Saturday, March 19, 2016

Cabinetry Is Hard, So I Cheated

When we redesigned the floor plan last year we moved the guest room closet wall to make space for a linen closet at the end of the hallway.  But built in cabinets weren't a priority so we made due with cheap plastic shelves.
I was initially planning to build a cabinet completely from scratch but then I found an oak utility cabinet on Craigslist for $85, still new in the box.
 At 36"x84" it was too small to fill the hallway but it was a starting point and I figured I could finish this for about half the cost of the materials I was going to need for a custom build.
We need half of the linen closet to store our vacuum so I built a divider down the center of the cabinet.  This gave me a chance to finally use the shelf peg jig I bought from Rockler for our last house and never needed.
Luke and I moved the frame into place then I added filler pieces to either side.  To make it look like a single unit I built a small face frame, attached it above the main cabinet then added some leftover crown molding from the kitchen cabinets.
It took three coats of primer and two coats of cabinet paint to get the factory-finish look I  wanted.
Luke was out of town while I did most of this project.  He was surprised by how well the finished product turned out.
Now that we have actual space to store the linens I'll have to figure out where I stored all of them.  We don't have a lot of demand for cloth napkins and bed skirts so they've been boxed up since we moved in.
Utility cabinet                       $85
Lumber (for top face frame)  $11
Nickel Register                     $10
Shelf Pegs                              $6
Total                                   $112

I had expected a custom-built cabinet to run $200-$250 for materials so this came in a half the expected cost  Even though I have quite a few hours into this project it would have taken much longer to build from scratch.
(These are our costs only and will not necessarily reflect an accurate cost for anyone else to do it.  We already had the equipment, primer, paint and knobs on hand from other projects).  

1 comment:

Sharon @ Laurelhurst Craftsman said...

That craigslist cabinet was a score. The finished cabinet looks great.