Have you ever found a vintage or antique piece of furniture that just speaks to you? That’s exactly what this 100-year-old cabinet did to me, and the best part was that it was already waiting for me the day we moved in. See how we made it into the perfect built-in.
Our 100-Year-Old Cabinet
Sometimes it’s just LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. That’s how it was for me when I first laid eyes on this beautiful antique cabinet.
Each month I join a group of amazing bloggers for a monthly DIY challenge. April’s challenge was a furniture DIY project. I’m sharing how we turned an antique cabinet into a bedroom built-in and the sentiment behind it.
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Here’s the 1920 cabinet waiting for us on the day we moved in. We were told that she was built in 1920, during the construction of our house. The best part was that each of the previous owners left her with the house when they moved out.
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Creating a Space in Our Home
These “before” pictures were taken before I even knew about needing good pictures on the blog and other social media, so I apologize.
This piece was SO BIG, and our house is only 1600 square feet with very little wall space. The bathroom was the only spot we could think to put this 100-year-old cabinet but there was a small problem. It blocked the door next to it.
We needed to cut about 12 inches off the back of the piece. This was painful, to say the least, but we wouldn’t have had the room for it otherwise and didn’t want to lose this piece of history by giving it up.
It would now fit in the bathroom. All we had lost was some shelf depth and drawer space. Next, we added a beadboard backing to close up the back of the cabinet.
Upcycling our Cabinet by Creating a Bedroom Built-in
This was originally how our bedroom looked when we moved in. There was a walk-in closet where the cabinet is now. During the first phase of renovations, the closet entry was relocated when creating a hall to the bathroom. So at that time, there still was no option to add a built-in to this space yet.
Several years later we decided to put in a bathtub on the other side of the bedroom wall where the walk-in closet was. This is the view from the bathroom side. We created the built-in by moving the wall further into the bathroom.
And there was her new home.
The cabinet was set in place and secured to the wall studs, and the gap between the frame opening was covered with 1’x 4′ pine board trim. We added glass doors and painted the piece white, roughing up the surface a bit.
Her New Home
As you can see, we have a very small bedroom with tight spaces, which is why this built-in was so important for us. A king-sized bed and a nightstand were practically all we could fit in the bedroom, so this antique cabinet acted as a dresser and additional space to display seasonal home décor and pictures.
I hope you enjoyed the story of how we made our 100-year-old cabinet into the perfect bedroom built-in. It’s always so fun to have a piece of history like this that will always remain with the home. We are so happy with how it turned out.
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