Stock Kitchen Cabinets Into Dining Room Buffet

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For the eight years I we have lived in our home I have wanted some sort of buffet piece in our dining room. The only problem was it had to a narrow piece because of the minimal space, and we also had a baseboard electric heater on that wall.

After years of using shelves to fill the space, I wanted my buffet. So after talking to my husband and others I decided to remove the electric baseboard heater. We have never once turned it on to use, since we heat our home with our wood stove so it was an easy decision. Once it was removed my options opened up a little more, but it still had to be narrow.

That’s when I decided to build my own out of stock upper kitchen cabinets. They are only 12″ deep and basically built for me so I knew it would be an easy project.

I also used upper cabinets in our built ins at our cottage as well as other parts of our home. So I had an idea of what I was going to do.

Create a base out of 2×4 the length you need to have the cabinet sit on them flush. See picture. Screw the base into the studs on the wall. I did remove the moulding on the wall to create a built in look.

Place cabinets on top of base, make sure they are level and flush. Screw them together using cabinet screws through the cabinet frames.

Screw the back of the cabinets into the studs into the wall.

Once secure, cut the 1×4 to length for the front and side trim pieces. I used a beveled edge for the corners. You can absolutely use a butt joint as well. I like the way a beveled corner looks.

Attach the 1x4s to the 2×4 base with your nail gun (or pre drill pilot holes and use a hammer and finishing nails).

For the top of the Buffet I used an Glue Edge Panel it was 16″ deep and 8′ long. I did rip the board down on my table saw so it was only 12.5″ and not hanging over the top to far.

I stained the wood top in a combination of stains to get the natural bleached wood look.

I am obsessed with how this turned out and I should have done it years ago! This is a very easy beginner build and can be built in 1-2 days.

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  • Tracy Tracy on Jan 19, 2023

    what color paint did you use ?

  • Carolina's Art Carolina's Art on Jan 19, 2023

    Tara, I love how it turned out. I would have stained the top like the table though, but that's just me. Question: Did you make the table and if you did, do you have instructions for it? I love the legs!!!!

  • Margaret Mestas Cordova Margaret Mestas Cordova on Jan 27, 2023

    Did you buy new cupboards then paint them? I have a small dining room and need more cupboard space so I will definitely try this! I am not handy but my husband is. This is the best project I have ever seen on home ideas ever on this page. Absolutely wonderful!

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  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 05, 2024

    These cabinets are so versatile! We wanted bookcases to wrap around the wall in our living room and had planned to use IKEA's billy bookcases but at the time we were ready to move forward--they were unavailable in our area. Covid--grrr! So we found a cheap source for upper kitchen cabinets--stacked them on top of each other to get the height we needed--and boom--bookcases! I haunt Goodwill and ReStore for used ones--they fit in so many small spaces and you can make them look anyway you want! Great job--thank you for sharing your project!

  • Sara Sara on Apr 06, 2024

    Love this. Thanks for sharing!!