Beautiful friends, welcome back! Have you got a fantastic door that you don’t know what to do with? Today, I’m sharing how to build a cabinet for an old door!
I shared this DIY about two years ago right when the pandemic started going full force, and I thought it would be a fun one to revisit!
As I mentioned last week, nephew is getting married today! You know, 2-22-22 and all. So, we have family in town and I have been playing instead of working ha ha! I will be back with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls on Thursday with a new one for you though!
A couple before building the cabinet I’m sharing today, I shared this bookcase that started out as a cabinet with these glass doors:
I had plans to use the shelving as a display case for my booth, so I did not want to keep the doors on.
And once I got it home and unloaded, I noticed that the glass was broken on one of the doors anyway:
Bummer! Because I decided that this cabinet would work better as a display piece without the doors anyway, I removed them to hopefully be reused at a later date.
And this is the day! I’m sharing how I repurposed the door with the broken glass:
Except, is it really repurposed if I technically used it for the same purpose?
How to build a cabinet for an old door
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I bought two 8ft pieces of common board at the Home Depot:
Plus I used a little of another piece of wood that I already had.
All my measurements were base on the size of my door. After deciding what I wanted to do and measuring my door, I measured and cut my pieces using my miter saw. Mine cuts pieces up to a foot.
Then I laid the pieces out and dry-fit everything:
This was when I realized that if the door was going to sit flush with the sides of the cabinet, then I would need to cut the shelves so they sat back about an inch. So, I cut them down with my table saw and sanded everything using 220 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander…
Then I started assembling my cabinet. To do that, I drilled a shallow hole with a drill bit just a bit larger than the head of the screws I was using. Then I drilled a pilot hole in the middle of the shallow hole with a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw, so that it would be easier to drive it in. Then I used my drill to add the screw to each hole:
You can barely see in that above photo, but that top piece needed to come out about 3/4″ further in the front. To make that happen, I had to add a strip of wood to the back of it and join it with wood glue:
I used wood filler to fill in the seam and sanded it smooth.
I added the bottom of the cabinet the same way. Then I was ready to add the feet. I bought a set of these feet HERE for another project a while back, but they didn’t work out. They were perfect for this project!
Use this tool with extreme caution. I always clamp what I’m cutting to my table and use both hands to hold it while cutting. (I use the same tool to cut down the threaded bit on knobs and pulls when they are too long.)
I drilled holes and screwed them in place from the bottom, but I wanted to be doubly sure they wouldn’t buckle under the weight of the cabinet if moved, so I drilled screws into the feet from the top also, using the same method I used to join the top and bottom of the cabinet to the sides.
Then I used Mud by Dixie Belle in brown to fill in all the holes…
I used my orbital sander to sand them smooth once they were dry.
The bottom of the cabinet needed some detail, so I found some decorative molding in our garage to add to the bottom. I had a piece leftover from when we redid our stairs and used my miter saw to cut it:
I added it using wood glue:
Painting the Cabinet
Finally it was time to paint!
I went straight to painting the raw wood in my custom-mixed color and it only took two coats!
Next, I removed the broken glass from the door and to do that, I used a putty knife and pried up the thin molding up that was holding the glass in place:
I pulled out any remaining nails with pliers.
Then, because I knew this red wood would be a bleeder, I gave the door a coat of BOSS in White and let it dry overnight.
I saw that there were still a couple of spots that were bleeding through the BOSS, so I gave it a second coat and let it sit most of the day. (Ample dry time is key!)
In that photo, you can see I used little tripod risers to hold up the door. That allows me to paint one side and when it is barely dry, I can flip my door over and paint the other side. Those orange ones I used are terrible, but I love these ones.
Then I painted the door in Cotton and no bleed-through!
I cut a piece of bead board out of a large panel I already had for the back of the cabinet and one for the panel in the door. The backing got a couple of coats to match the cabinet, and the door panel got two coats of Cotton, front and back. It was already white to start, but I wanted the whites to match. I painted the back because I planned to add a light fabric to it.
I sanded everything with 220 grit sandpaper and then decided to seal everything with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin using the blue applicator sponge before assembling the rest of the pieces.
The backing got nailed in place with tiny nails.
My New custom cabinet!
This would be perfect for extra storage in just about any small space!
My favorite part
This is my favorite part of this project!
I covered the backing of the bead board door panel with this pretty fabric as a fun surprise, applied with matte Mod Podge:
I also used fabric to line the drawers of a set of these night tables:
In that post I also shared a video demonstrating How I Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint!
The fabric started out as a pair of curtain panels I picked up at HomeGoods. (Y’all know that is my favorite resource for decor fabric!)
I used the same thin molding and original nails to secure the door panel in place:
Here you can see the bead board backing that I added to the back…
To install them, I used these thingys that you would use in a bookcase:
I measured and marked where my shelves would go. Then I drilled a hole the same size and depth as my shelf holder thingys. You can see above that I used a piece of tape to mark where I needed to stop drilling.
I also installed a simple magnet latch at the top to hold the door closed:
I also added a new glass pull to the door. The keyhole below was operational at one time. I love that antique detail.
And another peek at those perfect feet:
I love when I get to dust of my saws and build something!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this cabinet door become a cabinet door! 😀
I’m off to get ready for a celebration!
Meet me back here on Thursday with makeover #2 for this little gem:
Update! Makeover #2 is up and ready to see HERE!
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