Laminated wardrobe makeover

May 1, 2017
before and after

[En]As promised, here comes the before and after transformation of the laminated wardrobe from the nursery. We had this wardrobe for a few years now and it was bought in a rush due to the lack of storage space we needed for my wedding gown.

[Ro]Asa cum am promis, revin cu un post despre transformarea dulapului din pal din camera bebelusului. Avem acest dulap de cativa ani si l-am cumparat in graba din cauza ca nu aveam unde sa imi tin rochia de mireasa.

[En]It ended up full of old clothes, pillows and God knows what. We thought of donating it and buying a new one from Ikea because I really wanted to have white furniture in the nursery. But since I wanted for about one year ago to try and transform a wardrobe like this (Pinterest posts really got into my mind), I thought this was the perfect time to do it. I was inspired by Pinterest posts like these ones:

[Ro]Pe parcursul timpului l-am umplut cu haine vechi pe care nu le mai purtam, cu perne si tot felul de lucruri. Ne-am gandit sa il donam cuiva si sa cumparam altul alb de la Ikea pentru ca imi doream tare mult ca in camera lui Rares sa avem mobilier alb. Dar cam de un an incoace vroiam sa incerc sa modific un dulap de genul acesta (datorita posturile pe care le-am tot vazut pe Pinterest) si ocazia asta a fost perfecta. Am fost inspirata de posturi ca si acesta:

Source - here

[En]This is how the wardrobe looked like before the transformation:

[Ro] Asa arata dulapul inainte de transformarea noastra:


[En]The first thing we did was to remove the doors and drawers. Then we decided how the design should look like and went for 3 rectangles on the big door and 2 on the smaller ones. We aligned them so that they would match the ones from the drawers.

[Ro]Primul lucru pe care l-am facut a fost sa demontam usile si sertarele. Apoi am decis cam cum ar trebui sa arate si ne-am hotarat sa punem 3 dreptunghiuri pe usa mare si 2 pe usile mici. Le-am aliniat astfel incat sa se potriveasca cu punctul de unde incep sertarele.

[En] We used painter’s tape to make the contour so we can be sure that we like it and then started to cut the wood trimmings we bought from a local store. We used a special cutting board to cut them at exactly 45 degrees.

[Ro] Am folosit banda de hartie sa trasam conturul dreptunghiurilor ca sa ne dam seama daca ne place cum arata si am taiat apoi baghetele de lemn pe care le-am cumparat de la un magazin local. Ca sa ne asiguram ca taiem in unghi de 45 de grade am folosit un instrument special conceput pentru asta.




[En]After we've cut all the pieces, we arranged them on the doors to make sure we have enough pieces and all of them are a match.

[Ro]Dupa ce am taiat toate bucatile, le-am aranjat pe usi sa ne asiguram ca sunt toate si ca se potrivesc ca si dimensiuni.


[En]For the next step, I knew there is no turning back. I was a little nervous to start painting, but I knew I want to do it. Without sanding the surface, I started applying white water based paint which I have used before on the furniture from our living room. I used a normal paint brush and a foam roller to smooth it.

[Ro]Odata inceput pasul urmator, stiam ca nu mai e cale de intoarcere. Am avut emotii sa incep sa vopsesc, dar stiam ca imi doresc sa fac asta. Nu am smirgheluit deloc suprafata inainte si am folosit vopsea alba pe baza de apa, aceeasi vopsea pe care am folosit-o si pentru mobila din sufragerie. Am aplicat vopseaua cu o pensula normala si am nivelat urmele cu un roller cu burete.



[En]After painting all the doors and drawers I was surprised that the paint didn't look as smooth as it should have and I had to sand it to give it the look I was looking for. When I used the same paint in the living room, the finish was really smooth without sanding. I am not sure if I will use this paint again, I don't like surprises like these. The good part though is that it is premixed with varnish and you don't have to add anything else over the paint.

[Ro]Dupa ce am vopsit toate usile si sertarele am fost surprinsa ca vopseaua nu avea un aspect fin cum ar fi trebuit si a trebuit sa o slefuiesc. Cand am folosit aceeasi vopsea in sufragerie, nu mi s-a intamplat asta. Nu stiu daca o voi mai folosi in viitor, nu imi plac surprizele de genul asta. Partea buna e ca e amestecata cu lac si suprafata nu trebuie lacuita suplimentar.


[En]While sanding, I thought it would be nice if the design wouldn't be so simple and I remembered I had some blue/cream fabric I bought a while ago. I wasn't sure if it would match so I slept on it a couple of days. Also, it would be problematic if the fabric would get dirty, how would I clean it?

[Ro]In timp ce slefuiam m-am gandit ca ar fi mai dragut daca designul nu ar fi asa simplu si mi-am amintit ca acum ceva vreme cumparasem un material de draperii/tapiterii pe albastru cu crem. Nu eram sigura daca intr-adevar se potrivea si cateva zile m-am tot gandit la asta. In plus, daca materialul se murdareste, cum o sa il curat?

[En] So I went to a local store and checked out their stock of washable wallpaper and I couldn't have been more happy: they had one with blue sea shells that turned out to be perfect with my nautical theme.

[Ro]Asa ca m-am dus la un magazin local sa vad ce optiuni de tapet superlavabil au si am fost de-a dreptul incantata: aveau un model cu scoici albastre care era perfect pentru tema mea marina.


[En]After buying this wallpaper I glued it only on one of the rectangles created on the doors and on both of the drawers. Then I glued the wood trimmings (after I painted them white) and secured them with painters tape for about 24 hours just to be sure they stay in place.

[Ro]Dupa ce am cumparat tapetul, l-am lipit pe una din usi si pe sertare. Apoi am lipit baghetele de lemn (dupa ce le-am vopsit tot albe) si am pus si banda de hartie si am lasat-o aproximativ 24 de ore sa fiu sigura ca nu se misca baghetele pana se usuca adezivul.


[En]Not all the trimmings fitted perfectly even if they were cut at 45 degrees so I filled the empty spaces with glue and then covered with a layer of white paint.

[Ro]Nu toate baghetele s-au potrivit perfect chiar daca au fost taiate la 45 de grade asa ca am umplut spatiile goale cu adeziv si am mai dat cu un strat de vopsea alba peste.


[En]For the handles at first I thought of keeping the old ones and painting them blue or black, but then another idea came into my mind: to make sailor rope handles 😀

[Ro]In ceea ce priveste manerele initial m-am gandit sa le vopsesc pe cele vechi albastru sau negru dar ne-a venit o idee mai buna: sa punem manere din sfoara de canepa  😀


[En]At the end, I was absolutely delighted. In the future I will definitely make this transformation for other wardrobes. Or maybe for some doors.

[Ro]La final am fost de-a dreptul incantata de ce a iesit. Sigur o sa mai incerc transformari de genul acesta pentru alte dulapuri. Sau poate pentru usi.





  1. Foarte frumos a iesit camera! Felicitari! As avea o intrebare : care este magazinul in Cluj de unde ati cumparat baghetele de lemn? Caut de mult timp si nu am gasit nicaieri.

    1. Servus Rebeka! Multumesc pentru apreciere 🙂
      Am gasit baghetele la Leroy Merlin si daca nu ma insel, sunt si la Dedeman. Si eu am cautat vreo 3 ani la rand si nu am gasit, cred ca recent au inceput sa aduca si la noi asa ceva. Sunt chiar multe modele acum disponibile.

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