Build a Beautiful Nursery Armoire

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 09:22
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When a new baby comes along, it's not just the baby that you have to make room for in your lives. A baby also requires a large amount of things. And these things often don't fit into tradditional storage systems. This nursery armoire is designed to organize all of the baby's things, keeping necessities in one spot. Special thanks to Jake for sharing his amazing armoire with us.

Overall Dimensions are shown above. The depth of this cabinet is 24″, but you can use a shorter width board to get a shorter depth and a smaller footprint.


Shopping List

2 – Sheets of 3/4″ MDF or 3/4″ A1 Plywood
1 – Sheet of 1/4″ MDF, Lauan, or plywood (for the back)
1 – 1/2 sheet of 1/2″ MDF or A1 Plywood (for the doors)
3″ Cabinet Screws (About 50)
Wood Filler
Wood Glue
2″ Nails
1 1/4″ Nails
5/8″ Nails (for the cabinet doors)
3 – Sets of Full Overlay Frameless Door Hinges
5 – Sets of basic hinges
1 - 8′ stick of 5 1/4″ base molding, like this from Lowes
3 – 8′ sticks of 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ hobby boards in desired species (you may wish to take the cut list in and get exact cuts to pay by the foot instead of by the board)

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List for the Box

1 – 1×24 @ 6 1/2″ (Drawer Divider)
2 – 1×24 @ 66″ (Sides)
4 – 1×24 @ 38 1/2″ (Shelves)

Cut List for the Trim

1 – 1×4 @ 40″ (Top Header Trim)
2 – 1×3 @ 26 1/2″ (Bottom Side Trim, Fixed) (cut at 62 1/2″ if you want the top trim fixed too, for non-flat folding doors)
2 – 1×3 @ 36″ (Top Side Trim, if you choose to have the flat folding doors)
2 – 1×2 @ 35″ (Shelf Trim)
4 – 1×2 @ 24 1/4″ (Side Crown Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 41 1/2″ (Bottom Front Crown Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 43″ (Top Crown Front Trim)
2 – 5 1/4″ Base Moulding, @ 25″ (Longest Points, mitered out on front end) (measure to fit)
1 – 5 1/4″ Base Moulding, @ 41 1/2″ (Longest Points, mitered on both ends out) (measure to fit)

Cut List for the Doors

2 – 1/2″ Sheet Goods @ 35 3/4″ x 17 1/4″ (Back of top Doors)
2 – 1/2″ Sheet Goods @ 19 1/2″ (Back of bottom Doors)
8 – 1/4″ thick x 2 1/2″ wide hobby stock @ 17 1/4″ (Top and bottom trim for all doors)
4 – 1/4″ thick x 2 1/2″ wide hobby stock @ 30 3/4″ (Top Sides, cut to measurement)
4 – 1/4″ thick x 2 1/2″ wide hobby stock @ 14 1/2″ (Bottom Sides, cut to measurements)
*Cut your doors slightly smaller if you are using edge banding to finish edges of doors.

Shopping List for Drawers

Scrap 1×24, or matching width to the box from the armoire, 3′ or 2 18′ pieces
2 – 8′ 1×6 Boards
2- Sets of Undermount Slides

Optional Drawers Cut List

2 – 1×24 @ 17 7/8″ (Bottoms)
4 – 1×6 @ 17 7/8″ (Fronts and Back)
4 – 1×6 @ 22″ (Sides of Drawers)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Have someone help you rotate and move this project, it’s going to be HEAVY. To decrease expense and weight, you can use a 1×16 or even a 1×12 board width instead of the 1×24. The 1×24 is designed to fit the older TVs. A 1×16 would still be enough room for a hanger to use this as a closet. When working with MDF, predrill the entire length of the screws shaft and use special MDF screws or drywall screws. Do not use wood screws. Always use glue and mark out your joints on both the joint and the outside to assist with build. Take a square after each step. Use proper safety equipment.


Step 1

Drawer Divider. Take tow of the shelves and mark 18 7/8″ inch in from the outsides. Then fasten the divider in place as shown above. This divider is not just for the drawer housing. It adds strength, helping your shelf carry a heavier weight. If you plan to use this as a computer armoire and would like to add a keyboard tray, you can omit this divider, but the shelf will not be as strong. In the next step, you will attach the sides.

