How to Repurpose A Cabinet Door into A Farmhouse Sign

Have you ever asked yourself what you can do with old cabinet doors?

Well friends, I’ve got you covered! Today I’m sharing how to repurpose an old cabinet door into a beautiful hand painted farmhouse-themed door sign!

Repurpose Cabinet Doors into Farmhouse Signs | Gathered In The Kitchen

I have a ton of old cabinet doors laying around from our HUGE kitchen renovation at our North Carolina house. Being the hoarder that I am, I saved all of the solid oak doors so I could craft with them down the road! I made a chalkboard “JOY” Christmas sign out of one of the tall upper cabinet doors and used it for Christmas photo sessions.

When we sold that house to move to Wisconsin, I did what any sane person would do…I had the movers move those cabinet doors with all of our other belongings! I was absolutely not about to give them up! haha!

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The Problem…

As luck would have it, 3 months after moving in, our Wisconsin house would catch on fire from a lighting strike and everything would be taken out of our home to either go to the dump or to a storage facility.

My cabinet doors were supposed to spend their eternity in the landfill – but again, I came to their rescue and snagged them from the “pitch pile” and took them under my wing. {I seriously have issues!}

They’ve been sitting in a storage unit for a realllllly long time now, that it’s getting hard to justify keeping them! So, I figured it was high time to start some of those crafts I had dreamed up long ago.

The Crafty Solution…

The first project I tackled was a sign with the saying …

“and so they built a life they loved”.

Repurpose Cabinet Doors into Farmhouse Signs | Gathered In The Kitchen

It has so many symbolic meanings to me. Incorporating something old from one of our previous homes. Utilizing my crafty skills to make a decor item. And lastly, a saying that really felt fitting. We literally had to RE-BUILD this house. Through our own sweat, blood, tears and money, we have saved this old 1886 house and sacrificed a lot for it. But in the end, through all of the “hard” that came from this situation, we built it back the way it should have been, in a way to honor those who have lived here before us and in a way that we loved. (p.s. can you see the unfinished work in the mirror above?)

So…a silly little cabinet door that should have been trashed, has so much meaning to me. I’m happy that it has a home now on our fireplace!

Supply List:

Let’s Make It Together!

Step 1: Paint the entire cabinet door a color of your choice. I used Dixie Belle chalk paint in the color Drop Cloth (my favorite DB color of all time!) You can read why I love and use chalk paint HERE!

Step 2: Apply your stencil. Learn how to make your own stencils HERE!

Step 3: Paint over the stencil in the same cabinet door color paint. This helps with bleed through on your stencil! If paint should seep through, it will be in the same color as the cabinet door, not the letters!

How to Repurpose A Cabinet Door into A Farmhouse Sign

Step 4: Paint the lettering the color of your choice. I used Dixie Belle chalk paint in the colors of Gravel Road and Chocolate mixed together.

how to paint stencil lettering on wood

Step 5: Allow the paint to dry and then remove the stencil.

how to paint stencil lettering on wood

If the knob hole bothers you, you can simply fill it with wood filler before step 1. However, I wanted to leave it because again, it’s a sentimental piece in my home and it reminds me of my old kitchen.

Repurpose Cabinet Doors into Farmhouse Signs | Gathered In The Kitchen

I love the way it looks next to my turn of the century cast iron fireplace! These are the details our my home that I could never replace, and I’m so thankful they survived the fire!

Repurpose Cabinet Doors into Farmhouse Signs | Gathered In The Kitchen

I really love the way it turned out! The sappy, emotional me, who fills her house with items that have a super long story and mean something only to me, is really happy with this little ol’ cabinet door!

My hope is that this kind of project will inspire you to give an old cabinet door a second chance on life. To inspire you to make your own decor, that has meaning behind it. To never give up on your dreams and to stand tall for what you believe in!

Check out: Before & After Projects Using Dixie Belle Chalk Paint

More Repurposed Cabinet Doors

I joined up with some of my crafting friends to show you more ways to repurpse old cabinet doors! Check them out!

Kristin’s Peg Board Cabinet Door

Rachel’s Sunflower Transfer on Cabinet Door

Becky’s Cabinet Door Turned Hat Rack

More Easy Crafts That You’ve Got To Try!!


  1. Love this idea and it turned out beautifully. I have weddings on my mind and this would be a great project for shower and reception table signs. Pinning for my soon-to-be daughter in law! xo

  2. Paula@SweetPea says:

    Your sign looks great on your decorated for fall fireplace hearth.

  3. Cindy Rust says:

    Such a fun project! I am a door collector too – it’s a problem! Great tip about painting first with the door color! Pinned!

  4. Geesh I still can’t believe the house fire. I’m all about your salvaged cabinet doors and how you’ve been repurposing them!

    1. Thank you so much Marie! Yes, it was crazy…still is crazy…but we are working towards making it less crazy! hahahaha. One day the house will be done!

  5. What a cool idea! I love the meaning behind it and I’m so glad you were able to save and repurpose your cabinet doors. Very special. <3

    1. Thank you so much Stacey! I love that they have such a story behind them!

  6. Truly a “fifth sparrow no more” – beautiful job on this cabinet door!

  7. Hi Stephanie! I have a deep and abiding love for old homes and pieces with stories. I adore the fact that you managed to combine both into this one project! I also really like the way that the wording dips over to the sides of the main panel. Very pretty! Thank you so much for organizing this collaboration and sharing your stories and talent with us!

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