A couple of months ago, my friend Shannon gave me a LOT of cabinet doors. While looking for an easy project to do recently, I decided that using repurposed cabinet doors to make a small bench for kids, dolls, or the garden would be a great little project.
I sorted through the doors to find two that match. They look the same, but they are different widths.
A bench needs some great legs. I have had these two for a long time. I think they were part of a piano ??
You can see that I ripped the beveled edge off of the cabinet door. I used some gorilla glue to help strengthen my pocket hole joints.
In this picture, I have the front legs attached to the skirt, but I’m testing the height of the back legs.
In this picture, I’m testing to see if the wider door should be the seat or the back of the bench.
That is when I decided to rip the bevel off of each door so they would sit better on each other.
I pre-drilled holes in order to secure screws from the skirt (box) to the back legs. I used Gorilla Wood Glue for extra strength.
I use drywall spackling for a lot of my patching. It’s easy to work with and it dries fast. I had to remove a bunch of staples from the legs, and they left a LOT of holes.
I used my AirStrike 18 gauge nail gun to secure the seat and the back to the skirt and the legs.
There was a small gap between the top part of the legs and the door due to the recessed area. I used a small piece of think plywood to fill it in.
This is how the back ended up looking.
Now this little repurposed cabinet door bench is ready for some paint!
I used General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. I really like the way it covers, and that it’s not quite as flat as Chalk Paint or DIY Chalk Paint.
So far, I haven’t even sealed it, because if feels really great and smooth. This little bench would be great for the kiddos, dolls or even for the garden to hold some bright colored flowers.
I went to the basement and dug out Jamie’s American Girl dolls, but they sort of look too much like Edith Anne.
I still have many, many cabinet doors left to repurpose. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for some easy projects.
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