DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood

Hello, awesome Friends! I’m back today with a fun little project for ya. A while back, my talented friend Wendi of H2O Bungalow pulled a group of us gals together who have little fear when it comes to power tools, in hopes of inspiring our readers who might want to give a few tools a try to go for it. Each month we share simple DIY projects that involve power tools, but that anyone can tackle!

I look back at some of my earlier projects where I show my hubs cutting things for me and chuckle. I don’t need him anymore! (Well, I DO but not for that! 🙂 ) It just takes a little practice to gain confidence!

Today’s theme is storage/organization. Can’t we all use a little more of that in our lives? Can I get an AMEN?!

Believe it or not, I started with this:

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I decided I wanted to build a small cabinet, so I started by finding something in my to-do pyramid that could be used as a door and this was it!

Here is my sweet new cabinet:
DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Isn’t it so cute?

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I spent THREE WHOLE DAYS completely cleaning and organizing my garage last week. That’s three days I’ll never get back, but man am I organized now! I purged a whole pile of junk, including this wood thingy that was left from the previous owner and stashed deep in a corner:

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That arrow is pointing to the source of the wood for this cabinet.  I gave my hubby a chance to get rid of it, but after five days of it sitting in our driveway, I told him he lost his chance and dragged it back in and dismantled it. I can make a few things out of it now!

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I used the wood from that thingy for the cabinet and shelves…

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One of my favorite tools is my miter saw. It makes it so easy to make small cuts like these…

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I filled in the door frame with reclaimed wood (aka old fence picket) that I also cut with my miter saw…

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. (That link leads to a cute tray I made similarly…you should check it out 🙂 .) I did not seal any of those pieces.

To build the frame of the cabinet, I simply made a rectangle the size of the frame I used for the door. I used wood glue and clamps to assemble it, then added the two shelves. I secured it all together further with my nail gun. Finishing nails and a hammer would do the job as well.

To attach the fence picket pieces to the frame, I used my staple gun since they were flush with one another.

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You can also see I used a magnetic closure I picked up for 97¢ to hold the door closed.

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and clear waxed with Annie Sloan's clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. I did not seal any of that.

For the back, I cut and covered an old picture that came out of another frame. It was thick like frame matting but a bit more stiff and perfect for the backing. I used spray adhesive to cover both sides with pretty brown wrapping paper, then staple gunned it to the back as well.

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and clear waxed with Annie Sloan's clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. I did not seal any of that.

I also added a couple of D-rings for hanging.

But my favorite has to be the hardware!

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and clear waxed with Annie Sloan's clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. I did not seal any of that.

These were black hinges I already had, but didn’t love. I decided to paint them instead…

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This is Behr’s Gray Morning. I did the handle the same way.

Don't like the exisiting hardware? Paint it!

So much better and they really add a little pop to this cabinet.

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I have mine holding nail polishes…

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

but this would be great for makeup as well, or in a kitchen for spices?

I built this cabinet similarly to hold my spices before I redid my kitchen. (That one hangs on the end of a cabinet…great use of unused space!)

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It took me a while to come up with an idea for this theme, but I love how this little cabinet came together. This is one of those projects that came together as I was going. Sometimes you just need to start even if you don’t know how it’s going to end!

Be sure to check out my fearless friends’ projects for more DIY storage inspiration!

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If you missed yesterday’s post, I shared what I did with this suitcase I found on the curb:

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It was fun turning actual trash into something pretty and functional!

I’ll be back soon with a round-up of over 25 of my most recent furniture transformations.

UPDATE: See over 30 of my own transformations HERE now. 🙂

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  1. I really love this little cabinet – especially the distressed hardware and the dot back! so great for so many things!

  2. So cute!!!!

  3. This is too darn cute my friend! You always have a way of making your projects adorable, even tha backsides! Smart use of the staple gun too!

  4. That is ADORABLE! Love it!

  5. how darn cute is that reclaimed wood cabinet Christy! I love that you used an old frame as the door. I just picked up two really large frames yesterday-too big for a cabinet, but I bet I have a frame that is perfect for this project in my stash.

    super job!

    pinning!

    gail

  6. You don’t need a Y chromosome to use power tools! Thanks for the inspiration and a great upcycled project! Love that you dragged the wood back from the curb, made me lol!

  7. wow Christy, great idea/project. All of the bloggers did cool projects but yours is the best! I wish I had your carpentry skills. Keep ’em coming:)

  8. What a pretty little cabinet Christy! I love the rustic boards on the front and how you added pretty paint color on the hardware so it pops. I also like your idea of using it to store nail polish (could definitely use one of these).

  9. Your cabinet is perfect for storing your nail polish. I love how you created it using things that you already owned (except for the magnetic closure). The colors that you used are so nice, too! And I love the update you gave the pull and hinges. We had that exact style in my kitchen growing up.

  10. Your cabinet is so cute! Great idea with the frame turned door. I really need to spend 3 whole days (or weeks) organizing my garage!

  11. What an adorable little cabinet! Great use of that frame!

  12. I love that hardware too!

  13. This is so beautiful and creative! I love that you created something so pretty from things you already had! I might totally have to do something like this for my spices! Such a great idea!!

  14. oh christy how did i almost miss this?!? it’s the prettiest little cabinet ever!!! i want it so. bad. xo

  15. So cute! The details really make this! Come warmer weather, I’ll try a copy-cat. : )

  16. Love this right down to the polka dot backing!! Pinned

  17. Well now, this is SO cute! Love the wood on the front of the door!

    Tania

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  1. […] This cute storage cabinet is pretty easy to make! Take wood and make small cuts with a miter saw, fill the door frame with reclaimed wood. Paint the frame with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sand and wax with Annie Sloan’s clear wax. Whitewash the rest with flat white latex. To build the frame of the cabinet, simply make a rectangle the size of the frame you used for the door. Use wood glue and clamps to assemble it, then add the two shelves. Secure it all together further with a nail gun. Finishing nails and a hammer would do the job as well. Keep reading what to do at confessionsofaserialdiyer.com. […]

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