We decided to modify our pantry room and change the bottom row of cabinetry from roll-outs to full drawers so I made 6 drawer fronts in one day and thought I’d share the process because it’s seriously so simple and I feel like sometimes this kind of thing seems more complicated than it really is.
I specifically made drawer fronts but this exact same technique could be used to make any size cabinet door or drawer front so it’s more about the method than the specific dimensions.
In my case here, I made a simple 5-piece door with a 1/2″ MDF backer panel and 1/4″ MDF 2″ rails and 3″ stiles to create the cabinet style I wanted, but you can make your rails/stiles any size you prefer.
- 1/2″ MDF panel: Home Depot
- 1/4″ MDF panel: Home Depot
- Wood glue: Home Depot | Amazon
- Wood filler: Home Depot | Amazon
- Sandpaper: Home Depot | Amazon
- Table saw: Home Depot | Amazon
- Miter saw: Home Depot | Amazon
- Putty knife: Home Depot | Amazon
- Measuring tape: Home Depot | Amazon
- Create your backer boards by cutting your 1/2″ MDF to size on a table saw. Be sure to leave about a 1/16 to 1/8 gap on each side between the door and the cabinet side.
- Create your rails & stiles by cutting your 1/4″ MDF into 2″ (rails) and 3″ (stiles) strips on a table saw. Then cut them to the lengths your need on a miter saw.
- Dry fit your rails & stiles over your backer board to ensure a flawless fit.
- Glue the backs of your rails & stiles then place them on your backer board. You may need to clamp them down or just place something heavy over them as they dry (but be very careful that they don’t shift under the weight). I actually didn’t use any clamping and I only weighed one of mine down.
- Allow them to fully dry for several hours.
- Apply wood filler to all surface seams with a putty knife, and also around all 4 exterior edges to blend the seam between the 1/2″ and 1/4″ MDF panels.
- Once it’s fully dry, sand all wood filler down until perfectly smooth.
- Now your door is done and it’s ready to be painted.
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Do you have a tutorial for how you painted these? If not, how did you do it? I wanted to build a few office cabinets myself but getting a nice finish is the part I’m unsure about… yours look like they turned out pretty dang good in the pantry!
I always brush and roller. I’ve used paint sprayers in the past but I hate cleaning them so much that I ultimately prefer to brush/roller. And I always use a microfiber roller.
These came out beautifully! Silly question – how did you attach the doors once they were done?
Thank you! They’re screwed to the drawer boxes from the inside.