A New Cabinet Using Old Doors

We removed all the old kitchen cabinets from the main house in 2013.

The old cabinets were stained ocean blue on the bottom and limed on the top.
The old cabinets were stained ocean blue on the bottom and limed on the top.

Before that we had stained the bottom ones blue and limed the uppers with Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain.

Most of our old kitchen cabinets found a new home.
Most of our old kitchen cabinets found a new home.

We gave away some of the bottom cabinets but were left with two heavy solid wood doors. (See first photo above.)

One cabinet supports the countertop. another one could enclose the sink.
One cabinet supports the countertop. another one could enclose the sink.

The Cottage carpenter came yesterday to use these doors on a custom cabinet he built under the sink.

The bottom of the cabinet is a piece of waterproof material.
The bottom of the cabinet is a piece of waterproof material.

He framed up the bottom of the cabinet under the sink with 2 by 4s and added a shelf of water resistant material.  The walls are made from the Cottage walls and on the left by the other base cabinet.

All the cabinets need knobs or handles.
All the cabinets need knobs or handles.

I’ve encouraged my new tenant to make the place livable but not to finish all the details until she’s lived there for a while.

This mini-kitchen still needs some tweaking.
This mini-kitchen still needs some tweaking.

Perhaps we’ll paint the base cabinets and the old microwave stand.

We can rearrange the furniture now and lay the rugs.
We can rearrange the furniture now and lay the rugs.

The move-in date is 12 days away.

What is your favorite color to brighten up a space?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “A New Cabinet Using Old Doors”

    1. I’m trying to learn from these experienced artisans just how to make things flow. The cabinet is super nice, musch better than a curtain hanging under the sink. Jo

  1. What a beautiful job your carpenter did! I’d paint all the cabinets and the microwave stand white to unify them because they are different styles. That will help brighten the space a lot and it’ll look good with your client’s couch..

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