How to turn kitchen cabinets into a buffet

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

Bunnings magazine, September 2019

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

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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