DIY: How to revamp an old cabinet

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Before and after - Cabinet Revamp.
Before and after – Cabinet Revamp.

I was looking for a small cabinet to put next to my entrance door (to keep shoes away) but I couldn’t find anything the way I was imagining.
You know those times when you have a picture in mind and nothing else can convince you otherwise.

Then, just another day goofing around the town centre, I decided to check Salvos (opportunity store in Australia) and I found this beauty for $30 bucks!
It would need just a few fixes and tweaks, but would be perfect for what I needed. I liked so much the result that I decided to share with you how simple it was to revamp this cabinet. Shall we start?

Things you will need:

  • A cabinet
  • Window film
  • 4 furniture legs + 8 screws

Tools:

  • Retractable knife
  • Screwdriver

Step 1: apply window film.

First, we cleaned the surface properly before applying the window film. It helps if applied little by little, removing the paper layer a bit at a time. The window film pattern makes a huge difference at the end, so make sure to pick a nice one. This was hubby’s choice and we loved!

Applying window film.
Applying window film.
One door done, ready to start the second one.
One door done, ready to start the second one.
Window film done!
Window film done!

Step 2: install legs.

Finally, we just installed these 4 legs using a screwdriver and 2 screws per leg. Simple and super easy to do.
Ah, by the way, we bought these legs from eBay. In case you want to buy the same ones, here is the listing.

New legs installed.
New legs installed.

It’s done!

Yeah, my photography skills could be a bit better, I know, but I think you can see clearly the final result.
It was an amazing transformation for pretty much just more than an hour of work. I loved it! ❤️

Cabinet revamped!
Cabinet revamped and ready to be used!

DIY: Tiled coffee table (mosaic) | IKEA Hacks

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Tiled Table (mosaic)
I <3 these tiles!

I had this old IKEA Emhult dining table that was just wasting space and gathering dust here at home. I tried to sell it without success, then I remembered this tiled kitchen table a friend of mine used to have and I thought something like it for a coffee table would be very charming and give a special touch to our living room.

Then, after A LOT of thinking and planning, my personal handyman (aka, the husband) and I decided to put our bodies and minds to work and finally built it. The result and everything we used I’ll describe below. I hope you like it! I’m extremely proud of ourselves. 🙂

Things you will need:

  • An IKEA Emhult dining table – length: 118 cm, width: 74 cm, height: 72 cm (or any table you happen to have)
  • 15 tiles, 20*20 cm
  • 3 sheets of white mosaic, 2*2 cm
  • 500 grams of white grout
  • 16 nails
  • All-purpose glue
  • Patience and skill 😛

Tools:

  • A jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Sponge and piece of cloth

Step 1: disassembling original table.

First, we had to disassemble the table, keeping only the four legs and the table top.

Step 1: disassembling original table.
Step 1: disassembling the original table.

Step 2: shortening legs and creating a central gap.

Then, as our idea was to transform it into a coffee table, we had to shorten the legs making them 35 cm tall. As the centre tiles were taller than the edges ones I had to create a gap so in the end they would be all even.

Another thing we had to do, but you can totally skip it, was the creation of an 1 cm gap in the middle of the table (using the jigsaw). We needed to do it as the tiles I bought to use in the centre were taller (1.5 cm height) than the ones I got for the edges (0.5 cm height). By doing that, it the end we would have an even surface for our table. 🙂

Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten to take a photo of this part, but when shortening the legs we’d also created a 1 cm gap in half of it. Like an L. So we would have half glued to the frames and the other half to the deeper centre area.

Important: the following measurements were based on the size of my tiles, and also the design I had in mind for the table. Depending what you have in mind and the tiles you are planning to use, these measurements can change.

Step 2: measurements.
Step 2: measurements.
Step 2: shortening legs and creating centre gap.
Step 2: shortening legs and creating the gap in the centre.

Step 3: assembling it back.

After everything was cut into the sizes we needed, it was time to assemble everything back. The process was very simple, just a matter of using the nails and the hammer to fix each leg to the table top.

We used 4 nails for each leg. Two holding the middle area and the other two for the frame. We didn’t add anything else and the table looks pretty stable until now. 😀

Step 3: assembling it back.
Step 3: assembling it back.

Step 4: extra white layer.

I love an extra work so I decided to paint it in white to have a better finishing result. This is totally optional. 😛

Step 4: extra white layer.
Step 4: extra white layer.

Step 5: placing tiles.

Now is the fun time! Before gluing the tiles to the table, I’ve first placed them all (the central ones) and confirmed I was happy with the composition, then I just moved up one of them at each time, added glue on the space and put it back. Repeating until I had all of them well placed.

Next, I did the same with the small ones all around the edges.

Step 5: placing tiles.
Step 5: placing tiles.

Step 6: applying grout.

After we had all tiles in place, it was time to make things even more professional with some grout. This one was just a matter of preparing the grout following the package directions and then placing it all over the table, making sure to fill every empty area. It will look a mess, but trust me, in the end it will work!

Next, using a piece of cloth I just removed the excess and let it dry around 20 minutes. Then using a kitchen sponge (of course, a new one) and a bit of water I cleaned all the grout excess out.

Step 6: applying ground.
Step 6: applying ground.

Step 7: It’s done! Final view.

Here it is the final result of our long weekend experiment. I love it so much! Have I already said how proud of us I am? Not only because it looks very pretty and gives a special touch to our living room, but also all the work, planning and fun we had over the weekend to get it done.

It brings me very good memories everytime I place my cup of coffee over it and have my afternoon snack. 🙂

Step 7: It's done! Final view.
Step 7: It’s done! Final view.

So, I’m waiting here to see who got excited and created something like this. Please, let me know by commenting below. 🙂