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DIY Pantry Cabinet

Hey hey friends!! We hope everyone is staying safe and happy! We are SO HAPPY! Our baby sis (you know, the one we have done like 3 shanty house crashes for) just moved back to DFW. She’s been in the Houston area for 7 years, and we are SO thankful to have her back. While they find where they plan to stay more longterm, they found a rental down the road from us. It’s the cutest house that will be great for this year. She has 5 kiddos, and the only thing this house was lacking was a pantry. So, I built her one! Now I want one too haha! Check out the video of this DIY pantry cabinet by clicking the play button below!

You can download and print the FREE PLANS by jumping to the bottom of the post and clicking the link!

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I love how cute this pantry system turned out! I will be sharing plans for the middle coffee cabinet addition soon! Look how cute it is in her house!

Let’s get started with this DIY Pantry Cabinet! The body of this pantry is constructed with 3/4” plywood. Cut each long side as well as the bottom and middle shelves. If you are adding shelf pin holes to your sides, be sure to do that before attaching the shelf boards on this step. You can check out our video for tips on adding shelf pins to your pantry cabinet. Attach the shelf boards to the sides using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes.

Now, attach the back support board to the top and back of the cabinet. This board will be used to secure the cabinet to the wall onces it’s finished. Add 3/4” pocket holes along the top and sides of this board. Attach it to the side boards using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes. The top pocket holes will be used to attach the top in a later step.

Build the face frame next. The top and side boards are 1×3 and the bottom board is a 1×4. Add 3/4” pocket holes on the top and bottoms of the side boards. Also add 3/4” pocket holes along one long side of the top board. Attach all boards to create the frame using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.

Attach the face frame to the front of the cabinet using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes on the inside of the cabinet and into the face frame. Make sure the face frame is flush with the top and sides of the cabinet.

Now it’s time to build the door! The back of the door is 1/2” hardwood plywood. The trim on the front of the door is called bender board. These boards can typically be found in the outdoor landscaping section of the hardware store. If you can’t find them, you can also use 1/4” craft boards for the trim part. I used my table saw to rip the vertical and horizontal boards first. Then, I cut each one to size and attached them using wood glue and 5/8” brad nails.

The diagonal boards are ripped to 1.5” wide each. I didn’t add dimensions for the diagonal boards because these are easiest to measure by holding in place and marking the cut with a pencil. Attach them the same way using glue and nails.

The top of the cabinet is a edge glued panel. These come in different sizes and are ready to stain or paint. Attach the top using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes at the top of the cabinet and into the wood panel.

The back of the pantry is 1/4” hardwood plywood. Cut this piece to size and attach it to the back using 3/4” brad nails or staples. You can also add this board after installing your drawers to make that part even easier!

The shelf boards will all be created with 3/4” hardwood plywood. I show 3 in the cut list, but you can make less or more depending on your storage needs. If you did not add shelf pin holes to your cabinet, you can attach the shelves using 1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes on the bottom of each shelf board. If you did use shelf pin holes, you will want to cut these boards about 1/4” shorter to allow room for the shelf pins on each side.

Next, build the supports for the drawers. This is also created with 3/4” plywood. Use a table saw to cut these pieces to size. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the top of the top board first and attach them to the sides using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. You will repeat this step on the opposite side of the cabinet as well. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the top and bottom of the vertical board and attach it in place using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. Again, repeat this on the opposite side of the cabinet. These will be the boards your drawer slides attach to.

The final step is creating your drawers. I used 3/4” plywood for the sides of the drawers. You can also use 1×4 boards. Attach each corner using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails to create the box. The base of each drawer is 1/2” plywood. Attach it to the box using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails. Refer to our video for tips on installing the drawers into the pantry! And there you have it a DIY Pantry Cabinet!

I found the drawer slides HERE!

I found the door pulls HERE!

I found the hinges HERE!

DIY Pantry Cabinet

The cutest modular kitchen pantry system! CLICK HERE to print the FREE PLANS!

