How to pole wrap a cabinet for a modern furniture transformation

DIYer Leslie Jarrett shows us how to pole wrap a cabinet and paint it for a modern glow up on a thrifted TV console

Pole wrap cabinet before and after upcycle now in grey
(Image credit: Leslie Jarrett )

If you're an avid DIY-er, you'll know how addictive it is to spend any free time you have at local thrift stores, on eBay or Facebook Marketplace, looking for your next DIY project.

Sure, some finds are gorgeous left as they are, but others (the more exciting ones) will want some sort of glow-up to either restore and finish them, or to completely transform their look and even purpose. 

Jarrett who is a passionate DIYer with a thriving furniture flipping business knows how to spot potential in a piece. And when she found a pretty cool-looking, darkly stained TV console at her local thrift store, she knew it was deserving of a new modern look. 

The project inspiration

'The pole wrap cabinet started out as a dark stained TV console with tile drawer fronts and glass cabinet doors. I purchased this from my local thrift store for $40!' Says Jarrett of @wonderfullymadebyleslie (opens in new tab).

Wooden cabinet in front of white garage

(Image credit: Leslie Jarrett )

Of course, stripping back and painting wood furniture is an easy route to a quick spruce, but Jarrett prides herself on creativity and that is after all, what gives the most unique results.

So instead, Jarrett decided to take a different approach...

'I knew right away that I wanted to change up the drawers and cabinet doors. I had been wanting to try adding pole wrap to a furniture piece, so it was perfect timing.'

How to pole wrap a cabinet

Pole wrap is pliable decorative wood, and although it's often used to cover walls and existing posts or columns, it can be a cool and cost-effective way to give dated furniture a modern refresh. 

Note that Jarrett does still use paint to finish the piece which is perfect if you're after a super modern look. 'The cabinet is painted Zephyr by Melange Paints (opens in new tab). Buyers are leaning more towards warm tones and less cool grays. Zephyr is a beautiful warm gray.' She says.

You will need:

1. Pole wrap from Home Depot (opens in new tab)

2. A degreaser for furniture (opens in new tab)

3. Sander (or by hand) with 150 grit sandpaper (opens in new tab)

4. Wood glue: Gorilla is a good choice (opens in new tab)

5. Wooden bun feet off of Amazon (opens in new tab)

6. Paint: Jarrett uses Zephyr gray by Melange Paints (opens in new tab)

7. Paint rollers: Jarrett loves Purdy ultra finish paint rollers (opens in new tab)

Project costs: This came in at about $180. 

Whereas a unique solid wood cabinet would sell for $1000+... On that note.

1. Prep your piece

'Prep is always the first (and hardest!) step. I started by cleaning with a degreaser (opens in new tab)' Jarrett uses Krud Kutter from the Home Depot (opens in new tab), 'then sanding the piece with 150 grit sandpaper (opens in new tab). The goal is to rough up the finish, not remove the finish. I also removed the original bottom trim, so I could add feet.'

2. Remove drawers and doors 

'I removed the drawers and doors to get ready to add the pole wrap. I ordered the pole wrap from Home Depot (opens in new tab).

3. Make your cuts and attach the pole wrap

'I used my table saw to make all my cuts. I attached the pole wrap with wood glue (opens in new tab) and sat books on top of it overnight to make sure it was secure.'

4. Add decorative extras

'I ordered wooden bun feet off of Amazon (opens in new tab) and they came with metal plates.  Adding new feet to furniture is one of my favorite changes to make.'

Jarrett changed the feet and hardware on this console but of course, this is completely customizable and you can choose whichever handles or feet you'd like to suit your interior decor style.

5. Finish up with paint and hardware

'Up next I rolled the entire piece with my favorite Purdy ultra finish paint rollers (opens in new tab).  I added new hardware and then I was done.'

Pole wrap cabinet upcycled in grey staged in hallway with vase, frames and more decor

(Image credit: Leslie Jarrett )

Grey isn't going out of style any time soon, whether it's the color of your furniture or on the walls. But, of course, if you're not into grey you can use another paint for furniture.

The results:

For what was a fairly dated cabinet, snagged for less than $50, it's hard to believe it's the same piece of furniture and for such a simple, budget-friendly DIY...

Pole wrap cabinet upcycled in grey

(Image credit: Leslie Jarrett )
DIYer and furniture flipper
DIYer and furniture flipper
Leslie Jarrett

Leslie Jarrett is a wife and mother of three young boys in Denver, CO. Formerly a high school math teacher, she decided to follow her DIY passion and she now has a business furniture flipping. She uses Facebook Marketplace (opens in new tab) to find & sell furniture she upcycles. 

Jarrett often sells her pieces but it's not surprising that she found this particular piece hard to let go of! 'It is so hard to sell pieces that I refinish, especially ones I love! I did not have the space to keep the cabinet, so I sold this piece on Facebook Marketplace.'

Camille is Deputy Editor of Realhomes.com and joined in January 2020. Her love of interior design stemmed from a childhood spent dreaming up weird and wonderful ways to renovate her grandma’s house in France – a greenhouse roof was involved – and it was spending time around very good-looking house plants and in a hardworking kitchen garden that gave her a green thumb. When Camille isn’t sipping coffee and/or writing, she is seeking out cool new Facebook Marketplace finds or tapping into her other creative outlets: painting and clay throwing. She currently rents in North London with her French cat and two others, and hopes to one day renovate the most sustainable house of dreams, somewhere marvellously sunny with a wild, lavish garden and chickens, of course.

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