Sunday, April 18, 2010

Corner Cupboard Makeover

This antique corner cupboard has been in our home for about 15 years.  I found it in a small antique store in Edmonds, Washington.  I had looked for several years for a small corner cupboard and when I saw this cupboard in this shop I knew we had to find a way to purchase it.  My husband set up a payment plan with the shop owner and a few months later we brought it home.  I wanted to do something to make the items inside show up a little better without making major changes to the cabinet.

The plastic lace has been on the front of the shelves for several years 
 The back of the cabinet is dark and scratched as if it had paper on it in the past

I really do like the cabinet but the inside back and the lace we had on it for the past
15 years didn't seem to set off the items inside.

 I bought two kinds of scrapbook paper to use like wallpaper for the back of the cabinet.  I placed the two types of paper in the cabinet to see which worked better.
I really liked the paper onthe left but it may be too busy

After looking and looking I decided on the white on the top shelf

I measured and cut the paper and used a spray glue to attatch the paper to the back of the cabinet.  It will be easy to remove in the future if I want to change it, but I do like the way the items inside are easier to see.

My friend Dana gave me this tea set to use for tea parties with my grandchildren

I think things show up better even from a distance and with the doors closed.
The pitcher in the bottom reminds us of David's mission trip to the Dominican Republic

It wasn't a major transformation but I was happy with the results.  For under $5 and a little time spent measuring and cutting and rearranging the items inside my little corner cupboard had a makeover.

I am linking this to here to Metamorphasis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.    Take a look at what other bloggers are doing, it's a lot of fun and you're sure to get some great ideas


  1. What a beautiful cabinet - I love it !

  2. I like the changes! Can you come and do cheap makeovers in my house - ha!

  3. HI Sherry! Oh, I love your lovely corner cabinet. I've never seen one like this! This is such a wonderful idea to brighten up the insides and show off your pretties! I've done this too and I even added some fabric to some thin foam board for my wall units in the den. What inspirations!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. That is a really beautiful cabinet. They just don't make them like that anymore...
    My husband just went on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic last month- he brought me a pair of earring.

  5. Love love love the cabinet! I would have had to have it too! Vey clever idea to use the paper to brighten it up a bit!
    Thanks for your visit to my blog and following me in my journey.
    Blessing to you and yours!

  6. That cabinet is just gorgeous! And I think your changes really are just perfect, too.

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  7. That worked great. Quick and easy. Very nice cabinet indeed.

  8. Just the inspiration I needed - I feel like things get "lost" against the dark background of my china cabinet. i don't know why I didn't think of papering the back:)