Racheal’s Washington home features fun DIY projects for adults on each corner, from one-of-a-kind murals to walls dressed in unconventional materials (Legos!). But there was that amazing DIY that really caught my attention while I worked on her home tour earlier this year: her bathroom vanity custom cabinet doors. The piece looks so well crafted I initially thought it came from a store or local furniture maker, but Racheal proved, yet again, to be the mastermind behind the memorable look.
Today, she’s breaking down the steps and tools you need to give your own existing vanity a refresh using birch plywood. While I haven’t tried this project yet, it sounds rather simple once you familiarize yourself with the necessary tools. Scroll down to see how she did it, and get ready to roll up your sleeves. Good luck! —Garrett
Photography by Racheal Jackson
- Birch veneer plywood
- Circular saw
- Staple gun
- Cabinet hinge drill bit
- Cabinet hinges
- Measuring tape
- Masking tape
- Boiled linseed oil
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BUILD CABINET FACES
Remove the cabinet doors, hinges and drawer faces.
Sand down the base of your vanity, removing all varnish or stain.
Get the measurement of the vanity base and determine the sizes of your new drawers and doors.
Mark out the lines for your cabinet faces using masking tape, on your new birch plywood. (This isn’t required, but skipping this step means that your plywood faces can chip while sawing. This ensures a smoother edge.)
Using a straightedge, draw lines demarcating your new cabinets (over the tape).
Use your circular saw to cut along these lines. You now have your cabinet and drawer fronts!
Sand the fronts of the boards.
Put the old cabinet doors to the backside to install the hinges. Drill bit kit using the guide that comes in your cabinet hinge, mark the center point for your hinge and the accompanying screws. Carve out the holes for the cabinet hinges using the drill bit, and drill pilot holes for the screws.
Attach hinges to the doors.
Using the drill, attach the doors to the cabinet frame.
Use a staple to attach your drawer faces from behind onto the existing drawers. You also have the option of putting wood glue in, too.
Using boiled linseed oil and a work rag, oil the new wood fronts.
Add the hardware of your choice, admire your work, and give yourself a massive pat on the back!
I hope you now have enough idea on how to make flat panel cabinet doors. If you are looking for more DIY cabinet doors ideas, let us know.