Toy Armoire

Toy Armoire

Use carpenter David Leon’s instructions to transform shelving units into a children’s toy armoire.

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Add doors to existing shelving units to create an armoire for children’s toys — making your room look more organized.

Shelving units
(2) 1/2-inch plywood, cut 57 1/4” by 16 1/4”
Screen trim molding:
(2) 57 1/4-inch pieces
(10) 8-inch pieces, cut at 45-degree angles on the ends
Interior gloss white paint
Iron-on melamine
Craft knife
Cabinet handles
Drill with 1/4-inch forstner drill bit
Small box of screws
Wood Putty
(2) Continuous hinges or piano hinges – 1 1/2” by 48”
Repositional Wallpaper
Roller latch


  1. Paint the plywood and the screen trim molding the same color as your shelving units with your paintbrush and interior paint. Allow paint to dry
  2. Extend your iron-on melamine on the outer edge of the door. You can align one edge with the melamine to avoid making extra cuts at the end. Use an iron with medium-hot heat to adhere the melamine. Evenly distribute heat just like you would when ironing a shirt

  1. Cut off the excess melamine with a craft knife so it is flush with the edge of the door
  2. Using your cabinet handles as a guide, mark the holes for your door handle 28 1/2-inches from the top and 1 1/2-inch in from the side without the trim
  3. Drill holes for your cabinet handles using your drill with the 1/4-inch forstner drill bit. Put the handle in place over the holes and feed the screws in from the backside of your doors
  4. Start to nail in the trim to your doors. Place the 57 1/4-inch pieces of trim on each long side of the plywood, opposite of your door handles. Hammer in 6 nails in each 57 1/4-inch strip
  5. With the two doors placed side-by-side, lay out the 8-inch pieces of trim into a chevron pattern so that each end of the trim meets in the center. For your 8-inch pieces you will need approximately 3 nails for each piece

  1. Apply wood putty to the divots left from nailing the trim pieces. Allow the putty to dry and paint over the putty with your paintbrush and interior gloss paint

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  1. Place your piano hinge on the backside of your plywood on same side of the 57 1/4-inch trim. Center your hinge by leaving a 5-inch gap at the top and the bottom
  2. Screw in the hinge starting from the bottom to the top. The hinge has premade holes for the screws
  3. Attach the other side of the piano hinge to the front edge of the shelving unit. To ensure that the door goes on straight, lay the door down in the position it should be closed. Screw a screw in the top of the hinge, make sure the door hasn’t shifted, and put a screw in the bottom of the hinge. Continue adding screws in all available holes until the hinge is secured

  1. Open both of the doors. Starting from the bottom of one door, place your repositionable wallpaper. Remove the film backing and press the wallpaper to the door as you move toward the top (This is easier with a friend!). If you make a mistake you can pull it back and start over. Move slowly to avoid bubbles, and if a bubble does appear peel back the paper and continue
  2. Once your wallpaper is completely covering the door, cut the excess wallpaper off with a craft knife. You can lay your blade against the side of the melamine to get a nice straight cut around all edges
  3. Next we’ll attach a roller latch and clip. This will allow us to keep our doors securely shut. In the top shelf space on the interior side closest to the middle, measure 1-inch down and screw in the roller latch so the rollers to come right to the front edge

  1. Now you need to attach the clip to the inside of the door. Close the door and make a mark where the roller latch meets the inside of the door. Attach the clip to the inside of the door on this mark with the screw provided

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