Functional Farmhouse Storage Unit by OhEverythingHandmade

Functional Farmhouse Storage Unit

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If you are on my Instagram then you may have seen a glimpse of my new Functional Farmhouse Storage Unit. So today I’ll be showing you exactly how I made the unit.

I haven’t been working in my office for at least a month or two. It was so cluttered and unorganized, I just didn’t feel like being in my office at all. Until last week when I drew a vision of a storage solution on paper that my husband loved.

Building the unit wasn’t hard at all, I used manufactured cabinets and simply framed them to achieve the custom farmhouse look I was going for.
Functional Farmhouse Storage Unit by OhEverythingHandmade

My Saturday morning

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After looking at all my options here on the island (Okinawa, Japan that is!), I went to one of my favorite store called Nitori, they had super affordable storage units in the size I needed for only $10 each.

These units can be displayed horizontally or vertically, I went for the vertical display because I planned to frame the units and also display them lower as if they were standing upright.

Material 


  • 2 cabinets
  • 1/2″ plywood
  • 1/2″ boards for framing
  • stain
  • sealer
  • tapered wooden legs
  • wood glue
  • hammer
  • 1 1/2″ nails
  • electric drill
  • screwdriver
  • Countersink Drill Bit
  • 1 1/2″ flathead screws
  • measurement tape
  • pencil
  • clamps

Instructions

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Step 1.

  • Assemble the units
  • Add as many shelves to the units as desired

Note: Although my cabinets had flathead screws that came with the cabinets, I had to countersink them so the plywood was sitting flush on top of the surface.


Step 2.

  • I started with the middle section, which was the top of the bottom cabinet. I measured and cut the plywood to the same size as the cabinets length.
  • Apply a generous amount of glue to the cabinet and place the sheet(s) of plywood on top. To keep it from moving around clamp the plywood to the cabinet and attach the plywood with nails.
  • Repeat these steps to apply the plywood to the bottom and the top of your cabinets.

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Step 3.


  • While everything is drying, cut, sand and stain the frame boards.
  • Glue and attach the stained boards with nails to the outside of your cabinets, along the edges of your plywood and cabinets.
  • Finish staining the cabinets plywood top, and seal once dry.
  • I also attached 3.5″ tapered legs to the bottom of my storage unit, for the perfect height.

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Due to the crazy amounts of papers I have on hand for calligraphy, brush lettering and watercolor projects, I added 6 shelves on one side just for that.

The wire baskets will be filled with my beautiful fabrics, and also silk flowers from Afloral.com for upcoming projects.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Tamra August 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    This is great! I’ve been looking for something like this for my home. My only disappointment was not getting the details on the shelves for paper. The cubbies do not look like they have holes pre-drilled so it looks like a DIY project. Do you have a DIY tutorial for this or a link to one? In my research to find cubbies that offer this option I have found there are only a few brands that offer this AND each shelf is around $7-10!! Being able to do this myself would save me a lot of money–and it looks easy enough–but would like some guidance before tackling it. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Reply Bettina Johnson August 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Are you referring to the paper storage? I drilled those holes myself, which is super fast and easy. All you have to do is measure the cubby and mark where you would like to add a shelf. Then you drill holes big enough to insert the support for each self. The company that had the units also sold individual shelves, so it was simple to add them after I had drilled the additional holes.
      But if you don’t want to build something and just get a cubby that’s premade, here is a great one: Amazon Cubby

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