Storage Cabinet Makeover

It’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day, the day a group of blogging friends and I share furniture that we’ve made over according to a theme.  This month our theme is coastal.  I recently found a storage cabinet at a yard sale and thought that it would be a great candidate for a coastal makeover.

Sauder Cabinet Makeover


This piece had some water damage along the bottom and had some dried globs of glue on the door fronts.  Other than that, it was in great shape.  Look at all of that storage space!

Sauder Storage Cabinet

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After I cleaned the cabinet, repaired the base with wood filler, and sanded it, I used my HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer to prime the inside and outside with Zinsser 123 Primer. Cabinet Primed with Homeright Finish Max

My plan for this cabinet didn’t go exactly as expected.  Since the theme this month is coastal, I planned to decoupage coastal themed paper to the cabinet door and paint the cabinet in a coordinating color.  A local art supply shop, The Art Box, sells individual sheets of beautiful and high quality wrapping paper.  I used paper from this shop for my Media Cabinet Makeover, a project that is one of my favorites.

I had high hopes that they’d have a coastal theme paper, but they didn’t.  They were kind enough to check their other stores and even offered to order some for me, but I didn’t have time to wait for delivery because I had to get this project completed before I left for vacation.  (I’m at the beach this week. Smile)

I found a Caspari paper, Tobacco Leaf by Colonial Williamsburg, at another local shop, and since it had pretty blue tones, and I think of blue when I think of coastal, I decided to use it for this cabinet makeover.  It didn’t hurt that this paper is gorgeous!

This is the after, although I made a painting mistake that I’ll have to fix as soon as I get home from the beach.

A Sauder cabinet gets a makeover with paint rope trim, and decoupaged gift wrap. Get the details at


The cabinet was painted in Handsome by Velvet Finishes.  I also used it on this funky plant stand.

A Sauder cabinet gets a makeover with paint rope trim, and decoupaged gift wrap. Get the details at


My mistake in painting this piece was that when I painted the interior of the cabinet white, I also painted the front face white.  I realized my mistake when I attached the door to the cabinet, but there was no time to fix it because I needed to take pictures that evening since my beach vacation started the next day.

A Sauder cabinet gets a makeover with paint rope trim, and decoupaged gift wrap. Get the details at


The gift wrap was decopauged to the cabinet front using Americana Decou-Page by DecoArt.  The paint and gift wrap were sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat.  The knob is from the local Habitat ReStore.A Sauder cabinet gets a makeover with paint rope trim, and decoupaged gift wrap. Get the details at


Rope trim from The Home Depot painted with DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paint in Splendid Gold frames the paper.  I attached it to the cabinet front with wood glue.

A Sauder cabinet gets a makeover with paint, rope trim, and decoupaged paper on the cabinet door. Get te details at


The interior of cabinet looks pretty in white.  I used a satin in a custom mixed color passed along from a friend who moved into a tiny apartment.

A Sauder cabinet gets a makeover.


After the cabinet front is painted blue, I’ll be completely pleased with this piece.

A Sauder cabinet gets a makeover with paint and a pretty decoupaged paper door front. Get the details at


I’m closing my shop at The White Brick House in Forest but will have this piece for sale July 16 at the Picket Fences Antique and Vintage Pop-Up Sale in Madison Heights.  If you are local, come on out to the sale!


Storage Cabinet Makeover - A Sauder storage cabinet gets a new look with paint and wrapping paper.


I’m looking forward to seeing what my friends share for this month’s coastal themed makeovers.  Click on the links below to visit each project.


    1. Thanks, Christy! The rope trim was easy to add and I thought that it dressed up the door just a touch. There was rain at my beach as well but I didn’t mind because my skin needed a day’s rest from the sun.


    1. Thank you, Karin! I knew when I saw it at the yard sale that I could spice it up pretty easily.


  1. So pretty. I would use it in my sewing room and in the insert, I would use cork then cover it. That way the door would be useable too. Awesome Job! Now I’ll be on the look out for one like it too! Thank you.

  2. Haha! I’m the friend who moved into the tiny apartment! Hurray! 🙂 Glad you have been able to use all the paints! The blue you used here is gorgeous, and the paper is stunning! It definitely has a coastal vibe with the colors. Hope you are having a great time at the beach!

    1. It is your paint, Megan! I’ve used bunches of the supplies that you passed along to me. 🙂


    1. I am so glad that you didn’t think that the white was a mistake. I was so disappointed when I put the door back on and realized that the front face should have been painted blue. It’s an easy fix, thank goodness!


    1. Thank you, Shanna! I really like the paper and am glad that there is another sheet leftover for another project or to wrap a special gift.


  3. Paula,
    I hope you are enjoying the beach. Your post is a story about change but, I may be in the minority here I like the white on the front. It adds another layer to the picture frame. I know you did not intend it to be that way but, I say happy accident!
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

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