When I first moved into my flat, I hardly had any furniture. Moving is quite costly and paying double rent and deposit for a while I didn’t have money to buy everything new. I invested in a decent sofa and bed as they are the most important pieces of furniture, the rest had to wait.
After upcycling a kitchen storage cart to a drinks trolley, I came up with the idea of making my own bookcase out of old apple fruit baskets. I think I got eight in total for only £40. With a fresh coat of white paint they worked a treat. I was really proud of my creations. Since then, I have invested in more mature furniture and thought it was time to replace the bookcase. Enter, a white glass door cabinet.
Where to Buy a Glass Door Cabinet
I started looking for one at marketplace on Facebook. I do enjoy a bit of a DIY project but I couldn’t find a glass door cabinet that would fit in with the rest of my style of furniture. My favourite piece is my sideboard and I wanted a cabinet that would fit in well with it. I knew I wanted it to be white and have glass doors. I finally found this via Ryman’s and slightly cheaper at Better Bed Company. The legs and handles however had a bleak birch wood finish which I don’t like so I decided to paint these to better suit my colour scheme. I settled on gold.
I had to wait a couple of weeks for the cabinet to arrive. A fair few furniture companies have had delays with deliveries due to COVID-19, but I didn’t mind. It was promised to arrive in time for the August bank holiday weekend and so it did.
How to Build a Glass Door Cabinet
I spent almost a full day painting the legs and handles, putting together the cabinet and styling it. I love building furniture. Being Swedish, it’s in my DNA. It was really easy and I didn’t need a second person like suggested in the manual, until the glass doors were put on and didn’t level up. I was so disappointed!! Dad to the rescue. I knew I could adjust the hinges but I wasn’t sure how so my dad guided me over the phone and voila – the doors and handles were level with each other. I absolutely hate when things aren’t in level and I can’t unsee it once I’ve noticed. You can imagine how disappointed I was after spending so many hours putting together the cabinet for it to look crap.
How to Style a Glass Door Cabinet
I’m so happy with my glass door cabinet. I love how it’s opened up the living room with more space underneath so it doesn’t sit directly on the floor like the fruit baskets did. It’s also freed up space on my drinks trolley as I’ve been able to move all glassware into the cabinet. The bar cart looks better with space and now I can actually see all the bottles of alcohol I own. This cabinet has also brought some height to the room. Before, almost all furniture on that wall had the same height. This is a lot taller which makes the room look bigger.
What do you think to my glass door cabinet? How do you store your books, glassware, etc.?