When I got this free dresser, I had no idea I would end up making a louvered shutter door wall cabinet. I just thought I would make a storage bench.
But to make said bench I had to start removing all the components, including the doors.
So, I removed all the hardware and set the doors aside while I worked on the storage bench. I hit a small snag with the storage bench and was looking for a quick project to fill the time.
How to make a wall cabinet out of reclaimed dresser doors
I used some 1x4’s to build a simple box to fit the shutter doors.
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Construct a simple box using wood glue and brad nails
Cut shelf boards to size
I cut three equal sized boards to use as shelves. I like to keep sandpaper handy to knock of the rough edges.
Measuring the distance for the shelves I looked around to find scrap wood that would make that distance—using one board laying and another thin board upright. Placing a block of wood like this will make sure your shelves are all equal without having to measure over and over again. Sort of the lazy woman’s solution—or for the math challenged like me!
Attach plank board for wall cabinet back
I didn’t have a large enough piece of thin plywood for the back of this square cabinet, in fact I really didn’t have any thin plywood. My neighbor Rodney was visiting and offered up a long piece of underlayment. The back of the cabinet measured 25x25 square. Previously I have used small pieces of plywood and patched them where shelves meet, but I decided to cut them into planks like our friend Mindi did on her Drawer Storage Shelf. I attached them with my nail gun.
Prepare to paint
This lumber wasn’t the greatest to paint. The knots and flaws were looking awful. The plan was to paint it like I did my coffee station cabinet with a sort of glazed red look.
Apparently, I didn’t take any pictures of the process.
Seal with Wipe-On Poly
I added magnetic catches to hold the doors closed.
Simple Wall Cabinet Holds Craft Supplies
So, if you’re keeping score I’ve made projects using the dresser, the chest of drawers, and now these doors from the dresser.
Building this cabinet was fun and easy, the hinges—as always challenged me. My friend Regina loves the cabinet and asked “how much”. She said she would probably paint it white. heheheh I said "I just painted it red". To which she said “it doesn’t look painted”. I suppose I should take that as a compliment.
I have two pieces left of this set, a headboard and a nightstand. Stay tuned!
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.