Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beadboard Cupboard

And I shall call him Kermi.  I don't normally name my projects, but once in awhile I do if they speak to me.  This guy wanted to be called Kermi (as in Kermit the frog ya know, cause he's green.)  I love this color green.  It's so springy.

(see my new silver teapot? It is perfectly tarnished. sigh.)

A month or so ago, when I went shopping for research, I noticed several old bead board cabinets in antique stores.  I really like the look of them.  I was inspired to build one.  I have a stash of bead board that my in-laws gave me when they moved out of state (miss them) and I decided to stop hoarding it and put it to good use.  I can always get more right? 

The bead board comes in 5/8" thick boards.  For the sides I glued five boards together and braced them with 1 x 3's by gluing and nailing.  Those braces then support the shelves on the inside. 

For the back I just used 1 x 4's because from the inside the bead board looks like a regular 1 x 4. 

Same thing for the door except I used 1 x 4's to brace it. I made sure they didn't line up with the shelves so the door would close.  

For the shelves I used scraps of plywood that I cut to size with my table saw.  I faced them with 1 x 2 pine to make them look more substantial. 

I had to do some ripping with the table saw for the corners to match up.  I didn't miter them I just butted them together and attached with pocket holes & glue on the inside.  (I made sure to place the the pocket holes so they would be covered by the 1 x 3 shelf supports so I didn't have to fill the holes)  The dotted line is where the corner pieces met up.  

This next picture you can see where it didn't meet up perfectly on the top part of the other side. No problem it's rustic right?

For the finish I painted with flat latex paint the color is called Resplendent Fern Green from Walmart.  I sanded to distress, then applied dark oil based stain as a glaze.  For the top coat I used wipe on poly in a satin finish. On the inside I used a semigloss cream color that I had in my stash.  I like how the lighter color keeps the inside bright.  

Sorry this is not a proper how-to post with actual photos of the process but I didn't think I was going to post about it. Then I wanted to.  If you have questions let me know.

It will be hard to let Kermi go, we've bonded.  Even my husband's been calling him Kermi.  Do you get attached to your projects too?  Tell me it's not just me.  I will be adding him to the shop page just as soon as I'm done looking at him.

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Katie Goldsworthy said...

You are incredible! Seriously. Impressive project!

I'm in love with that kelly green color right now too.


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It is wonderful! So impressed that you built it! Such a pretty cupboard!!

Anne said...

Mimi please oh please email me more details and photos on how you did this. I need a cabinet like this in my kitchen and I've been searching everywhere for a way to do it without a kreg jig or biscuit joints...

Have I told you I love you???


Gretchen said...

I love this cabinet! You could just put anywhere, because it's so versatile. I'm stockpiling ideas of projects to build with my grandson this summer and this one would be perfect. Thanks for the super idea.


MixedMolly said...

I love the size you made it. Not too big, not too small. The color is perfect too!

elle said...

Gorgeous! perfectly gorgeous!

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Greetings from Australia♥

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You've created a masterpiece! I love the primitive style and the colors your chose. Job well done!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Your beadboard cupboard looks fantastic! I love the green too.


All Things Chic 2 said...

You are a very smart girl...
I'm a new follower, not sure if I'm doing something wrong, my pic shows up at the very top of your follower list...Stop by for a visit sometime...
Blessings Lori

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Nice job! That color is great too.

I Play Outside The Box said...

I love this. Just the perfect size. The color is great too! Found you over at Gail's MRL.

Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

Great job, Mimi!!!
I am so afraid of color, but this green looks so nice!

Tammy said...

You are awesome!!! Love it! I would love for you to come over and link Kermi up at my new linky party @ http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/05/rustic-restorations-weekend-linky-party.html
I hope to see you there!

gail wilson said...

Mimi--I love kermi! everything about the little guy, but the way you did the feet is so cute!
great job girl!

EllenaElizabeth said...

What a stunning cupboard and for you to make it yourself...WOW! I love the colour, anything green is usually cup of tea. Thanks for sharing.

Full Circle Creations said...

I love it! It does look old! You did a fab job.


Liz - Imageremix said...

Terrific idea! You chose your color wisely. Was this a color you had used before or did you just find it and decide to give it a try? I found you at No Minimalist Here's link party. Hope you'll stop by and see what's up at my place, Quirky Vistas, as well.


Korrie Bastian said...

This is beautiful! I would definitely be attached ;-)

Farmer's Wyfe said...

I am in love with Kermit green...just doesn't seem quite fair to name such a beautiful color after a frog though, does it. Oh, well. Frogs are great in their own way. :) What a nice cupboard...I am a new follower and VERY jealous of your amazing skills!!! :)

Petticoat Junktion said...

Hi Mimi, I love this cabinet. Beadboard is one of my favorite things! I'm so glad I ran across your site today.I want to learn how to make stuff. We are building a workshop at our home so now I can have table saws and wood working tools. I just need an awesome teacher! Thanks for the inspiration. Kathy

Anne said...

Hey! Is your beadboard door planks??? or did you attach beadboard to the outside of the planks? I'm trying to figure out how to build an easy door for my new pantry cabinet... :)

I adore this project :)

Bill J said...

Discovered this cabinet yesterday. I like your construction techniques! I plan to build one this next week. What are the dimensions you used? Height, Width, Depth? Please repond to jetton1977@gmail.com
Thanks Much!

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