How to create custom built ins with kitchen cabinets from Thrifty Decor Chick

How to create custom built ins with kitchen cabinets from Thrifty Decor Chick


If you’ve got read through TDC for awhile, you know how a lot I enjoy a excellent wall of created ins. I imagine they make so much character without the need of spending a ton of funds. Detail is, there is certainly no need to build the full thing from scratch. You can generate a definitely tailor made glimpse with fundamental, unfinished cupboards as your base for the undertaking. 

There is a little trick to it nevertheless! I have a go-to for pretty much all of the constructed ins and bookcases I have developed in excess of the a long time. In its place of actual bottom cupboards that you would obtain in a kitchen area or toilet, I use the uppers only. 

This is for a few causes — they never have the drawers that most lowers have (which can make it search more kitchen-like), they are more cost-effective! and they really don’t consider up practically the space regular decrease cupboards do. (Uppers are only 12 inches deep.)

Making built ins from kitchen cabinets

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The other reward is they appear in a handful of diverse measurements — so for most walls you can come across a configuration that will work and just line them up to develop the base for bookcases. 

You do have to do some prep to make them appear customized — the to start with step to building kitchen area uppers seem like built ins is raising them up a little bit. If you just set up them on the floor they is not going to appear as crafted in. 

I use 1x4s and nail them into the sides all-around the bottom of the cabinets: 

How to make cabinets into build ins

In fact, the dimension of the wood will rely on the height of your present baseboards (or the top of new kinds you may possibly be setting up): 

Make base for cabinets for bookcases
The centre piece is for extra aid. To make these glimpse personalized I wrap the bottom with baseboards and this base pulls them up off the ground so that’s doable. You can examine much more about the steps for cupboard set up for developed ins listed here. That put up clarifies almost everything in much more element.

When you increase the base and then some uncomplicated trim on the ends to gown it up, it offers it all a significantly far more innovative glance:

Using kitchen cabinets to build a bookcase

Of study course the butcher block counter features some nice distinction and tends to make it feel even much more custom: 

Kitchen cabinets as base to bookcases

I additional a wall of upper cabinets in our previous loft that gave me SO a great deal storage area for craft and office supplies: 

Loft office/craft room
family office space with built in storage
This crafted in was in our eating room turned library and I have shared it a million times, I know. But we quickly saved a couple grand by doing this project ourselves. The reasonably priced cabinets make it a seriously inexpensive job!: 
DIY built ins with kitchen cabinets

It is genuinely the most effective combo of type and operate — individuals cabinets are only 12 inches deep but they hold a ton! (Imagine of how a great deal they keep in your kitchen.)

I utilized the higher cupboards that go about a fridge for our mud room bench:

Pretty DIY mud room bench with cabinets
And my very first job with these was an additional job I did with my Dad for my son’s bed room: 
Blue and red airplane room

I have Father to thank for this concept — he’s the one particular who assumed of it for this place and I’ve kind of taken off with it in excess of the decades. 🙂 

I utilised those identical skinny, higher cabinets for the bases of my business constructed ins in our new residence: 

Dark green built ins with wallpaper

Have you experimented with this trick to develop custom built ins or bookcases? I am thrilled with how they appear in our property and I am sure I’ll incorporate much more in the potential! 

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How to create custom built ins with kitchen cabinets from Thrifty Decor Chick



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