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How to Make Builder Grade Cabinets Look Custom

We are back with the next episode of our sisters Shanty House Crash series! Last week, we added height to her cabinets and this week, we are showing you How to Make Builder Grade Cabinets Look Custom!

Come see how we gave her cabinets a custom upgrade in a few minutes! Just click the Play Button below to watch!

Builder Grade Cabinets

Builder Grade Cabinets
Builder-Grade Cabinet

Most builder-grade cabinets have a blank space at the end (if they aren’t between walls). While this isn’t horrible, it’s not the custom look we are going for. So, we came up with a quick, cheap and easy solution!

Supplies

How to Make Builder Grade Cabinets Look Custom

1. Cut and Glue the Craft Boards

Builder Grade Cabinets

Once we cut the frame pieces to size, we applied wood glue to the back of the craft boards.

2. Attach the Craft Boards to the Cabinet

Builder Grade Cabinets

We attached the craft boards with 5/8″ pin nails.

3. Toe Kick

Builder Grade Cabinets

This cabinet has a toe kick so there is extra space on the bottom. We cut another 4″ piece to fit.

4. Diagonal Pieces

Builder Grade Cabinets

You can do any design on the sides. We decided to play off of the vent hood cover and do a barn door trim design. The easiest way to get the best fit is to hold the pieces up, mark where they should be cut and line up the miter saw to cut right on the mark.

Builder Grade Cabinets

5. Wood Filler

Once the hobby boards were attached, we filled the cracks with wood filler. You can find our favorite wood filler HERE!

6. Paint

Builder Grade Cabinets

We gave the cabinets 3 coats of paint. You can find the paint we used HERE.

That was it! Such a custom impact for very little time and money!

Builder Grade Cabinets
Builder Grade Cabinets

Linking to all the Builder Grade Cabinets sources below!

Rug

Cabinet Pulls

Cabinet Paint

Items on Pipe Shelves:

 
 
 
 
 

Cake Stand

 
 

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4 Comments

  1. Dawn on October 28, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    What color gray paint did you use? When I click the link it gives a bunch and one gray is not available.

  2. Robert on July 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    use wipe on polyurethane like Minwax. I used it on a table and benches I made from my daughter using plans from this website. they turned out AWESOME!

  3. Bonnye Smith on July 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I have the Shanty 2 Chic farmhouse table and matching benches but they need to be sealed.

    I cannot tell if a finish is on them but if you touch them with greasy fingers they leave spots that will not wash off. Can anyone tell me what I need to do to protect them from future stains? Do I need to sand, re-stain and then seal or is there something I can rub on the current finish as a protector.

    • Robert on July 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      use wipe on polyurethane like Minwax. I used it on a table and benches I made from my daughter using plans from this website. they turned out AWESOME!

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