How to Make a Coffee Table Using a Cabinet Door

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cabinet tableIf you want innovative furniture designs that are truely unique, more often than not, you will need to craft it yourself. Using something that you might normally throw away in a craft project not only helps the environment but makes something that was once unwanted junk, beautiful and new.


Doing this will also showcase your innovativeness and will give you something to do in your spare time as well.  Do you have have a cabinet or cupboard door you want to trash? Instead of junking it, use it to make your own special coffee table!

What it will look like

Your self-styled coffee table will have a cabinet door as the top. The panels which are usually recessed can function as trays. You can add a shelf below if there is some leftover wood.  Get a few table legs; steel ones will give a modern look. Thus, you’ll have a practically brand new coffee table almost for free.

Materials required

  • A cabinet or cupboard door
  • Grooved floorboards
  • Cat’s paw type of pry bar
  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Circular saw or a table saw
  • Natural wax for a top coat
  • Table legs
  • Nails

How to go about it

If there are protruding nails, a cat’s paw can help remove them. If it was a double-door cupboard, then they’ll be a piece to hide the gap between the doors. For a level surface, smoothen out the area after removing the piece. It could also be retained and used as an outward rim.

The table leg positions should be marked out first. Make sure you don’t secure them too close together or the table will wobble. Eight inches is the maximum they should be from the table ends. Carefully mark where you have the drill the screw holes. The length of the screwsdewalt drill should of course be less than the door’s thickness. So that you don’t drill all the way to the top, wrap some tape around the drill’s bit so that you can gauge the depth. Hold the legs steady and drive in the screws making sure not to knick the surface.

If you want a shelf at the bottom to stack magazines on, you’ll need to fit two tongue and groove types of floorboards together and mark the width of the shelf on their backs. Make sure the shelf is shorter in size compared to the table as it’ll give a recessed look. Use a circular saw or a table saw to get rid of extra groove or tongue and then cut them to length. Fit both the boards together and clamp them securely. Attach them to the shelf bracket and drill holes for half-inch screws.

For a lovely soft sheen, add a top coat that will seal the wood as well. Use a wax-based conditioner for this purpose. It will prevent the wood from looking too dry. The finished product will be a real eye-grabber as well as a conversation piece for your guests since it will be unique and hand crafted by you.

This guest post was written by Michelle, an interior designer. Are remodeling your bathroom? She says that concealed cisterns are best for smaller bathrooms. Although in bigger bathrooms, she says it hides its construction and brilliantly caters more space while looking well-organized.



  1. Looks good

  2. Susan Cooper says:

    You always come up with some really fun and interesting projects. Although this not something I would do or could use at the moment, it is still a pretty cool idea. 🙂

  3. This is such a neat idea. I will have to remember it. We don’t have a coffee table right now but if we decide to get one, I think making one like this would be a great way to go.

    • It would be a fun project! I also think if you didn’t have a cabinet on hand you could probably find one at a thrift shop or yard sale too.

  4. How incredibly gorgeous! It looks a little labor-intensive compared to the DIY projects that I usually tackle, but I can only imagine how rewarding it must be to have that finished product.
    Thank you for this inspiring and wonderful post! I’d love to try it out some day… With a little help from a friend (or two), probably. 🙂

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