I love making window cabinets. However, I have never made a DIY tall Window Cabinet, so I thought it was time to create one. I've made window cabinets that hang on the wall and pieces that use two windows. If you want to make a glass door cabinet, I hope you find this helpful. You can see some of my window projects at the bottom of this post. So if you are looking for inspiration, hopefully, you will find something you like.
I have had several matching windows for a couple of years, so I thought splitting them up and using one for this project would be okay. The other boards are reclaimed from a very large unwanted hutch. Of course, you can buy new lumber to achieve the very same look.
Windows are a little funny in that they are set on an angle. After the weather stripping and hardware were removed, it was safe to cut on the table saw. You could skip this step if you're intimidated by the saw. Your design may need to be altered a little, making your cabinet more obvious that the door is an old window.
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Building a DIY Tall Window Cabinet
I ripped some 1x's to make a front facing to frame the window.
This entire cabinet was constructed using Kreg pocket holes using my K4. I attached the sides to the front-facing. I remembered to drill some holes pointing upward to secure the top of the cabinet.
Adding shelves to Tall Window Cabinet
After attaching the top, I laid the tall window cabinet on my work table and got busy adding the shelves—again with pocket holes. Besides the top and the bottom, there are two stationary shelves and one removable shelf. The removable shelf is held in place by cleats. I used a speed square all along the way to ensure everything was square.
Although the window is not yet attached, I used it (look under the shelves) to ensure my shelves align with the window panes.
It's a good idea to do a test fit
I quickly placed the window in the cabinet to ensure it was all coming together as planned. While designing the tall window cabinet, I cut the shelves at a depth that would allow my window to sit flush against the facing. (another good reason to put the window in place while adding my shelves.
I added some inexpensive trim and plywood for the top, which has a raw edge.
How to cover up a plywood edge
Not a problem; I had some ¾ edge banding to take care of that. I used some scrap paper and that little wood triangle to burnish it. Not shown, I used a Quad Trimmer to make the edge banding flush. The plywood was ½", and the edge banding was ¾".
Time for paint! I laid the tall window cabinet down, resting it on some scrap 2x2s to keep it off the drop cloth. I always begin painting with the underneath side.
Time to paint with the Finish Max
Of course, I mixed up a batch of my favorite diy chalky paint primer. Look at my shiny new Finish Max from Homeright!
How to strain paint
I always strain my paint into my paint cup using a mesh strainer.
This is how I squeeze out the strainer to ensure I don't waste a lot of paint. I always put the strainer right into a small bucket of water. I've been reusing the same strainer for a long, long time.
Yay! I'm ready to paint the tall window cabinet. You can see that I have the removable shelf leaning there so I can paint it.
Easy paint spraying tips
After spraying it lying down, I set it up and gave it two coats of chalky paint primer. I love how quickly and easily it is to paint any furniture with my Finish Max! Look closely at the drop cloth; there is no visible sign of where I painted the cabinet while lying down. I rarely change the paint flow (twisting the little knob), but I vary the spray pattern repeatedly while I paint, depending on what I'm painting. Using a horizontal pattern while doing the front left and right sides would be counterproductive. However, I used a flat pattern while painting the wide sides.
After the Beluga (black) dried, I did a wash—using a cheap chip brush with some Polished Pearl. I had to work quickly to get it on and wipe some off, so there are no pictures of the process. I was a painted mess!
This was the result.
What kind of back to use for a shelving unit
For the back, I attached reclaimed fencing I had stained. I typically use the fencing "as is" in a grey-weathered look—but I wanted this to look different.
Does the cabinet need a door?
So, I styled the tile window cabinet to see how it would look. I was floating around working on other projects, and the day ended without the door (window). Honestly, I was really on the fence about even adding the window.
This is the hardware I bought for the window. It's too shiny to suit me. I chose the same color scheme as I did for the cabinet—black with a white wash.
I think the hardware turned out well, don't you? A side note about the window. I did several things to it that I didn't take pictures of. I stained it with a hickory color first, which was too brown. Then I tried some dark walnut. I liked the color okay, but it had too much shine. Finally, I grabbed some sandpaper to knock off the shine.
I'm still not loving it with the window, but since I designed the entire piece around it, I feel I should use it.
Do you love the tall window cabinet?
A small peak inside. What do you think? Yes or no to the window (door)? Do you love or hate the color combination? I think all my friends (you know who you are) realize how much I struggle with paint choices. It can make or break a project.
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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.