Sunday, June 16, 2013

Building a Corner Cabinet

We've been in the kitchen working away, but today we take a break to celebrate Father's Day!  Before our break this weekend, we did get a corner cabinet built.  Even though we are DIY rookies, I think we did a pretty good job for first timers.  This one cabinet will change the whole look of our kitchen.  The best part of it is, we only spent about $20 to build it! Yeah!  We decided to make this cabinet due to some wasted space we had in the corner of our cabinets.
We started by measuring our existing cabinets.  We are using the original cabinets and just changing out the doors to make all of them look more modern, so we needed this cabinet to match.  We were lucky enough to use parts of a few other cabinets we've removed in the house already so they all look the same.
Since we are reworking the existing cabinets to incorporate this new cabinet, he took down all his measurements and that's how he arrived at the size of this cabinet.  For the top and bottom of the cabinet using his measurements, he basically started out with a square and then measured the sides down to the standard 12" that our other cabinets were and cut off the front corner that now becomes the front of the cabinet.
Next he glued and tacked (with the nail gun) the braces that are used for hanging the cabinet.  These were used as a frame of sorts for the cabinet as well.
Now he adds the bracing to the top piece.  We used Gorilla wood glue, nails and 1-1/2" screws for this project to make it sturdy.
After the glue was added he used the pneumatic nail gun to tack it all together.
The front panels had to be cut at a 45 degree angle so the door would be flush.  He used the table saw and set the blade at a 45 degree angle to cut them.
 He then added the side panels with glue and nails to the top of the cabinet.
 For the bottom, to give more sturdiness, he added to the "brace" for the side panels. 
Next he glued, tacked (with the nail gun) to hold and then used screws to make the sides sound and secure.
This cabinet will also have a lazy susan in the bottom for all my spices, but to add more storage, we added a center shelf as well.  It was cut using the same technique as the top and bottom.
The backing was added next.  Here's where the other cabinets we'd removed came in very handy.  We used the backing off of them and cut them down to size for our new cabinet.
We also used pieces from the other cabinets for the facing of our new cabinet. All these pieces needed to be cut at 45 degree angels as well.  Again he used glue and nails to hold it all into place. 
Since we used recycled wood for the front facing pieces, the wood had previous nail holes and such so I added wood filler to fill in all the blemishes so the final look will be smooth for painting later.  We're getting there!
 Would you like to see more about our kitchen remodel?

Tiling Our Kitchen Floor
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 1
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 2
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 3
Building a Corner Cabinet
Building a Drop in Kitchen Cabinet
Installing a Farmhouse Sink
Pantry Remodel
DIY Mosaic Tile Backsplash
Painting Our Cabinets

Here's what our kitchen looks like today:
It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. For first time rookies you two did one heck of a job. I'll be looking forward to seeing how it all comes together. Good for you doing all this work yourselves. Teaches you both you can work together and how to do harder jobs.
    Don't think I'd ask my hubs to make that, there would be a few naughty words issued in a loud voice. I'd love to take all (or at least the upper ones) our cupboards out period to start from scratch but that's not an option. I'd sure be happy to have them painted tho. Hate the ugly mfg. home cupboards, ugh.
    I'd also like to take the doors off upper cupboards but it's too darned dusty and dirty where we live.
    Have fun and try to enjoy all the hard work and learning, it's really worth it. Happy summer

  2. Great tutorial-can't wait to read the continuing saga...

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Have a great week~
    Sharon and Denise!

  3. DeeDee
    You are so lucky to have a helper like that! What a great project.
    Thank you so much for Linking Up at Brag About It @VMG206 this week. We are so happy to have you join us!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Please Link Up at my NEW party!! Open NOW (Sat thru Fri) @ DIY Showcase Link Party

  4. Wow this is very good! I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

  5. What a great job you did on the corner cabinet, you would think you had done this before. And your tutorial is so informative. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  6. Seeing your how-to linked up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop was great, especially as you so clearly work well as a team! It's lovely to see that happen in a marriage. Thanks for joining us and we hope you'll come and party creatively again on Sunday at
    If you would like to write a guest post for Mumtopia, please let me know - I'm sure my readers would benefit from what you have to say.


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