How to Build a Sideboard from Stock Cabinets
This elegant storage piece comes together with off-the-shelf base kitchen cabinets and simple molding
Dishware, serving pieces, table linens—a sideboard packs a whole lot of storage space into a relatively small footprint, making it a handy addition to any household. A sturdy, high-quality one can leave a thousand-dollar dent in your finances, but as This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates, you can enhance a few stock kitchen base cabinets with molding, furniture feet, and knobs to produce a handcrafted piece for a fraction of the cost of buying one ready-made. Opt for unfinished 15- or 18-inch cabinets fitted with doors and operable drawers (not the fake drawer fronts used for sink cabinets) and take a day to put all the pieces together. Your handsome creation will turn heads at dinner parties for years to come.
The design for this sideboard is based on one found in the book The Find, by Stan Williams.
How to Turn Kitchen Cabinets into a Sideboard Overview
Build a sideboard
Turned feet and moldings will lend your finished piece some decorative flair. You'll find all the materials you need at any large home center.
(download plan here)
one sheet of ½-inch cabinet-grade birch plywood
three 18-inch base cabinets
½x1 lattice strips
¾ bed molding
1x3 furring strips
½x2 lattice strips
three push door latches
four furniture feet
four corner foot plates
All materials available at Lowes.