DIY Sideboard with Kitchen Cabinets-Part Two

DIY Sideboard with Kitchen Cabinets Series

  1. Part 1: Building the Sideboard
  2. Part 2: Finishing Touches (Currently Reading)

Part Two

This sideboard made with stock kitchen cabinets is a DIY project that you can do. Trust me on this; the Hubster didn’t think this would work (or that I could do it), and obviously…it did.

Supplies You’ll Need:

Prep and Stain

After you have sanded the sideboard, you will remove the dust off with a tack cloth. Next, you will remove the cabinet doors from the sideboard and cabinet hardware. Make sure you store the hardware and screws in a safe place! You will then tape off the center panel of the cabinet doors so that stain will not soak into the middle of the cabinet doors. You will want to place the doors and trim on boxes so that they are off the ground to ensure an even application.

Taking a stain pad, you will lightly dip the pad in the Simply White stain mentioned above. You will coat the entire piece, molding, and doors with one light coat of Simply White. After the stain has dried for about thirty minutes, you will take a different staining pad and using the Weathered stain. You will coat everything with three light coats of Weathered stain. Once the Weathered stain has dried for about thirty minutes, you will take a different staining pad and heavily coat everything with Driftwood. You will let this stain sit for 20 minutes, and then you will remove the excess with a stain cloth.

This process took several days for me to complete. Due to the cold weather here in Utah, the stains took longer to dry than normal. Therefore, I had to apply several coats of Driftwood to achieve the look that I was going for with the cabinet doors to match the sideboard body.

Paint the Center Panel

Once the stain is dried on the cabinet doors, you will remove the painter’s tape. Carefully using a foam brush, you will paint the center panel with Urbane Bronze. Applying two to three light coats to reach the desired coverage.

Attach the Doors to the Sideboard

At this time, you will reattach the hardware to the cabinet doors. You will place the doors back onto the sideboard body.

Cut the Molding

Measuring from the corner of the center panel to the adjacent corner, you will cut your chair rail at a 45-degree angle. I found it easier to make one template for the length and one for the width and then cut each piece’s appropriate amount. You will complete the center panel with chair rail, making a rectangle. Using the DAP Adhesive, you will glue the perimeter chair rail around all of the cabinet frames.

Next, you will measure the length and the width of your center panel from the chair rail you just attached, shown here. You will divide the width in half, cut the screen trim using your miter saw, and place the trim on the center panel using the DAP adhesive. Then, you will take the length and divide this distance by thirds. You will attach these pieces like you previously did to complete the center panel of the sideboard.

Add a Protective Finish

You will want to add a polyacrylic clear topcoat, using a foam roller to protect the sideboard from everyday wear and tear. I used a matte finish, but any finish would do.

Attach the Hardware

Using a hardware template, you will drill pilot holes into the cabinet doors. You will then attach the hardware to the cabinet doors.

Decorate

I chose to add a mirror above the sideboard to reflect the light from my key window on my stairs. I did this to add more light to the entryway and office. I added two large lamps to the side to add weight and height to the design. You can watch that process here. I added other neutral elements to complete the design.

We are always working on new things at the Farmhouse. If you want to see snippets of these projects or to see my everyday life craziness, head on over to the 1776 Faux Farmhouse Instagram account. I’ll see you there!

DIY Sideboard with Kitchen Cabinets Series

  1. Part 1: Building the Sideboard
  2. Part 2: Finishing Touches (Currently Reading)
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