DIY Craftsman Cabinet



My inspiration for this project came from Shanty 2 Chic, (link here) although mine looks a lot different from theirs! 

I changed up the dimensions quite a bit and wanted it to look a little more sleek so I didn't add the wood applique that they did in theirs.


Beginning stages

I originally built this to be shoe storage in our foyer of our split level home. It ultimately made its way to my bedroom and is now used for makeup/hair product storage next to my vanity. Our foyer is still lacking storage so I may build something different in the future. This cabinet ended up being to bulky for the small foyer. 

I used a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and wood glue to assemble. 



I added a lot of shelves for the shoes that never got stored there :)

I used a Kreg Shelf Pin Jig which saved me so much time and now the shelves are adjustable as well. 

I built this out of Poplar and Maple Plywood. 


Deciding to paint or stain...

I really didn't want to paint this wood but I knew the maple and poplar would take the stain differently. It probably would have looked okay but didn't want to take the chance of having to do it twice. 


Here she is!

I stained the top in Briarsmoke Stain by Varathane. I also used my router to add a decorative edge.



This cabinet ended up super sturdy and strong. I love the way it looks with the extra trim pieces I added.