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Repurposed Cupboard Door Shelf


Repurposed Cupboard Door Shelf

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Hello! It is Mindi from My Love 2 Create again! I am happy to be here today to share my latest project. I made a repurposed cupboard door shelf.

Yay! Fun stuff, especially because I had everything on hand to build this. I must say I am very pleased with the end result.

Besides…chalkboard labels people! Is it ridiculous to love something so much?

It started with these free repurposed cupboard doors and six wire baskets I got at the Restore for $1 each. I didn’t really need these baskets when I picked them up. But I couldn’t resist with that price, can you blame me? Now I am happy I did, I finally found the perfect use for them.

Design Stage

I started by using the wire baskets and some scrap pieces of wood to determine how wide to make my shelves. Then once I figured the right length I did some serious digging/lifting/shifting of my hoard wood and found some 1/2 plywood to use for my shelves. Phew!

I used my Kreg Rip Cut to cut it to size. Then drilled 1/2 pocket holes with my Kreg Jig K5.

Pocket hole construction

I love using my Kreg Right Angle Clamps! They helped hold things together so I could attach the very bottom shelf to the cupboard door with my 1” pocket hole screws and glue. In the second photo you can see I moved to my kitchen to attach the other cupboard door. My shed is so small and I don’t really have a good work table…so my kitchen counter gets the big building jobs. I REALLY need to build a workbench!

Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System

Next up I attached my divider piece with glue and pocket hole screws (top left). I made sure my baskets fit, then added the second shelf (top right). I only drilled pocket holes into the bottom of my divider pieces. Then I nailed through the shelf into the divider to secure the top (bottom right).

Continue building with plywood

Here is a shot of me adding the top support pieces. I cut my dividers boards a little too short, which left a half inch gap from the top divider to the top of the cupboard doors. To fix it, I just glued and nailed on another 1/2 strip of plywood over the top support pieces (not pictured).

Add brackets for legs

I had some awesome retro legs and mounting plates just waiting for a project so I grabbed them and attached them to the bottom of my shelf. I wanted a slight tilt to my legs and since these plates were not the “tilting” kind I rigged them with some paint stick scraps, lifting up the inside edges. Just like I did on my corner cabinet planter.

Configure boards for top

I took my cupboard door shelf outside so I could figure out what to use for a top. I finally found some boards that worked, I ended up with two 2×6’s, one 2×4 (that I ripped down to 3”), and one 2×2. All totally random boards, with different colors, but I was good with it, it will give the top some character. 😉

Prep for staining

Here is a shot of the legs and my top boards, I pre-conditioned them to prep them for staining. Then I stained them with the same mix that I used on my Shoe Cubby Dresser. Oh, and you can see I popped off the feet on the legs so I didn’t have to tape them while I stained.

Prepare shelf for painting

After filling all the holes with spackle and sanding them smooth, after it dried of course, I was ready for paint! I cut some pieces of chipboard for the back, and opted to paint them first before attaching them.

When I made the kids storage bench for my sister in the fall I bought too much spray paint. In fact, I had two full cans left over, and I kept forgetting to return them. The paint is Rustoleum Light Turquoise. Since I still had them, I decided to put them to good use on this project and finished off both cans. Perfect!

Add backer board

After the paint dried, I added my chipboard pieces to the back, pre drilling and screwing them on. I also attached the top boards with glue and 2” nails (not pictured, nailing into the repurposed cupboard doors and support pieces). To finish, I screwed the legs into the mounting plates. Done! Oh, and I did apply 3 coats of poly to the legs and wood top, sanding with 400 grit between coats 1 and 2.

Make chalkboard tags

How could I forget my chalkboard labels? I used some small scraps of chipboard that were left over from cutting my back pieces and cut them all the same size. I taped them together and used a wire basket to determine where to drill my holes. Once they were marked, I drilled through all six pieces at once (top left). Then I painted them with chalkboard paint and used wire to attach them to the baskets.

After twisting and clipping the wires, I bent them down and applied hot glue to secure them and to cover the sharp edges of the wires. It worked like a charm!

Not bad for a free repurposed cupboard door furniture project?

Even my mismatched top looks pretty cool! I am happy to give my wire baskets a home, I have had them for over a year…

What about those legs!? Awww yeah!

Completed Project Repurposed Cupboard Door Shelf

Igrabbed some items for staging and attempted to give you some different ideas of how useful this repurposed cupboard door shelf can be, even without baskets. Did you notice the random numbers on the chalkboard labels?! Ha ha, oops!

I love the decorative look the repurposed cupboard doors give to the shelf, they are very fun to use when building! So many possibilities…for example you could triple your shelving like I did with my Cabinet Doors into Children’s Desk . I still love that project, and the X obsession , is part of the reason!

Gotta love the bathroom storage…

Of course this repurposed cupboard door shelf could really go in any room in the house! Hey, I have six kids, this could be a cubby shelf for each of them…you know school papers and stuff, but who is thinking about school right now…it is summer break!

One more shot of the top with all it’s character! Now I just have to decide where it is going in my house, or if I should sell it…decisions, decisions!

Have you built anything with cupboard doors before? I would love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for reading!

Hugs,

Mindi

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