Instructions

  • The body of this pantry is constructed with 3/4” plywood. Cut each long side as well as the bottom and middle shelves. If you are adding shelf pin holes to your sides, be sure to do that before attaching the shelf boards on this step. You can check out our video for tips on adding shelf pins to your pantry cabinet. Attach the shelf boards to the sides using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes.
  • Now, attach the back support board to the top and back of the cabinet. This board will be used to secure the cabinet to the wall onces it’s finished. Add 3/4” pocket holes along the top and sides of this board. Attach it to the side boards using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes. The top pocket holes will be used to attach the top in a later step.
  • Build the face frame next. The top and side boards are 1×3 and the bottom board is a 1×4. Add 3/4” pocket holes on the top and bottoms of the side boards. Also add 3/4” pocket holes along one long side of the top board. Attach all boards to create the frame using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.
  • Attach the face frame to the front of the cabinet using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes on the inside of the cabinet and into the face frame. Make sure the face frame is flush with the top and sides of the cabinet.
  • Now it’s time to build the door! The back of the door is 1/2” hardwood plywood. The trim on the front of the door is called bender board. These boards can typically be found in the outdoor landscaping section of the hardware store. If you can’t find them, you can also use 1/4” craft boards for the trim part. I used my table saw to rip the vertical and horizontal boards first. Then, I cut each one to size and attached them using wood glue and 5/8” brad nails.
  • The diagonal boards are ripped to 1.5” wide each. I didn’t add dimensions for the diagonal boards because these are easiest to measure by holding in place and marking the cut with a pencil. Attach them the same way using glue and nails.
  • The top of the cabinet is a edge glued panel. These come in different sizes and are ready to stain or paint. Attach the top using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes at the top of the cabinet and into the wood panel.
  • The back of the pantry is 1/4” hardwood plywood. Cut this piece to size and attach it to the back using 3/4” brad nails or staples. You can also add this board after installing your drawers to make that part even easier!
  • The shelf boards will all be created with 3/4” hardwood plywood. I show 3 in the cut list, but you can make less or more depending on your storage needs. If you did not add shelf pin holes to your cabinet, you can attach the shelves using 1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes on the bottom of each shelf board. If you did use shelf pin holes, you will want to cut these boards about 1/4” shorter to allow room for the shelf pins on each side.
  • Next, build the supports for the drawers. This is also created with 3/4” plywood. Use a table saw to cut these pieces to size. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the top of the top board first and attach them to the sides using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. You will repeat this step on the opposite side of the cabinet as well. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the top and bottom of the vertical board and attach it in place using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. Again, repeat this on the opposite side of the cabinet. These will be the boards your drawer slides attach to.
  • The final step is creating your drawers. I used 3/4” plywood for the sides of the drawers. You can also use 1×4 boards. Attach each corner using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails to create the box. The base of each drawer is 1/2” plywood. Attach it to the box using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails. Refer to our video for tips on installing the drawers into the pantry!

10 Comments

  1. J on September 10, 2020 at 7:57 am

    what paint and sheen did you use? looks great!

  2. Vaibhav on September 1, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Which software do you use to create this plans? Sketchup?

  3. Ruth on August 29, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Cant wait to try it. However I did notice a mistake in either you materials list or you cutting direction. On the materials list you have 1/2″ (48 x 96) plywood listed twice. In the cutting list, you have 1/4″ plywood listed.

  4. JLKELLY on August 27, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Great build!!! I love these cabinets! What plans did you use for the”coffee cabinet” in the center of the two pantry cabinets?

  5. Lee S on August 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    What kind of hinges do you use to attach the door?

    • Claudia on August 27, 2020 at 5:26 am

      There are links in the post right before the downloadable plans.

      I found the drawer slides HERE!

      I found the door pulls HERE!

      I found the hinges HERE!

  6. mark on August 26, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    how many sheets of plywood of each size did you use? do you have a cut list as well?

    • Claudia Baber on August 27, 2020 at 5:22 am

      If you download the free print plans, there is a supply list and cut list in it

      • Mark Meyer on August 27, 2020 at 5:53 am

        You are an amazing builder and simply adorable. What is the product you have on your garage floor?

  7. Priscilla on August 26, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I’m so excited to finally see this! I have been waiting since I saw something forever ago on Instagram. I recently moved and the house does not have a pantry so I need to build one in our laundry room, this is perfect! Thanks so much.

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