Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

I always have to stroll down the cabinet door aisle when I’m in Habitat ReStore. And usually, I can resist grabbing anything from the pile of usually-plain doors. But on this particular day, there was a bevy of intriguing blue and white doors for the taking. They had a very nautical feel to me and I decided to make a sea pub sign or pirate decor that would be perfect for nautical wall decor.

Blue and white cabinet doors at Habitat ReStore for upcycling into a pirate sign and nautical wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

In the end, I selected two of the cabinet doors for future projects. For now, though, I’m focusing on the wider/larger door for the pub decor / pirate decor in my mind.

Cabinet doors to upcycle into pub signs and bar decor in nautical colors by Sadie Seasongoods

This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

To transform the cabinet door into a pub sign, I just needed the right stencil. I found one that I really liked but the size wasn’t exactly right.

Using a vinyl stencil on a cabinet door to make pirate decor or a pirate sign by Sadie Seasongoods

This was my fault, though – when I measured the cabinet door, I measured the ENTIRE door and not the interior white surface. Oh, well…

So, that just meant I had to be a little creative with my  stencil placement. Thankfully, the “pub name” fit (just barely) along one of the slats. So, I taped down the stencil and gathered some paint and my stencil brushes.

Stenciling on a pirate sign to a cabinet door to use as nautical wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

I *did* have to trim some of the stencil vinyl to make it fit flat against the cabinet door.

Pirate sign and pirate decor on a cabinet door from Habitat ReStore by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I shifted the stencil over to use a portion of the remaining words/images. I wasn’t going to be able to include the entire stencil for the pub sign / pirate decor. Again…Oh, well…

Using a cabinet door to make the pub signs or pub decor with a pirate or nautical theme by Sadie Seasongoods

When I had stenciled everything I could do (in nautical colors, no less), this is how the pirate decor / nautical wall decor looked. I really liked it, but I felt compelled to fill in the gaping white spot over the name.

Nautical wall decor on a cabinet door as pub signs and bar decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Nautical Wall Decor / Pirate Decor

I debated numerous options to fill in that last spot on the cabinet door. Ultimately, I decided that a touch of marine rope or anchor rope would have the right nautical feel.

Marine rope or anchor rope to add to a pirate sign as nautical wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Plus, I thought it would add some nice texture to the sign, as well.

So, I cut off a length of marine rope, tied a simple knot in the middle, and used a whip knot on the ends to keep them from unraveling. I used jute twine for the whip knots, so that it matched the nautical rope.

Using a whipping knot on mooring rope or anchor rope to embellish the nautical wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I glued the rope and knot to the pub sign with my hot glue gun. And that was it!

Upcycling a cabinet door into a pirate sign with anchor rope for nautical wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

It’s funny – my pirate decor didn’t turn out QUITE as I had imagined. But I absolutely love it, so maybe I can say it turned out even BETTER than I had imagined, right?

Nautical wall decor and pirate decor in nautical colors with marine rope by Sadie Seasongoods


And guess what? It’s Thrift Store Decor Team day, so make sure you check out what my blogging pals have been up to.

Upcycling ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team for makeovers and repurposed projects - July 2019

1. Cabinet Door Chalkboard ProjectMy Repurposed Life

2. Fabric Art MakeoverOur Southern Home

3. Adirondack Chair Makeover TutorialMy Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

4. Trophy MakeoverRefresh Restyle

5. Nautical Pub Sign on a Cabinet DoorSadie Seasongoods

6. Thrift Store Basket MakeoverHouse of Hawthornes

7. Bathroom Counter OrganizerPetticoat Junktion


Maybe I’ll add some bits of chain to the hinges that I left on the cabinet door – what do you think? If you listen closely, you can almost hear my pirate decor creaking on chains from the sea breeze, can’t you?

And if you enjoyed my upcycling idea for nautical wall decor, then you’ll love this idea for displaying a beach sand collection, as well!

Upcycling a wooden spice rack to display a beach sand collection of beach souvenirs for coastal decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!


Want to be notified when I publish my next upcycling project tutorial?

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join me on Social Media:

PIN ME!Cabinet door that was upcycled into a pirate sign with marine rope as the nautical wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods


  1. While I can’t quite imagine those cupboard doors in a kitchen, they sure do make a charming sign.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It blows my mind that there was once a kitchen with these cabinets – they’re SO MUCH BETTER suited for projects, LOL.

  2. This turned out so great, Sarah! Fun project!

  3. Sarah,

    I love this! It reminds me of something I would see in one of the St. Augustine, Florida pubs!

  4. Sadie, the sign is really cute and it was good to see how to deal with a stencil that isn’t a perfect fit. I really like watching the video for the whip knot, it’s a really good thing to know if you use/like working with sisal!
    Did have an issue with some of the other projects though….that first plain cabinet project I couldn’t get to it because the “talz” commercial kept looping and I could not get out of it!. Also, I have NEVER had so many ads pop up in most all the other projects. I know they are good for you guys but never forget they can be really really super annoying.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I’m sorry that happened to you, Mary, it was fine on my end. I know they are annoying sometimes, but it’s the only way I’m able to keep a roof over our head. Unless, of course, I quit the blog and delete everything!

  5. FUN! You do come up with the best ideas, and yes, cabinet doors are amazing. I have 4-5 beckoning me, I don’t sell anymore and shipping on those would be nasty.

  6. Sharon Girvin-Davison says

    adding the rope knot made it! great inspiration piece.

  7. Sarah,

    Adding the rope really stepped this project up to a new level! I wouldn’t have thought of that. You’re so smart!
    I haven’t been to the restore in soooo long!


  8. This turned out so cute, love it!

  9. Wendy Oyler says

    What a super cute project! I really like the pirate stencil quote.

  10. What a great sign, I love the stencil and that knotted rope is the perfect embellishment for this sign!!!

  11. What a fabulous sign! You really lucked up on the fabulous colors already on the cabinet doors!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      They’re so much better for projects than an actual kitchen, right?? I mean, can you imagine??

  12. arr matey, cute sign

  13. That is super cute! I think the rope really make it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      The silver lining of not measuring my cabinet door correctly! Making lemonade from lemons, right??

  14. I love this!! You’re so creative!!

  15. OMG!!! These are so stinkin” cute!!! You’re creative process never ceases to amaze me.


  1. […] Nautical Pub Sign on a Cabinet Door Sadie Seasongoods […]

  2. […] My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia – Adirondack Chair Makeover Tutorial Sadie Seasongoods – Nautical Pub Sign On A Cabinet Door Our Southern Home – Fabric Art Makeover House Of Hawthornes – Thrift Store Basket […]

  3. […] Nautical Pub Sign on a Cabinet Door Sadie Seasongoods […]

  4. […] Nautical Pub Sign on a Cabinet Door Sadie Seasongoods […]

Have a question or like what you see? Please let me know!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.