Storage projects tend to be all business, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Sure, organizing a space such as your bathroom is a practical endeavor but why not make it a little fun? We’ve found a cabinet with classic lines and cheerful turquoise stain brings a more whimsical atmosphere to the room while providing storage for all the little bottles, tubes, and elixirs that everyone has.
Begin by cutting the main parts to size. Next, prepare a ¼” think by ¼” wide, two-sided groove along the rear edge of each cabinet side. These grooves called “rabbets” are made to accept the plywood back panel that comes later.For now, sand all parts to 120-grit and then begin assembling with the bottom, the two shelves and the two sides. You could choose whatever spacing suits you best. Complete this first part of the assembly by fastening the top to the upper ends of the sides with more counterbored screws or biscuits.
Drawer & Door
While the cabinet that we picked has a glass door that makes it easy to find things, there is also an enclosed drawer that can stow items out of sight. Since this drawer is small and won’t hold much weight, simple butt joints are more than strong enough. Attach the drawer glides and test the drawer in its opening with the drawer face left off. You’ll add the face later during the final assembly. Now, build the frame that forms the door. The vertical members are called “stiles” and the horizontal members are called “rails”. Join these parts with a 3/8” in diameter by 1 ½” long dowels, set in holes created with a doweling jig. The stiles are narrow enough that the biscuits would protrude beyond the edges of the door but that’s ok. Trim them flush are the door is assembled and the glue is dry. Click here to see rest of the guide.
The Final Look
Double check the action of the door and the drawer then cut and attach a drawer face to fit over the drawer box before giving everything a final hand-sanding with 120-grit sandpaper.Apply paint of your choice and once everything is dry, set the glass (if you have a glass door) in place and secure to the back of the door with mirror clips.
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