How To Create Your Own Vintage Cupboards

By Subodh / November 21, 2013

Is your house crying out for a revamp but you just don’t have the funds to splash out on new furniture and fittings? Well we have good news for you! You can actually revamp and freshen up your home and give it a new style by recycling your old furniture and fittings. This article will look into how you can update your cupboard doors, cabinets or shelves and turn them into vintage features for your home.

What You Need (in no particular order)

  • Undercoat
  • Kitchen paint (in your chosen colours)
  • New handles (this isn’t a must)
  • Sandpaper (alternatively you can use liquid deglosser)
  • Sugar soap
  • First, the surface you are about to paint needs to prepared, and to do this you’ll need to use the sugar soap to remove any grease, grime and dirt. Even if the surface appears clean, try to give it a light wipe to remove as much dirt as possible.
  • To make sure that the new paint properly bonds to the surface, the next step is to sand the surface lightly. We recommend using a medium to fine grade sandpaper. This is especially important for surfaces that have a shiny or patent finish. Liquid deglosser is available from many DIY stores and can be used as an alternative.
  • A thin coat of undercoat should then be applied, once this has dried, repeat this step.

Vintage Cupboards

Handy tip; thin coats dry quicker and will look smoother. We recommend you use a light paint designed for kitchen areas, as this can withstand regular cleaning and heat.

Cabinet and Cupboard Handles

An extra step to revamp your cabinet and cupboard doors is to replace the handles. To stay true to the vintage style the handles don’t have to match, as this adds a bit of personality and character.

A creative idea is to use teaspoons. Sounds odd but this can look really effective. Depending on the material the spoon can be attached by either using the following:

  • Solder
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • Small screws

Don’t bother painting the back of the doors, as you really only want to do this if the colours are too miss-matched.

Another handy tip is to use masking tape to stop the different colours from seeping into the different areas that you don’t want it to. Simply map out the area with the tape, paint, then remove once dry.

If you really want to be creative and take it a step further, door panels can be made to really stand out by applying vintage styled wallpaper to them. Use a clear varnish to make the wallpaper stick and get that vintage look.

Creating your own vintage cupboard can not only be fun, but you will also end up with something in your house which is original, that no one else has.

Alternatively if you don’t have the time to spare on DIY, you could search online for places that specialise in vintage homeware. Also, by searching online you will come across many deals and special offers, saving you substantial amounts of money.