Home Ideas On A Budget! | Vintage Window Frame & Cabinet Remodeling

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!

Design home ideas for making a cabinet

Design home ideas for making a cabinet

Welcome folks! Today we are going to make vintage cabinet from a window frame that I found. It’s going to be fashioned into a practical piece of stylish furniture using some tried and true design home ideas!

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Smart home ideas for storing large pieces of wood!

Smart home ideas for storing large pieces of wood!

You see what I am doing? I am taking down the 4×8 piece of plywood that I stored above my workstation (smart home ideas) for us to use for this cabinet project. I need large items like these off of the floor since they take up too much space and impedes my ability to move around effortlessly.

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Working with plywood for DIY projects

Working with plywood for DIY projects

This was not light work! I got my plywood from random furniture outlet stores, you can get various sizes and thickness from your local home depot as well. Cheap isn’t always better for furniture supplies, so make sure you invest some time getting quality instead of quantity.

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Sizing is crucial for custom home designs

Sizing is crucial for custom home designs

Take your time when measuring and cutting the ply sheets, I made a mistake and had to make quick amends, it was lucky that I caught the error before any real work was done because it would have all been for naught and I would have to start all over again.

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Home design tips for keeping vintage items as they are.

Home design tips for keeping vintage items as they are.

So I wanted to give you some home design tips for maintaining your vintage furniture looks when doing these types of remodeling. All I did was remove the hardware so I can lightly sand away some grime. I didn’t repaint or add new hardware, it has to stay the same way for my vintage cabinet to look…well vintage!

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Let our diy home decorating project begin!

Let our diy home decorating project begin!

That’s right! We have what we need here in terms of the parts for the cabinet we can now begin our diy home decorating assignment.

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Let me tell you about my shelf pin jigs

Let me tell you about my shelf pin jigs

Shelf pin jigs are used for making holes that would ultimately be used for shelving. It come with its own drill bit to make sure that the diameter will always match the shelf pins, ensuring no holes will be too big or too small. You can get these on Amazon or any hardware store in your area.

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Using shelf pins for cabinet shelving

Using shelf pins for cabinet shelving

Here we go a better picture of what the shelf pins look like. The flat side holds up the shelf and the rounded side fits into the hole made by the shelf pin jig. Perfect fit each time!

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Measuring for the french cleat

Measuring for the french cleat

A French cleat is molding used to attach cabinets to walls. it’s a 30-45 angle piece of wood that has one part secured to the wall and the other part attached to the actual cabinet. It’s a very popular way to hang cabinets.

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Putting the dark stain on the cabinet

Putting the dark stain on the cabinet

I am sure that you can find a ready-made, distressed cabinet at some online furniture store, but it takes me back to that famous line in “Forrest Gump…life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get”. For this reason, I choose to do the work myself and get the stain result that I want. It looks pretty dark now, but that’s going to change in a bit.

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Wiping off the stain from the cabinet

Wiping off the stain from the cabinet

Using an old cloth I am wiping off the stain that I applied a little while ago, so you see it’s not as dark as it looked in the previous picture and the distress marks that I made earlier is really standing out and looking awesome!

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How on a budget furniture projects turn out

How on a budget furniture projects turn out

My wife’s favorite term is “on a budget”, she says this for everything that I want to do and I listen to my wife. So as you can see, our on a budget furniture ventures look darn good and expensive, right?

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Final installation of the french cleat

Final installation of the french cleat

As I mentioned before the french cleat comes in a pair. One for the cabinet and one for the wall, I made my own and now it’s being screwed into the drywall, ready to be mounted.

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Wiping the finished vintage cabinet off

Wiping the finished vintage cabinet off

This is us guys, the cabinet is finished and I am just cleaning the window panes and wiping off any leftover dust.

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Our gorgeous, finished vintage cabinet!

Our gorgeous, finished vintage cabinet!

You can call this the lost and found furniture piece. The window frame was certainly lost and bedraggled and now it’s found its place with a distressed cabinet built by me (us) and it can now be displayed proudly for all to see!

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