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How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign

Today I’m super excited to show you how to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign! And let me tell you, it’s super easy. As if you were expecting anything else from me, lol! 

How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign kreativk.net

The other day at Ikea: I was really only going in, to get curtains for my back patio real quick! I went in with the intention not to get distracted, this was going to be a quick buy, nothing else was going to come home with me! Ha, what was I thinking! There’s never just a quick buy at Ikea and never only one thing leaving the place with me. So, yeah, of course I did get distracted! This time in the broken stuff section. I quickly walked through and saw this little kitchen cabinet glass door leaning against a shelf. It was marked 4 Euros and I took it with me. I had been on the lookout for an old window forever, except this one wasn’t old at all, but I didn’t care at this point!

How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net

When we started getting our pool ready this past weekend, I knew my window was going to be made into a pool sign for the patio. A place to hang towels, hats, goggles and such. Pretty and practical! 

But first, I wanted to make it look a little less clean and new. I sanded it a bit and it started looking a bit distressed, but not enough. So I painted it roughly with my black chalk paint. 

How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net

And then another rough coat with my grey homemade chalkpaint. I used my friend Pili’s recipe, you can find it here if you want to give it a try, it’s very easy to make! I distressed it a bit, waxed it and it looked like this:

How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net


How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net

I found these really cute door knobs at Zara Home for 2.99 Euros the pair, and they were going to be my hooks! So I drilled 4 little holes into the bottom part and screwed in the knobs. 

How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net


How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net

Then came my favourite part: writing on the glass! I designed the word “Pool” in my favourite font with an arrow underneath. See this is super easy, cause I was going to print it out and just tape it behind the window, so I could trace it all onto the window with my black window marker. Except, my printer didn’t work and I didn’t want to wait for my hubby to fix it, so I just copied it off the computer. Not perfect, but still cool! 

How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net


How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net


How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net


How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.net


How to turn an Ikea kitchen cabinet glass door into a pool sign/kreativk.netAnd this is our new pool sign, with hooks to hang towels, goggles, hats and such! I really like how I can just erase the writing later on, and when the pool season is over, this sign could be re~used for something else, or a different spot! But for now it’ll be just this! A pool sign! 

Thanks for stopping by the blog guys, I really appreciate it! 

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  • Lacie Ring
    24/06/2016 at 00:05

    Hey Katrin. The pool sign turned out fabulous. Thank you for linking up at Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      24/06/2016 at 09:25

      Thanks so much Lacie!

  • Audrey
    23/06/2016 at 16:55

    I don’t have a pool, but I am on a mission to decorate my backyard. And a project like this would be perfect. I am featuring you this week on #FridayFrivolity!

    • Katrin
      23/06/2016 at 23:45

      Thanks so much Audrey, That is awesome, I’m so happy! 🙂

  • Diana
    23/06/2016 at 00:22

    Amazing project Katrin! Fresh and functional–I just love it. Those knobs were the perfect choice. So glad you linked up with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Katrin
      23/06/2016 at 23:41

      Aww, thanks Diana! The knobs are fun, I’m glad I found them!

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    What a lovely addition to your back patio! I Love it! The knobs suit it to a T! So clever also that you can change the sign around as you please with the seasons etc!

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      22/06/2016 at 11:46

      Thanks so much Sam!

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    19/06/2016 at 22:25

    Ahhhh gorgeous, and simple too! I think even I could manage this one… thank you for sharing your creativity at #FridayFrivolity! Pinning and tweeting. 🙂

    • Katrin
      19/06/2016 at 22:35

      Glad you like it Sarah Eliza, Thank you! 🙂

  • Mistie
    19/06/2016 at 20:58

    Super creative idea! Wonderful tutorial too. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link Up

    • Katrin
      19/06/2016 at 22:34

      Thank you Mistie!

  • lorraine
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    love it you did a a great job thanks for sharing have a great week

    • Katrin
      19/06/2016 at 17:55

      Thanks Lorraine!

  • Lynn
    17/06/2016 at 16:13

    I wanna Ikea! The closest one is 4 hours away to a town I never go! UGH! That window was absolutely perfect for your project. and just the place to hang all your towels and such. Super…as if I would expect anything else.
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    • Katrin
      18/06/2016 at 09:07

      UGH! I don’t know how you manage without an Ikea closer by… but you do have Target and Thrift Stores and such, around, right? That’s as good, I really miss thrift stores! But yeah, Ikea is fun! My to go to place when I need to feel wooden floors underneath my feet and feel a bit like I’m in Germany, lol, not sure why! Thanks for the visit friend! Have a great weekend!

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      18/06/2016 at 09:02

      Oh, I love Target as well. We don’t have it here in Europe, but we used to in Canada, and it had the nicest things! Although now they closed in Canada, so I have to make it to the states eventually! 🙂

  • Pili
    16/06/2016 at 09:29

    You made a lovely sign, Katrin! I found a cabinet glass door some time ago and had no idea what to use it for, now you gave me an idea. Thanks for the inspiration Katrin! I won’t be as as good as you at hand lettering though

    • Katrin
      16/06/2016 at 10:50

      Oh great Pili, I’m happy you got inspiration here. you know, with the tracing method it’ll be super easy, cause it’s glass, right? I just didn’t have my printer ready… Thanks for the visit friend 🙂

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    16/06/2016 at 04:43

    This is really cute! Thanks for joining us at the Family Joy Link-Up party!

