Last week, I participated in the 2016 Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge and shared my red weathered chair that I added to our front door. The chair is the beginning of my front door update and my goal to transform our entry into a more welcoming place.

Front Door Entry Update - Cabinet Makeover

The image on the left is the beginning stages of the front door transformation and as you can see, it’s not very pretty.

20160422_154235There’s a water fountain that I don’t use and a ‘no solicitors’ sign that hides a sprinkler system that is visible when standing at the door.

Here are my plans:

  • red chair (done)
  • potted plants (done)
  • cabinet makeover (see below)
  • front door decoration
  • new mat
  • decor accents
  • wood plank sign
  • new ‘no solicitor’ sign

Cabinet Makeover

White Cabinet MakeoverThis cabinet was in my bedroom as a young girl and then in my oldest daughter’s room. But my daughter’s style in decor has changed and she no longer wanted this piece. I thought about giving it away, but it’s a solid piece of furniture and I knew I would eventually find it a new home. So we removed the cabinet from her room and I began the process of sanding off the old yellowed white paint.

cabinet makeover

When most of the paint was sanded off, I repainted the bottom half of the cabinet with white chalk paint and sanded random edges to make it look aged. Next, I used a dark walnut Danish oil on the top and added red glass knobs. I also painted the inside of each drawer a fun color and will be adding a some photos soon. Finally, I sprayed the entire piece with a clear sealer.

Cabinet makeover

And I’m on my way to a decorated front door area! Check back next week for more updates!


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  1. Great job on the makeover! I wish we had more room in the front for something like this — ours is boring. Can’t wait to see the final result!

  2. What a cute piece of furniture! You did a great job on the makeover — and what a smart way to block an eye sore. We have several of those around our home (the water meter sits in the front and center of our yard ??), and I’d like to disguise them some eventually.

  3. Great idea using a small cabinet! I hate those dang sprinkler systems. Ours are right in front of our entryway also. Currently there is a low lying bush covering part of it, but the part that is not covered by the bush, was covered in duct tape by the previous owners. 🙁 It’s a little bit of an eye sore.

    I can’t wait to see how you’re entryway turns out when it’s done!