My 72-Color Paint Swatch Cabinets – Part 3 (Framing Out IKEA Cabinets To Make A Stand Alone Cabinet)

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Written By Jim J Neal

I had been aiming to finish the cabinet today but wasn’t able to due to the fact that I had to paint the walls and ceiling in that area of the room first. Despite this setback, I have made a lot of progress and the cabinet will be completed by Monday.

To bring everyone up to speed, I am working on a large cabinet for my studio that will sit right inside the door from the breakfast room. I am using IKEA Sektion cabinets with Veddinge doors to create this cabinet. I wanted it to look like a standalone piece of furniture from the front, instead of the all-overlay doors going edge to edge.

To achieve this, I had to build the frame for the cabinet myself. I attached four of the boxes to each other and added feet to the bottom cabinets to raise them up three inches for the trim. I then added two pieces of 2″ x 2″ lumber to the sides and screwed them into place. I followed this up by adding the two top cabinets, then covering the sides with 3/4″ sanded plywood. On top of this, I added more 2″ x 2″ pieces and nailed them into place.

Finally, I created the frame for the front by cutting pieces of the right width and planing them to 5/8″ thick. I added the vertical pieces to the left and right, followed by the top and bottom pieces. Although IKEA cabinets are great, I did have to fill gaps with caulk as the horizontal pieces did not sit flush. I then added the decorative trim to the bottom, followed by the crown molding to the top.

Now I just need to do the finishing work such as wood filling, sanding, caulking, priming, and painting. I am confident I can get this done by the end of the weekend.