6.11.2014

A Simple DIY Cabinet Update With Pergo


So my friends, it's official. One room in our house is D. O. N. E. done! Not done as in "I'm never ever going to change anything in the room" (because that would just be crazy talk, right?) but done as in "I crossed off the last thing on my to-do list". It's our dining room that's done and the last item that I crossed off of my to-do list was lining the back of the built-in china cabinet:

As you can see from the "before" pic below, our china cabinet is very simple, kinda charming, and didn't necessarily need to have anything done to it. But the crystal and white china stored inside faded into the white cabinet back and I wanted to add a backdrop that would allow those things to stand out more while also adding some warmth and decorative interest to the space. 
I'd been planning this little project for months and was originally going to use barnwood to line the cabinet back. I found a great barnwood source, spent over an hour going through all of the wood to pick out my pieces, and then had the guy total my cost up only to find that it was going to cost over $200. So I left empty-handed.
I considered other materials, including pallet wood, wood panelling, and grasscloth wallpaper but in the end I went with this:
Yep, Pergo. I fell in love with the tones of the Grey Yew Pergo (samples are available in Home Depot stores but it is an online-only product found {here}) and one $53 case was enough to cover my entire cabinet back.
Installation was pretty simple. We cut each Pergo board to the width of the cabinet and then added four strips of double-sided Duck Tape (bought on Amazon {here}) to the back. (You could also use Liquid Nails or some other type of glue adhesive but I wanted to use something that would cause less damage if I chose to remove the Pergo in the future)
The first board was placed at the bottom of the cabinet and then we worked our way up from there. The Pergo boards interlock with each other so there are no visible gaps between the boards (sorry for the grainy iPhone pic!):
The final board needed to be ripped lengthwise as well as being cut widthwise to fit the remaining space. I'm really happy with how it turned out:


I also changed out the small brass knobs on the glass cabinet doors to 8" oil-rubbed bronze pulls (Restoration Hardware Lugarno pulls):
The dining room finally feels complete! (To see images of the rest of the space, see {here} and {here})
It's about time that I finished off at least one room - can you believe that we moved into our house a year ago as of next week? I'm excited about putting together some posts showing you guys what we've gotten done on the house since moving in and also what we have left to do, including some scary never-before-seen shots of our master bedroom, hall bath, and family room. Be forewarned - those images are not going to be for the faint-hearted...
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39 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea! I love the new look, especially the new handles.

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  2. What a great idea! Very creative and beautiful!

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  3. Wow, Kris, I love that. You are one smart cookie for thinking of using the Pergo.

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  4. Very clever! It makes your china really stand out.

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    1. It may have been more cheap than clever but I'm happy with how it turned out :) Thanks Jennifer!

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  5. LOVE it! Such a cute idea and it adds so much depth to the cabinet.
    -Shelley

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  6. The dining room looks fantastic you must love it!

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  7. What a great idea....

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  8. I love this idea. It definitely adds tons of charm to the cabinet. Very pretty.

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  9. I love a great piece of barnwood but I think your selection is much more sophisticated and fitting for your lovely cupboard. Love it!

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  10. Love the outcome. I too look for materials that finish a design style! I backed a unit with outdoor siding T1-11 then painted and distressed it, loved the effect it gave a kitchen cabinet.
    Your piece has the right dramatic rightness!

    Xx
    Dore

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  11. Loooooove it!! It adds texture to the room and makes your white dishes pop! It really ties in nicely with your chairs too!

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  12. Perfection, my friend!! I love the textured look, and your china and gold accessories really come to life, such a beautiful backdrop for your awesome styling! You need a dinner party! :)

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  13. Fabulous!!! Love the look and the thriftiness (is that a word?). Looks great, Kris, as always! I have a china hutch waiting for a backsplash treatment and still haven't found the right thing - I'll probably go with a semi-permanent wallpaper...

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  14. Wow Kris! What an awesome update!! Love the rustic look - and the bonus of no sanding or splinters :)

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  15. I love it! It adds so much to the room without really sticking out. Beautiful! :)

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  16. It's a whole new cabinet Kris!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! I have a huge RH china cabinet that's overcluttered already and needs lighting, that's what I really need to add to it. But glad you've got one room done... for now! ;-)

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  17. WOW...the cabinet looks fantastic...Great job.

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  18. You were pretty clever to think of using Pergo! It looks great and I love the new pulls too. :)

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  19. Looks fantastic, really made a huge difference. Your china and crystal looks beautiful, too. I really love the chandy - is it from R.H., please?

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    1. Debbie, I got the chandy from the Ballard Designs Outlet - it's still a current item in their catalog!

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  20. What a smart idea!!! The whole room looks beautiful!

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  21. What an amazing idea! It makes such a difference and totally makes your china pop. I have a similar cabinet and was going to line it with wall paper, but I really like the look of this. Also, it looks pretty easy to remove in case you change your mind (you never do that, right??)

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  22. Great idea, looks fabulous.
    Linda

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  23. Love it - has given me some great ideas for updating some bookcases that need to be "de-orangified" and I want the inside backs to be a different finish to the shelves. I can't believe how much the genuine barnwood was - makes it extra special to know someone tearing an old bard/building down these days!

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    1. Thanks Tracey! I was shocked at the barnwood prices too - I'm sure there are places out there to get it cheaper but I didn't have any luck after calling around in my area. Who knew?!

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  24. What a clever idea! The room looks fantastic. I can't believe you moved in a year ago and your home looks so done! We moved into our home over a year now and I know I have a lot more to go. Great job Kris!

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  25. It looks gorgeous! What a great idea! :)

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  26. This is fabulous Kris!!! I absolutely love it!

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  27. Fabulous idea!! I've been drying out old pallets to do this, but NEVER thought of pergo- LOVE it!

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