Before & After: Mediocre Melamine Cabinet Gets a Total Transformation

published Jul 3, 2015
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If you remember this Before & After project, then you know Kristen of The Painted Hive is not messing around when it comes to furniture transformations. She’s especially good at taking run-of-the-mill laminate furniture and turning those pieces into polished projects you’d be proud to have at home.

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After prepping the cabinet, Kristen resurfaced the entire face with small wooden hexagonal squares, added a base, and painted the sides black. The varying wood grains and finishes give the front a pattern and textured appeal…

Here’s what Kristen has to say about the project:

Rather than take on a sympathetic restoration, I wanted to challenge myself to completely re-imagine something very ubiquitous in the hope of inspiring others to think a bit sideways. I’m sure many of you guys have an item like this languishing away in a dark corner somewhere. Or maybe you’ve frequently passed up similar pieces in charity stores or at garage sales. They do come across as rather potential-less.

Well, despite a few hiccups along the way, numerous vision adaptations and those customary moments of self-doubt (I really didn’t think I was going to pull this one off!), things actually worked out in the end and I’m stoked with the result!

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The greatest part is that Kristen did this as part of the Re-Love Project, and the finished piece will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to charity. You can read more about the Re-Love Project over on Kristen’s blog.

You can see the entire project, with step-by-step instructions, over on The Painted Hive.