Ever since we found out we will be having another baby in April, I’ve been making small changes to our guest room with the intentions of turning it into a “big girl room” for my 1.5 year old. This past weekend, I finally got to work on a little cabinet that I wanted to transform.
Once upon a time, I got this guy at a garage sale for $15.00. I liked him but just not for a toddler’s room.
I wanted to turn it into a bedside stand that could hold books and other bedtime items. To do this, I started by removing the doors on the front. All it took to do this was a little hand drill.
The drill I use for projects like this and many others is my Black & Decker Pivot-Driver. I LOVE this little tool. I don’t have to get out the big ‘ol hand drill to do a simple job like this. It’s light weight and easy to grab at any time.
Just wanted to give one of my favorite little tools a shout-out around the Christmas season. It could be a great gift idea. In fact, I just added it to our 2012 Gift Guide.
OK, back to the transformation…
Since I removed the doors to the cabinet, there were little holes that needed some attention.
I filled them in with a little Fast ‘N Final spackling and made sure to smooth the edges down after it dried.
It worked great!
After the spackling had dried, I gave my new bookshelf a layer of spray primer. I almost always use Kilz Spray Primer. It goes on great, dries fast, and requires next to zero clean up. I didn’t bother priming the back of the bookshelf since I had plans to give it a fabric background later.
After the primer had dried, I gave the bookshelf two coats of a white paint that I had used for a previous project.
My next step was to give this guy a little color in the background. I have never mod podged fabric to furniture before but have seen lots of projects where people have done it. I thought I would give it a try!
I measured how big each opening was and cut out fabric to fit in it.
This task proved to take twice as long since I had a toddler who was loving having mommy on the floor playing with fun fabrics and measuring tools.
Anyway, after I got my fabric measured out and in place, I started by mod podging the corners of it it to the back of the cabinet and let it dry a little. This helped it stay in place when I started to put mod podge on the rest of the fabric. I learned quickly that in order for the mod podge to soak through enough to adhere to the wood, it took a lot! I also found that it worked best to start from the middle and work your way out.
Mod podging fabric proved to be a little more difficult than I anticipated. It made the fabric stretch in ways I didn’t want it to and ended up making my measurements look a little uneven. If you are a perfectionist, I would suggest using paper instead of fabric.
Here is the fabric after it had dried (a few hours later). Like I said, it’s not perfect but I’m doubting my toddler is going to care too much about that 🙂
After letting the paint really get dry for a day or two, I filled in the shelf with some books and toys.
Once those were added, the imperfections of the mod podged fabric became pretty much unnoticeable-wahoo!
My little lady has thoroughly enjoyed having easy access to her books and toys on her new bookshelf.
I haven’t thrown away the cabinet doors yet. I’m still waiting for some type of inspiration of something to do with them. Any ideas??