Sorry, this post is a day late! It was Thanksgiving here and it was a busy weekend so I actually completely lost track of days. But, better late that never. I’m so excited to be showing you my newest furniture makeover. This one was a while in the making, because everything I was doing was so new to me. And some of it needed to be reworked a little when it just didn’t seem right. But, it is done and I am loving it. Introducing… my faux map cupboard. AKA my new craft storage.
Isn’t she a beauty! She will happily hold all my crafting stuff and look beautiful doing it. 🙂 I love the wood grain and the deep dark colour of the stain with that bright contrast of the white. And look, there on top are some of my most recent decor creations.
So as I mentioned, this project did take me some time to do, maybe all summer. I had my neighbours curious about what I was doing in the garage all the time, and my husband was wondering when the heck it was getting done so that we could get our cars back into the garage. “You know winter is coming!” Oh silly man, I have now taken over the garage and afraid it may never be fully available for both vehicles again!
So would you believe that the beauty above came from this?
This ugly brown shelf that has been sitting around my house for years has finally decided to show its true potential. It just needed a little love and re-working.
I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to go about doing anything with this in the beginning. It took some thought and reworking of a few ideas before I came up with something that would work. Originally I was wanting the shelf to be the top portion of the cupboard, but it was far too heavy to be on top. So I ended up using it for the bottom and just putting two doors up top.
I started off building a frame for the top portion. I framed it out using 2 x 2 ‘s and pocket holes to hold it together. Then attached the frame to the shelf using wood glue and 3 inch screws.
To the bottom I used 1 x 4’s, mitered them and attached using glue and screws. It was my first ever attempt at doing a miter cut and although not the best, I knew that I could fix it with some filler and sanding since it would be eventually painted white.
I used 3/4 inch plywood trimmed down to cover the rest of the exposed cupboard and frame. I attached it using wood glue and finishing nails.
Also using the 3/4 inch plywood I cut out the doors to fit. I want them to sit flush with the trim so when I added the faux drawers it would look right.
The sides were plywood cut down to 3″ high strips to fit into the frame on the sides. I glued and nailed these on.
Next was priming and painting time. Being that I was using a laminate type cupboard I need to use a primer so that my paint would stick to it. Otherwise it would just flake right off anytime something rubbed against it. I was recommended Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 from the person at Home Depot. (It worked great for this and I will definitely use it again in my other projects.)
My original idea was to make this into a faux card catalouge cupboard, I have always loved the look of them. That idea changed due to a difference of opinion between me and the paint technique. I could not seem to get it to work the way I had envisioned so that idea was scrapped and the map cupboard idea was born at this point.
Which really was a good idea all around because cutting those boards for the faux drawers turned out to be a dangerous undertaking.
This is one of the boards lodged into my wall after it got caught on the saw blade. This is an important lesson to always be safe and use protective wear when operating tools! Everything was good and no one was hurt because I am always careful to make sure that no one is around the saw when I am using it.
So since the card catalouge idea wasn’t going to work out for me I decided that another option was to make it look like a faux map cupboard. (or printers cabinet). Everything was still the same except I needed to rework the doors. Since I had already painted the doors white, I needed to sand them down because I wanted them to be dark like I planned to do for the top.
Once they were sanded I used my table saw to make some groves in them so it appeared that I had multiple drawers. 🙂
For the top of the cupboard I used three 1 x 6 ” boards cut to fit within the trim I had created around the top.
I have to say I am so glad I had that little disagreement with the paint technique.
I stained the top boards and the doors with Minwax in Jacobean. Because I had previously painted the doors white and had to sand it off it made the stain appear to have a grey tone to it. I loved it so much I had to paint the top boards white and sand it off to get the same effect. Well worth the time. I didn’t condition the wood before adding the stain because I wanted it to look aged and show all that pretty grain. Then I finished it off with three coats of polyurethane to give it a good protective coat.
The hardware I ordered through eBay and the little buttons are just wood plugs from Home Depot spray painted with oil rubbed bronze then glued on with wood glue.
The inside and back of the cupboard were finished off with some hardboard.
The legs I bought from IKEA and I’m not totally sure how I feel about them. I did paint them oil rubbed bronze as well to fit in with the hardware.
And after a long summer of building it I learned A LOT and I have to say I love how it turned out. I am currently working on turning an old book shelf into a coffee bar for my kitchen, so stay tuned for that. It is getting close to being done so you won’t have to wait till after Christmas to see it. Besides, I need to have it done so I can set up a cute hot chocolate bar for my girls for Christmas.
Check out some more shots of my faux map cupboard and some close ups to show the pretty grain.
I realized once I got this all written and photographed that I didn’t actually show you the “doors”. The two top ones open downward and the bottom ones open to the sides. Putting on the door hardware is challenging… I didn’t take any photo’s of that process because it was too stressful for me. 😛 I just wanted to get them done. When I decide to add them to another project I will be sure to show you how I did it.
This was such and fun and challenging project for me. I learned a lot and am excited to use that knowledge towards the coffee bar and future projects.
Below I have included a rough pricing of what this cost me to build.
Materials and pricing for may faux map cupboard:
Shelf – FREE
2 x 2’s ( top frame) x3 = $7.47
1 x 2’s x3 = $5.10
1 x 3 – $2.07
1 x 4 – $3.22
1 x 6 x 6 (top) x3 = $18.60
1/2″ plywood – $45.53
4 x 8 Sheet of hardboard – $10.20
Zinnser Primer – $14.80
White Paint -$28.58
Minwax stain in Jacobean – $8.67
Minwax polyurethane – $10.87
Door hinges x8 – $24.00
Wood buttons x3 packages – $10.77
Card pulls – $32.00
Grand total = $221.88
I think not too bad for a beautiful new cupboard. Plus most of the supplies I have extra to use towards additional projects – like my coffee bar 🙂
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