We are excited to share with you this corner cabinet makeover! This project was all about turning a dated and worn corner cabinet into a beautiful piece of blue painted furniture. Its blue teal hue definitely adds a pop of color and personality to any room it is placed in.
We’ll go through each step of the makeover process and provide helpful tips along the way. Instead of getting rid of a perfectly functional piece, why not give it some freshening up and a whole new look?
Corner cabinets are a great addition to any space, as they make use of otherwise empty or often neglected corners. Of course, they are also functional storage spaces to keep your everyday essentials or display cherished mementos.
However, like any furniture piece, they can get a bit dull and outdated over time. Or maybe you’re just looking to update it to match your evolving style. Whatever the reason may be, this corner cabinet project is an awesome way to breathe new life into an old piece.
So how did we create this transformation?
Supplies Used for Corner Cabinet Makeover
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- Electric Screwdriver
- Krud Kutter
- Damp Rag
- Plastic Wood Filler
- 150 Grit Sandpaper
- Medium Foam Pad (attached to a sander) (Use code RAY10 to get 10% off your order)
- Festool RTS 400 REQ Sander
- Heirloom Traditions Paint in Mediterranean
- Wagner 595 Paint Sprayer
- Paint Filter
- New hardware
Removing Corner Cabinet Hardware
The first step in this makeover project was to remove the door pulls from all four doors. We used an electric screwdriver for a quick and easy removal process. Then we pried off the back plate that was held on with tiny nails.
Next up, we took off the glass and metal decorative trim from each glass panel. It was a breeze to remove the rubber gasket that sat around the glass from inside the hutch, just a quick pull.
After that, we carefully and gently put aside the glass and got rid of the not-so-pretty metal trim that just sat in the opening. Yes, we were actually glad to toss away the trim for good!
Cleaning the Corner Cabinet
After removing all hardware and glass, we cleaned the entire cabinet with Krud Kutter and a damp rag.
This helped to remove any dirt and grime that had accumulated over the years. We then rinsed the cabinet with a clean damp rag to make sure it was completely clean and then we just let it dry.
Cleaning furniture before painting should not be skipped as it helps the paint to adhere better and creates a smoother finish. You really need to prepare furniture for painting to get the best results!
Filling Knicks, Holes, and Dings
With any old piece of furniture, you’re bound to find some knicks, holes, and dings. No worries though, you just have to fill them. If you’re not sure which filler to go for and when to use them, we got you covered with our post on the best wood fillers!
So, what we did was use plastic wood filler to fill in these imperfections. And for those drawer pull holes, we filled them with Kwikwood. You can learn from our tutorial on how to use KwikWood if you’re not familiar with this product.
We could easily switch out the hardware for something new by using Kwikwood, but there are also other ways of filling holes when replacing cabinet or furniture hardware if you’re interested. Luckily, the cabinet pulls were just one hole each and perfect for new knobs.
After using the fillers, we sanded them down with 150 grit sandpaper and a medium foam pad attached to our Festool RTS 400 REQ sander. You can learn which sandpaper for furniture painting is best by reading our post.
We also gave the rest of the cabinet a light sanding with the medium foam pad to lightly scuff the surface and make it easier for the paint to stick. And then we removed the dust.
Painting the Corner Cabinet Blue
We chose to use the Heirloom Traditions Paint in the color Mediterranean for this corner cabinet. If you haven’t tried painting furniture with Heirloom Traditions Paint, this could be the perfect opportunity to do so!
To help the paint spray on smoothly and evenly, we thinned it with 20% water. Doing so helps the paint flow better through our Wagner FLEXiO 595 paint sprayer. Here’s how to thin paint for a Wagner FLEXiO sprayer so you don’t end up with a clogged sprayer and uneven finish.
If you do get into issues such as clogging, our Wagner paint sprayer troubleshooting guide will come in handy.
Once the paint was prepared, we sprayed two coats of blue paint inside and outside the cabinet. These two coats were enough to get full coverage and a smooth finish. We love this teal blue color too much!
But of course, you can choose any color that suits your style and space. You can check out our post on the best painted furniture colors to get some ideas.
Since Heirloom Traditions Paint is an all-in-one paint, it already has a built-in topcoat, which means there’s no need for a separate one. So we went ahead and added new hardware to give the cabinet a more modern look that also complements its blue color.
The new knobs were an instant upgrade from the old ones and they really make a difference in the overall appearance of the piece. We have a whole post on how to change hardware on furniture if you need a step-by-step guide.
Applying Wallpaper to the Corner Cabinet
I still felt like the cabinet needed something extra, so I lined the back of the inside of the cabinet with some peel and stick wallpaper.
To do this, I measured each section, then cut a piece of wallpaper slightly larger. Then I carefully placed the peel and stick wallpaper in place. I used a sharp utility knife to cut it on the edges where it was too big.
I think the wallpaper was just the ticket to give this cabinet a little pizzazz.
This is how it looks after the makeover!
With just a few simple steps, we were able to transform this outdated corner cabinet into a stylish and functional piece of furniture. Isn’t a beautifully revamped corner cabinet like this just what every home needs?
So next time you come across a neglected piece of furniture, don’t be afraid to give it a makeover and add your own personal colorful touch.
More Before And After Makeovers
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- Remove corner cabinet hardware with an electric screwdriver and carefully remove the glass and decorative trim.
- Clean the entire cabinet with Krud Kutter to remove dirt and grime, then rinse with a damp rag and let it dry.
- Fill in any knicks, holes, or dings with plastic wood filler or Kwikwood for drawer pull holes. Sand down the fillers with 150 grit sandpaper and/or a medium foam pad attached to a sander. Remove the dust.
- Thin paint with 20% water and spray two coats inside and outside of the cabinet using a paint sprayer.
- Add new hardware to painted corner cabinet.
- Line the back of the cabinet with peel and stick wallpaper if desired.
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