- From Joan
- 20th August 2020
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Upcycled kitchen cabinet side table
For the past few months, I’ve been helping my middle son and wife update a little bit of their 1980 home. A house from the 1980s doesn’t sound that old, but the styles have changed a lot!
These yellow / orange oak cabinets are located in a loft area above your living room. It was originally conceived as a beverage center, snack center? At least it seems that way with a wine rack and a small sink.
While the style of their home is very contemporary modern, there is nothing contemporary or modern about these cabinets. In the end, they left the larger closet where it was. It has had a dramatic makeover that I’ll show you at some point when I can get more pictures. The two closets have been dismantled and the wine cabinet is what we’re doing today.
When the wine cabinet was dismantled, it was immediately offered to my youngest son, Nathan, who was about to move to an off-campus dorm at the University of Maryland.
Nathan still didn’t know if he wanted to make this a standalone wine cabinet or a side table, but when I pulled out that old, cracked cabinet door, it just happenedto fit perfectly, and a set of 4 Hairpin legs What I bought in the Hobby Lobby a few years ago and never used became the vision of a side table.
By the way, the chippy closet door was one of two doors my neighbor gave me when she was moving. The other closet door became this closet.
Since it was an old paint with a questionable history, he sealed the paint with a combination of wood glue and water. The glue and water will keep the paint from peeling off any further and will seal the old paint.
The wine rack could easily be knocked out of the center of the cabinet with a wooden mallet.
He sprayed the inside of the closet with black spray paint.
And he decided to fill the insert on the sides of the cabinet with scrap wood.
Before adding the pieces that were inserted on the side, he colored those pieces with a dark walnut stain.
The four shorter stained boards are used for a shelf inside the cabinet.
More scrap wood to create a frame around the recessed, stained parts. Here they are partially pre-cut and pre-painted.
Use finish nails to attach the frame to the sides of the cabinet. Fill all the holes with wood putty, sand and mend them with additional black paint.
A top was made from 2 additional pieces of 2-inch reclaimed wood. He used a table saw to bevel the edges and dark walnut stains to line up the side inserts. Wood glue and staples held the tops together until the glue dried.
The door was fastened with existing hinges and he found the handle in my bin.
The hairpin legs are bolted to the bottom of the cabinet.
He created a magnetic clasp in the top left corner of the closet by drilling holes in both the closet and door and inserting 2 small ones Magnets (18 x 4 mm – 27 pieces, black).
He did a great job with this upcycling kitchen cabinet. You would never know it used to be a wine rack.
Stay good and stay inspired.
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