Monday, October 7, 2013

Vintage Door Front Turned into a Cabinet.

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I finished my cabinet!  This type of re-purpose where you design as you go is my absolute favorite kind of project. I took my time on this one, I wanted to enjoy the process.  In case you missed it here's what I started with. 

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A built in corner cabinet front that had been salvaged from some old farmhouse.  (I don't know if it was a farmhouse but that sounds nice doesn't it?)  I found it in the back of an Antique store.  It was in great shape and I knew I wanted to turn it back into a cabinet.  Just not a corner one.  This isn't a detailed tutorial since I doubt there are many of these laying around for anyone to remake but I thought I'd show you my process.  

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I started by heading to the lumber yard and having them rip down a 4 x 8 sheet of birch plywood lengthwise to 11 3/4" panels.  I always try to have them make the major cuts for me because it saves so much hassle when I get home.  I mean I can barely lift a 4x8 3/4" sheet of plywood.  Then once back at home I cut the pieces to the lengths I needed with my miter saw.  To attach everything together I used my pocket hole jig to make the holes for the screws.  I built just a very basic cabinet the challenge was designing it to fit and compliment my door front. 

I ended up cutting a small notch in the bottom piece so that it would fit inside my cabinet and rest on the bottom shelf.  Once I made sure everything was square and lined up I glued and screwed the door front to my new cabinet. 

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You can see above that I put the pocket holes on the outside of the cabinet.  This was because I thought I was going to cover them with some sort of big trim or beadboard.  Once I attached the front I decided that would be too much.  I wanted to keep it simple and let the front really stand out.  So then I had to fill the holes with putty. 

I decided to cut my own trim to mimic the edge of the front piece and create a paneled effect.  Because it had been a corner cabinet the sides were cut at 45 degree angles.  I used my table saw set at a 45 to cut down a 1x4 to make my trim.

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I like it.     

At the bottom I added a 1 x board and a small piece of trim to coordinate with the top. 

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I lined the top shelves up with the panes of glass on the door and attached with screws through pocket holes from underneath. To finish it off I inset a piece of 3/4" plywood to the back of the bottom half to give it some weight in the back.  The doors on the front make it front heavy.  On the top back I used a 1/4" plywood panel and covered it with vintage sheet music.  To adhere it I used wallpaper paste because I didn't want it to look shiny or sealed like mod podge makes it look.  Plus I happened to find a tub of wallpaper paste when I cleaned out the garage that was still good. 

I stained all the new wood to match the old because I planned to use milk paint and hoped to get some chipping.  I did ;)

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I wasn't sure how much chipping I would get because with Milk Paint you just never know so at first I only painted the front. I applied three coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in the color Linen.  After it was dry I scraped and sanded and then made my plan for the sides.  

If the paint hadn't chipped off the front I would have just painted over the stained new wood so that it matched.  Since it did chip and I wanted it to chip off the new wood I used Hemp Oil as a resist technique.  I rubbed the Hemp Oil on in various places with a cloth.  I didn't wait for it to dry I just painted right over the hemp oil. It works great.  The places I put the hemp oil had chipping.  Also it did some cool crackled thing in some places where I didn't put hemp oil but had recently stained. So there's another trick to getting some fun looks with the paint. 

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Whoa that was a lot so if you are still here thank you ;)  I really am pleased with how it turned out. It was a fun project. 

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Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Oh, I looooovee it! You did a beautiful job! It's an ornament fit for any home--maybe even mine ;-)

Phyllis @Around the House said...

it turned out so beautiful, love the look and you worked so hard for a successful ending, loved the chippy cool look...Phyllis

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW, what a great job you did on that door. I can't believe that you made that wonderful cabinet out of the door and lumber. Your a terrific carpenter.

ANNE said...

omigosh I adore this!!!!!!!!!! wish I lived closer, I would so buy it. Fabulous find on that door!!!

Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

Wonderful idea with a beautiful result!

Jill B said...

I am in utter AWE!!! (not sure this is a completed sentence, but you get the gist). What a beautiful piece. Fantastic job.

Sunny said...

I loved it- untl the milk paint. I'm a natural wood girl - Stain it and I'm good. I will get pieces and strip the paint off them to restore a natural wood finish. I'm probably part woodland fairy or something.
Different strokes for different folks. Loved the tutorial tho hun!! xx

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Anonymous said...

This turned out beautifully!

Robin Johnson said...

I am so in love with your new cabinet. You are so talented to be able to put it together. I'm speechless.

Gail Wilson said...

isn't it weird how you get something in your head, and all along while reading this, I was wrong! LOL I thought it was a corner cabinet... even looking at the pictures, I somehow didn't "get" it. hahaha

Anyhow, I LOVE, love, love this piece Mimi. What an awesome repurpose of a fabulous door! Super job girl... loving the chippy color!


Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Oh my goodness I love how it turned out. I would seriously love to have this in my house. You did an amazing job on this. Wow!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Now that's just brilliant, love it! x

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

I love this and how well it turned out. Great find on that door. I love cabinets & finding one that's not a corner cabinet is hard to do. Nice job!!

Jody and Stan said...

I love how your cabinet turned out. Fantastic project!


Cathy Franks said...

Love it--Amazing

Anonymous said...

My favorite look so far for this lucky little custom cabinets. Plus, I just love the comments by our husbands. I was having mine move something this weekend, which was proving kind of difficult, and he snapped that when he put it there in the first place, he had assumed it would stay for a long time.

Karen L. Bates said...

Super cute! Very creative. Good job.

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