That’s one of the coolest papers I’ve ever seen! I love it! And I also love that you have the globe and radio displayed on it. So sweet!

  2. Angie said it!!! This is the coolest and most creative! You took a chance and it paid off huge!! LOVE!! ~Christy

  3. I love, just LOVE your paper choice! Thanks for sharing where you found it. Such a cool cabinet too, you’ll get lots of use out of it:) Awesome project!! OX

  4. Paula this piece is a fabulous, your choice of such a colorful paper for the project is spot on. Are you going to use it at home or work?

  5. I confess, I have a fish obsession! I need this in my home! AWESOME!

  6. Oh my goodness, very bold and beautiful! What a statement piece it turned out to be. Love, love love the fish! Well done Paula!

  7. You would never guess this was laminate. What a totally fun makeover! Love it! XO

  8. LOVE that paper! I’m going to have to check them out! And the fish piece is perfect! My father-in-law needs this! Life to the full! Melissa

  9. So cool! I can totally see this in a man cave. And I’m impressed that the Chalk Paint worked so well on the laminate. 🙂

  10. Wow, Paula! This turned out amazing – I love love love that crazy awesome fish paper!

  11. Paula that fish paper makes me smile! Such a cute idea and I love how you added the trim! Great job!

  12. Suzanne Ramsey says:

    You win! That might be the cutest thing you’ve ever made! LOVE IT!

  13. You really made that media cabinet look high end Paula. You can’t even tell it’s a media cabinet. Love the paper you chose!

  14. Paula, these fish make me smile! I have a tall cabinet in my workshop that I painted but after seeing your fish, I want to decoupage something fun and funky on the front. Fun piece! ~Jeanette

  15. The fish are fabulous Paula! And the gold trim is the perfect finishing touch. Fun, fun!

  16. I LOVE this piece! This is my favorite way to do (and see) decoupage. Beautiful job!!!!

  17. What a FUN piece! You did a great job with it. Plus, I love the little details like the trim and matching handles. I also didn’t know that the Art Box sells sheets of wrapping paper. I’m definitely going to have to check it out. This month’s theme was so fun and I have liked seeing all the different creations!

    • The Art Box has some nice papers and cards as well. I stop in there every now and then and have to restrain myself because there’s a lot that I’d like to have. When you go, be sure to go upstairs to look at the art work in the hall.


  18. What a cool project. I love this!

  19. Wow! This is amazing!

  20. Ellie LaJuett says:

    Beautiful! Love it!

  21. Jan Williams says:

    I really loved this fish cabinet, and your sailboat coffee table. I would love to see more on decoupage how tos, and where to get the printed paper. This is a new thing for me, and would like to learn more. Great job, and great pics.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Jan! I got the paper for the fish cabinet at a local art supply shop. It is wrapping paper but comes in sheets instead of in a roll. I used a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper and then applied it the cabinet doors. After it dried, I used and exacto knife to trim the edges. I sealed the paper with two coats of Mod Podge.



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