A little over a year ago we tackled our storage room and I organized all of my painting supplies on some open wooden shelves. I loved the outcome, but ultimately decided that certain stains, cleaners and spray paints would be better off stored in a location further away from the furnace and water heater. And if I were going to move some, I thought, better to keep everything together and just move it all.
Since taking everything out of the storage room, my paint supplies have been hanging out in limbo. Stacks of cans and jars have been living in our laundry room until we could find the time and the right solution for getting things organized... again.
I had been keeping my eyes out for some sort of cabinet, but nothing that was the right size, color, shape or style was hitting my budget. Therefore, things have just sat on hold for the last year. Until now! We decided to finally get something built to tackle the problem once and for all.
Some of my paint supplies are pretty (jars of colorful paint), while others are less sightly (cans of stain). So, a combination of open and concealed storage would have to do the trick. And of course we didn't need anything too fancy, considering the ultimate function was just to store paint.
Thinking it would be nice to have everything behind doors, I decided on glass upper cabinets and standard lowers. Although glass faced cabinets are probably totally DIY-able, I opted to seek some out to use and then build the cabinet around them instead. We checked out some home improvement stores, our local Habitat Re-Store and IKEA. The most cost effective solution we came across were the BORGSJÖ white doors from IKEA, which was exactly what I was looking for paired with soft closing hinges and a fair price of $55 for all four doors.
Below is the plan we came up for to accommodate the doors we purchased:
For this build, we purchased two 1/2" inch 4'x8' MDF boards from Home Depot for about $45. We also purchased 4" crown molding, decorative floor molding and a piece of 4'x8' MDF paneling.
All of the tools and additional supplies we used to build this cabinet, we already had on hand:
- Circular Saw
- Saw Guide
- Saw Horses
- Miter Saw
- Brad Nailer
- Wood Glue
- Caulk/Caulk Gun
- Cordless Drill
Our IKEA did not have the white doors in stock for the bottom, but since I was planning on painting them, I purchased them anyway.
The final dimensions of the cabinet ended up at 75" tall x 29 1/4" wide x 16" deep.
Using strips of the MDF, we began by making a sturdy base for the cabinet to sit on. This would also give us some height for the floor molding.
Everything was affixed with a combination of wood glue and the brad nailer. All of the wood pieces were cut to size with our circular saw paired with the saw guide. I think that guide is one of my hubby's most favorite tools, ever.
To ensure the cabinet was reinforced throughout, we built a second cross support at the center of the frame. Bonus points for woodworking in leopard flats. I got to play with the brad nailer for this project and now that I have learned how to use it, it just be my favorite tool!
Because the shelves would be holding a bit of weight, we added extra strips of scrap MDF along the edges as added support (also glued and nailed in place). Here is a view of the frame with all of the shelves assembled, as well as the bottom side of the middle shelf. We ended up adding one more strip of support across the top of the cabinet as well, where the crown molding would ultimately be attached.
The final building step was to add the MDF panel to the back, and caulk everything in with white painter's caulk.
As I mentioned, I planned on painting the entire cabinet as well as the IKEA doors we purchased. So I started with a coat of primer on everything.
Then, I had to decide on a color. I went through my paint stash and no surprise, had about 15 different tealy blues to select from. I even popped a coat of one onto the doors and placed them into the laundry room to test things out (FYI - these painting pyramids will be your best friend when painting cabinet doors).
But considering our laundry room already has a lot of pattern and color happening, and that there would be clear display in the top of the cabinet adding to it, I decided that maybe I should just stick with boring ol' white. Totally not my style, but sometimes I surprise myself. So back to the painting board I went, and FOUR coats of pure white paint later, we were able to move her inside to her new home.
The IKEA doors came with nice hinges, so it was just a matter of pre-drilling some holes into the inside of the cabinet and attaching the doors as the final celebratory step!
I already use the Anthropologie melon pulls around my home (our nightstands and painted dining room hutch) and we really love them, so it was my natural default to add a little color and class to this new cabinet as well.
I just keep looking at the cabinet and high fiving my Mr. shouting, "We made that!". True story friends!
Essentially, it is just a giant MDF cabinet, showing the power of paint and decorative accents like molding, hardware and even pretty glass doors. I really love that we were able to customize something to fit our space and our needs and create a unique piece that will rock as laundry room paint storage.
I am guessing you know where I will be after the boys head to bed this evening... loading this baby up of course! I was also able to reuse some of that bird paper to cover a few boxes this weekend, and I can wait to pop those beauties behind the glass doors!
I have piles of laundry, paint and supplies on the floors at the moment, so for now, I will leave you with the beautiful shot of our week long project and give you a bigger room shot once I clean things up a bit. Until then, I am off to continue my celebrating of a pretty DIY cabinet that will be a versatile storage piece for us to use for many years to come!