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Project

Hidden Workstation

Introduction

A weathered china cabinet becomes a home office handsome enough to reside in the living room. The top is ideal for storing books and supplies, while the lower cupboard can house a printer and paper.

We replaced the glass doors with panels that are wood on the outside and magnetic board on the inside; the latter are galvanized steel (from a home supply store) covered in linen. A pull-out desk was installed where drawers were missing. We added a flat face piece at the base, molding on the top and bottom, and antiqued brass hardware. The cabinet was painted a warm gray and embellished with wooden appliques in a lighter gray.

Materials

  • 3/4-by-3 1/2-inch strips of poplar
  • Miter box
  • Wood glue
  • 1 1/2-inch finishing nails
  • Egg-and-dart molding
  • 1-inch brads
  • Putty
  • Nail set
  • Sand paper
  • Miter saw
  • Appliques
  • Paint

Steps

  1. Step 1

    In a miter box, cut three pieces of poplar 3/4 inch longer than the sides and front of your cabinet top, making a 45-degree angle at each end. Attach to the top with wood glue and 1 1/2-inch finishing nails. Cut four strips of egg-and-dart molding. Align molding beneath the poplar; secure with wood glue and 1-inch brads. Countersink nails with a nail set, fill holes with putty, and sand smooth. Paint entire cabinet.2. Purchase appliques, cut to size with a miter saw, and paint. Attach to doors, around inset panels, and beneath molding with wood glue.

  2. Step 2

    Purchase appliques, cut to size with a miter saw, and paint. Attach to doors, around inset panels, and beneath molding with wood glue.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2005