Creating a Homemade Cabinet Out of Old Shutters
Upcycling is the newest craze when it comes to home furnishings. When it comes to creating furniture out of other, previously used materials, the possibilities are endless, but it can be overwhelming if you’re just starting out. For those who are interested in giving upcycling a try, why not start out easy and consider creating a cabinet out of a pair of shutters? Here is a step-by-step guide to get you started!
Tools and Materials for a DIY Shutter Cabinet:
- (4) Hinged Shutters
- ¾ inch Fiberboard (medium density)
- (4) 2-inch Wrap Around Hinges
- 12 L-Brackets with Screws
- Bun Feet
- (2) Cabinet Knobs
- Latex Paint
- Tape Measure
Directions for a DIY Shutter Cabinet:
- Start by sanding the shutters, removing any blemishes or peeling paint.
- Remove the tilt rod from the hinged shutters using the pliers – these becomes the cabinet sides.
- Lay the shutters vertically, placing them two shutter wide and one shutter deep – this helps determine the size of the cabinet.
- Using the tape measure, determine the depth and width for the top of the cabinet, interior shelf, and bottom of the cabinet.
- Measure the height from the height of the cabinet from top to bottom in order to determine the size of the cabinet backing.
- Using the above measurements, have four pieces of ¾ inch fiberboard cut at the local hardware store.
- To assemble the cabinet, take the L-brackets on the interior of the cabinet to connect the sides of the shutters to the bottom shelf – do not fully tighten the screws at this point.
- Using the same method, attach the fiberboard at the back of the cabinet as well as the interior shelf and the top of the cabinet, making sure not to tighten the screws all the way.
- Using the wrap around hinges, attach the shutter doors, making sure the tilt rods are facing outward.
- When attaching the doors, make sure the sides of the doors line up correctly and that they open smoothly.
- Once all of the pieces are in place, go back and tighten all of the screws.
- Laying the assembled cabinet on its back, attach the bun feet according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Stand the shutter cabinet back up and apply one to two coats of latex paint in the color of your choice.
- Once the paint has dried, attach the cabinet knobs to the shutter doors.
- Place the DIY Shutter Cabinet in your desired location and enjoy your upcycled furniture!
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