We’re sharing a quick and easy French Country Cabinet Makeover today and I would love your opinion!
I feel like our home is really close to being as finished as it can be given the layout and the pieces of furniture we currently have.
I mean, I don’t know if a home is ever really finished, you know?
Our home grows and changes just like we do.
But there comes a point where you stop looking at things through a purely decorative lens and start asking yourself if your home is truly serving your needs.
And that’s where I feel like we are right now.
In the fine-tuning stage.
Creating calm and inviting spaces in our home is a huge priority for us and part of that means keeping clutter (both physical and visual) to a minimum.
It’s a little harder than you might think in an open concept home though.
Especially, for someone who loves collections of books, ironstone, transferware, and vintage trophies as much as I do.
Still, I know it’s important to our overall wellbeing, and I’ve been looking for ways to bring a sense of calm by cutting as much visual clutter as possible in the most used spaces of our home.
So, as I work to organize those places like closets, cabinets, and drawers that go unseen to everyone but us, I’ve also been working to quiet those spaces we encounter daily like the coffee bar in the breakfast nook.
Truthfully, I LOVE our current coffee bar setup!
As you can tell from these pictures it’s really easy to dress up or down throughout the year.
But I’m also open to quick changes that offer a big impact.
And it doesn’t get any easier than creating curtain-like panels to cover up open cabinet spaces.
Here’s a look at all the details…
French Country Cabinet Makeover Supplies:
- Paint (we used Valspar’s Bistro White)
- Self-Healing Cutting Mat
- Drop Cloth
- Tape Measure
- Fray Away or Fray Check, optional
- Upholstery Stapler and Staples OR Upholstery Tacks and Hammer (you can decide which will work best for your project, we used tacks and a hammer)
- Handheld Steamer, optional
French Country Cabinet Makeover Steps:
Lay a tarp down to protect your work surfaces.
Then, paint your cabinet, if desired.
We painted the body of our cabinet in Valspar’s Bistro White which is a warm white and left the trim around the door in the original stain.
This is after one coat, so it still has a bit of a whitewashed look. We used two full coats of paint though.
While the paint was drying, we cut, measured, and prepped the drop cloth panels. Remember to use caution and care as scissors will be sharp!
Keep in mind, you’ll want to use a good quality drop cloth.
Also, unless you sew or hem the sides of the drop cloth, you’ll need to use a product like Fray Away or Fray Check to keep the edges from fraying.
Once your fabric has been cut and the sides have been hemmed or sealed, staple or tack the fabric onto the back of the cabinet door.
After the fabric is in place, use a handheld steamer to steam away any wrinkles. Again, you’ll want to use caution and care as steam will be hot and can burn.
While this French Country cabinet makeover looks exactly like I had envisioned, truthfully, I’m on the fence about leaving it this way or not.
It definitely calms the visual clutter in the breakfast nook area, which is what I wanted.
But there’s something that feels “off” about it now, you know?
Like it no longer looks or feels like a coffee bar…and I’d love to hear your thoughts.