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White buffet unit with dusty pink doors against a white wall

Overview

Transform slender D.I.Y. kitchen cabinets into an elegant piece of furniture - perfect for storage and display.

Steps

1Prep 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.

2Add 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.

3Assemble the cabinet

Assemble the cabinets following the manufacturer's instructions, ensuring all fasteners are tightened.

4Secure 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.

5Connect 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.

6Attach 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.

7Ready 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

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.