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An old fashioned cupboard I just built this past weekend, no it’s not this bright green in person, and yes I’ve put together free plans so you can build it too! Longing for more storage in our living room / office space I designed this primitive farmhouse style tall cupboard with concealed storage in mind. And the beauty of DIY means you can finish your cupboard however you like, I choose green paint with a warm stained interior.
Glorious storage space abounds on the interior with one fixed shelf and 3 movable shelves (or more if you need).
Those shelves are movable curtesy of the Kreg Shelf Pin jig. Kreg makes a shelf pin jig that is easy to use and gives amazing results every time. Having the ability to reposition shelves as needed increases the functionality of your piece and I highly suggest using the shelf pin jig anytime you’re building a project with shelves.
This rustic farmhouse style cupboard is the perfect addition to any office, bedroom, playroom or even in a hall space as a linen closet. I designed the plans using standard pine boards and plywood with minimal waste which yields a large versatile storage cupboard.
The wood knobs and curved bottom edge add a little detail so this cupboard isn’t completely boring. However, like a book, it’s what’s on the inside that counts!
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Beginning with the carcass I used the Kreg pocket hole jig to attach the horizontal supports. Be sure to keep your pocket holes hidden if possible.
If you don’t have a table saw like me or your prefer not to use one I suggest the Kreg Accu-Cut circular saw track for making your plywood cuts. Although it is limited in length (it cannot rip an 8′ board) it is invaluable for cross cuts and short rips.
To make the curved detail at the base use a quart paint can or similar depending on how tight you want the curve.
To finish I painted the exterior using Benjamin Moore irish moss then sanded the edges to distress. You can see the movable shelves stacked up on the middle fixed shelf above prior to applying stain.
To make the shelf pin holes cut a 2×4 story stick scrap piece of wood. This will ensure you drill the shelf pin holes at the same height on all four corners. Rest the shelf pin jig on the story stick and drill your holes. Repeat this process for each corner.
Insert shelf pins as desired and place the shelves in position. I opted to add magnetic latches on the fixed middle shelf to help insure the doors stay closed.
For the door hinges I used full wrap black ball tip hinges. They are by far the easiest hinges to work with in terms of installation and functionality. I probably could have used something a little more farmhouse style but I’m happy with these understated hinges.
The final touch, although completely unnecessary, are these little wood swivel door locks. A primitive design detail that adds just a touch of charm.
I hope you enjoy this plan for a tall cupboard. I love seeing your versions so please be sure to tag me if you build it.
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