Monday, April 15, 2013

DIY Shaker-Style Cabinets

I've been wanting to spruce up the built-ins in our home office for many months now, and am so excited to have finished the final step in their makeover.

You might remember some of the other steps I've taken along the way:

After caulking, spackling, sanding, painting, and adding new hardware, the shelves are all put back together and I couldn't be happier with the new look.

To start, I needed to rip off the existing moulding from around the built-ins.  I replaced that with 1x3 boards cut to size and angled 45º at the top corners.  A hammer made it easier to get the old boards off and a nail gun made pretty quick work of getting the new boards up.

For the doors, I added the 1x3 boards right on top of the existing doors, nailed them in place, then mounted them to the surrounding moulding with new hinges. 

I just love the subtle level of polish that moulding adds to a room.  

Seeing the before and after impact of this project makes me even more excited to get to work on the walls in here.  I think I'll be heading down the road so many DIYers have trod before me, and giving board and batten a shot.  

Hope you have a great start to the week!

Linking to It's Overflowing, Liz Marie Blog, Craftberry Bush


  1. Wow what a transformation! The doors make it look so expensive!! and I am still loving the back wallpaper. When do you have time to tackle all these amazing projects??

  2. A simple update really changes the look of your built-ins!

  3. Fantastic transformation! Your additions make the built ins look more custom. Ooooh, can't wait to read about your board and batten. I love that look!

  4. The detail on the doors really give it a custom look - this looks so nice.

  5. looks awesome! you are amazing!!! seriously you rock! they look so custom!

  6. I love the before and after! It looks so expensive now!
    I can't wait to see the board and batten!

  7. Jennifer!

    You go girl! It totally looks so custom! You have totally inspired me today!

    Pinning. :)


  8. LOVE! It's so amazing what a little wood can do! Now I just need a house to try it :)

  9. I love moldings, they just make everything much more polished!
    Great job!

  10. What a difference! It looks so much more polished for sure! I'm just shocked by the what a difference it can make just the placement of the the hinges...great job!!! Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

    1. Thank you, Jesse! I still gaze at them with a goofy smile when I'm working in the office :)

  11. Why have I never thought to use wrapping paper like that? That is a fab idea! Love the before and after transformation!

  12. Just beautiful...great job on this beautiful transformation.
    Linking to follow you....

  13. must feel sooooo good ! love de-cluttered why does my garage look the way it does? :(


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