We’ve lamented about our love of family furniture transformations in the past, but this project just might take the cake on the most-epic-makeover-ever scale.

When I (JZ) inherited my late grandmother’s 1970’s MCM shelf, I started googling for inspiration on what we do with it.

Originally, it had some glass doors up top and an open bottom, but realizing we needed storage, I was leaning toward designs with solid doors. 

A trend quickly emerged on our Pinterest board for this project. Without realizing it, several of the cabinets that I had pinned were from Anthropologie…and they were nearly $1,000 a piece at the time of writing this. The one that ultimately inspired this furniture flip was a beautiful hand carved piece…no wonder it cost so much.

Woodworking may be expensive, but I knew we could do it for less…if we could do it. 

Ultimately, this project took us about a month to complete, partly because we had a weeklong break in the middle for some work commitments, but also because we ran into a challenge pretty much at every step.

One of these days, we’ll do a project where we’re not just learning the entire time, but actually using skills we’ve built before. One day… 😉

Check out the video below to see how we built it! 

🛒 Tools and Materials Used (Amazon links = affiliate links):

Top: Thin Oak Plywood, 2”x2″   
Shelf: 1”x12″ Poplar   
Doors: Laminated Pine Appearance board   
Door Design: All Poplar – 1”x6” (triangles), 1”x4” (inner diamond), 2”x.25” (slats)

8” x 8” Photographs (for handles)   
Soft Close Hinges w/ 1.25” Overlay (4)   
Magnet Closures (2)

Power/Hand Tools:    
Screwdrivers – https://amzn.to/2GiNWFw    
Drill – https://amzn.to/2GiNK9g    
Circular Saw – https://amzn.to/30WcX2X    
Random Orbital Sander – https://amzn.to/37q46ca    
Speed Square – https://amzn.to/2tQNdJh    
Measuring Tape – https://amzn.to/2tMh9pT   
Sandpaper – https://amzn.to/2U0bO8W   
Clamps: https://amzn.to/2uanLhO   
Miter saw: https://amzn.to/2YDSAGw    
Mallet: https://amzn.to/391kb93   
Scroll Saw: https://amzn.to/37ZkfEQ    
Compact Router w/ Plunge Base: https://amzn.to/38ZKOv9   
Ratcheting Offset Box Wrench: https://amzn.to/2uuANqJ    
1/4” Router Bit: https://amzn.to/2SZ0IQQ    
Pocket Hole Jig: https://amzn.to/38V3gVE

Additional Materials:    
Carpenter’s Pencil: https://amzn.to/2RUfPLt     
Sponge Paint Brushes: https://amzn.to/36y4RiN       
Painter’s Tape – https://amzn.to/3aDb93i     
Wood Glue: https://amzn.to/35fjUxx    
Super Glue: https://amzn.to/38x46rO   
High Performance Enamel: https://amzn.to/2Poumga    
Oil-Based Paint (Quart): https://amzn.to/3a8f1bF   
2” Nuts/Bolts: https://amzn.to/2VnjKCc    
Spray Adhesive: https://amzn.to/32qoJDv    
Wood Filler: https://amzn.to/2uqSE1I

Pro Marine Countertop Epoxy: https://amzn.to/35ZnHi6    
Bernzomatic Torch: https://amzn.to/2Rrk2Ei + https://amzn.to/3706p5y    
Mixing Cups: https://amzn.to/2RiDRxq    
Mixing Sticks: https://amzn.to/2tgKatK    
Gloves: https://amzn.to/2TuHzH1    
Plastic drop cloths: https://amzn.to/2tqbk1c

And if you’re the pinning type, save the image below!


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