An old fashioned tall cupboard I built this past weekend sponsored by Build Something. And 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 building it yourself means you can finish your cupboard however you like. I choose green paint with a warm stained interior.
A DIY tutorial to build a tall cupboard with tons of concealed storage. An easy to build cabinet with moveable shelves and doors.
Storage Cupboard Features
So much glorious storage space abounds on the interior of this tall cupboard. There is one fixed shelf and 3 moveable shelves (or more if you desire).
Shelf Pin Jig
Those shelves are movable courtesy 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. I highly suggest using the shelf pin jig anytime you’re building a project with shelves.
This rustic farmhouse style tall cupboard is the perfect addition to almost any room.
Cupboard Storage Ideas:
I designed the plans for this tall cupboard using standard pine boards and plywood which yields a large, versatile storage cupboard.
The wood knobs and curved bottom edge add the perfect little details. 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 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 (you would need two sections of track to 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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