Repurposed Cabinet Door Christmas Signs

How To Repurpose Cabinet Door Panels Into Festive Christmas Signs.

Last month Mr. Frugalista replaced the center panels in two of our kitchen cabinets with glass. Before he tossed the two raised panels into the trash I uttered the words he dreads hearing most, "hey, I can do something with those!"



And that is exactly what I did by turning them into these buffalo check Christmas signs in two different styles. Nothing goes to waste around here if I can help it. I mean look how perfect they are recycled as entryway or front porch decor for the holidays! The hardest part about making these holiday signs was waiting for the paint to dry.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Ideas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season.

We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

New this year is Gift Guides. We are right there with you shopping from home due to Covid 19 and we understand how hard that can be so we have been busy little Elves doing tons of research to create fabulous Gift Guides to help you with your holiday shopping. You'll find a link to my 12 Unique Coffee Lovers Gift Guide below.

You will find new ideas every Monday and Wednesday between Oct. 19th through Nov. 18th. Scroll all the way down to find all the ideas linked at the end.

Holiday Ideas Shared So far

Coffee Lovers Gift Guide - unique gift ideas for the coffee lover in your life.

Memory Garment Hand Warmers - a warm hug on a winter's day from the one you miss!

DIY Holiday Ice Breaker Game - good, clean, wholesome fun for everyone, young and old.

Organza DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments - made with recycled damask placements!

Holiday Movie Night - An Evening With Ebenezer Scrooge - how to make holiday movie night extra special.

Farmhouse Tabletop Christmas Tree - made with recycled bifold door slats.

Easy Mini Cranberry Eggnog Loaves - perfect for gift giving.

Eggnog Crepes With Cranberry Grand Marnier Compote - a festive make-ahead Christmas morning breakfast idea.

Eggnog Crepes With Cranberry Grand Marnier Compote - a festive make-ahead Christmas morning breakfast idea.



Theme Name - 2020 Festive Christmas Ideas Tour with over 25 bloggers every Monday and Wednesday from October 19 - November 19th.

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Recycled Christmas Signs From Cabinet Door Panels

These are the panels I intercepted before heading to the trash. I was obviously so excited about their project potential that when I snapped the photo I cut off the top of the panels!



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

I recycled one door panel with a red and white plaid design.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

And the other with a red and black buffalo check plaid design.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

Which is your favorite?



Here's How I Made Them

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Make The Door Panels Pretty Again

The first thing I did was sand the rough edges smooth with a mouse sander and then I gave them both a fresh coat of white paint. After the paint dried overnight, I masked the edges around the raised panels with painters tape.



Both raised panels are stenciled with this awesome Buffalo Check Stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils.



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Stenciling The Door Panels

Are you a swirler, pouncer, or roller? I'm a pouncer and prefer using a soft round tip stencil brush.



Stenciling Tips

The best tip I can give for stenciling is less is more. You don't want a wet brush or you risk having the paint bleed under the stencil and then you'll have a hot mess on your hands. Dab the excess paint onto a paper towel first.



But with this particular stencil, the best tip I can provide is to stencil in the middle of the open squares when you first load fresh paint on your brush. Then move outwards toward the edges and onto the thin diagonal lines.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

For the other raised panel I plan on stenciling black and red plaid. So the first thing I need to do is paint the door panel holiday red. The photo below is after just one coat and it took three to completely cover the white paint. 



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

Now I had the perfect base to stencil black buffalo checks with acrylic craft paint. I must admit that this is my favorite of the two and just might be a keeper.



Before moving onto the next steps, it's important that you protect the paint with an acrylic clear coat, especially if you plan on using these outdoors.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

I found this large wood and burlap deer head ornament at Michaels that is perfect to use for the letter "O" in my Christmas JOY signs. I found the white 5-inch letters at Michaels as well.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

I also found this sweet vintage holiday truck tin ornament at Walmart to use for the letter "O" on the other holiday JOY sign.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

On the red and black plaid sign, I left the J and Y wood letters white for high contrast. But on the red and white plaid sign, I painted the letters and the deer head ornament holiday red for contrast. 



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

Next, I replaced the twine hangers on each ornament with a thin red and white checked ribbon that I had in my stash. After threading it through the holes I tied a knot at 3-inches. I turned the ribbon so the knot rests on the front of the hole in each ornament. We'll tie a small bow once they are glued to the signs.



I measured the raised panels to find the center and marked them with white chalk. Then I lined the ornaments up with the center marks and added a dab of E6000 glue to the bottom ONLY of each to hold them in place.



Next, I measured 3-inches from the top of each ornament and marked it with chalk. I drizzled E6000 glue on the back of the letter J and lined them up with the chalk marks. But first, I looped the top of the ribbon through the bottom of the J so it looks like the ornament is hanging from it.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

I repeated the same measurements from the bottom of the ornaments for the letter Y. Once the glue was completely dry I tied small bows on the ribbons and trimmed the tails at an angle to prevent them from fraying.



