3d cubes cocktail cabinet transformation

A journey starts online

I found this piece via marktplaats and quickly arranged to pick it up.  I love the small, display units as they make a perfect sized cocktail cabinet for an Dutch Apartment.  I knew it could be an amazing furniture transformation.

This piece really stood out to me. I think it was due to the curved doors that flow like a wave and had notable wood grain under the old varnish. It was a piece of furniture that was waiting for a transformation.

The only flaw to this piece was a small chip in the veneer on the upper right side door.  But if you know me, I love a challenge!  Repairing veneer is high on my list of skills to develop further.


small dark veneer cabinet with two doors and a shelf, prior to restoration with small scratches and missing veneer.

Every furniture transformation starts with a design

The design for this drinks cabinet  was a 3d cube pattern across the top and over the 2 side panels. I had seen a lovely wallpaper inspired by Escher’s cubes and wanted to replicate it. It would be a challenge but with tape and paint, anything is possible.

The rest of the design involved leaving the wood to contrast against the bright colours I wanted to use.  The front would carry a simpler line design to bring colour forward without overwhelming the wood grain.

I also wanted to add new legs to the piece as there wasn’t any currently.  By adding legs in matte black, I could add height to the piece. To tie the legs and hardware in together,  I used a durable metal spray paint for the hardware in a similar matte black.

small upcycled cocktail cabinet with bright line design on the front in 3 colours
small cocktail cabinet refinished with 3d cubed design in green, purple and pink. A true furniture transformation
small cocktail cabinet refinished with freehand cubed design in green, purple and pink. A transformation of this furniture piece.

Fixing Veneer

The veneer chip fix on this drinks cabinet was rather simple in the end.  I cleaned up the edges of the veneer on the door and sanded the missing spot to create a smooth surface.  I then took a small piece of veneer edging that I have used to fix sides of a cabinet in the past and placed it in the missing spot.  To ensure a perfect fit, I cut around all the edges and then removed the veneer still on the door and sanded this new exposed section.  

Once all dust was removed, it was a matter of adding the new piece of veneer back into the spot (now a perfect fit) and using the iron to heat up the glue backing.  

After letting the glue cool and adhere, I then sanded softly to minimize any ridge around the newly added veneer and proceeded to refinish the full door as planned. 

Fixing the veneer chip meant that I could let the wooden doors really become a focal point and did not have to cover them up. It was the key to succeeding in the overall design and transformation of this forgotten piece of furniture. If you are curious to learn more about working with veneer, then these articles are for you!

Is it solid wood or veneer?

How to remove damaged veneer.

Fixing veneer banding (edging).

cocktail cabinet refinished with 3d cubed design in green, purple and pink across both the side and top.
small cocktail cabinet refinished with 3d cubed design in green, purple and pink across the top.

Bold Colours makes the cocktail cabinet

The 3d cube design for this cocktail cabinet was fully hand painted. It was accomplished through tape and paint in multiple layers. A full tutorial will be released at another time, so keep an eye out for that. 

The colours used in the design are all from Daydream Apothecary, in the following colours:

  1. Blooming Lovely
  2. Deadly Nightshade
  3.  Calm Palm

Hint for first time users: When using this highly pigmented chalk paints for the first time, ensure you provide a very long drying time prior to top coatings.  After 2 days of drying time, I still re-awoke the chalk paint with the top coat.  This caused the top coat to pick up the colour and drag it across the other colours.  This is avoidable in one of two ways.

First, work the top coat very fast and only once.  Do not cross over previous sections.  

Or two, simply give more drying time.  On the inside of the cabinet I only top coated after a week and I did not pick up any colour whatsoever. 

with this piece, I was hoping to achieve an 80’s retro vibe with bright, bold colours.  A look that I fully achieved!  While this cocktail cabinet may not be right for all living spaces, it was quickly snapped up  as a unique statement for a home.

Curious for more furniture transformations? Check out the below articles.

Table with Veneer Inlay

Mid-century Modern

inside of a small cabinet painted in hot pink. Various bottles of drink and cocktail glasses are on display.
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