Build a storage cabinet
Need a cupboard to store toiletries? Make one yourself using an old window frame.
• second-hand window frame
• 22 x 220mm pine, cut to: two lengths of 845mm (sides) four lengths of 470mm (top and shelves)
• 845 x 515mm hardboard (back)
• one packet 6mm x 40mm chipboard screws
• one packet 25mm nails
• two flat hinges
• four joint plates (for hanging)
• magnetic catch
• 150-grit sandpaper
• wood filler
• pencil • tape measure
• try square • hammer
• cordless driver and 3mm drill bit
• 12mm spade bit
1 Place the 845mm sides next to the window and mark the position for the top and the shelves in line with the horizontal frames of the window; drill the required pilot holes between these marks.
2 Glue and screw the 470mm top and shelves between the sides. Using the 25mm nails, nail the 845 x 515mm hardboard to the back of your cupboard frame (this will keep the cupboard square).
3 Turn the cupboard on its side and hold the window frame in place. Attach the hinges to the cupboard frame and window frame an equal distance in from each side. Then turn the cupboard over with the rear facing upwards and screw the joint plates into the top and one shelf, spaced evenly apart from each side.
4 Screw the doorknob into place, as well as the magnetic catch for the cupboard door. Fill all screw holes with wood filler and allow to dry completely. Sand the entire surface to a smooth finish and paint the cupboard in the colour of your choice. We used Dulux Woodlands Fern for the outside and the window frame, and Annie Sloan in the colour Old White for the inside.
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