How to Build a Cabinet Door

Hey friends!

I am so excited to share with you how to build a cabinet door!

We built some cabinets for each side of our washer and dryer, and at first, I thought I wanted to leave them open and put baskets in them.  But I changed my mind and decided that it would be smarter to have doors on those cabinets to hide clutter and give them a more custom look.

I also knew that I was going be putting six baskets in the cubbies on the other side of the laundry room, and with four more baskets by the washer and dryer, that would be WAY TOO MANY baskets in the space.  Does that make sense?

So I told Cy my idea, and he reluctantly agreed.  haha!  (He is just dying to get this laundry room finished!) I told him that I just wanted a simple Shaker-style door which is super easy to make.  Even easy enough for me to make it! :)

We spent just a couple of hours building and painting these doors.  The MDF board is a great material to build cabinets with because it is inexpensive, and it is easy to paint.  You would NOT want to use MDF board if you were planning on staining the wood.


How to Build a Cabinet Door


The hardware I used on the doors are from Hobby Lobby.  I like them, but then I don’t like them, so I don’t know if I will keep them.  I’m still trying to decide.  (I know.  I’m weird like that.)  I think I am going to just go with some simple black hardware.

How to Build a Cabinet Door

Here are the supplies we used to make the cabinet doors:

  • 3/4 inch MDF board (cut to size at Lowe’s)
  • 1/4 inch x 2 inch poplar trim pieces
  • finish nailer
  • 1 inch finish nails
  • wood glue
  • drill
  • 1 – 3/8 inch drill bit
  • Soft close hinges

For now, here is my most current video on How to Build a Cabinet Door.  I would love for you to watch it, and please subscribe to my youtube channel.  As you have probably been able to tell, I have been creating a lot more videos lately.  Truthfully, I LOVE filming and creating videos (much more than I do styling and photographing a room.)  :)  I hope you enjoy watching them.



The last thing we have to do in this space is decorate!   YAY!  I am going to make my final decision on what type of baskets to use in the cubbies, get some frames for above the washer and dryer, hang up a sign, and maybe get a rug.  We’ll see….

Once I am finished decorating, I will take some pictures of my laundry room and share them with you on the blog.  THEN it will be time to move on to my office makeover.  Oh yeah!

Thanks for supporting my dreams.



*This post was sponsored by Lowe’s.  All opinions and ideas are 100% mine.

UPDATE:  I changed the hardware, and I like these handles from Lowe’s a lot better on my cabinets.  We also created a video on how to install the door  to the cabinet with soft closed hinges.  You can check that out by clicking HERE or on the picture below.

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  1. Good video, just wish you’d wear safely glasses when using power tools. I was just going to make one little cut on my table saw so I didn’t put my spliter in, had a bad kickback and ended up with a garage full of paramedics and an afternoon in ER. It only takes a minute for an accident to happen.

    1. Hi Bobbi!
      I always wear glasses with any power tools. A drill really isn’t a power tool, in my opinion. :). Totally agree with you, though! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Angela! My husband attached the doors, and we’ve had a lot of questions about that, so we are going to try and do another quick video to show how to attach the doors. :)

  2. Awesome job Traci ! The doors are beautiful & you make everything look so darn easy !!
    As far as the door handles, I would go for the black wrought iron look. Just sayin ……
    Love ALL your videos ! 👍🏻

  3. You are right about the doors. It looks much more finished and will be easier to get to
    the things stored there. I also like the handles.

  4. Looks great! I was hoping o use this technique on existing cabinets in my rental condo. Would i just measure the doors that are there to get the correct size? Also what paint did you use. Thanks!

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