Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: A Cabinet Makeover

It's almost the end of Terrific Tuesday (my class agenda header) and I wanted to share an easy little project that I have been working on in my classroom.  A project that creates some badly needed display space in my room.  My Tried It Tuesday project is a simple cabinet revamp.
I teach in an older building.  The wing I am in was an addition when open classrooms were the rage.  So I have this lovely curtain wall that divides my neighbor and me.  We both line up shelves against the curtain to spare each other from our classroom buzz.  On the other walls I have a white board, my calendar board, and some giant cabinets on wheels.
The cabinets were vintage 1960's orange when I moved in years ago.  I promptly painted them so that they blended into the walls.  Since I keep a fairly uncluttered classroom, I rarely posted anything on them.  Two words . . . wasted space.  
I found these self adhesive cork boards at Hobby Lobby right after school started.  They were the perfect size, so I snagged six of them.

After I brought them back to school and hung a couple (which was super easy using heavy duty foam tape).  I went back to Hobby Lobby for some fabric to cover them with.  I bought a black and white ticking fabric and a navy and white chevron.  After a week or so of having both selections tacked up, I decided to go with the chevron.

I'm really happy with how this project turned out.  If you decide to try it, I have a few tips for you:
*Use a laser level to line everything up.
*Put the fabric on before you hang the cork panels.
*Buy cork boards that are perfectly flat.  Warped ones will pull off the surface.
Revamping my cabinet doors was very simple and will give me a great place to highlight my kiddos' hard work.  

To get a look at more Tried It Tuesday ideas and projects, be sure to stop by Fourth Grade Flipper.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great rest of your week.


  1. I love this idea! Those chevron-covered corkboards are adorable, and I love that they're functional too! Thanks for sharing! :)

    - Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

  2. Super cute! I am housed in a pod. My poor neighbors are so quiet and my kids are loud...a lot. I feel awful...a lot.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Amber this is adorable! Thank you so much for sharing! It sure fits in with your "happy place!" :)
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  4. You are so crafty!! This is such an improvement over what the orange cupboards must have looked like before! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!
    Fourth Grade Flipper