First of all I have to admit, this is NOT my idea. About a year ago I saw an amazing Tardis-bookcase on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with it. It was a sophisticated, near perfect replica made by a very, very skilled DIYer and most likely a hardcore Dr. Who fan.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of Dr. Who, but my husband is, so I watch some episodes every now and then. On the other hand, I am a hardcore fan of cool furniture transformations and was so impressed with that Tardis that I decided I had to try to make at least a simplified version of it.
I kept an eye on Craigslist for cabinets that could work for this project and after several months, I finally found this one.
Due to my limited woodwork skills, this modified version was the closest I could get to the original, and I am pretty happy with the result.
My favorite part… This cutie is bigger on the inside! (Some say it can even time travel!)
Tutorial – How I made this Mini-Tardis
- Black foamboard
- Printed signs (from the Internet)
- Mod Podge (for decoupage)
- Wood glue
- Wood tray (or something with similar shape)
- Small pieces of plywood (from craft store)
- Small candle holder (or something similar for top light)
- Cylinder shape pocket flashlight
- Gray Primer (I used Rustoleum gray primer spray)
- Blue latex paint (I used Valspar Indigo Streamer)
- Light gray latex paint (for windows)
- Bar pulls in two different sizes
- Paint sprayer OR foam rollers and paint brush
Part 1 – Window frames, Top, and Light.
First I worked out what would be a proportional size for the windows. I decided to divide each front door in 3 equal parts from top to bottom. The window frames went on the top section of the front door and on the sides. For this cabinet, the side windows needed to be narrower than the front ones in order to fit each of the 2 sections separated by the door hinges.
I drew all window frames on the black foamboard and cut them out using a snap-off knife.
Here are all the window frames ready.
For the “box” above the cabinet, I found a rectangular wood tray at Michaels, and used the same black foamboard to fill in the handles and make a smooth surface on all four sides.
The little metal frame on the top light was a candle lantern I bought from this online store.
The light inside the candle lantern is a cheap pocket flashlight I found at Lowes.
I painted all pieces in the same blue paint as the cabinet (Valspar Indigo Streamer).
All signs you see on the doors and top were printed out of the Internet. Just google them and you’ll find dozens of options in all different sizes.
I used decoupage to apply them to the cabinet AFTER the paint was dry.
In this cabinet, the front doors didn’t have the same panels the original Tardis has, so I cut and painted some pieces of plywood, and glued them to the doors to make three equal sections.
Part 2. The cabinet
First I took the whole thing apart – knobs, hinges, and shelves.
Closed the original knob holes with wood filler.
Cleaned and cleaned again with TSP diluted in water.
Primed all pieces using Rustoleum gray primer spray.
To save time, I spray painted the entire cabinet, shelves and hinges with Valspar Indigo Streamer. You could also use foam rollers and high quality brushes to do this part.
I drew and painted the window “glass” in light gray, using Frog tape to keep the light color inside the lines, and a sponge roller to obtain a smooth surface.
After all was painted and dry, I glued the window frames to the doors and sides, and the tray (upside down) to the top of the cabinet.
Before putting the cabinet together, I drilled the holes for the new handles and installed them (notice they go in different places!)
Finally, the cherry on top: the light!
I hope this tutorial was helpful. If you’re going to try, don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. I’m usually pretty quick to reply.
Thanks for reading!