Inspired by a coffee shop you can build your own Rustic Industrial Cabinet Doors with this tutorial for custom made doors you can’t buy in a store!
Today I’m writing our One Room Challenge update from the road. We just embarked on a Cruise America trip down the Pacific Coast, and I’m not going to lie, this is a pretty fun way to work. And nobody is mad about having a bathroom on wheels, haha! But let’s talk about our Kitchenette! I was able to finish it before we left, literally at the last possible second, and I can’t wait for the final reveal next week! But first let’s talk about our rustic industrial cabinet doors. These babies are some super thick doors. We didn’t necessarily intend to do that, it just kind of happened. If I’m being honest though I LOVE the chunkiness of them and they provided the exact look I was going for.
I’ve been saying this whole time that I was inspired by coffee shops and when I saw some doors like this at a Starbucks I knew it was exactly what I wanted. Of course we didn’t wrap ours in steel like they did but I have a much more affordable hack for you to get this look. It’s pretty similar to the mirror I built a few years ago!
Rustic Industrial Kitchen Cabinet Doors
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- 1/2″ MDF Sheet
- Barnwood Shiplap
- Kreg Rip Cut
- Miter Saw
- Liquid Nails
- Nail Gun
- Strips of Lattice
- Black Paint
- Sanding Block
- Hinge Jig
How to Build Cabinet Doors
To get started we first determined the size of our doors. (This will completely depend on your project.) Make sure to take into consideration the width of the lattice used to frame out the door. Once you’ve determined the size, cut your MDF down to that size using a Kreg RipCut (or a tablesaw if you have one). I honestly forgot to take some pictures of this process, but it’s pretty easy!
Once all the doors are cut from the MDF you just need at attach the shiplap to the front. We created a stop on our miter saw to make sure all the boards were the exact same length (and essentially flush with the width of the MDF). Then attach the shiplap to your MDF with liquid nails and finish nails. If the shiplap doesn’t fit perfectly onto the height of your MDF (which it likely won’t) you just need to rip down either the top and bottom piece, or just the top…. it’s up to you.
Faux Steel Tutorial
Now it’s time to wrap the doors in “steel”. See I don’t have access to a whole lot of steel, so I had to improvise ; ). I found some strips of lattice at Home Depot that were the same width as the depth of my doors. I simply painted them black with some chalk paint and nailed them on to the side of the doors. Then I filled the holes with spackling, sanded it, and touched up the paint.
Just a few tips for hanging cabinet doors. Make sure you have accounted for all the space around the door so that everything opens properly. We were kind of pushing it with these thick doors and me wanting it to look like a full overlay. We definitely had to make some adjustments to our plans once we got everything prepared. My biggest piece of advice is measure measure measure, and then test it all before making any concrete decisions!