Before & After: Cabinet Gets “Cabin Fever”

published Jan 26, 2015
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(Image credit: Douglas Gauthier)

A simple shoe cabinet was becoming a dumping ground for recycling— and not much style. Jeremy decided to use temporary wallpaper to transform this little corner into something more rustic mid-century:

(Image credit: Douglas Gauthier)

From Jeremy:

I bought the shoe cabinet from Wayfair to, obviously, reign in our (fab) shoe collection. While it’s been great and done its job admirably, it’s not very attractive (and it ends being a place to dump our recycling!). Thanks to my newfound obsession with temporary wallpaper, though, I knew I could spruce up the cabinet in a jiffy. I settled on a rustic pattern from Chasing Paper called “Cabin Fever”– which is quite fitting since our new digs are in the wilds of Minnesota (the bunnies living downtown count as wildlife, right?).

I found that Anthropologie had the cutest, most complimentary hardware. For cabinet pulls, I chose white fixed rope handles. These handles add texture and dimension to the freshly wallpapered cabinet, while also enhancing the modern rustic feel of the overall design. I’m massively in love with the drawer pulls we went with, also from Anthropologie. These “saddler knobs” are so much fun– I find myself opening and closing the drawers just to spice up my nights! Again, they have a rustic flair that complements and adds to the “cabin fever” wallpaper.

And because I tend to go all in when I like something, rounding out the space is more wallpaper from Chasing Paper. This time we went with a mid-century print that’s more in line with the rest of our apartment. I was a little concerned that the wallpaper would clash with the new rustic shoe cabinet, but I’m very happy with the final result– who knew that rustic mid-century modern was a thing? A thing that could work!

Hopefully this new beautiful space will encourage us to take out our recycling a little more often!

You can see more photos and source info over on Jeremy’s blog, Skyway Living.

Thank you Jeremy!