I love making a good window cupboard, some are easier than others. When I saw this easy window cabinet tutorial over at That’s My Letter, I knew I just had to make one. After all, I do have many, many windows in my stash!
These are only a few of the windows I have waiting for projects.
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Following Jaime’s directions, I measured my window to get the cut list for my window cupboard. I can’t really tell you the measurements, because yours will depend on the size of your window. What’s important to note is how you will build the “box” for your window cabinet. The feature of this cabinet that drew me in is the simplicity of the box with that little overhang of the top of the box.
Not shown: I remove all the hardware from my windows, including the weather stripping. I then use a saw to cut the side that is slanted in order to square it off. Use caution whenever using a saw, especially when glass is involved. If you feel that you are not qualified to do this, have someone else do it, or skip the stop altogether.
I used my Kreg Jig to make the pocket holes in order to join the corners of my wall cabinet.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
Because the window will fit on the inside of the box, the second pocket hole is not visible in this picture.
This is the bottom of the window cabinet box. I chose to put those pocket holes on the outside (bottom) so they would be less visible.
how to add shelves to a window cupboard
Whenever I use an old window as a door for a cabinet, I place the shelf boards along the window panes, so the shelves will line up.
See? This cabinet is a simple build, and that’s my favorite part! You may notice the left side is more narrow, that is the side I cut off.
I used my diy chalky paint primer to paint this cabinet and window by hand, using some cream oops paint.
I attached small hinges I purchased from D. Lawless Hardware.
Use a cleat to hang your wall cupboard
In order to secure the cabinet to the wall, I added a support brace to the top (inside) using pocket hole screws.
I stapled the back into place.
A razor blade was used to scrape the paint off of the window.
I chose a fun knob for the cabinet door. Typically, I use window hardware for my window cabinets, but I wanted something different for this one.
You can see here, that I added a magnetic catch to keep the window (door) closed. You can also see that a screw secured through the wooden brace keeps the cabinet securely in place.
Because this cabinet was heavy, I was unable to stage it on my portable wall, so it went on the fence for it’s photo op.
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I want to say a big thank you to Jaime for inspiring me with my latest window project!
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.