DIY Breakfast Bar Cabinet

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Hi friends! When we first moved into our home, we found a matching cabinet door with the same hinges as our kitchen hanging out in the basement. I’m not sure what it was originally meant for, but I’m so glad we found a great use for it!

DIY Breakfast Bar Cabinet

As you can see in this photo, I have access to the first half of the shelves in my breakfast bar from the front.

Easy DIY Breakfast Bar Cabinet

The shelves run all the way to the wall, but I could never put anything back there without having to take everything back out to get to whatever was back there. So annoying!

For this project I used:

  • cabinet door
  • tape measure
  • tape
  • drill
  • Dremel oscillating multi-tool
  • sandpaper
  • stain
  • paint
  • router bit

After pondering this idea for years, I finally brought the cabinet door upstairs and taped off the size of the hole that needed to be cut. The inside of the door has indents around it, so I made sure to get my measurements from the edge of each indent. Then I got really nervous and had to recruit my guy for help! 😅 He checked my measurements and drilled a hole big enough for the jigsaw blade to fit in.

Cut a Hole
Cut a Hole

Then he just started cutting away my beautiful kitchen!!! I was real terrified at this point. 😂🤣🤣

DIY Kitchen Cabinet

Cut Carefully
Cut Carefully

He used our Dremel oscillating multi-tool to cut around the areas in front of the shelf, so he didn’t cut through it.

Sand, Stain, and Paint
Sand, Stain, and Paint

When he was done, I pulled myself together from my little freak out and sanded all the cut areas, touched up the stain on the front of the shelf and painted the rim of my new cabinet!

Check the Dimensions
Check the Dimensions

It couldn’t be that easy though!! As you can see from the above photos, he couldn’t cut the hole as big as the cabinet door needed to be because of the bottom shelf, so the door didn’t fit.

Check the Size

Instead of cutting the door and it not being proportional on the breakfast bar, I decided to make the bottom indent higher with my router and router table. I needed to route to the little black mark about 1.5” from the bottom.

Cut with a Router
Cut with a Router

I only had a 1/4” straight bit for my router, so I set my router bit to the right depth and positioned the guide a little under 1/4” where I wanted it to cut.

Cut Cabinet Door

Easy peasy!


I moved my guide back 1/4” for each pass until I got to my mark then sanded the bottom with 80 grit sandpaper to get it nice and smooth.

Fit the Door in Place
Fit the Door in Place

It fit perfectly! I painted the cabinet door the same way I painted the rest of my kitchen cabinets. You can find that tutorial here and be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more of my crazy ideas!

DIY Kitchen Cabinet Door Installation

I love being able to use this space now!!!

DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Since the door and hinges match the rest of the kitchen, it looks like it was built this way! Moral of the story, don’t be scared like me, and go for it!!! 🙌🏻😍

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  • Mary Breslin Mary Breslin on Aug 31, 2021

    I did the same thing in my kitchen! Made that space much more useful! Great minds…

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 05, 2022

    Did you consider opening up the left side of the bar as well, more storage space?

  • Debi Debi on Oct 22, 2022

    Could the door be covered to match the shiplap or use a sharpie to match. The door wouldn't stand out so much

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