Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cabinet Back ~ Blah To Better

For the first time I have a glass door cabinet in my kitchen.  Just the one, mind you, but I’m spending too much time focusing on it.  Here it is with my white pieces and some Beatrix Potter figurines {until they can find another home in this condo}.

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I thought I might put some of my white everyday dishes along the back to give it some interest, but then I remembered the one million pieces of fabric I have and decided to see if I had one that worked.  I found this gray and white toile-esque called, I believe, Silver Liang, that I got from fabric.com last year.

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Since I have enough cardboard boxes here to build forts for about 100 kids, I cut a few pieces using the measurements that I took from the back of the cabinet {height and width}, keeping it just a little bit shorter than the actual size so I could wrap the fabric and have it fit snugly inside.  This way I don’t need to use anything to adhere it to the cabinet back.  Here are the rest of my tools: scissors and shipping tape.  I haven’t found my glue gun yet.  I found the glue sticks, but no glue gun, so shipping tape it is!

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I centered the fabric and taped it in place, then popped the piece into the back of the cabinet.  It makes a difference already!

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I continued the other two pieces removing my breakables as I went.  Here she is all done!

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I may have mentioned previously that I found two battery operated sets of white lights that I put on the top and bottom shelves.  Ideally, I’d like to add a light to the inside of the cabinet.

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I have no windows in this kitchen, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to try and photograph this.  I can tell you that it truly looks better in person.

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Pretty, plus it covers up the screws that were showing that hold the cabinet in place.  It took me about an hour to do this from start to finish.

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Linking up with

Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life 

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Fall Into Fall at DIY by Design

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Kathy

42 comments:

Ruby Jean said...

Oh, I LOVE it.. What a great idea about the cardboard.... So if ever you change your mind it's an easy switch instead of the fabric being adhered to the cabinet itself... You did a GREAT job in transforming it....YES!!! Most certainly it went from BLAHH!! to AAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The fabric adds just the right amount of interest. Because you have predominately white inside, it's not too busy. Nice job Kathy.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This is so cute! It turned out really well. Love it!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

sissie said...

Looks very pretty Kathy. Leave it up to you to take plain and make it fabulous!

hugs
Sissie

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow, I like that a lot.. I love you are putting your personal touch on every space...

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

It looks awesome Kathy!! I love that fabric too!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It turned out great! I have done the same thing with two hutches. So much better to use the cardboard than to glue the fabric on the back of the cabinet. You can change it out this way any time you want!

Katie said...

Love the fabric and the new background makes your display really pop!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the fabric, such a great idea and so pretty. Love your vignettes too. Lovely. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Okio B Designs said...

So pretty! Sometimes tape does the trick just as well as glue! ;)

Jeanine

Jane said...

Hi Kathy,
That was a great idea and really added a lot of interest to the back of the cabinet. Looks fabulous!!
Jane

Betsy (BB) said...

Kathy, this is perfect! What a great idea! The fabric highlights your dishes! Thanks for sharing how you accomplished this! I love it!

Janette - The2Seasons said...

It's nice that you can change the fabric depending on the season or your mood.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kathy, that looks great. That is how we did the burlap in our bookcases. We used foam core board. I like that it is changeable.

Cindy said...

Looks GREAT! What a difference a bit of fabric can make. :)

Sharing Shadymont said...

Looks really good. I did a similar project on my pie safe. I added paper to the back that had beautiful penmanship on it. I really like the look.

Yours is great!

Suzy said...

Such pretty fabric you chose! It really shows off your beautiful accessories. Visiting you from WUW. Take care.

Patti said...

great idea! Love that fabric

Terry said...

A great idea and so simple to do for a fantastic change.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

This turned out beautifully, Kathy! I love that fabric and you've found the perfect spot to use it!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial -- I would never have thought to wrap cardboard -- I'd probably be trying to figure out how to get the fabric flat and stretched by glueing or stapling!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Goodness honey you have some really lovely pieces and ideas. glad I stopped by to enjoy this post.
Hope your having a great week
Love
Maggie

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, Kathy--it's GORGEOUS! I love the fabric and all your beautiful treasures...it's so rich!!
XO
Cindy

Gail said...

O'Kathy, your cabinet looks great lined with the fabric in the back! Makes your beautiful vignettes in there POP!

Passionate for White said...

It came out great and good for you to reuse what you have!

Karena said...

Kathy I love the toile fabric it really makes your white pottery and accessories pop!! Very nice.

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Karena
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Ispirato Design said...

I really like the idea of taping it onto the cardboard- much less permanent. You could even have seasonal ones that you pop in. Hey, I might even give that a try!

Becca said...

Kathy, it looks wonderful !! I LOVE how you used simple cardboard to cover ... so easy and fun to switch out whenever you want. Your fabric choice is the perfect backdrop to your fabulous pieces ... the lights are a great addition !!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I love how you "fluffed" up your cupboard! Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comment, and wishing you an early Happy Birthday (you Halloween baby)!

Debbie said...

The fabric makes a huge difference, and I love it. I am tring to get the guts to put some glass front cabinets in my kitchen. I love the look.

Marla and Steve said...

Beautiful and I love that fabric. I've used that same trick in my glass door kitchen cabinet for years, just switching out fabric when I change kitchen curtains.

MeMeSue said...

I love the cabinet and thanks for sharing. I was thinking of what I was going to do on the inside of my china cabinet when I finally get it painted!

Just an FYI I just found a small battery LED light that you can stick on the top of your cabinet shelves at Home Depot. It ran a little over $5.00 but it works wonderfully for that little bit of light you need. I'm getting another for the shelf underneath!

Girlie Blogger said...

Wow. This is definitely a very creative tip. You are so good at your job.

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Bunny Jean said...

The cupboard looks lovely either way but I do like how the material give it that "decorator look".

I love the Beatrix Potter figurines as they accent the white pottery so nicely.

Thanks for visiting my Kid's Halloween Table and leaving the sweet comment.

xoxo Bunny Jean
wednesday's Bunnny Hop Party!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

How fun, Kathy. You've made your cabinet look so pretty--I'm embarrassed to say, I've never thought of putting battery operated lights in my glass cabinet!

Karen said...

such a great choice of fabric. Love your groupings too! Dropping by from Heather & Vanessa's.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I've always wanted to do this to the shelves in my living room but never took the time. Your fabric is really pretty. Totally worth the effort!

Pamela said...

Kathy this looks fabulous!!

Debbie Viola said...

Kathy, what a stunning addition to the unit. And smart idea to use cardboard!

Debbie Viola

Room to Inspire said...

Kathy what a great idea! I have these built-in bookcases that I have been wanting to "add a background to" but never ever thought of cardboard...genius!

Chelsea

Aimee said...

Wonderful idea!!! So simple and yet adds SO MUCH!!! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit sometime soon and follow me, too!!

Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

the cape on the corner said...

this is a super idea! i'll have to remember this one!

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