Color outside the lines – Cabinet doors to wall shelves

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I can give you three good reasons why you should never throw away wood cabinet doors. Here they are…one, two and three…

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Are you convinced?  What if I said I only spent a total of $8 for the entire art nook pictured here? Wood is wood, whether it starts out pretty or not! I hung on to every bit of the stuff we pulled out of the kitchen, knowing I would find something to do with it eventually. As it turns out, these cabinet doors were just exactly perfect for the art corner I’ve been working to finish in the guest room.

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I took off the hardware, filled in the holes, sanded, spray painted, screwed on brackets, and called it done! Not too shabby for old doors growing mold in the scrap pile!

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This little art spot for the girls, is coming along just nicely. It’s exactly what I pictured, simple, colorful and tidy.

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Even if you didn’t have cabinet doors of your own laying around to use, they can be found for as little as a dollar a piece at Habitat for Humanity thrift stores, or salvage yard type places. I see them all the time in curbside trash piles. They are a great source for inexpensive wood, and there is so many different things you can use them for! The jars are just jam jars, pickle jars, and flower vases that I cleaned up to hold art supplies. Using what you already have around doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the vision you have for your space.

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I just need to figure out some scribble inspiring art for that big blank spot on the wall and then I can check this spot of my list. Hmm, I wonder what sort of art inspires little artists to only draw on the designated surfaces

Psalms 119:73  Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 

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19 Responses to Color outside the lines – Cabinet doors to wall shelves

  1. Marie says:

    I love that idea!

  2. What a great idea!! They look awesome. I’m hosting a giveaway for two modern printed kitchen towels that you should enter!

  3. Karen Schulz says:

    visiting you from French country cottage. I love what you have done, I am a fan of recycling and upcycling and your girls must love this

  4. Love this idea and your art area is fabulous. Don’t forget to link up to Inspire Me Tuesday. It will go live on Mon. at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  5. Stephie says:

    What paint did you use on the shelves? It looks to me like a black laquer. love it.

  6. I love how these shelves turned out, Abby! I’m impressed you did all this for only $8.00! I would love it if you’d link this up to my Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. I host a weekly blog hop every Sunday at 8 Central time just for great ideas like this! Hope to see you there!

  7. Those doors do make great shelves, nice job!!

  8. What a fun idea! I like how the design of the cabinet gives visual texture to the shelves.

  9. Paula says:

    The shelves are so great. I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our What’s It Wednesday linky party? Hope to see you there!


  10. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #27! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

  11. Jocie@OPC says:

    wow, so pretty and what a creative idea for old cabinet doors! featuring you tonight. 🙂

  12. I love this idea. I’m working on an office makeover and this might be just the thing for the shelves I had planned. Thanks!

  13. wow, what a neat idea and great way to repurpose those doors!

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