So guys, I found an old window frame and I wanted to actually build a vintage cabinet that would help my wife out a bit. She writes down her rganizing ideas and to do lists, then i notice she egularly leaves it on my workbench (maybe because she wants me to do them hahaha)
So we have this old window frame here at home and I need to build a cabinet to work with the frame and that will incorporate reasonable storage space. I began this project by setting out some time to actually do it.
The first thing I did was get out some plywood (4×8). I had it stored above my workstation out of the way because the width and length of it can take up too much of my space in the shop. Also, don’t be alarmed. This is not going to be one of those unusual home decor sessions. You will find that it’sgoing to be pretty easy to do this projectand it’s very satisfying when you actually complete it by yourself (or that maybe thats just me).
So, we have our plywood out. Just make sure that the better looking part of the plywood is face up and the cutting blade is a few inches above the height of the wood.It reduces splintering. So cut the plywood unto the pieces you need. Thatincludes shelves, base, and top. if you’re wondering about the wall that it will be mounted on. It will serve as the backing for the cabinet. It’s time for me to take a look at the window itself right now. I want to maintain the circa 1950’s look because we already have some white vintage living room furniture itshould actually blend in nicely, so im not going to change the color.
With that said all I really plan to do is cut a small inch or so off of one side, remove the hardware and sand it down a bit. Let me just say you also makea vintage window frame and a modern cabinet from this if that is what you prefer. Im sticking to this though.
I am going to distress the pieces of ply to give make the whole project more vintage finish. You can do this by poking random holes in certain parts of the wood, scraping it with the pronged part of a hammer or make some markings with the edge of a sharp angle blade (just be careful).
Now it’s time for the assembly! I have some brackets that I used to line up the sides of the cabinet and apply PVA glue (you can use any brand) and with the help of my gluegun, we have a steady frame. You can fortify the splits in the plywoodwith some CA glue and an activator anda quick vice press will take care of the problem. Next, place the hinges on the window and the cabinet and now put the cabinet on some paper and begin staining process. I am keeping the window color faded white, but the body of the cabinet will be stained brown and then wiped off to finish off the used wood look.I use this particular method to make the distressed wood look more authentic (one of my crafty ideas). Finally, we will apply the paste wax, leave it for a few minutes and then wipe it all off because I don’t want anything too shiny.I want this wood to look like old battered wood you know? and so far so good! For the cabinet to close properly instead of magnets I put in a couple pieces of brass rods that I sharpened tofit into spaces (I made a couple 1/2 holes on the indentations from the rods) opposite to its location on the window frame. It’s nowtime! Lastly, we put the french cleat (molding) on the drywall and hang our wall cabinet up.
This project turned out fairly well I must saymy wife is very happy (happy wife, happy life). Thanks for watching and please remember to follow and share my video!
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Let our diy home decorating project begin!
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Using shelf pins for cabinet shelving
Measuring for the french cleat
Putting the dark stain on the cabinet
Wiping off the stain from the cabinet
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Final installation of the french cleat
Wiping the finished vintage cabinet off
Our gorgeous, finished vintage cabinet!