Sometimes people are all “Hey, want this? You can probably do something with it.” and I take it in like a stray animal and give it love and attention and it becomes part of the family. That’s what happened with this hand-me-down cabinet my neighbor gave me. My husband hated it. He said it was boring and sterile and wanted it out. I had to be like “Relaxxxxx it’ll be fine. Trust me!”, as per usual. We agreed that if I fixed it up well enough it could stay, as per usual. Here’s what I started with:

Update hand-me-down furniture with decoupage


I debated on how I would add color or pattern to the sides of the cabinet and jumped on decoupage. Decoupage may sound fancy but it’s basically just gluing shit on to other shit and hoping for the best. Traditionally you cut out clippings and layer them with Mod Podge, but you can use this wall paper type of method too. A trip to Paper Source lead me to this lovely floral wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. It’s perfect. I measured the areas I wanted to cover and cut the pieces I needed.



I used satin finish Mod Podge to stick and seal the paper. First I slapped a layer of Mod Podge on. I always use a decent amount because it dries fast and you want to be able to smooth it out before it dries or you’re screwed.

Use a flat surface like a bone folder or credit card to smooth any wrinkles and air bubbles. Excess glue coming out the edges is fine. You’re going to cover it with more Mod Podge anyway.


Let it dry for a few minutes so it’s really stuck on there. Then seal it with another layer of Mod Podge.


It dries perfectly clear and really makes the colors pop. The texture of the Podge makes it look like it’s painted on. LOVE.
Decoupage Furniture

Then I added a cute new pull from Anthropologie.

Decoupage Furniture


Done!! This now sits in our hall/bathroom vanity area and holds a ton of toiletries and makeup. Cute right? In fact it’s so cute my neighbor wants it back. Nope.

Decoupage Furniture


Befores & Afters:

Decoupage on Furniture Decoupage on Furniture


9 responses to “DIY: This Hand-Me-Down Cabinet Gets Made Over with Decoupage”

  1. Rhiannon's Interiors Avatar

    Super cute! Love the door pulls!

  2. jesuswasaprimate Avatar

    You turned “meh” into “WOW”

    Love it!!

  3. sweetkimplicity Avatar

    Great way to add some color to it!

  4. Jess P. Avatar
    Jess P.


  5. Elin Bentzer Avatar
    Elin Bentzer

    This is adorable!

  6. Geraldine Avatar

    Really cool. Did you cover the back too?

  7. Lara Avatar

    Definitely going to try this! Awesome.

  8. Fran (@Alatarielle) Avatar

    lovely job! I’m about to attempt something similar, can you tell me how much Mod Podge you needed for this? was 16oz enough?

    1. Krys Avatar

      Yes it was plenty! Good luck xx

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