My little shoe cubby area in my mudroom was looking pretty terrible with all of the shoes sloppily thrown in their cubbies. So I decided I needed to make some DIY cabinet doors to help it look a little neater and hide the mess.
The cubby sizes are an odd shape and the dimensions of the cubby openings are not standard door sizes, so I figured I had two options… I could pay a cabinet company to make me custom doors to fit or I could just do some DIY cabinet doors for a whole lot cheaper. As a DIY-er of course I went with option two! The 3 cabinet doors that I made cost me less than 50 bucks total and here’s how I did it:
DIY CABINET DOORS MATERIALS:
- Measuring tape
- 1/4″ thick wood sheet
- 3″ wide flat craftsman style door trim (sold at building supply stores)
- Wood glue
- Cabinet pulls – Similar pulls available here: Cosmas 783FB Flat Black Cabinet Hardware
- 10.5″ lid support hinges – Here are some very nice ones I wish I had used: Furniture Box Rotatable Folding Lid Support Hinge
- 1.5″ butt hinges – I recommend these: Uxcell Door Hinge
DIY CABINET DOORS DIRECTIONS:
- Step 1: Measure the opening of your cabinet. The opening to my cubbies were 12″high x 21″ wide. I planned to make my doors 1/2″ bigger than the opening so my door size needed to be 12.5″ high x 21.5″ wide.
- Step 2: When picking out your 1/4″ thick sheet of wood, just pick a cheap wood if you are planning on painting your doors. No one will see the grain or the quality of the wood so you don’t need an expensive piece of wood. Have an associate in the wood cutting area at Lowe’s cut it down to the size you measured in Step 1. This piece will be used as the backing for the entire door.
- Step 3: These are Craftsman Style cabinet doors, so we will build these in the classic Craftsman way. On the top and bottom you will have a piece of trim going the full width of the door. And then you will cut the vertical pieces to run the distance between the top and bottom trim pieces. You can visually see how to arrange your trim in my finished photo at the top of this page.
- Step 4: Glue the trim to the 1/4″ wood backing. When you first apply them the wood glue will spread causing the trim to slide a little bit. Hold it down for a few minutes until the glue settles to be sure the trim does not slide out of place. Be sure it glues to the backing staying in line with the edges.
- Step 5: After the glue dries, caulk the seams and prime and paint your doors the color of your choice. Apply a clear coat sealant over the top if you wish.
- Step 6: My cabinet doors are pull-down doors, so I need to use butt hinges on the bottom with lid support hinges. If your cabinet doors are going to open the standard way with hinges on the left or right then you will probably just need to use traditional cabinet hardware. But because of my unique cubby door application, I need this particular hardware. Install the door by first applying your butt hinges. I found it’s easiest to screw the hinge to the door first and then screw it to the cabinet opening.
- Step 7: If your cabinet doors open left or right, rather than downwards like mine, then you can skip this step: With the butt hinges installed, your cabinet door can now open and close, but you need a lid support hinge to control the speed at which it opens and closes and keep the door from opening and slamming down onto the floor. The lid support hinge will keep your door from opening any farther than 90 degrees. Install the lid support hinge now by marking with a pencil on the door and cabinet where you need to pre-drill holes and then go ahead and install the hinge. See photo below of how it should be applied.
- Step 8: Install your cabinet pulls (this part is exciting for me)! I bought my black pulls at Lowes, but here are some similar pulls: Cosmas 783FB Flat Black Cabinet Hardware
And you’re done! Pat yourself on the back because you actually just built your own cabinet doors! Now that should give you a real feeling of accomplishment. And nobody ever has to know how easy it was….well, unless you want to share this with them…actually, yes, please do that…share away! 😉