Kitchen Cabinet Buffet

Kitchen Cabinet Buffet

Use Carpenter David Leon’s instructions for turning old kitchen cabinets into a decorative buffet.

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Take unused kitchen cabinets and turn them into a functioning buffet with holders for drinks and added storage to any space!

(2) 3/4-inch thick pieces of identically sized pre-cut plywood, measured to cover top of cabinets
Wood glue
Spray glue
1/4-inch staples
Electric staple gun
Safety glasses
1 1/4-inch nails
Flathead screwdriver
(4) Two-by-four pieces of wood pre-cut to fit the depth of cabinet
(16) Pieces of PVC pipe pre-cut to fit the depth of cabinet
(7) 3/4-inch L-brackets (screws provided for installing)
Caulk gun
1 canister acrylic latex caulk plus silicone
3-inch diameter PVC pipe cut into 1/2-inch discs
Paper plate
Tape measure
Paper towels
Hi-gloss paint with primer
Stud finder
3-inch wood screws
150-grit sandpaper


Create a New Countertop:

  1. To create the countertop, align 2 pieces of plywood by placing one on top of the other and ensuring they are flush at the edges. Attach together using wood glue, making an “S” pattern on bottom piece and placing 2nd piece on top. Start gluing from the front to ensure the front of the countertop is flush
  2. Nail plywood pieces to each other using hammer and 11/4-inch nails
  3. To attach vinyl top, spray plywood with spray glue. Also spray back of vinyl. Wait 15 seconds before adhering plywood to vinyl to allow the adhesive to activate. Wrap the vinyl around plywood ensuring the top is flat and the excess falls over what will be the bottom
  4. Flip plywood with vinyl wrap over and fold excess on bottom in a hospital corner fashion, so that you end up with cleanly wrapped corners on your countertop
  5. Staple vinyl down onto plywood using staple gun and going through the vinyl’s folds you just made for the hospital corner. Flip plywood back over and you should have a flat, taught vinyl top that you will use as a cabinet/countertop
  6. To attach, place vinyl top so that it sits flush in the back and 1 inch over the front and sides
  7. Use 3/4-inch L-brackets to attach the vinyl countertop to the front and sides of the cabinets. Attach the L-brackets under the countertop edge and into the top of the cabinet using screwdriver and screws: 2 L-brackets on each side of the top

In-cabinet Drink Holder:

  1. Remove doors from bottom cabinet and unscrew hinge hardware using a Philips screwdriver
  2. Sand outside of cabinets using 150-grit sandpaper. Wipe down excess sawdust with a rag
  3. Paint outside of cabinets using hi-gloss paint with primer, paintbrush and roller. Allow paint to dry
  4. Place the two-by-four wood block measured to the depth of the bottom cabinet on inside edges of left and right on each shelf. This will create a spacer for the PVC pipe to start at the outside edge of the door. (See picture — note two-by-four bumper on right)

  1. Place 4 PVC pipes in a row in between the left spacer and right spacer to create a row of drink holders
  2. Load caulk gun by pulling back metal piece and placing caulk canister into gun. Cut tip off the canister top open with scissors. Use the caulk gun to caulk a line directly under this bottom row of PVC pipe and hold in place for 5-10 seconds to dry
  3. Use the caulk gun to caulk the top of the far left PVC pipe with one line on the top going back

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  1. Place another PVC pipe on top of the caulk glue and clamp together to hold while drying
  2. Repeat this process to create another 2 rows of PVC pipe drink holders on bottom shelf
  3. Allow all caulk to dry

Add a Pattern:

  1. Remove handles from drawers using screwdriver. Save hardware for reinstallation
  2. Sand outside of cabinets using 150-grit sandpaper. Wipe down excess sawdust using rag
  3. Use a tape measure to mark 1/8-inch from edges of cabinet drawers and draw lines. These lines will ensure you place the PVC pipe discs equal distances from the edges all the way around the drawers
  4. Fill paper plate with caulk using caulk gun. Butter a PVC disc with caulk by dipping it gently into the caulk on the plate. Place the PVC disc caulk side down onto drawer face starting in a corner
  5. Repeat step 4 and place PVC discs caulk side down side-by-side to create a pattern

  1. Wipe up any excess caulk with paper towel and allow caulk to dry
  2. Paint cabinets and new PVC pipe decoration to desired color using hi-gloss paint, paintbrush and roller. Allow paint to dry
  3. Re-install handles for drawers using screwdriver

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