I’ve been having so much fun with my first furniture build, so I wanted to share, especially for my DIY friends.
Please think of this post as a visual inspiration with some tips. A detailed step by step guide it is not. 😉
I made this piece with mostly items I had around the house and pallets, so was able to make it for around $20.00. It would cost a whole lot more if you had to buy all the fabric, hardware and wood. But I was getting tired of seeing my son’s books stacked up all over and didn’t have the extra cash on had to make a big furniture purchase. So this is what I did! It fits my needs pretty good.
Here’s a picture of the inside of the cabinet…looking at it as the front side being down on the floor. Kind of embarrassing since my braces aren’t straight, but you get the idea of how the sides were all put together.
I had some MDF that I had previously used and cut for the tops of my metal shelves in the garage. So I used those for the back, although I think one sturdy piece would probably have been better, instead of having three. And the bed sheet worked out great for the fabric on the back of the cabinet. It had a tear, so ideal to press into another use; and the color complimented the decorative fabric I used on the door nicely.
For The Door:
There are lots of Pinterest tutorials on how to make a sliding barn door console table. I found this one from Shanty-2-chic to be really helpful for the DIY hardware.
I decided to make my sliding door from metal wheels, not the plastic ones from the tutorial because I was worried that the paint might wear off over time. But it was an excellent tutorial for a visual guide on how the hardware is supposed to work. The wheels I got were about $6.00 at Home Depot. I had to buy separate brackets to hold the wheels to the door. They were 4″ straight braces that I could only find at Ace Hardware. I also bought the 1″ spacers that they mentioned on the tutorial. The “stops” were corner braces that I got at Ace too. The bar I had on hand. I actually prefer shopping at Ace Hardware over Home Depot because they are independently owned. And they happened to be my source for Pallets! So its nice to give back a little bit.
I only had to make one easy cut on the scrap wood for the door and it was just the right size. So I lucked out there. Covered it and secured in the back with staples. Then I added upholstery tacks to give it a little bling and some drawer pulls from an old piece of furniture. They were just those basic white ones that you used to see everywhere and I added a pretty hand made glass bead on top of it. Perfect for a more elegant, handcrafted look and offsets the rustic nature of the cabinet.
I loved this fabric so much and originally, I found it for my booth display:
For the bin, I covered a double walled box with one of my hubby’s super soft t shirt and then hot glued some cardboard for the bottom. The white insert was sewed my a sewing machine. I have found the small sized moving boxes to work out great for bins. I made some for my son’s play area a while back.
Just stretch the T-shirt around the box and cut off- allowing about an inch and a half to edge around bottom of the box. Hem line of T-shirt to open end of box.
I cut out some of the designs on the fabric that I had left over to decorate the box. I’ll need to hand sew them still to tack them in place and keep them from peeling off eventually. Just a little tack on each corner of the flower should do the trick.
There you go! You can customize your door and storage bin with fabric that would fit your decor. You could also upgrade a cheap bookshelf to a unique hand crafted look with a DIY custom sliding door.
And should you decide this is all too much work for you- I’ll be happy to make a custom one just for you! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss the the details.
Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful and inspiring for all of my DIY friends out there!