What you need:
• Safety equipment
• Sanding block with 400-grit and 180-grit abrasive paper
• Clean cloth
• Short nap roller with two covers and tray
• Cordless drill with driver bit
• 4mm and 8mm drill bits
• Two quick-grip clamps
• Stud finder
• Measuring tape
• Three 450mm raw board D.I.Y. kitchen cabinet doors (we used Kaboodle Paint Your Own Doors in Modern profile)
• 3-in-1 primer sealer undercoat
• Interior low-sheen paint (we used Taubmans Beyond Beige)
• 900mm and 450mm D.I.Y. kitchen wall cabinets
• Eight 5/16” vertical leg plates
• Eight 150mm round plain wooden furniture legs
• 8G x 30mm countersunk chipboard screws
• Six push-to-open door hinges
• Painter’s tape
• 8G x 65mm timber screws
1. Prep for painting
Sand the raw faces of the doors with 400-grit abrasive paper, then remove the dust with a damp cloth. Use a mini roller to apply the 3-in-1 undercoat and leave to dry. Sand lightly with 180-grit paper, then remove the dust with a damp cloth.
2. Add a splash of paint
To paint, use a clean cover on a mini roller to apply the first coat and leave to dry. Sand lightly with 180-grit abrasive paper, remove the dust with a damp cloth, then apply a second coat.
3. Assemble the cabinet
Assemble the cabinets following the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring all fasteners are tightened.
4. Secure the legs
On the underside of the cabinets, position leg plates in the corners and secure with supplied screws. Use an 8mm bit to drill into the centre of the plates, then install the legs.
5. Connect all the pieces
Set out the cabinets on a level surface, clamp together at the top and base, then use a 4mm bit to make two pilot holes into the sides at the front, and two into the sides at the back, securing with 30mm screws. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install hinges and doors, then position stick-on end caps over all visible screws.
6. Attach the sideboard
Locate the wall studs and mark with painter’s tape 800mm from the floor. Position the sideboard, use a 4mm bit to drill two pilot holes through the back of both cabinets into the wall studs, then secure with 65mm screws.
Tip: We’ve taken a simplistic approach to building this sideboard, but you can add character with a timber top. Cut a timber panel to fit, apply Liquid Nails to the top of the cabinet, then centre the panel and clamp to dry.
Ready to make one of your own?
Head into your local Bunnings to pick up all the tools and materials you need to complete this super simple project.
Photo credit: Cath Muscat