What You Need for This Project
Assembling a Cabinet
Prep Louvre Doors
Remove all hardware from two sets of bifold louvre doors, leaving four panels to make your cabinet. Purchase the primed and painted white doors to save work time.
Pre-Drill the First Panel
Select one panel for the back of the unit. Pre-drill six holes approximately 12 in. apart down the left side of a panel. Place this panel at a 90-degree angle to the back panel, and secure with 2 1/2 in. coarse drywall screws.
Pre-Drill the Other Side of the Panel
Repeat Step 2 on other side of back panel.
Tip: For a clean look, make sure all louvres are facing down.
Cut the Shelves
Select the number of shelves needed for the unit, and cut boards 9 1/2 in. deep x 12 in. wide for each shelf, again pre-drilling holes on the panels where the shelves will be installed.
Secure boards with 2 1/2 in. coarse drywall screws.
Secure the Base
Create a base for the structure using a 2 x 4, cutting two pieces down to approximately 14 in. and two pieces down to 11 in.
Secure to the shelving unit by nailing through the bottom board at an angle and attaching the 2 x 4 underneath.
Mitre the Moulding
Mitre three pieces of any 3 1/2 in. moulding to create a base for the structure and attach to the 2 x 4 base using finishing nails.
Tip: Leave off the back so the unit will sit closer to the wall.
Put the Last Panel On
Attach the last panel to the front of the unit using three flat hinges at the top, middle, and bottom. You may need to shave off some of the panel to ensure that it closes smoothly and clears the base moulding.
Fit a Cap on Top
Create a cap (piece of wood measuring 12 in. by 10 1/2 in.) to add height using pine board and quarter round moulding. The cap, secured with wood glue and finishing nails, fits on top of the unit almost like a hat. Leave it open for a future option of installing a light fixture.
Conceal the Screws
Once assembled, patch and paint over any screws with primer. Shelving, moulding, and the cap need to be primed and painted white.
Paint & Glaze
Colourwash the cabinet for a finishing touch. Mix one part flat interior latex paint in the desired colour with three parts clear glaze. Paint the glaze over the shutters, wait a minute or so, then wipe away some of the colour with clean rags. Let the paint dry completely.
Make the Second Cabinet
Repeat steps to make a second cabinet.
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