Read the Contract before Signing

Submitted by Jake on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 19:11

The wonderful wife wanted a corner cupboard so I built the one you see in the pictures. Before I go further I would like to warn anyone attempting this project to please follow the instructions in the plan. I didn't and built the frame first but quickly discovered that it is the back and shelves that determine the final dimensions of the frame. I got lucky and the fit was ok. Here are a few things that I did:

1. I filled in the rough joints made by the plywood sides meeting the front frame and back by gluing in 1/4" round dowels. Looks pretty good.

2. With help from Habitat for Humanity ReStore I found the 1/2" thick stone to fill the void made by the door frames. Looks pretty good I must say.

3. I have a trademark called a "Conversation Starter" in many of my projects. Another name is called a mistake or oversight. Look closely and you will see that I grouted in one of the four stone sections upside down and the center jewel is out of place.

4. I could not find decent hardware locally so I went to Kennedy Hardware in Zionsville, Indiana and found the black cast iron hinges and clasp.

5. I did not read the contract with my wife and discovered that I now must repaint the entire dining room to match the corner cupboard. Read before Signing.

Building the cupboard was a fun project that will test all of your abilities and patience. Just remember follow the instructions and keep it square and level in all dimensions.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
I think I spent close to $200 because the hardware was $30 and the stone for the doors was $24 and I bought the higher grade pine for the cupboard and door frames.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine lumber and sanded pine plywood.
Finish Used
Three coats of Behr Pearl White (it contains primer) with lots of sanding pre-paint and light sanding between the first two coats. I found that using the foam brush for the last coat keeps the brush marks to a minimum.
Recommended Skill Level



Sat, 11/03/2012 - 23:53

I love it, looks great. I'm sure you wife is very happy with her new piece of furniture (& getting the room painted). Remember ... happy wife, happy life ;)


Mon, 11/19/2012 - 17:33

Juanita I need for you to explain to me the female mind. We have only been married for 45 years and I still do not understand. The corner cupboard became paint the dining room. I did that. Next the floor needed upgraded so I am almost finished laying a new oak floor. As I neared the end I have been informed that the wallpaper needs to be changed. So the $150 corner cupboard has become the $1000 room makeover. I should have seen it coming!


Sat, 04/13/2013 - 13:39

Well Jake first let me say very nice job. My wife had mention wanting a Corner Cabinet for one of the bed rooms and pointed this one out. ( I was unable to keep her off this site after I finished the hutch ) I was looking at it and then read what all you had to do afterwards LOL. So I am going to get it in writting that I get to build my workbench for the shop, after this build. Again Nice Work