Happy Easter Monday SI Family! I hope you had a beautiful long weekend with family and friends, and if you’re lucky enough to have today off – enjoy – and thanks for dropping by!
Back when I shared my bathroom makeover reveal, you may remember the salvaged tall corner cabinet MMM picked up. I love it and it’s great storage space, but it was a little plain and on my to-do-list to spiff it up. Well, today I’m sharing how a $16 box of Lowes Barnwood Laminate Flooring transformed this cabinet and gave it some real character!
Here’s a look at the before…
And here’s the after. Doesn’t the barnwood backing add a lot of interest and warmth?!
THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS TO PRODUCTS I USE. YOU CAN SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE.
- Corner Cabinet (Salvaged)
- High-Density Foam Roller
- White Paint
- 1 Box Lowes Barnwood Laminate Flooring
- Measuring Tape + Pencil
- Straight Edge or Ruler
- Skill Saw
ADDING LAMINATE FLOOR TO A CABINET BACK
Step #1. Clean & Fresh Paint
I started by giving this corner cabinet a good wipe down and a fresh coat of white paint applied with a high-density foam roller.
Step #2. Measure
These shelves are fixed so I measured each back section separately to find out what size the laminate flooring needed to be. Each section was 21.5″ x 9.5″ except the top shelf which was slightly higher. Because theses laminate floorboards are 8″ wide, I attached two board together and then measured.
Step #3. Mark Measurements
I marked all my measurements with a pencil and straight edge. Again, you may need to join two floorboards together (depending on what your measurements are and how big your floorboards are) and then take them apart while cutting – then reassemble. You can also cut off the tongue and groove part (on the one side) with a utility knife… I didn’t bother though. You can see I left it attached at the bottom of the pic below.
Step #4. Cut To Size
I used my skill saw to cut these laminate floorboards but if you don’t have a skill saw, a really sharp utility knife will cut through them if you score them a few times. Once they were cut, I attached the two pieces back together before installing onto the back of the corner cabinet.
Step #5. Install In Back of Cabinet
These Lowes barnwood laminate floorboards were placed onto the back of the cabinet. They fit snug enough that no glue or nails were needed. This is a bonus. Because I may change things up down the road, they can be easily removed at any time!
In the pic below you can see that I didn’t cut perfectly and there is a small gap between the shelf. If you have any boards that aren’t cut 100% even, it’s best to place them on a bottom shelf (below eye level). This way it’s not at all visible. 🙂
My takeaway from this piece – things can always be changed inexpensively… and adding a new backing is a great way to do it! A $16 investment in Lowes laminate flooring – well worth the new look. If you have leftover laminate, vinyl flooring, beadboard, wallpaper, fabric or pretty much anything flat that can be added to the back of a cabinet or hutch, it creates interest and character to an otherwise plain piece!
I’D LOVE TO HEAR IF YOU’VE EVER ADDED A CABINET BACKING BEFORE… AND WHAT YOU USED? IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Thanks and have an inspiring day my friends!