Northwest #8: Annaramma's Curious Cabinet

Northwest #8: Annaramma's Curious Cabinet

Jan 30, 2008

Name: annaramma
Location: Santa Cruz
Time: 10-12 hours
Cost: My cabinet didn't require any purchases, but the basic materials would cost between $25-30


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:

  • 1. Medium grit sandpaper and sanding block
  • 2. Screwdriver
  • 3. Paintbrushes
  • 4. Wood filler
  • 5. Latex or spray primer
  • 6. Craft and other acrylic paints
  • 7. Fabric scraps, twigs, dried moss, leaves and other decorative elements
  • 8. Templates for painting the glass doors (not pictured)
  • 9. Glue gun or glue (not pictured)


    Share step-by-step instructions for how you completed the project:

  • 1. Start with a wood cabinet. It can be something from a tag sale, flea market or something that has simply become outdated. In my case, I found this dusty cabinet on the sidewalk in my neighborhood.
  • 2. Using the sandpaper and sanding block, rough up the surface of the cabinet. If necessary, use the screwdriver to remove the doors and hardware.
  • 3. If the cabinet has any holes or nicks that require filling, use the wood filler and sand it according to the instructions.
  • 4. Prime the cabinet with one coat of latex or spray primer. If the cabinet has a lot of detail, the spray primer will give a more even coat.
  • 5. Paint the cabinet using latex or acrylic craft paints. Depending on the desired effect, colors can be layered and sanded to "peek through" the top coat.


  • 6. If there are glass doors in the cabinet, tape the stencils to the back of the glass.
  • 7. Using the fine-tipped craft paint, trace the stencil lines with small dots or other designs. A wide variety of printable stencils can be found at: Stencil Library
  • 8. Reattach the doors and hardware.
  • 9. Using a glue gun or glue, add fabric, twigs or other natural elements.
  • 10. Hang the cabinet using the original hardware.

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