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Spring Home Series :: Kitchen :: DIY Wood Cabinets

I’ve shared on Instagram that we are doing some updates to our home this spring, starting in the kitchen. We are excited to be partnering with The Home Depot to give our old kitchen a bit of a facelift all with DIY projects done by David & I. 

The first DIY to share is the new look that we gave our old cabinets. I am so happy with the result of this easy and affordable project! We made these cabinets in one evening and they cost us roughly $15 a cabinet. 

Before & After. This photo makes the before look like they could be modern and sleek, I assure you they were not. They are old peices of MDF in desperate need of TLC or a dumpster. Since I love a project, TLC is what I went for. I knew that I wanted to do a panelled look, since we are going for a farmhouse/beachy vibe to mix with some modern elements, but I wasn’t sure of how I was going to accomplish that look. So, to Home Depot it was so wander the aisles for inspiration. 

I came across these 1/4 inch pine planks that were perfect! Because I wanted to do something on top of the existing cabinet it had to be really thin so that they would still open properly. 

SUPPLIES

  • Dovetail Saw
  • Pine: 1/4 ” X 3.5″ X 4′  (For the vertical pieces)
  • Pine: 1/4″ X 1.5″ X 4′ (For Horizontal top and bottom pieces) 
  • PL Construction Glue & a Caulking Gun (If you don’t have a caulking gun, use this style of glue)
  • White Paint 
  • Rag
  • Measuring Tape
  • Straight Edge & Clamps

Step 1 – Measure & Cut: 

-Start by removing your cabinets & measuring all of your cuts.

-Cut using the dovetail saw. I haven’t used a dovetail saw for any projects before, and I’m so glad I did for this one to get such a clean and precise cut on the delicate pieces of wood. It also makes it a lot easier if you want to do this project yourself and don’t have experience with a saw. This makes it basically as easy as slicing bread 😉 

I cut the first and then used that one as a guide for the next, making it easier to start with a straight edge to cut against and less measuring and marking. 

If you need to do any cuts length ways to fit the width of your cabinets. Use a straight edge (piece of wood or metal) and place it on top of the piece you are cutting. Leaving what you want to cut off exposed from underneath. Clamp them in place on the edge of a table, and use the edge to guide your long cut. (Sorry, I forgot to take a photo while doing this, here is one that may help).

Step 2 – Glue: 

-Use the PL construction glue in a zig zag pattern across the back of each piece and glue in place on your *clean* cabinets. Careful not to get the glue too close to the edges. If you do have any oozing out the sides, use a knife or flathead screwdriver to clean it up, not your finger. 

-Once all pieces are glued in place apply even pressure to the cabinet for setting. We laid all the cabinets on our kitchen floor with a sheet of plywood on top with bricks & paint cans to weigh it down. We left them to set overnight. 

Step 3 – Paint/Stain:

-We decided to whitewash our cabinets because we wanted white instead of brown but didn’t want to loose the look of the wood grain. 

-To Whitewash: Simply add a small amount of water to paint in a container and wipe onto the wood with a rag, you can play around with the ratio of paint to water until it is a shade that you are happy with. 

-Once your cabinets are dry you can add your hardware. Make sure that you pre drill holes before putting screws through your cabinets. You don’t want to risk splitting those thin pieces of wood. Home Depot has lots of hardware options, we actually bought different handles originally and then exchanged them because I loved the fun look this big round ones added. 

I’m so happy with how these turned out (insert clapping & raise the roof emojis)! They add so much more dimension & character to our kitchen.

I will share photos of them installed once they kitchen it all put together. We are currently working on our island and countertops, and it’s really starting to come together. You can follow along our home series with The Home Depot with our hashtag #menziehomefrenzy

2 Comments

  1. Melanie
    March 30, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    This looks so amazing and easy! How did you account for the bevel at the top of your cabinet door?

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while to update my kitchen, but that bevel is what stumps me!

    I can’t wait to see your full kitchen makeover!!

  2. caitlinjhnsn@gmail.com
    April 4, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    This is brilliant! We have very similar cabinet doors that are in need of a serious update. What are you doing for the drawers?? Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  3. caitlinjhnsn@gmail.com
    April 4, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    This is brilliant! We have very similar cabinet doors that are in need of a serious update. What are you doing for the drawers?? Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  4. caitlinjhnsn@gmail.com
    April 4, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    This is brilliant! We have very similar cabinet doors that are in need of a serious update. What are you doing for the drawers?? Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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