Step 2

Build the Box. Because this box is so gigantic, I am going to recommend you use some good fasteners to fasten it together. Use cabinet screws in 3″ length and predrill and countersink your screw heads. The divider from step 1 is not shown above.

Step 3

Back. Using the 1 1/4″ nails and glue, fasten the back in place.

Step 4

Begin Trim. Start with the header trim. Fasten in place with 2″ nails and glue, to both the top and sides. Then fasten the bottom side trim, also to the sides and shelves. Finally, measure and cut the blue trim above from 1×2 boards, and fasten in place with 2″ nails and glue. Keep edges flush with the tops of the shelves.

Step 5

Step 6

Front Crown Trim. In the same manner as you fasten the side trim, fasten the front crown.

Step 7

Footer. Mitering your corners, cut the base moulding to fit your sides. Then measure and cut your front piece, mitering out both sides to fit the sides. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach.

Step 8

Footer Cutout. Cut out your footer as shown above with a jigsaw.

Step 9

Doors. Cut your door pieces as shown above. Using 5/8″ nails, start by gluing and clamping the tops and bottom trim pieces to each door. Let dry flat. Then add the side trim for all the doors. If you wish to stain this piece, you will need to add edge banding to the visible edges of the doors.

Step 10

Top Side Trim for Fold Flat Doors. Measure and cut the side trim, approximately 36″. Using framless full overylay hinges, fasten the trim piece in place. The trim will need to extend out 90 degrees when opened. You can use euro style (needs a special bit to install), but there are also other types. The important elements are FRAMLESS, FULL OVERLAY and opens 90 DEGREES or more.

Step 11

This drawer is designed to work with the flat folding doors. If you choose to have non-flatfolding doors, you will need to cut your drawer bottoms and sides @ 15″.

Build your Drawers by fastening with glue and 2″ nails the fronts and the backs of the drawers to the bottoms. Then fasten the sides in place, with glue and 2″ nails, to both the bottom and the sides. Mount in the openings using undermount drawer slides.

Step 12

Fill any holes with wood filler. Let dry and sand and finish as desired. If you are staining, you may need to add edge banding to any exposed plywood edges.


Mia (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 12:33

Your revamp is fab! Thank you for all the wonderful plans. I am excited about this plan. The doors particularly. I wonder can they be adapted for other pieces? Keep up the fantastic work.

Rachel (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 12:49

Love the new look and feature: ABOUT.

It is so helpful to know the skill level and possible cost before broaching my hubby about the plans:)

Thanks for all your great plans.

Tammy James (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 13:34

Hi Ana, I really like the about you have added and wanted to say the way you have handled your legal issues with the pricing and link are most clever and impressive. Well done and thank you.

slowknitter (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 14:09

Hi Ana,

I've been lurking, reading all of the plans, thinking maybe I could attempt something simple like the rustic bench. After the brouhaha with WSI, I'm definitely stepping out of my comfort zone and giving furniture building a try.

Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 14:55

Ana you are too cute! I just love how you roll with the punches! L.O.V.E the new post layout. It is kinda sarcatic, and I like that!

Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 15:23

Hey Ana, I am having a good laugh going through the comments on the post about the letter you received. Does Pootery Barn think that they are the originator of all this simple furniture? Maybe their finishes and a few details are something new that they came up with, but other than that I don't think they are originators of the farmhouse table or an armoire! They would even have to give that credit to someone else! So the fact of the matter is you could make plans all the live long day and more than likely somebody somewhere can find something similiar that another company makes. I think all the people that have commented saying that you are in the wrong are just upset that they paid full price for their piece of furniture and they have none of the satisfaction of saying I built it myself!!

Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 16:49

Hooray for the continued postings! I'm a big fan of your site.
-Sara B
Brooklyn NY

Kristi M. (not verified)

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 10:36

Holy Cow this armoire could not have come at a better time. I have been wanting to find one of these for a long time. More like buy one but now my husband and I are going to take on this project soon for our tv. I am SO excited and want it like, yesterday. He is even totally on board and thinks it is an awesome idea. He looked at the plans and mentioned how they were easy and straightforward. I can't wait. I will definately send pictures when that happy day comes. Thanks for the awesome plans and your ability to roll with the punches.

Brown Sugar Babies (not verified)

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:17

This is fabulous!!! I would love to see you create something for us crafters! The furniture/storage units are SO EXPENSIVE!!! I scrapbook, rubber stamp, paint and sew!!LOL I'd go broke trying to buy storage units for all of my hobbies.