Learn how to upgrade your existing cabinets with this simple DIY cane cabinet makeover!
Let’s do a little DIY cane cabinet, shall we?
For the last several years, I have been focusing on taking the spaces in my home to the next level. I want to add more character in all my new projects. Even when I have completed a room (if that is even a thing), there are elements I know I will eventually change.
For my great room, that spot was our built-ins under the television. When we built our house, I asked the builder for frosted doors. I wanted the frosted doors to hide what was behind the doors, but still allow remotes to work. Apparently I did not communicate clearly, because the next thing I knew there was TINTED glass in the cabinets. I decided to just live with them, but they were always a problem because I could see the mess in the cabinets.
What we are trying to hide…back when it was organized. It does not look like this right now!
For several years I debated what to do. Then suddenly (as is often the case) it was decided – cane! And the DIY cane cabinet was born…ha!
I absolutely love cane. It incorporates into any room beautifully. Cane adds texture to a space and is seen as high end. It is classic, ageless and timeless. This DIY cane cabinet will add classic design to any room.
I would like to say this project was easy, but in reality there were several learning moments. Hopefully my pain will make things easier for you should you decide to do a similar project in your home.
DIY CANE CABINET HOW TO: Abbreviated
The doors on the cabinet are somewhat large and I was afraid that if I removed the glass they would be less sturdy. So I added the cane over the glass. I did this over glass doors, but you can easily do this over inset wood doors as well.
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- Caning (I used this, but here’s another option)
- Glue (I used this glue)
- Trim (I used these)
- Paint to match your door
There are several tutorials on this type of project. I will attempt to explain how I added the cane to the cabinet. However, I am not a tutorial blogger. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. I promise I will try to be better in the future!
Don’t worry about any little booboos, no one will see them but you.
Case in point: Can you see this little oopsie in any other photo?
- Remove the doors
- Clean the doors
- Soak the cane just to make it lay flat, you aren’t going to be stretching it for this process.
- Lay the cane out to dry out some. Water does not play nice with the glue. Weigh the cane down with cans to keep it flat while it dries a bit.
- Cut the cane to fit your opening.
- Apply glue to your glass. After some trial and error, I would put a bead of glue around the outer edge and then make an x across the center. You can tack down additional placed later if you need to.
- Adhere the cane to the glass. Again, weigh it down with cans to keep it flat.
- Glue trim to the edges to cover up the gap and give it a nice clean look. I used a hot glue gun for this, but you could use the gorilla glue again.
- Paint the trim to match your doors.
- Reattach the doors.
Voila! Beautiful cane cabinets! And I can no longer see the clutter behind the doors. Winner winner!
If you want more DIY makeover ideas, you can find more here:
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- ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK SEVEN: BIG GIRL ROOM MAKEOVER, THE BED