In my last post here, I showed you how we turned a shelf into a partition. As pretty as it was you only got to see the front of the project. Today I’m showing you the back, and it’s full of storage which makes me happy.
Let’s start with the before photo of the cabinet, which really isn’t the before because I painted it white. Prior to this was an ugly orange which had to go.
Here’s the back of the cabinet with an example on the bottom of it of the orange, which we shall never speak of again.
Here’s the front of the cabinet after it had been wrapped with paneling, and Enzo checking up on it’s progress.
Couldn’t wait to get rid of these cabinet door handles.
We added height to the shelves by bringing the paneling up above the top and added a wood frame work.
We filled in lots of cracks with caulk. Lots and lots of caulking, but so worth the effort.
We used three different moldings on the front of the shelves, and used two different moldings on the front. Here we used quarter round on the sides to give a finished look and cover the rough edges of the paneling.
Here’s how it turned out! I used baskets and storage boxes from Target. The middle shelf is perfect to drop items on as we enter, but also to store things we use when coming and going from the house like keys, purses and wallets.
This cabinet hardware matches the hardware we have on our Ikea cabinets which are also in our foyer. So glad we were able to go with the same ones for continuity. Loving how the black pops against the white, that won’t ever get old to me.
I chose these light wood boxes to mimic with light wood of our maple floors. Both are raw wood that was sealed to protect them yet let their natural elements shine through.
As I mentioned we extended the top of the cabinet to form a fourth shelf. We used paneling on all four sides of it and leftover wood from our floor molding installation. I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. In order to save money when you improve you home with diy’s, always save your materials. Leftovers and a resourceful eye have allowed us to create and accomplish many wonderful projects on a modest budget.
A nice upgrade, don’t you think? I’m estimating that we spend around $90 on material for this project and another $80 on storage baskets. As I said we used material we had leftover from a previous projects. This is a movable shelf that could be used in any area of your home. It solved a problem for us and I hope it gives you some ideas as well. Remember when it comes to diy, where there is a will, there is a way.