Friends, today I’m sharing How to Build an Open Kitchen Cabinet with no doors made from pine boards for a budget friendly tiny 1940’s beach cottage kitchen renovation.
The beach cottage kitchen is only 84 sq. ft. and I wanted to open the space to create a larger feel for the tiny room.
The existing kitchen cabinet and countertop was only 79 inches long. Therefore, we decided an open kitchen cabinet with no doors would be a budget friendly option.
Warning Note: Disclaimer: We are not professional cabinet builders. These instructions are our amateur attempt at saving money by building our own kitchen cabinet. The cabinet feels very sturdy, however it may not be built to building codes in your area. If you are involved in a kitchen renovation, you should check with your city or county building codes before attempting a project of this nature.
1940’s Beach Cottage Kitchen Before
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Materials for an Open Kitchen Cabinet
In order to build the new kitchen cabinet on a limited budget, we decided to use simple pine boards.
We originally used 2 inch thick pine boards when we built our DIY Kitchen Island for our farmhouse and loved the durability of the wooden top.
For this project, we purchased a combination of 2 inch thick pine boards in a variety of widths.
To construct the countertop, we used a combination of two 10 inch and one 8 inch wide boards to make the countertop the appropriate depth.
Next, the legs and shelving support boards were made from basic 2 x 4 boards. Each of the end legs had two adjoining boards and the two center legs are just one board each.
Then one board, the depth of the cabinet, was attached to each leg and to the back wall to serve as shelving support.
In addition, we used four 12 inch wide boards for the shelving to be placed under the countertop. There were two boards for each shelf and these boards were not connected. They were just placed side by side and resting on the support 2 x 4 board.
Finally, you will need three 2 x 3 boards the length of your open cabinet, which will be attached to the back wall for the cabinet side shelving support boards to be attached to.
Wood screws and 2 inch L brackets were used to assemble the legs and secure the cabinet to the floor.
Additional Tools and Materials for Assembly
- Miter Saw
- Biscuit Joiner
- Joining Biscuits
- Rotary Tool by Ryobi
- Ryobi Cordless Drill
- Ryobi Cordless Jig Saw
- Screws for wood
- L brackets
- Glue for wood
- Wood Filler
- Gray Stain
- Pine Stain
- Food Grade Matt Sealer
- 220 grit sanding block
- Safety glasses
- Ear Protection
Assemble the Open Kitchen Cabinet
My husband assembled most of the components for the Open Kitchen Cabinet in his workshop at home, because the beach cottage has very limited space.
We had carefully measured the space for the cabinet on our last beach trip which allowed most of the construction to take place off site.
We decided to build the cabinet with 4 front legs and a countertop with two lower shelves.
All pieces were assembled and ready to install once we transported them to the beach cottage.
If you missed the sneak peek of the kitchen renovation, you can see more details here on this post.
Here is a little recap to get you caught up. As you can see, at the point of installation, the windows, walls and flooring had been already been replaced.
In addition, we had painted the walls and trim work before we installed the open kitchen cabinet.
One thing we couldn’t assemble prior arriving at the beach cottage was the back support pieces.
Instead of building back legs, we decided to attach the side support pieces directly to the wall via three 2 x 3 support boards. To assure proper placement, we tentatively placed the two end leg pieces in position.
The shelving support side pieces rest upon the support beams and are attached securely with L brackets screwed into both pieces.
In order to install the farmhouse style stainless steel apron front sink, Brad cut the counter top using a Ryobi Cordless Jig Saw. It was a simple process to follow the template provided with the sink.
We then installed the sink following the simple manufacturers instructions. You can see the budget friendly sink we installed here.
Next, the countertop was secured to the support legs with wood screws. The screws were counter sunk and the Ryobi rotary tool was used to smooth the ruff edges.
Finally, a touch of stain was added to conceal the holes.
Secure Cabinet in place
In order to secure the cabinet to the floor, 2 Inch long L brackets were attached to the backside of each leg and the floor as well.
Once all the legs were attached, we had to make some adjustments to the shelving. We didn’t realize how close the sink would be to the shelf, so we cut a section from the middle of the shelving to allow for the sink.
In addition, some adjustment to the lower shelves were made to allow for the plumbing pipes.
After drilling a hole in the counter top for the Pfister Faucet, it was easily installed within approx. 5 minutes.
Finally, the new Open Kitchen Cabinet with no doors was almost finished.
The final step was the seal the cabinet countertop with a food grade sealer.
Begin by applying a thin coat of sealer with a sponge roller. Then lightly sanded with 220 grit sanding block once it is dry.
Then apply a second light coat and a third coat may be applied within the next few weeks.
Be extra careful to apply a good coat of the sealer around the edge of the sink, up against the sealant applied to the sink during installation.
You may also want to reapply sealer approx. once a year if needed.
Open Kitchen Cabinet No Doors
The new open kitchen cabinet with no doors makes the room feel so much larger and I love being able to see all the bowls and kitchen tools. The white back drop makes everything very visible and easy to find.
Since the cottage is for vacation purposes only, minimal kitchen supplies are needed and the open cabinet is a perfect choice.
In addition, if you missed the faucet installation and in process demo of the kitchen, you can see it here.
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We also transformed the wall across from the new kitchen cabinet and I will be revealing that area in the near future.
See Creative Small Bedroom Ideas that we used in our tiny beach cottage bedroom.
Also, the full renovation tour will hopefully be soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing more adventures with you soon.