In this furniture makeover, I transform an abandoned torso of a china cabinet into a liquor cabinet… with 3D shutter doors that pop out!
Louver doors with slats that pop out is something that I’ve wanted to attempt for a long time, but I just never found the perfect piece to try it on… until I ran across this. I found this top half of a china cabinet on the curb. Not only was it entirely solid wood, but it was also in amazing condition, so I knew it had big potential to be transformed into a high quality piece. I decided to turn it into a liquor cabinet, hence the wine bottle silhouettes on the doors.
Going into this project, I knew it wouldn’t be easy; the markings and cuts would have to be precise in order for the slats to be spaced evenly across all three doors. It also turns out that cutting and sanding 135 slats with extreme care is quite time consuming (I think I spent 2 whole days just sanding all the edges). The chinoiserie leg design was also one that I had never built before, so that was a new challenge on its own.
In the end, I’m very pleased with the outcome of this project, and with this video I hope to share some of that joy.
You can see the final shots of this piece here –
All of my pieces are sold locally in Ontario, Canada (no online shop yet… sorry!)
Below is a list of some of the tools and products that I used.
Tiny Sanding Block:
Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig:
Minwax Stain (Ebony):
Minwax Polyurethane Spray (Clear Satin):
Spray Gun Holder:
California Air Compressor (15 gal):
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