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How to Turn a Kitchen Cabinet into a Wardrobe

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Hello Friends,

Ever wished you had a wardrobe in a bedroom, but didn’t know where to start?  Trust me, I know just how you feel. But it is amazing what a builder’s grade kitchen cabinet, a little extra molding, and a few cups of chalk-type paint can accomplish. 

Dried flowers in a vase layered over a galvanized basket | Kitchen Cabinet to Bedroom Wardrobe Transformation |

It all started when we refinished our kitchen cabinets. Although the section that we removed was in perfect condition, I just had my heart set on installing a piece of furniture in this area. So the top and bottom of one section made an exit.

I received a sample of Diva of DIY Chalk Mix in exchange for writing a review on the blog. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.

Dried flowers in vases overlay a galvanized basket | Kitchen Cabinet to Bedroom Wardrobe Transformation |

How the wardrobe found its groove:

But since the sections were in great shape and were also the perfect size for a floor-to-ceiling cabinet, the pieces were installed on the wall of the guest bedroom instead of just throwing them away.

For a while, I tried to use it as a wardrobe, but the storage always looked sloppy and unkept through the clear insert.

Behold. Exhibit A.

White melamine Butler's Pantry is installed to create a bedroom wardrobe |

Which led to the dreaded mahogany phase.  I used a kit of paint and glaze that did a good job adhering to the melamine and covering the white.  In general, it looked ok, but was just a little top-heavy and dark for the direction I had decided to take the bedroom. 

Mahogany refinish | Kitchen Cabinet to Bedroom Wardrobe Transformation |

So when Leanna, creator of a chalky-mix for paint, offered to send me a sample, I knew exactly what piece would get refinished. To get the process going, a bright blue paint with a chalky-finish was pushed into the nooks and crannies.  This would help provide a layered-look when the piece was distressed.

Blue chalky-finish paint over mahogany | Kitchen Cabinet to Bedroom Wardrobe |

How to use Diva’s Chalk Mix with paint:

Then the Diva’s mix was added to some creamy-white latex paint.  Seriously, it’s so simple that I even forgot to take a photo.  

Just add:

4 tablespoons of mix

2 tablespoons of hot water

Per one cup of paint.  

The combo stirs right up without any fuss or muss. It’s super easy to make as little or as much as you want in any of your favorite colors.

For more information about the product and how to mix, please visit the Diva’s blog at this link: Painting Furniture with Diva of DIY Chalk Mix

Creamy white chalk-type paint with a glass pull | #sponsored | Kitchen Cabinet to Bedroom Wardrobe Transformation |

I had to use two coats of paint to cover the dark colors on this piece, but it is totally possible that some pieces will cover with one coat.

When the paint is dry, a light sanding will smooth the surface and create as much or as little distressing desired.

Pink and white chalk-type paint soften a textured wreath |#sponsored | Kitchen Cabinet to Bedroom Wardrobe Transformation |

For this piece, I wanted a very soft distressed look. The entire piece was first buffed with a 240-grit sandpaper.  Then, to collect the dust, another buffing was done using a damp cloth.

Pink and white wreath | #sponsored | Kitchen Cabinet to Bedroom Wardrobe Transformtion |

The result is a buttery-smooth finish that will compliment any decor. Just add some awesome knobs and pulls… and you’re good to go.

Kitchen cabinet is installed as a bedroom wardrobe | #sponsored | The Chelsea Project |

To see the furniture piece that replaced this cabinet in the kitchen – Click here.

To see a farmhouse-style nightstand refinished for this bedroom – Click here.

To see how to lighten a space without going all white – Click here.

And remember to pin for later…..just in case you’d like to give it a try.

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  • Reply 1915house August 24, 2016 at 7:11 am

    This transformation is quite stunning!!! I love the bright, fresh new look you created- and you made that paint stretch a long way!! Congrats on another well-done piece!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 24, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah. You’re a doll.

    • Reply terre tulsiak August 26, 2016 at 9:03 am

      It looks beautiful and would stand out even better in pictures if you tried a different setting on your camera, I bet.

      • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Thanks so much. And yes, perhaps so .. about the different camera settings.

  • Reply Carolann August 24, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Beautiful transformation Susie! I love the staging! It’s all so fresh and crisp looking. It’s like spring everyday! Just love it. xo

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Carolann!! Love having you check out the action at The CP.

  • Reply michelle james August 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    OMG! You are so talented and creative that it makes my head spin. This is just amazing! And I think I am in love with that big bear on the floor. LOL! Such a great transformation as always!!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 6:26 am

      Thanks, Michelle. You are a doll.

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista August 24, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Love your clever repurpose of kitchen cabinets, Suzie. Lightening them up with chalk paint and the perfect amount of distressing looks so pretty. Love the way you staged the built-in wardrobe as well. Pinned to share 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 6:24 am

      Thanks, Marie! You are so kind. XO

  • Reply Debbie August 24, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I have been noticing you being super productive lately! So glad I stopped by to see what you were up to.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 6:23 am

      Hi Debbie and thanks so much. Love it when you visit.

