Build a Midcentury Modern Liquor Cabinet at a Discount

About The Course

Midcentury modern furniture doesn't need to come at a steep price! If you’re looking to incorporate this style into your space but can’t commit to spending a bundle, then this inexpensive DIY liquor cabinet is for you. In this course:

- discover how to cut wood boards to conserve your materials

- build a sturdy frame for your cabinet

- use a jigsaw to cut a custom door and shelves

- install special hinges, a magnetic latch, and more

Professor Bio

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Tanya Highet

Tanya Highet is a DIY blogger who believes that personal style and home decor is only a DIY away! When she isn't working on a Bob Vila project, she also makes natural beauty products, keeps honeybees, and grows organic vegetables on the Isle of Man, an island located in the Irish Sea. Find her on her blog Lovely Greens.

Lesson: 1

Meet Your New Cabinet

This liquor cabinet is the perfect combination of storage and style, adding a midcentury modern twist to any room of the house. Get started building your own version today!

Lesson: 2

Gather Your Tools and Materials

This inexpensive and attainable project requires a few tools and materials you can easily pick up from a local hardware store, or recycle from other DIY adventures. Here's a rundown of everything you'll need.

Lesson: 3

Build the Cabinet Frame

In this lesson, you'll learn how to build the frame for a sound and sturdy cabinet base, plus how to cut and install the custom shelves. But first, you'll have to make your cuts using a simple jigsaw and workbench.

Lesson: 4

Install the Top and Sides of the Cabinet

Now that your frame is assembled, you can install the sides of your furniture piece. Tanya will also show you how to cut out the door of the liquor cabinet.

Lesson: 5

Assemble the Magnet-Latch Door

Using a pair of sprung-latch hinges, you'll attach the door to the frame of your furniture piece. Plus, discover Tanya's clever trick that uses a pair of magnets to keep the door securely shut when not in use.

Lesson: 6

Add Paint, Seal, and Finishing Touches

Now that you've assembled your custom liquor cabinet, it's ready for the best part—personalizing! See how Tanya applies paint and varnish to her piece, and learn how to install your prefab furniture legs for that luxe Midcentury modern flair.

Materials List

  • - Plywood or pine board, 1/2 inch thick and size 96" x 48"
  • - (2) Wood boards, 30" x 15"
  • - 2x2" battens, a total length of 30'
  • - Basecoat or primer
  • - White semigloss paint
  • - Blue matte finish paint
  • - Clear finish paint
  • - (4) Midcentury modern angled legs
  • - Knob or handle
  • - Hinges (such as lay-on sprung hinges)
  • - (2) Small magnets
  • - Wine rack to fit 24" x 18" x 15"
  • - Screws (2 1/5", 1 1/2", 1 1/4"
  • - (4) Metal brackets
  • - Wood glue
  • - Wood filler
  • - Jigsaw
  • - Power drill/driver
  • - Power sander
  • - Level
  • - Squaring tool
  • - Measuring tape