This cupboard has been with us for a long time. When we were first married, we bought it at a flea market to use as our china cupboard. It was originally part of a built-in unit in a house, so it wasn’t finished all the way around the top or on one of the sides. We thought it was cute and used it as is, without any upgrades. It’s next job was holding VHS movies in our family room, then it was painted white and moved into our daughter’s room to hold her books. For the past eight years it’s been sitting in the corner of our garage, because when we moved from California to Missouri, we just didn’t have a place for it. A few weeks ago we decided that this would look a ton better than the metal rack we have in our kitchen right now, where we keep school supplies and a few pantry items. So, my sweet husband went to work to update this cupboard to match the kitchen island he updated at the beginning of the year. Here is what it looked like when he got started:

before cupboard

This is the metal rack we’ve been using:

metal rack

To create a proper top for this piece, my husband used two pieces of wood that were leftover from another project. He cut them to size, and glued them together. There was, of course, a lot of sanding involved, too.

boards to become top

He sanded the entire cupboard. A lot. You can’t see any white paint left on the cupboard.

stripped and stained

To be able to add legs to this cupboard, he added these metal corners to the bottom. He said they’re part of the leg kit. {I have no idea what that is, but apparently you can buy it at Lowe’s.}

bottom of cupboard

He painted and stained the cupboard. He did many coats of each.

painting cupboard

While the paint and stain was drying between coats, he worked on the legs and feet. This is the jig he used for both so he wouldn’t have to hold them while painting and staining.

stained legs

painted feet

Once the top was perfectly sized and sanded, he attached it with some big screws, which he countersunk, then filled with plugs. He sawed off the tops of the plugs, patched, sanded more, then stained the top.

Once the stain was dry, he gave all the stained parts four coats of polyurethane, because that’s when it got nice and glossy.

He attached the legs, feet, and braces that he made to create a stable base for the cupboard.

assemble legs and supports

This is how the legs and feet look now:

legs and feet on cupboard

And here is the finished cupboard:

finished upcycled cupboard

Here it is in the kitchen with the island that my husband upcycled earlier this year. I love how you can take two unrelated pieces of furniture and make them go together.

cupboard with island

Close up with everything put away. The pens are on the top shelf and the rest of the school supplies are in the drawer at the bottom.

close up of cupboard

Here’s a photo of the before and after shots:

before and after upcycled cupboard

I think he did a great job on this project and it looks a lot better than the metal rack we were using before. I like the fact that this piece has so much history with us.

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!

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21 Responses to Upcycled Cupboard

  1. Rebecca says:

    This is so great. I love that you were able to keep a piece of history alive in the house. :)

  2. Susan says:

    Wow! Nice job, hubby! That looks great! Glad to see it’s being put to good use again. You guys are so good!

  3. Wow! That came out great. And I agree with you that it is much much better than that metal shelf.

  4. Kathy says:

    What a nice hubby. He really turned it out. Looks great!

  5. Leslie says:

    Very cute cupboard! I love it!

  6. This turned out great! I love that you were able to reuse something that is meaningful to you.

  7. Kei says:

    What a great upcycle! Your hubby has awesome skills 😀

  8. Mindy says:

    I think it looks great with your island and is so nice to repurpose items! Great job!

  9. Wow, it looks gorgeous! I agree -a major improvement over the other shelf. I love the little “feet” at the bottom. Nice touch.

  10. carol says:

    I love that you have a carpenter in the family! The cabinet looks great…you can see a gem at a garage sale. Would love to visit Brians workshop.

  11. Judy says:

    Tell Brian Aunt Judy says: EXCELLENT WORK, and what creativity. Such a good idea and great vision from beginning to end!!!I have a 12 drawer dresser and a 1960’s sewing cabinet that need refurbishing, he is welcome to come and do those for me “-))

  12. This looks great. I love how a piece transforms when you add legs to it. Give your hubby some props too!

  13. Wow! He did an absolutely gorgeous job. It looks wonderful!

  14. This cupboard is WONDERFUL!!

  15. This looks great! I love transforming pieces of furniture! I would love it if you would share this at my link party.

  16. Oh, I so wish I could use power tools! This turned out so well! Love it!

  17. […] that we’ve accumulated over the years. So far I’ve shared the kitchen island, the cupboard with legs, and the Padre Hotel chairs. This is his latest project: a Lane coffee table upcycle. We thrifted […]

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