If you are planning to replace your old kitchen cabinets with something more updated, why not take a look at DIY cabinets? This is because the entire process of building them can be less expensive than buying them from retailers. Also, it can be more convenient for you to get what you need without spending on high-end professional services. Here is an overview of the DIY kitchen cabinets ideas so that you will know exactly what to do.
The very first thing that you should do when looking into DIY cabinets is to check if your existing home has open shelving. You might want to go through your house and see if there are any open shelves that you can use as the basis for your DIY cabinets. You might even consider building some additional open shelf spaces. These can either be built into your walls or you can install new shelving units that you can mount on the wall. After you have done so, all you have to do is to install your DIY kitchen cabinets on these open shelves.
The second step that you should do is to measure the size of your wall and jigsaw out the length and width of the space that you can add. Use your standard jigsaw and make sure that you leave some extra length so that you will be able to drill the screw holes in your plywood cabinet box. After you have drilled the holes, using your standard woodworking tool, nail the wall down and then attach the plywood panel to the front and the back of the cabinet box. You can use any kind of woodworking tool to do this.
The next step in building your DIY cabinets is to measure the corners and jig out the dimensions of the cabinet box. This will allow you to determine how much wood to buy. Then, start by nailing the pocket holes to the plywood panel. When you have drilled the pocket holes, using your woodworking tool, apply the wood glue on the plywood and align the pocket holes to the right degree. If you are using jigs for installing your DIY cabinets, you can use the same technique for installing the jig.
The next step is to build up the sides of your kitchen cabinets. Do this by nailing the wood strips to the front and the back of the cabinets. When you have built the sides, using your jig, drill the pocket holes into the sides. After you have done so, you can already attach the plywood to the outside edges of the kitchen cabinets.
In this part of the tutorial, I am going to show you the finishing touch of your DIY cabinets. To do this, you can either paint or stain your kitchen cabinets. If you are using the paint, you will only need a single coat of paint. For staining your cabinets, you will need two coats of stain. Before you start with the finishing touch of customizing your cabinets, make sure that the doors are open. You can take the assistance of an electrician if you want to finish your cabinets in a more professional way.
For kitchen cabinets that are already made, you can add some decorative pieces such as bottle racks, photo frames, or picture frames. If you want to add some custom elements to your kitchen cabinets, you can also choose to add some custom drawers. Another customizing idea for DIY kitchen cabinets is to add some open shelving. You can install open shelving at the end of the cabinets. This open shelf will give your kitchen cabinets more organization. Just be sure that you are matching the open shelf with the rest of the kitchen cabinets.
The last step is to match up the wood texture of the DIY cabinets with the rest of your kitchen. In my opinion, it is not necessary to paint the wood the same color as the rest of the kitchen. As long as the two wood textures match well and it doesn’t impede your vision while working, then I think it’s enough. Of course, this is only an idea you can apply yourself.