Published on October 5th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


DIY Cabinet Doors

Materials: AKURUM wall cabinets, pine boards, Kreg Jigg, self tapping screws, forstner bit, circular saw, cordless drill, assorted drill bits

Description: Hi! I’m Nikki. I recently installed some AKURUM cabinets in my studio to use as storage. Wanting to increase my work surface I mounted them lower so I could eventually top them with a counter top. One of the main problems that I encountered was that the wall I was installing my cabinets on was the same wall where our water shut off valve was located. Needing to keep the valve accessible at a moments notice I was forced to leave a large gap in my wall of cabinets.

The other problem I encountered with the cabinet doors was the price. Since this room is not essential my budget must be kept to a minimum, and well who wants to buy the cheapest doors available? No one, that’s who. So the only option that was left was to do something custom. I purchased pine boards and used my Kreg Jigg to create one giant slab of wood. Then I marked the widths I would need for each door and cut the slab.

Once I had my doors I used an Ikea cabinet door from our bar to make a template for the forstner bit. Using the template I drilled the openings for the hinges in the back of the doors.

To cover the gap that allows access to the water valve I made a door that would cover both the opening and the cabinet and mounted the door to the wall instead of the cabinet.

If you need a little more detail, or perhaps want to know how I finished my doors, come visit my blog, The Ambitious Procrastinator.

~ Nikki Kelly, Denver, CO

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to DIY Cabinet Doors

  1. Laurel says:

    Love it — so unique.

  2. littlechloe says:

    Unbelievable! I am in the process of using these exact same cabinets to do the exact same thing and was going to make the same doors (minus the cute paint) to match pine tongue and groove walls. Wow – thanks for giving me the step by step!!

  3. IGredux says:

    more than <3

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Love what you did! Great idea! I’m thinking doing something similar. Thank you for the inspiration!!!! Kisses from Portugal, Helena A.

  5. Very creative. And what a good idea with the door to hide the valve. I guess once the worktop is installed, it will look seamless! I love the details you’ve painted on the doors and the colour you’ve stained them in. Not a whiff of Ikea to be had :-P

  6. prue says:

    so pretty.

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