This sweet little repurposed cabinet door table is the product of me having so many doors in my stash. I’ve made a small table out of a cabinet door way back in the day, but it’s much easier and prettier when you have the right tools.
Items to make a cabinet door table
These are the items I grabbed from my stash to make this cabinet door table. I purchased a whole bunch of spindles for $5 last year. I used a 1x4 for the table skirt and some other random pieces for the bottom shelf.
After trimming the spindles to the height I needed, I placed the cabinet door table upside down so I could measure the length and width of the skirt. I cut the 1x4 to size.
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Steps to use a Kreg Jig
This is the tool that makes all the difference in the looks and the strength of this little table. A kreg jig allows me to drill the perfect pocket holes to make this table come together.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
When doing a small project like this cabinet door table, it’s best to secure the smaller sections with the pocket hole screws. Then do the longer side afterwards.
I had a little problem with the top of one of the spindles splitting, so I did some gluing and clamping.
I scrounged around my scraps and found some random boards for the bottom shelf of the cabinet door table. Notice they are not all the same width.
When I was ready to paint, I literally went to my small can stash and grabbed the very first thing I saw. It is Valspar (Summer Shirt Waist) chalk paint.
I had to do about 3 coats to get the spindles to look halfway decent. I still wasn’t thrilled with the way the little cabinet door table was looking. In all honesty, I guess it may be because yellow is my least favorite color.
I bought some Valspar Glaze, one is whitish—sort of clear, the other is dark. To give the little table a slight sheen, I tried the light glaze. I still wasn’t pleased.
How to glaze furniture
I think I went a little too heavy with the dark glaze, but at this point in time, I was over this little table.
Mostly this is about how to build the little cabinet door table, NOT how to paint it.
It really is a cute table, and it was easy enough for a beginner to build.
This is a small table, but the same look could be achieved with a larger door and salvaged table legs.
I hope you learned something today!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.