The transformation of our guest bedroom into a crafts room continues this week. My wife and discussed a number of storage ideas and I drew up some sketches for some dressers that would fit beneath the window. After much back-and-forth, we finally decided that what we really needed was a set of base cabinets.
To design these, I closely examined our kitchen cabinets and just simplified those construction methods. It’s surprisingly easy to build base cabinets. Just make as many boxes as you like and hook them together.
Start by building the individual cabinets. I made two for drawers and a center cabinet for shelves and doors. These are made with 3/4″ (19mm) plywood, joined together with glue and pocket screws. The backs are 1/4″ (6mm) plywood. Gluing and tacking them on gives the cabinets a lot of strength.
The drawer runners are strips of solid wood glued into place.
All the cabinets sit on a frame that creates a toe-kick area. Mine set on top of a heating vent, so I cut a hole in the front of the toe kick and installed a register.
All three cabinets get screwed together, then screwed to the base.
I made my drawers out of 1/2″ (12mm) plywood with hardboard bottoms. These are just butt-jointed together with glue and brads. I made “false fronts” for the drawer faces using solid lumber. False fronts make positioning the faces easier; you can adjust them with the drawers in place so they all line up.
The bottom drawer is a deep one intended for storing fabric. It has two faces, giving it the appearance of two drawers.
The top is just a plywood board with strips of solid lumber framing it out.
We gave the whole cabinet a vintage, distressed look my using chalk paints and stencils from Plaid. I just love this look.
Kathy picked out some awesome drawer pulls. Each one has a different clock face. Check them out!
Obviously, you will need to customize these to fit your space, but these will help you get started.