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My stash doesn’t look quite this neat these days, but I think I found the doors in this picture that I’m using for these four cabinet door projects. Two of the shelves are made from the small doors in the front, and two made from the larger doors in the back. I hand picked these doors because I wanted them to be more rectangular than square.
I got busy making the first two larger ones without really taking any pictures. So I made sure to snap pics of the smaller ones. All you need for these projects are cabinet doors and some scrap 1x’s. I used 1x4’s for the smaller ones, and 1x6’s for the larger doors.
If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can use “L” brackets. However, if you do a lot of projects, I highly recommend you investing in one of these jigs.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
I made some diy chalky paint primer with plaster of paris in some Polished Pearl paint, and gave a large and small shelf a couple of light coats. I use my Homeright Finish Max so much, but even I sometimes don’t get the paint exactly right. This paint flowed like a charm onto these projects. I rarely measure, because paint is always different. But this day, it was perfect!
I think the weather has a lot to do with how paint goes on and dries.
While I was at it, I sprayed some clip boards. This picture gives you a good idea of the size difference of the shelves.
That was so quick and easy that as soon as they dried, I moved them and started with some chalky paint primer made with Beluga (my favorite Black paint) another small and large shelf and five more clipboards.
So, while I had the paint and the Finish Max out, I grabbed a chair . . .
. . . and half of a bi-fold door. Sometimes when I’m painting and have a little left over in my paint cup, I just look around for more stuff to paint!
After using the chalky paint primer I gave everything a coat of semi-gloss paint with my Finish Max. The chalky paint primer AND the semi-gloss paint dry very fast because the Finish Max sprays such a fine finish.
I got busy doing other things for a couple of days. When I got these projects back out, there were four items to work on. A small and large white shelf, and a small and large black shelf. There were some decisions to make on how I was going to finish them. I rarely have a plan when I start.
I used some brown paper to sand all of the projects.
Then I gave all of the projects a light coat of Clear Wax. After the wax dried, I used the brown paper to buff. By this time it was very soft and crinkly—perfect for sanding and waxing.
The brown paper is very thin and it came in a package I ordered—I have a LOT of it.
I designed a But First. COFFEE phrase with my Silhouette program and cut it out in white vinyl. The font for the But First was very difficult to work with.
I used some brushed nickel hooks I’ve had for a long time that I got on clearance.
This is the small white shelf. I had some black hooks that I also got on clearance that looked nice together. You can find black and brushed nickel hooks like this on D. Lawless Hardware (.com) They really do have the best prices on hardware!
I attached my favorite d-rings to the back of all four of these projects. The d-rings hold a lot better than sawtooth hangers.
I really like how both of the coffee rack shelves turned out.
The large black shelf got three ball hooks from D. Lawless Hardware.
The large white shelf got a vinyl phrase Home—Where your story begins.
Not only does my Homeright Finish Max make projects like this easy to finish, but it allows me to get a perfect paint finish every time!
Do you have some cabinet doors in your stash? For a really quick project, you can skip the shelf on top!