This morning over breakfast, Captain and I were brainstorming ways to improve our apartment kitchen. The shabby looking plywood/laminate cabinets have seen better days, and unfortunately, refinishing them is not an option. Plus, who wants to spend any money fixing up an apartment? But for the time being we have to live here and a small change was needed. Suddenly, Captain got the idea to remove the doors, and I suggested we paper the inside of the cabinets. Genius!
We bought cardstock from Michael's to the tune of $0.69 per sheet, for a total of 20 sheets. We also bought some poster sticky tack so that we can easily remove the paper at a later date or change it out if we want something fresh and different.
We started by wiping down the back of each cabinet to ensure that the sticky tack adheres properly. Once the backs were dry, we began papering the cabinets.
Each shelf in the left hand cabinet needed two full-size sheets of cardstock, plus an additional 3 and 1/8inch strip. The right hand cabinet ended up needing two full sheets, plus a 7 and 1/8 inch strip per shelf. To make sure the paper was tacked down, I used a butter knife to slide along the seams.
The cabinet on the left (pictured above) is our spice cabinet and is still a work in progress. We buy our spices in bulk because we cook so much, and we finally bought new spice jars to hold them. I'll post more photos once that cabinet is finished! The right cabinet, however, is "done" for the time being.
Ta da! And don't mind the horrible coloring of this photo. My camera is a simple point and shoot, but hopefully someday I can upgrade.
Overall, we're really happy with the result, and we spent a grand total of $15.82! Keep an eye out as we make more cheap fixes to improve our apartment.
What inexpensive project have you done lately that turned out better than you expected?