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Gotcha Cornered ~or~ Papered Plates

(In our last post on installing our new flooring, you may remember the corner cabinet that I told you to forget about until I posted how I made it. Well, this is it).

We’ve always loved the built-in corner cabinets we see in older houses, and we knew one would be perfect in the corner of our “breakfast nook.” LeAnn found one online like she wanted and a design for the top. So, I drew out some quick plans and measurements for the location of the shelves.

I wanted this project to be constructed using only reclaimed materials and previously, you saw that we removed the dated and space-consuming window seats, (which were actually really great for storing Christmas decor) and the plywood from those would make up the majority of the materials I needed.

I began by building a very simple base with plywood strips (cleats) screwed to the wall, bringing them out to the edge of where the cabinet would stop on the wall. (the depth) Then I went out to cut all of the shelves.

To make things simple for the shelves,  I first cut one triangle out of the plywood making it a few inches longer on the sides than the depth of the cabinet, then I measured from the back corner on each side and marked that measurement as the depth of the cabinet. On that mark, I used my square to make a 90 degree angle from each side of the triangle, (the wall side) to the outside edge of the shelf. Then I cut off the marked corners. This shelf became my pattern for the rest of the shelves. (clear as mud, right?)

After that, I cut 10 cleats, and screwed them to the wall below where the shelf would sit. I was butting them up to each other in the back, which meant that half of the cleats had to be 3/4″ shorter than their partners. (partners?? counterparts?? IDK…)

Next, I placed each shelf on the cleats and nailed them down. (above photo)

Using more reclaimed plywood and solid pine, I trimmed out all the exposed edges of the shelves. I also reclaimed two cabinet doors with hinges from my Grandparents first kitchen cabinets, which currently reside in my shop.

For the top design, LeAnn showed me an example of what she wanted and I drew it out to cut. (not easy, I’m no artist) I topped it off with some reclaimed, vintage crown moulding.

If you look closely in the photos, you can see that a TV cable outlet (top shelf) and a double electrical outlet (lower right) were in the way. I just cut a piece of thin plywood and nailed over the top box. (after it was painted, nobody would notice it) And for the double plug, I turned off the breaker, disconnected the outlets, put wire nuts on them and taped them up really well with electrical tape, shoved them in the box, and put a metal electrical plate over it. (Do NOT try the last part yourself, have a licensed electrician do it for you. If done incorrectly, it could cause electrocution or a fire, or worse…frizzy hair…).

We were planning on distressing the edges, so I went over the all of edges with stain to make the distressing stand out.

All I had to do next was finish, LOL. (We eventually replaced the pulls in the photo with vintage glass knobs).

In other news, LeAnn took on a project of her own. We really didn’t like our almond switch and outlet plates, but we couldn’t find any affordable ones to go with our decor. So, LeAnn thought of decoupaging them instead. We found some napkins online which would go well with our kitchen, and she got busy. (there are ton of plates here).

They turned out GREAT!

She also painted this canister set that was VERY 90’s.


We are really enjoying our new kitchen! Thanks so much for visiting! What’s your next DIY? Let us know in the comment section below!

See y’later,


*We weren’t gifted or paid to do anything in this post. Nor did anyone send flying monkeys to assist us.


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