Interior design and decorating have always been my two favorite hobbies. Of course, my husband wasn’t very excited to spend hundreds of dollars on furniture alone, so I had to come up with a new plan. DIY furniture is the perfect way of revitalizing and customizing your house, refurbishing old furniture and, of course, saving money. Last week I showed you how to make a gorgeous Pallet Swing Bed, and today we will continue our DIY furniture list, with a colorful, and very practical Outdoor Buffet Cabinet.
- 1 piece of 38 1/2-inch 1 x 2
- Light-duty #3 double-loop chain approx. 4 feet long
- Box of 1 1/2-inch coarse thread wood screws
- Continuous (piano) hinge 36 inches long
- 40 x 16-inch pieces of sanded plywood
- high-quality wood glue
- hanging mounts, decorative latch
- Exterior Stain or Paint
- Eyehooks and 1/8-inch S-hooks (same size as chain)
- 1 x 6 lumber, 14 linear feet
- 1/2-inch square dowel rod approx.14 inches long
- Level or T-Square, Sandpaper, Marker, Power Saw, Wood Filler and Exterior Stain or Paint
- Measure and cut every wood piece, or have it cut for you at the Home Depot store.
- Next, start assembling the parts with a level or T-square, to ensure a perfect fix. Apply wood glue where the pieces will be joined, and secure them with screws.
- Now that you have the frame you can assemble the shelf pieces. (follow Step 2).
- Attach the hinge on the front plywood with the help of its screws. Fasten the bottom portion of the buffet correctly. Test to see if it opens easily.
- Use Eyehooks and S-hooks to strengthen the frame. Secure your chain onto the S-Hook.
- Dowel Rod bottom stops are needed for the foldable front piece. Place them a few inches away from the front piece.
- Inspect the Buffet and make sure to sand down rough areas for a professional finish.
- Apply the paint or stain of your choice. A primer is recommended for an even-looking finish.
- Decide what mounting system you will need for your wall, and attach the finished cabinet.