Know the Diy Storage Cabinet with French Doors Finished

The bathroom cabinet is ready! I am so excited about how it ended. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with the inside of the closet. Paint in white? Light Pink Colors? In the end, I decided to start… A place to go! Here’s how it turned out…

It is difficult to see the beautiful interior of the cabinet when the doors are closed, but I am considering installing LED strip lamps not only to brighten up the interior, but also to act as a night light, as I did with the open shelves built into the hallway bathroom.

Here is a preview of the cabinet with the doors open so that you can see the beautiful stained wood inside…

I love it. I am so happy with the way it ended.

I built this cabinet myself and I divided the process into two previous posts. If you missed them, you can see them here.:

DIY: How to make a wardrobe with French doors (part 1 – the basic construction)
DIY: French door storage cabinet (part 2-Cutting out the cabinet)

So, at the end of the last contribution to this project, the cabinet was ready and ready.

While thinking about the different options for the finishes, I finally decided that I would try to dye it because I have a beautiful plywood for the back. The tricky part was that I had used MDF for the sides, the top and the bottom. So I knew that finding a finish that would work on both plywood and MDF giving me a somewhat uniform finish on both would be a challenge.

Oil-based penetrating stains were ruled out immediately, so I went to Lowe’s and Home Depot to see what other options were available. To be honest, there weren’t many options, so I bought BEHR Premium water-based dark walnut wood stain.

It turns out that this product is great! features! Seriously, this is my new favorite place. It is so easy to use. It lights up easily, the excess is easy to wipe off (because it doesn’t get sticky) and the finish is so beautiful. In the photo below you can see how it worked on the plywood back and the MDF side. Honestly, if I didn’t tell people that the pages are made of MDF, I don’t think they would ever find out.

I love this place so much! It worked on the plywood (which is only sold as “sanded plywood”, so I have no idea what kind of wood it is), on the MDF sides and on the pine boards. Everything turned out beautifully.

To install the boards, I measured where I wanted my boards to go, then inserted 3/8″ square dowels into my nail gun with 18 gauge 5/8″ nails. I couldn’t find the connectors in 48-inch lengths, so I had to use 36-inch lengths and put them together, which is why the three inches on each end of the rear connectors are different. Fortunately, only the top appears, so I have to apply a little more stains on these little pieces.

For the boards, I cut 1″ x 12″ top quality Pine (the type that has almost no branches) to length. To give the front of the boards a finished look and make them a little thicker and sturdier, I used 1″ x 2″ premium Pine that was ripped to an inch wide on my table saw and nailed to the front of the boards with 1.5 16 gauge nails

Here is the process I used to finish all the wood inside:

  • Brush the water-based stain, leave it on for a few minutes, then wipe off the excess with a cloth and let it dry completely (about two hours)
  • Apply a coat of General Finishes heavy duty top coat flat and let it dry completely (about an hour)
  • Lightly sand the top layer by hand with 220 grit sandpaper, but be very careful in the corners as it is very easy to sand the paint in the corners.

Wipe off the abrasive dust and apply a second coat of top coat.

In general, two layers are enough. On one of my shelves, after applying the first coat of stain and the first coat of transparent topcoat, then sanding, I got stains that seemed a little too light. I just went over these areas very strategically with a little stain, let them dry, then went with the second clear top coat.

I can’t wait to put some lamps in the closet so that the interior is more visible when the doors are closed. But even if the interior is only dark, I still like it.

I really can’t be happier with the way it ended. I think that a colorful interior is exactly what this closet and this area of the room need.

Now I have wood in the shower, wood in the bathtub and wood in the toilet. And it matches the lower dark areas of the mural so well.

This is a great project that has been removed from my List! Finishing the rest of this little Toilet will be quite easy. I have a few places on the wall that need a little mending and repair. (Building this great closet in such a small space was a challenge, so we had to expect some bumps.) Then I have to clean the floor and the toilet has to be installed. And finally, I have to install lights in the closet and decide what to store there.