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Mudroom Update - DIY Shaker Cabinet Doors & Faux Cabinet

This post today is all about a very inexpensive and easy way to build shaker-style cabinet doors for this utilitarian mudroom. I might use them again in the garage or basement. I also have the details on how to create a faux cabinet on the wall.

In the past, I've built a good amount of doors, and they are all different, at least in the way they were built, from the ones I'm building here today. They're all beginner-level builds that have served me well. You can check them here, here, and here.

This was my first time using 1/2" plywood to build doors. It was the material I had at hand, and I wanted to get rid of it. ;)  The other main material I had to buy was lattice, those thin wood strips to create the grids or the shaker style. I got a good deal on a good bunch of those lattice boards. If you buy them at the big store, it might bring your budget way up.

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The first step is to measure the cabinet you're planning on giving doors. All of my cabinets have two doors. These directions are for a cabinet with a set of doors with a full overlay, which means that the doors cover the entire cabinet frame.

Stand in front of the cabinet and measure its width. Subtract 3/8" (only subtract 1/4" if you're NOT adding wood veneer) to that number and then divide that measurement in two. That number is going to be the width of one of your plywood pieces for a set of doors.

For the height, I measured from the very top of the cabinet all the way down passing 3/4" of the first shelf or base of the cabinet. 

My next step was to add/iron the wood veneer all around the plywood to give it a better finish. it's totally optional.

Then, it's time to add the wooden strips or rails & stiles to give that boring plywood some style.


Cut and install the left and right sides or stiles. They go all the way from the very top to the bottom of the door. Use wood glue and 5/8" brad nails to set them in place. 

Note: Pay attention to hinge placement, don't drive nails on those spots.

Cut and install the rails or top and bottom lattice pieces the same way.


Follow the directions that come with the hinges to drill the holes. I used my Rockler Jig It which always makes this process fairly easy.

On the short cabinet doors, the holes were set at 3" from the top and 3" from the bottom edge of the door.
On the long doors, three hinges were installed, one in the center and two at 4" from top and bottom.

| Jig It | 35 mm 110-degree Full Overlay Cabinet Hinge | Milwaukee Drill and Driver |


This step might be one of the drawbacks of making doors this way. There are many nail holes and gaps to fill, although filling them goes quickly. You might need to go twice, waiting for the spackling paste to dry in between coats and giving it a good sanding.


Before painting the doors, I went ahead and install them. When uninstalling them for painting, I left the hinges mounted there on the cabinet. 

And here this picture below shows you how I transferred that middle rail measurement onto the sliding door on the left and also onto the other section of "cabinets" on the other side of the bench.
Bosch Laser Level |

Well, on the other side of the bench, I had a corner wall with a covered garage door opener and an electric switch right there in the middle.

Since my plan for that corner wall was to give it the look of cabinets...

I first had to move that electric box from the middle of the wall.

And here is how I made that corner look like a cabinet:

The same lattice pieces that were added to the doors were the main material for this faux cabinet.
I copy-cat the dimensions for all the lattice used on the doors.

The first step was to add the cabinet pulls/knobs onto the thin strips of wood.

Then, I set a vertical center line on the wall and removed the lower part of the drywall, and installed a wooden piece to serve as the cabinet kick-plate.

Next, I added the outer stiles.

For installing the inner stiles, I had to make holes there on the drywall for the screws/hardware to be sitting inside the wall, making the wood flush with the wall.

They were installed leaving a 1/8" gap in between the two boards. And everything was set in place with my nailer and 1" brad nails.
Ryobi AirStrike 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer |


I primed the plywood and then painted the doors, but as you can see in the left picture below, the patches were still visible. I had to do it again, priming the door rails, stiles, and panels once again.
Kilz Latex primer was the one that I almost always use.  Then, two coats of Behr White in a semi-gloss finish made these doors look awesome!
| Kilz Latex Primer | Behr White |

Oh, I also added crown molding at the top.

And here's how that faux corner cabinet looks now. 
| Cabinet Pulls | Cabinet Knobs |

And here's a funny situation that happened a few days ago... I already moved some stuff I had in the garage and stored it here in the mudroom in the upper cabinets. I sent my husband to bring me something from there. After a few minutes, I heard him laughing and came to see what had happened. He told me he was trying to open those upper cabinets on the right side, but after a while, he remembered they're faux!! 😂😂

Did you notice I also changed the door trim?  This past weekend I was giving that big door a new color! 🖤 

That will be shared next week during the reveal of this little room. Stay tuned!!

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Here are all the projects that were tackled during this mudroom build:

The mudroom plan

DIY - Garage platform

How to frame a mudroom in the garage

How to build an indoor staircase

How to install slate tile

diy - garage mudroom

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  1. it is looking so good! You are so clever, love the look of the fake doors!
    I am having a major case of envy...I totally want that laser level!

    1. Hehe thanks Morgane! they look real. 😁 That laser level is a great tool to have. Add it to your Christmas list. ;)

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    1. Thanks Sue! It looks way better than having that plain wall there.

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