DIY Cane Cabinet

4 Materials
$70
3 Weeks
Medium

I am so excited to share this project, talk about transformation. For this makeover cabinet I wanted something new, something modern, something fresh with lots of textures and a sleek design. Used as a focal point in our formal living room to center our stunning mirror and for storing our board games.


Installing the woven cane fronts on the doors and adding metal legs changes everything about this cabinet. A background story about this now a cabinet was picked up from Kijiji advertised as a free dresser. I also bleached the whole cabinet and you can find the step by step of how to's here

The cost for getting this cabinet modernized was $70, the caning is what cost me the most for $42 and I purchased the metal legs on kijiji for $20 and the wood for framing was $8.

Material




  • Cane of your choice, the one I used is a 5 X 5 radio cane
  • Moulding 3/16-inch x 7/16-inch x 4 ft.
  • Wood Glue
  • Staplers
  • Old dresser
  • Door pulls
  • 1 x 2 wood



Directions




  • Measure and mark your boxed wood frame and cut out your door fronts using a jigsaw.
  • Measure and cut your 1 x2 to add on top of your frame
  • Get your cane ready, by submerging it in water for about 20 minutes. 
  • Remove your cane from water and place it on clean flat surface, i used a clean sheet then placed heavy flat items on top, i used a table
  • Place your canning on a flat surface, measure your door front opening and mark the cane
  • Using a sharp scissors cut the required amount required to cover the front of each door.
  • Place the cane on top of your framing, making sure everything is aligned and staple down with a staple gun
  • Apply wood glue along the perimeter of your cane for your framing.
  • Add Alexandria Moulding 3/16-inch x 7/16-inch x 4 ft. Basswood Decorative Moulding around your door front for framing
  • Install your door knobs and you are all done.


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  • Jeanette Jeanette on Dec 13, 2020

    love the make over but no pictures of how you bleached the wood.. Did you just pour bleach on the dresser?

  • Áine Áine on Dec 28, 2020

    How did you add the legs to the dresser, I love the finished piece, I've a big sideboard that I would love to do like this, and it sits on the floor.. no legs. Curious how to go about it ?

  • Judy Haas Judy Haas on Dec 30, 2020

    Another request for info/directions on how you bleached the wood.

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  • Jami Jami on Feb 05, 2021

    Love the idea of lifting it up and putting it on legs. I also like how you seemed to lighten the load and take out a lot of interior drawers and cicer the doors with the cane-love the stripped/light paint/bleach out-what inspiration!!

  • Sandra Kidd Phillips Sandra Kidd Phillips on May 16, 2021

    The article only discusses the cane process. I wish you had described the wood bleaching process as well as the addition of the legs. None of that was listed in materials either.

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