I desperately needed storage in our 1910 house that was not in the basement. I wanted a place to keep my sewing machine and accessories, at-home school supplies, and other odds and ends. We had an alcove in the kitchen that was about 74 inches wide and 17 inches deep, so I decided to build something to fit that space. I really liked the Simplest Armoire plan but I also really liked the Kentwood Bookshelf, so I ended up somewhat combining the two. Since I had a fairly large space, I made the cabinet about 6 ft X 6 ft. The hardest part was getting it into the house. This project was my first big DIY building project without my dad's help. I did call him a few times during the project however, and he helped me hang the doors. I really enjoyed using the Kreg Jig and I appreciated having all of the Kreg Jig instructions for the Kentwood Bookshelf. It was a huge help, as I had only used the Kreg Jig a little and with my dad in the past. My husband has been a great support as I have ventured into building furniture. He works from home, but any time that I needed him to help hold a large sheet of plywood he was quick to help. This was definitely a big project for a beginner, but I enjoy a challenge when it comes to fixing things and creating things. Fortunately, this one worked out in the end! Now what should I build next summer...
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
pine; sanded plywood
paint - Behr Premium Plus Ultra Raw Cinnabar; I added conditioner. 2-3 coats
Recommended Skill Level