Adding Faux Legs to Cabinets | DIY

Sounds exciting, right?  Well, maybe not but over here, I get excited about adding legs where there aren't any.  Dressers, nightstands, and now cabinets.  It just seems to take things up a notch...get it, get it?  Up a notch?  ;)

Last year around this time I found three of these cabinets* at Dirt Cheap for 15 bucks a pop.  They're technically "upper" cabinets but with a little reinforcement, I figured I could use them as base cabinets since they were the perfect size for the kids' little drop zone in our storage room.  They were priced as such because each has damaged backing, nothing major and who will notice that damage anyway?

Not a single human being.  For $45, I'm banking on it.

My then-pregnant self got them from the car to the house with some very careful dragging on a blanket and set them up so I could see what we were dealing with. 

It was a that stayed put for a whole year.  #storyofmylife

Sitting on the ground, the doors had no clearance between the floor to open so they needed to be raised.  So, last week I put my elementary math skills to good use and calculated the measurements needed to cut a couple of 2 x 4s to size for a base.  I won't tell you how long it took me to actually calculate because I'm a little ashamed...and rusty apparently.

One of the things I wanted on the cabinets were faux legs at the ends.  So on each end, I cut the 2 x 4s a little longer than the depth of the base so that I could attach blocks to the end for legs.  I know that doesn't make much sense in words but hopefully the little graphic I whipped up will help cement it.

With the base built, I grabbed a scrap of wood we had leftover from some project or other and cut two small "legs" (or maybe I should call them "feet"...nah.)

After sanding the edges just a smidge to smooth them out, I put a little bit of wood glue on the back of each...

and stuck them to the end of the waiting 2 x 4.  It might be hard to tell in pictures, but they sit flush with the front face of the cabinet.

They blend into the floor right now but I want to paint these cabinets so they'll also get painted to match.  The base also needs to get painted but I think I'll paint it the same color as the floor so it blends in and almost looks like it's not there and the legs are actually what's holding these cabinets up.

The wood block legs are super simple and next time I'll maybe break out the jigsaw and go a little more ornate but for this room and my first cabinets + legs project, they're just perfect.  

Now I'm on the lookout for more wall cabinets to swap out our Ikea shoe cabinet with (that white cabinet).  The shoe cabinet has served us very well over the years (even it got legs once upon a time!) but to get this room looking even better, I want to go up the wall with matching cabinets to house shoes in instead.  The cabinets will all get painted the same color, cafe curtains will be hung with care (that's next!), cabinet pulls will be put on, and then who knows what will happen after that.

The only thing that's for sure is that something will.  :)

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