Repurposed Cabinet Door Crate

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Do you do a spring cleaning each year? For me, it seems like each month is spring with my family of 8 because I’m forever purging and cleaning. ha! Not complaining, just the truth. If I’m cleaning I know I have loved ones around me. Take for instance my workshop, full of goodies ready to become something new. These doors came off of a buffet that my son completed HERE (you seriously have to see it!). We promised to show you this repurposed cabinet door project. Oh, and we have a WINNER for the Zibra prize package!

Cupboard Doors Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Because these doors had cracks where the hinges were, they became unusable as they were originally intended. However, are they trash? NO WAY. Trashure I say! I recently gave my own kitchen cupboard doors new life by turning them into this storage box. (full DIY post here)

Repurposed Cabinet Doors into DIY Storage Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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When Mr. I finished his buffet, the first thing I told him was that he needed to be thinking of how to make use of those doors. Since they are solid and heavy, we both agreed that they would also make great storage, particularly a repurposed cabinet door crate. Stay with us, k?

Okay, so first, Mr. I needed to take apart everything. He removed the hinges, the pulls, and even the trim because it was incomplete. We save those things for future uses though…stay tuned! After that, he glued down the loose veneer and cracks, then holes and blemishes were filled with wood filler. To finish it off he used my sander to reveal that gorgeous wood.

Teen Sanding Cupboard Door | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before I go on, let me announce the winner of the Zibra Brush Prize Giveaway:

Congratulations to Erin B.!

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Now back to the makeover fun! Mr. I has become quite familiar with my power tools, except has yet to use the big boy saws, like our miter saw. We found some scrap wood that would make perfect slats to the sides, as well as some boards to make a top. He cut them to length and then we ripped them on our table saw to make them the width we needed.

Teen using Miter Saw to Make Repurposed Crate | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mr. I even got to use on of my other favorite tools, the Kreg Jig. {{enter in the tool man laugh}} Why is it a favorite? Well, there is nothing you can’t build with this thing. It creates pocket holes for screws to make super-strong joints and builds.

Using the Kreg Jig to Make Pocket Hole Joints | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For the bottom, we used a cabinet grade plywood ripped and cut to length. To assemble it, we added wood glue to our joints and then used my nailer to assemble. To complete it all, Mr. I used my drill to sink the screws in the pocket holes.

Nailing Repurposed Cabinet Doors Together with Ryobi AirStrike | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since this repurposed cabinet door creation is made of mixed woods, it’s time to give it some uniformity. Once Mr. I finished building the crate top, he first gave it a coat of Early American stain. Then when that was cured, he followed up with a coat of Sunbleached (both my favorite stains seen here and here), and then a light wash of Early American again. The same method I used on my apothecary cabinet.

Assembling Crate Top | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For added whimsy, Mr. I decided to use the same graphic that I used on my sewing table. Easy-peasy with my transfer method and a Sharpie.

And…here it is!

Repurposed Cabinet Doors Made into Rustic Farmhouse Crate by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Industrial Farmhouse Crate Built with Upcycled Cabinet Doors by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it fun? The rustic look of it makes my heart happy, especially the fact that we were able to reuse the buffet pulls and hinges to recreate this functional piece.

Upcycled Crate Made from Cabinet Doors by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Industrial Stlyle Crate Made from Reclaimed Cabinet Doors by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I say Mr. I not only learned much about DIY, but also created a pretty cool and functional piece. Proud mama here. {{fist pump!}} This young man just celebrated his birthday and is making me feel old. Why do they have to go and do that? And like any one who wants to have their first car, he is offering this crate in my shop. (SOLD)

J & P Coats Thread Repurposed Crate DIY by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Both of us hope you are inspired to think outside the junk and get creative. There are oodles of possibilities for trashure, it’s just a matter of seeing the potential.

Do pin and share Mr. I’s work to inspire others and show love. Thank you!

Build a Repurposed Cabinet Door Crate. Go on, create some TRASHURE! See how it's done at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’ll be taking this thrifted tray and giving it a facelift with some DIY lovin’.

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10 Comments

  • Rebecca

    I’m SO impressed! Excellent makeover from cabinet fronts. Way to go I!

    April 4, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear! He’s delighted to be reading all this fun. Thank you!

      April 4, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    Looks awesome Mr. I! I hope it sells quickly for you and gets you one step closer to that car.

    April 4, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Me kinda hopes no car….hahaha… But then who can do the junkin’ runs for me? 😀

      April 4, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply
  • Christy

    Love how Mr. I reimagined those cabinet doors!! He did a fantastic job! Our boys are the same age and I keep thinking how once mine gets his license, I’ll never see him anymore…boohoo! Definitely enjoy these moments! ?

    April 4, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sigh…yes. Why can’t they stay our little sidekicks forever? Savoring every bit for sure.

      April 4, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply
  • Renee

    What a great idea! Wonderful tutorial that I will have to share with my husband. It looks lovely. Two thumbs up!

    April 4, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Renee!

      April 4, 2017 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Well I didn’t see that one coming. You must be a proud mama! Mr. I really got creative and did a wonderful job. Happy Birthday to him!

    April 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Good job, Mr I ! He definitely takes after you, Larissa! He does stuff I wouldn’t dream of attempting without my hubby the toolman around. Cute box !

    April 5, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
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