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Decorative brackets turn a two-door wood cabinet into a centerpiece for your wall. Then add your favorite cabinet knobs for hanging jewelry and accessories.
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Building this wall cabinet involves no special tools, but it does require precision and attention to detail. When laying out pilot holes, always double-check your measurements and confirm the hole placements against the bracket and cabinet placement before driving screws.
From 3/4-inch plywood, cut the back to size. If you don’t have a table saw or circular saw and straightedge, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the piece to size. (Explain that the dimensions need to be precise.)
Lay the cabinet and brackets on the plywood back to confirm the pilot hole locations. Remove the cabinet and bracket before drilling the pilot holes. Then countersink the pilot holes on the back of the plywood and the wall-mounting holes on the front of the plywood.
If you know where you’ll hang the shelf and need to adjust the locations of the mounting holes at the top of the plywood, it’s easier to do that now than after screwing the cabinet in place.
Heat a clothes iron to its highest setting. Cut four strips of edge banding about 1 inch longer than the edges and ends of the plywood panel. On one plywood edge at a time, place the end of an edge banding strip slightly overhanging the corner of the plywood and centered along its thickness. Rest the iron on the edge banding to heat the glue until it sticks to the plywood. Continue heating and pressing the edge banding against the plywood until you reach the opposite end.
Use a utility knife or sharp chisel to cut the ends of the edge banding flush with the corners of the plywood. Then slowly and carefully trim the edges of the banding even with the faces of the plywood. Sand the rest of the edge banding flush with the plywood faces. Repeat the previous step and this one for the remaining three plywood edges.
Sand the plywood panel and brackets with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper; wipe clean. Paint to match the color of the cabinet (Brown Velvet shown). After the stain dries overnight, apply two coats of clear finish, sanding lightly between coats.
On the bottom of the cabinet, measure and mark 1-1/8 inch in from the inside face of the cabinet side. Then drill pilot holes 1-1/2 inches and 4 inches from the back along marked line. Repeat for the opposite side.
Lay the cabinet on a flat surface and press a bracket against the cabinet bottom with the outside edge of the flat bracket top flush with the side of the cabinet. Mark the pilot hole locations, drill, and drive screws attaching the bracket to the cabinet. Repeat for the other bracket.
Lay the cabinet and bracket assembly face down on a flat work surface. Center the plywood panel on the assembly as shown in the drilling guide and drive screws attaching the cabinet and brackets to the plywood.
Turn the assembly over and drill the cabinet doors for hardware. Install knobs on the doors and under the cabinet between the brackets.
Have a helper hold the cabinet assembly level on the wall while you mark the mounting hole locations. If possible, use a stud finder to place at least one of the mounting screws centered in a wall stud. Add toggle-style wall anchors as needed. Then screw the cabinet to the wall. Estimated cost: $158.