Introduction

a custom-built cabinet from a bookshelf and shutters
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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A compact cabinet offers just enough storage to tuck away essentials in a family room, bathroom, or bedroom. But if you have a limited budget for this handy piece, you won't find many design options out there. So we turned to TOH general contractor Tom Silva for some DIY advice. He demonstrated how to attach off-the-shelf fixed-louver shutters to an inexpensive, ready-to-assemble bookcase to make a charming cabinet that's easy on the wallet. With a few finishing touches, like trim and bun feet, this piece will spiff up any room you put it in, and it takes just a few hours to build. Read on to learn how.

Ameriwood white bookcase, Gatehouse wood cabinet knobs, Waddell pine round bun feet; available at Lowe's.
Traditional full-louvered shutters; Exterior Solutions.
Paint: Valspar's Cincinnatian Hotel Carl Tan; Valspar Paint

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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad-nail gun
    • sandpaper
      120-grit sandpaper
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. 1¼-inch brad nails to secure the top and bottom to the bookcase, and to trim the cabinet. If necessary, they will also be used to attach the header.

    2. Corner foot plates. Get four.

    3. Furniture feet. Get four.4. Magnetic door catch. Get two.

    5. H-hinges. Get four.

    6. Knobs. Get two.

    7. Primer-sealer. Get one quart.

    8. Paint. Get one quart in a satin or semigloss finish.