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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Early Style Cupboard Tutorial

Hi Prim girls,

I called this piece "Early Style Cupboard".  


Few days ago, I made several drawings to design a new wood piece. One of my favorite drawings was this cupboard. It had simple lines but in my mind this piece looks beautiful. My husband and I worked in this piece together, and these are the steps that we followed to make this cupboard.  

This cupboard is the biggest piece that we made and only spend $32.45 in materials.

You'll need the following:

  • Wood
    • piece of 1" x 12" x 4'  board
    • 2 pieces of 1" x10" x 6' board
    • piece of 3/4" x 3" x 6' board
    • piece of plywood of 24"x24"
    • piece of 3/4" x 24"x 24"
  • 1" metal hinges (2)
  • wooden knob (1)
  • 2 cans of black paint
  • wood glue
  • sander
  • gig saw
  • Stain 
  • nails 
  • screwdriver  and screws

Take the 1x10 boards and cut 2 pieces of 49" long. You will obtain two remain pieces of 23", they will be your shelves.  In one edge of the larger piece, measure 2" to inside and mark each point. Now, measure 5" from the bottom of the piece to the top and mark that point.  Using this point, in the center of the board, draw a horizontal line of 2 1/2".  From the edges of that line connect the previous points in the bottom. See picture for reference.  

Make the same in the next piece and cut them with a jig saw. Now your cupboard legs will look like this.

In both cupboard sides ( legs)  mark the lines to place the shelves. For the first shelf measure 15" since the bottom of the piece,  draw a line, in that point place your first shelf.  Using this shelf as reference, measure 11" to the top and place your second shelf. 

Assemble your pieces together, secure them with glue and nails.  See picture below.

Now, take your 3/4" x 3" board  to make a supporting piece to the cupboard. Measure a board of 23" long.  Place it between the sides of the piece like that.

Take your 1x12 board, cut a piece of 28 1/2"long . This piece will be the top of your cupboard. With the remain piece of 3/4" board, cut two pieces of 21"L x 2 1/2"w. Use them to make the front sides of this cupboard. Secure both pieces in the front of the piece.

Now, cut one piece of 18"L x 2"w for the top of the front. Place that piece between side pieces like you see in the pictures below. For the back of the cupboard, using your plywood piece cut a square of  21 1/2" x 24". Secure it with nails.  Make a door with the board of 3/4" x 24" x 24", measure a square of 19 1/4"x 17 3/8".  If necessary,  sand the edges to adjust the door with the hinges. Now, place metal hinges to secure it on front.

 Your piece is almost done. Put a door knob in place and cut a little piece of wood to close the door. Secure both pieces using screws.   Round the edges and make sure that all sanding has been completed before your first coat of paint. For mine, I used black paint. Painted and let it dry.

To give a worn look, use the sander and remove paint in specific areas.

Then apply stain, remove the excess with a old cloth.  Now your primitive piece is finished and looks old and beautiful.

Love my new Early Style Cupboard! 

I hope you enjoy it. 
Bye, bye and see you soon... Evelyn


  1. I Love It!!! I just wish I had the time lately to make such items, but the kiddies don't allow it!!! :)

  2. Oh, that is amazing, Evelyn! My dh is getting ready to build me a workbench in the basement, and I may need to put this one on my list! THanks for sharing your tutorial!


  3. This is a beautiful piece!...I am saving these directions and if I have room in my new home for this...I am making one!...thank you!

  4. I just love that cupboard. Great job. I wish I had all the saws, etc needed to do woodwoking. DH always tells me I would probably cut something off!! It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  5. You did a great job! That's quite an undertaking but you made something so beautiful and unique! I'll have to show my hubby! heehee!

  6. I LOVE IT! You are ery clever! Thanks for sharing with us the "how to's" :-) Have a good one Evelyn. ♥

  7. You are just so clever!!! Thanks again!


  8. Great job on the cupboard. I wouldn't mind having one myself.

  9. You are so talented, both of you! This piece is prim perfection and I'd love one too!
    Best wishes


  11. Love it!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!


  12. Great tutorial!
    I've been lurking for a while here ~ Just wanted to pop in and say how much I enjoy your blog. You share so many great things. Thanks!

    PS. I love your background and header!

  13. ok-this is the 3rd time I've tried to leave ya a comment, girl! LOL---3rd times a charm-I HOPE! ;)

    Love your piece! You did a wonderful job, from sketch to finish! It's perfect. A wonderful tutorial as well!

    Keep up the good work-I love seeing whatcha been up to!

    Have a happy day!

  14. I love your new cupboard! I wish I had room for one somewhere. I like how you decorated it, too.

  15. Evelyn.......that is so neat!
    I am going to save your directions and make one at some time.

  16. thank you so much for sharing your tutorials! I love your projects!

  17. How awesome!!! Thanks for the tutorial - while my hubby isn't a woodworker at all ( I'm lucky he can use a hammer without breaking his fingers) my SIL does like to work with wood and maybe I can 'con' him into making me one of these, lol.


  18. Another great piece Evelyn!! How nice of you to make a tutorial for everyone too!


  20. What a great looking cabinet...great job!!

  21. Gotta add this to my project list. I love it!! Thanks so much for the tutorial. You and hubby did a great job!!

  22. Thank you girls! Your comments are much appreciated. I enjoy so much making a wood piece, but more trying to make an easy tutorial to share with you. I made dolls and in some occasions I bought patterns and when I received them noticed that are not easy to follow. By the end, I use only the sketch and make the doll from my own perspective and only following the picture.

  23. Vey nice piece. Now where can I place a piece like that in my house?????

  24. This cabinet ROCKS! I have got to make one! I have the perfect place for it. Thanks for sharing!

  25. It is so nice of you to show us how to make this lovely piece. I love the way you have it displayed!


  26. evelyn hola me da alegria saber de ti tienes una casa bella un talento tremendo. gracias por tu comentario .poco a poco yo voy colocando mas fotos. yo no se mucho de esto pero yo se que ustedes me van ayudar.anitza me ayuda mucho.adiosssssssss

  27. Hi Evelyn!!
    Jus' wanted to Thank you for your tutorials!! Hubs and I printed out this tut today and built our very own Early Style Cypboard thanks to you and your hubs!!!
    Your tutorial was very easy to follow. We had no trouble what so ever.
    Tomorrow is painting and aging day for my new cupboard.
    I will be posting our finished cupboard on my blog in the next few days...will of course give credit to you and add your link. Would love for you to stop by my blog and see our cupboard.
    Again...Thanks so much...I sure do appreciate all the time you took to write the tuts for all of us.
    PS...Your Bucket Table is next on our list...LOL

    The Prim Patch

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  75. I see this post is several yrs old. I can across your blog from a post on a prim group. I love the Early Style Cupboard you made. I do not see any measurements on how to make it. Am I missing them posted somewhere? Thanks Margie margie662@hotmail.com