How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs with stenciled buffalo check plaid for easy and cheap DIY Christmas decorations.

I hope you were inspired by these DIY Recycled Christmas Sign ideas. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs by Interior Frugalista and stenciled with rustic buffalo check plaid. Easy and affordable DIY Christmas decoration idea. #diychristmassign #homemadechristmas #festivechristmasideas

If you enjoyed these DIY Joy Christmas Signs, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Holiday Decor or DIY Christmas Sign Ideas board on Pinterest.


How to repurpose cabinet door panels into festive JOY Christmas Signs by Interior Frugalista and stenciled with rustic buffalo check plaid. Easy and affordable DIY Christmas decoration idea. #christmasdecorations #doorcrafts #festivechristmasideas

The Festive Christmas Ideas Event runs every Monday and Wednesday until November 19th so be sure to come back.



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Christmas Joy Decor - Across The Blvd.

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Dollar Store Picture Frame Snowman - Creative Cynchronicity

Gingerbread House Christmas Garland - Tikkido

Festive Mini Christmas Signs - Domestic Deadline

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  1. Your creative abilities never cease to amaze me. I LOVE these signs! Gorgeous!!

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    1. Aw, thank you very much for your sweet comment, Alli! I'm glad you like this idea for holiday signs.

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  2. Marie, These are the most beautiful! You are always so clever with upcyle projects. I need that stencil, I think and a couple of cabinet doors. LOVE these so much for Christmas decor.

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  3. Wow Marie, you have taken Christmas decorating to a whole new level! These signs look amazing! You go, girl! What a stunning Christmas upcycle/recycle project

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    1. You put a huge smile on my face with your sweet comment, Gail! I'm glad you like the recycle holiday sign idea. xo

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  4. These are so cute, Marie! I never knew you could buy a Buffalo Check Stencil! That is awesome! I was wondering how you got the perfect looking buffalo check.

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    1. Thanks Debra, I'm glad you like the signs! Yes, the buffalo check stencil is awesome and I've used if often. It comes in different sizes too!

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  5. I think I need that plaid stencil. I have a few cabinet doors and this would be a great way to make them into pretty seasonal decor.

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    1. The stencil comes in different sizes, which is handy. Have fun stenciling your cabinet doors, Erlene!

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  6. These signs are absolutely gorgeous, and ever detail is spot on quality. Hubs and I were just talking last night about what we should do with the front porch. He is of the less is more thought. Now you have inspired me. Congrats on these. Pinned.

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    1. Thank you Leanna, you made my day! So glad these signs provided the inspiration you were looking for your front porch. Can't wait to see how you decorate it.

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  7. These signs are so cute. I have a couple of doors already and I'm looking forward to trying it.

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  8. Adorable, Marie! I have a stash of doors that I need to makeover. Love the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Kim, I'm glad you like them! So glad I was able to salvage those curvy doors and turn them into something festive and useful.

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  9. They are really beautiful Marie. Your definitely have a knack for turning trash into treasure.

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    1. Thank you Anita! My favorite thing is to look at something and figure out what I can transform it into.

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  10. What a creative way to make Christmas signs, Marie. I love them! Pinned!

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  11. LOL, Marie. I chuckled yto myself when you said your hubby got that look when he heard the dreaded words :D It sounds so familiar. Love both how both of them turned out but if I really, really, really have to choose I'd probably go for the red and black buffalo check plaid one with that oh so cute little red truck.

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    1. That's my favorite one too Michelle and I've decided it's a keeper, although I have no where in this tiny house to put it. LOL

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  12. Pretty darn cute Mr. & Mrs. Frugalista!

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    1. Thanks Bliss, the plan was to gift them but now I can't part with the black & red one. Like we need another decoration for this tiny house!

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  13. Ok Miss furniture whisper these are the cutest. Hope you had a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. LOL Kris, glad you like the salvaged Christmas signs. They were a lot of fun to make! Hugs backatcha xo

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  14. I love your repurposed cabinet door Christmas signs. We are in the process of redoing our kitchen cabinets and this is a great way to repurpose some of those cabinet doors.

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    1. Awesome, Amy, so glad you found inspiration for your old kitchen cabinet doors!

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  15. Oh wow! These turned out great. I honestly thought these buffalo check plaids were fabric at first. Pinned.

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    1. I'm thrilled you thought the buffalo plaid was fabric, Joanne! Thank you for your sweet comment.

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  17. These turned out SO CUTE Marie!! I love them to bits! What a great way to repurpose old doors!! LOVE!

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    1. Thank you very much my friend! I was so happy to find a purpose for the cut out door centers.

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  18. I love cabinet door upcycles and this is now one of my favorites! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Farmhouse Friday!

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    1. So glad to hear these are your favorite cabinet door upcycle, Michelle. Made my day!

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  19. These are so doggone cute! I love buffalo check everything! Thank you for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family!

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