Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thrifty DIY Farmhouse Display Cabinet

I decided I needed a display cabinet for my shop 
but didn't want to spend much money.  
With all the scrap wood we have around here, I figured Walter could build me something in no time flat.
He used 2 & 1/4 sheets of 3/4" plywood,
16 pieces of tongue & groove
and five 8' fascia pieces
All 4 sides are cut from one piece of plywood.  
The top, bottom and 10 shelves are cut from the other
2 & 1/4 pieces of plywood.
The fascia is 1 1/2" wide by 3/4" deep.  Walter ripped them on the table saw but you can purchase them 
at Home Depot for under $10.00.
The 16 pieces of tongue & groove cost me 
$12.00 at a yardsale
He built each unit individually 
and then screwed them together so I would 
be able to separate them later, if I so desired.
Sorry I don't have more pictures of the process but Walter had them built so fast I didn't get a chance to get photos.
Each 12" shelf was nailed in from the sides with a
nail gun and the holes were filled.

The fascia was added.....ready for paint.
The wood is rough but 2 coats gave me the 
look I wanted and covered well.

I mixed the paint color myself to get this soft grey that I had in mind.  Oops paint is perfect for this at $5.00 per gallon in most paint stores. This paint was originally $60.00 per gallon.  I have quite a collection of Oops paint.
(paint that has been mixed incorrectly so they put it on the Oops rack)
  When mixing your paint color, always start with the lighter color first and then slowly add your darker colors while stirring.  You can always make a color darker but it is much harder to lighten a color.
It is also just fine to mix different brands and different finishes.  Using some semi gloss will still give you a mostly flat look but be somewhat more durable.
Now the fun part......
Filling them with the items that I had nowhere to display!


  1. What a great project. They came out SO nice. And the price is fantastic.

  2. This looks great! I'm originally from NY now living in CO and I really miss the old NE farmhouse furniture. We just bought a 1930's cottage style home and want to establish a NE farmhouse feel, and original vintage cabinets are expensive. Plus freight makes it absurd. I think this would work great for our extra dishes. Thanks for posting this!


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