    • Katrin
      16/06/2016 at 10:46

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Nikki
    15/06/2016 at 15:10

    This turned out adorable! I love that the window marker can be wiped off and you can reuse this for so many things! For Christmas you could hang ornaments from it, or decorate it for the girls birthdays etc. What a great buy! It’s worth so much more than you paid for it. I love it!

    • Katrin
      15/06/2016 at 19:49

      Yes, it is so nice that I can use this for something else in the colder months, although I don’t want to think of those yet… lol. But great possibilities! I’m happy I found it and will be on the lookout for more for sure Nikki. Thanks for your visit!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    15/06/2016 at 15:04

    This is cute. It would be very popular in my area so I may need to “borrow” your idea. I am about an hour away from Ikea but it is always so worth the shopping trip. I will put a window on the list.

    • Katrin
      15/06/2016 at 19:43

      yes, you’re absolutely right, Ikea is always worth it 😉 Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Claire
    15/06/2016 at 13:13

    Wow you would never know this was an IKEA cupboard door. Great transformation !

    • Katrin
      15/06/2016 at 14:27

      Thanks so much Claire….it doesn’t look like one anymore, hey? 🙂

  • Cathy Lawdanski
    15/06/2016 at 12:19

    There is no “run in and buy one thing” when you go to IKEA! Your sign turned out great – those knobs are really cute!

    • Katrin
      15/06/2016 at 14:30

      Yeah, you’re right Cathy, it’s just too good, I love all their ideas and now I even go in to look for broken stuff…or similar 🙂 Thanks Cathy!

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    15/06/2016 at 09:24

    Your pool sign looks fantastic, Katrin! I love it everything about it. Enjoy the pool! 🙂

    • Katrin
      15/06/2016 at 14:24

      Thanks so much. that’s so sweet! The water is still a little too cool for me I think, but the girls are in of course, nothing holds them back, lol!

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    What a crafty girl you are. Another project that came out just adorable. Love the knows and the color! Good job!

    • Katrin
      15/06/2016 at 08:56

      Thanks so much Erin!!

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    Cute pool sign Katrin! I love the color, the different knobs, and the handpainted lettering. You did a great job! Love it!

    • Katrin
      15/06/2016 at 08:55

      Thank you Linda! I’m happy you like it!

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      Thanks so much Megin!

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    Love how you distressed the cabinet door and those knobs are awesome. So wish we had an Ikea in S Africa – oh well, maybe one day 🙂 Enjoy your pool.

    • Katrin
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      Thanks so much Michelle! You know, when we first moved to Spain, almost 14 years ago, there wasn’t much here, and not to mention Ikea! While in Germany I was used to having an Ikea store at every other corner, I really missed it here! Now we have it all, it took a while, and I’m sure it’ll make it to SAfrica as well :)!

  • Melissa Ruddy
    14/06/2016 at 02:27

    This looks so cute. I love the paint finish and the font. I as well can never make a quick trip to Ikea. Man I could live there. Lol. Would like to make something like this for my backyard. My question is how did you mount it to an exterior wall? Any tips or tricks on this would be helpful! Thanks for sharing

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:52

      Oh, wow, I completely forgot to mention how I mounted it to the wall. And take a photo, cause it was super easy. The door had already two holes in the back, you know it was meant to be used as a cabinet door for a kitchen, so it had two bigger holes, not all the way through though in the back for attaching it to a cabinet. And they fittet exactly with how I wanted it on the wall. I just drilled two small srews in the wall and hung it up like that. I hope I could explain it well, Thanks for the visit Melissa!

  • Mary
    13/06/2016 at 23:34

    I love that you just wrote on the window. I have some old windows I want to do something similar with. Thanks for the idea. Can’t wait to give it a try

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:42

      Yes, Mary, that was so easy and if you have a printer that works, you can just easily design something and have it behind the window to trace it, even easier like that! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  • Ellen
    13/06/2016 at 22:44

    Sorry for the duplication, I thought I lost my comment so I rewrote it! Not a computer genius.

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:41

      hahaha, no problem 🙂 happens to me all the time…

  • Ellen
    13/06/2016 at 22:41

    Kreative and Klever! I love how you look at things and see something different.

    Kreative and klever!! I love how you look at one thing and see something else- you amaze me every time. Those knobs are so cute and functional too. Thank-you for this great post, as always!


    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:40

      Thanks so much Ellen! I so appreciate your visit each time! Makes my days 🙂

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    13/06/2016 at 18:57

    Aww t his is just too cute Katrin. A great repurpose and I love the pretty knobs you found at Zara. It was a really economical project that turned out beautiful!

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:39

      Thank you Mary! I really like Zara Home, and was happy I could find something reasonable to use for hangers there…

  • Keri
    13/06/2016 at 15:12

    Katrin, i love this pool sign!! That’s so cool that you got this window for such a great price. Love those knobs and that hand lettering looks fantastic!! This is such a great idea!! Have fun at the pool this summer!!

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:38

      I know, hey, the price was great for that glass door, now I’m gonna go and check if I can find another one 😉 Thanks friend!