DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Valencia Armoire Part II

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I built myself a new bedroom set including a bed, nightstand, and matching dog bed. I don't have a closet in my bedroom, so I needed an armoire. I looked at a few different plans, but I couldn't find a plan that I really liked. I really liked Pottery Barn's Valencia Armoire, but I did not like the $1,599 price tag. I decided to make one on my own.
I built it in two parts. I first made the bottom dresser and then the top shelving unit. You can find the steps for the dresser in my DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Valencia Armoire Part I posting or on my blog. Both the dressing and the shelving unit can be used individually or bracketed together to make one unit.
Here are the steps I took to make the top shelving unit.
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Step 1: Make your cuts.
2 - 3/4" plywood at 18" x 40 3/4" (sides)
3 - 3/4" plywood at 18" x 40" (shelves)
2 - 2"x2" at 40" (top frames)
1 - 3/4" plywood at 21 1/2" x 45 1/2" (topper)
1 - 1/4" plywood at 40 3/4" x 41 1/2"(back)
2 - 1"x2" at 40 3/4" (side trim)
1 - 1"x4" at 38 1/2" (header)
2 - 1/2" plywood at 19 1/8" x 37"
Step 2: Attach the bottom shelf to the sides. The shelf will be inside the two sides.
Step 3: Attach the 2x2 top frames to the top of the sides.
Step 4: Attach the other two shelves. You can place these at whatever height that you want. You could also make these shelves adjustable by using shelf pins.
Step 5: Attach the back.
Step 6: Attach the side trim.
Step 7: Attach the header.
Step 8: Attach the topper.
Step 9: Attach the doors. You also could leave the doors off and leave this as an open shelving unit.
Step 10: Fill any holes with wood filler and sand it.
Step 11: Paint or finish it. I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Kona Brown.
Step 12: Attach the cabinet hardware and magnetic catch according to the manufacturer's directions.
Step 13: The shelving unit portion is complete at this point. You could use this as a stand-alone unit. You could also place it on top of the dresser portion of the armoire.
If you place the shelving unit on top of the dresser unit. I strongly suggest bracketing the two units together for safety.

Jaime LaPlant
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