  • Reply Cynthia Chilson Finger August 25, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Love this project, Susie. Your wardrobe looks awesome in cream, and you staged it too sweet! Take care, Cynthia

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia. It is always a pleasure to have you visit. XO

  • Reply mommacan August 25, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I can’t even tell you how much I love this! I wish I would have seen it befored I hammered the upstaris cabinet into a junk pile. I could have added shelving above and painted that litle cabinet. Oh well, live and learn. This project rocks and I live wtih a musician, so I take my rockiing seriously.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks so much. I have another section that I installed in the master bedroom. I just need to get the unit refinished.

  • Reply Angie @ ambientwares August 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I love how this is so customizable depending on what you need. Making something look like a built in is incredible and I would imagine you can find all you need for decent prices at a store like Habitat for Humanity, for example. People need ideas like this that look like a million bucks but, don’t cost that. Pinning & sharing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Angie. Always so good to have you visit.

  • Reply Maureen August 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

    What a timely post! We are planning to remove some of our upper cabinets in the kitchen, but they are still in excellent condition. Now I know how to re-purpose them!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Yes! They will be a great fit. Just add a little molding and caulk….LOL.. good luck!

  • Reply thehandymansdaughter August 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

    What a great idea to reuse the cabinets as a wardrobe! The white looks perfect in that room, like the piece was meant to be there all along. Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks so much!! I have another section that was installed in the master bedroom. I can’t wait to get it refinished.

  • Reply Mary-The Boondocks Blog August 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Very smart thinking Susie. And why not think outside the box and use it as a wardrobe? It looks tons better then before. And it is a great repurpose. I love the white that you have painted it.Pinning this great idea.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Mary and thanks. I’ll be linking it up to your party in the morning.

  • Reply Leanna August 25, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    This is a terrific makeover. The white is super cheerful. Wardrobes are so expensive this would well be worth the effort of putting one together, even if you had to purchase second hand cupboards to start with.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Exactly. I have two more units installing in other areas of the house. Now that I see this one is so well received, I’m super excited to get the others completed. Thanks for visiting and for your kind words.

  • Reply Lisa August 25, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    You would never ever guess this used to be such a dark and heavy looking piece.

    It’s like a breath of fresh air in it’s new space.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Thanks so much, Lisa. Your kind words mean so much.

  • Reply divaofdiy August 26, 2016 at 10:31 am

    All I can say is WOW! I would have never guessed this piece was once a kitchen cabinet. What creativity and vision! Thank you for participating in the Diva of DIY Chalk Mix Challenge! Again, WOW!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 11:20 am

      LOL….. thanks. It really is amazing what molding, caulk, and paint can do. Thanks for sharing a sample with us and for hosting the party. It’s really been fun to participate.

  • Reply Heather Northington August 26, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! This piece has come a long way! You did an amazing job as always!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks Heather!! You sweetie.

  • Reply simple nature decor August 27, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I love this, very unique and so pretty! Great for a child room or nursery depending on the color one chooses!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Maria. Yes, and I think it can grow up with the child with new stying.

  • Reply Melissa Rainey August 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Absolutely beautiful wardrobe!! Great idea to put in bedroom. The other thing that caught my eye are those wreaths! Can you tell me more about them?

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Melissa. I will whip up a quick post for Tuesday or Wednesday. Thanks for asking.

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul August 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I love seeing the metamorphosis of this piece through time. You did a beautiful job as usual painting and curating that piece. I would love to have it in my home!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Toni. Love having you stop by!!

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh Crush August 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Brilliant idea! This looks amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 7, 2016 at 3:24 am

      Thanks Jen. So good to have you stop by.

  • Reply Denise August 29, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    This turned out so awesome. I love the transformation and the chalk paint mix is a hit with me too. Love it and thank you for sharing your inspiration with the Waste not Wednesday link party.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 7, 2016 at 3:23 am

      Thanks Denise.. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Lori August 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Susie! I love how it turned out! It looks so precious. Have to admit I wasn’t a fan of the dark color… 🙂 Thank you for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It! We enjoy your creativity each week! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 7, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Thanks Lori!!

  • Reply tonyaredmond August 30, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I love the new white finish with the blue underneath. It looks just perfect now and such a brilliant idea to reuse cabinets. So clever!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 7, 2016 at 3:20 am

      Thanks Tonya. I love it for sure.

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  • Reply Pam August 31, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I love the light hand you used in distressing. I’ve been guilty myself of getting carried away with that.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 7, 2016 at 3:19 am

      Thanks Pam. I know what you mean.. I have to be careful, too.

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    What a fabulous makeover. I love the nice soft white that you selected with the pulls. Plus it is a great idea to reuse perfectly good cabinets.

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      Thanks Debra. I totally agree! Reuse is my motto.

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    What a great project. Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

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      Thanks so much.

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