How to make a shelf out of repurposed cupboard doors.
I bought these 4 “glassless” cupboard doors at Tickled Pink. The tow on the left were used to make chalkboards.
I had two left that were the same size.
Design Repurposed Cupboard Doors Shelf
I cut some 1x6’s to size.
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Of course, I used my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes to make the “box”.
Kreg Jig Joinery
I also used the Kreg Jig to make pocket holes to connect the box to the cupboard doors.
Quick Clamps are Helpful
I clamped the doors together to make sure they would not have a gap in between the middle joint. You can see I have the holes pre-loaded with all the pocket hole screws so I can attach the box to the doors.
Shelf Made from Repurposed Cupboard Doors
I used more 1x6’s to make two shelves. (Only one shelf is pictured here because I had to make a run to Home Depot to buy more lumber.
Prepare to Paint
As usual, I made some homemade chalk paint (black) for this project.
Add Bead Board Back to Cupboard
I cut a piece of bead board for the back. I used a Martha Stewart sample pot to paint the bead board. For light coverage, I only did a wash, but it was still too much color to suit me. I was looking for something more subtle.
Light Distressing on the Cupboard Doors
It looked better up close than it does far away. You can tell in this picture that I sanded the repurposed cupboard doors a little and waxed them.
Repurposed Cupboard Doors Shelf can Hang
I added some black to the bead board to tone it down some.
I really like the shape of these doors. I'm wondering why I didn't buy more of them.
It can hang on the wall--
Large Shelf Unit Made from Repurposed Cupboard Doors
--or sit on the floor.
It’s a really nice size and would be great for books, or nick knacks.
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.