If you follow me on Instagram (which you should…if you don’t go follow me HERE and then come back…I’ll wait…) you may have noticed I’ve been sharing sneak peeks of our latest project all week! Why!? Because it’s stinkin’ awesome! I think this might be my favorite project ever! It is so fun, stylish and can you believe, we made it ourselves!? Truly! So today I am so excited to share this amazing DIY Industrial Cabinet Hack! Yes, it is a hack…and you won’t believe WHAT it looked like before! Read on to see…
As an ambassador for HomeRight every once in a while I receive a challenge that I can’t turn down! And this was one of them. So a big huge thank you to HomeRight for helping to make this post possible and for challenging me to do something creative this month!
As I mentioned, this DIY Industrial Cabinet is actually a HACK! HomeRight sent me an IKEA Billy Bookcase and challenged me to do something creative with it. And I think that we succeeded! What do you think!?
What a transformation this bookcase took!!
I think we pulled out just about every tool we own to make this project happen…but our HomeRight FinishMax was the start of it all! Have I mentioned how much I love my FinishMax!? It’s one of my all-time favorite tools!
So today I am really excited to walk you through step by step, how to turn an IKEA Billy Bookcase into an Industrial Cabinet!
Here is what you will need:
- IKEA Billy Bookcase
- (2) Welding Iron, Angle, 3/4″ x 1/8″ x 36″
- (3) Welding Iron, Angle, 3/4″ x 1/8″ x 48″
- (4) Welding Iron, Angle, 1″ x 1/8″ x 48″
- (1) Welding Iron, Flat 3/4″ x 1/8″ x 48″
- (1) Welding Iron, Flat 1″ x 1/8″ x 48″
- (1) Welding Iron, Flat 3″ x 1/8″ x 36″
- (2) Cabinet Pulls
- (4) 3″ Cast Iron Casters
- (4) 2″ Hinges
- (1) sheet Prisma Clear Acrylic
- (4) 1/4″ x 6″ x 4′ Aspen Boards or 1/4″ Hardwood Plywood cut to size (depending on availability)
- (1) 1″ x 6″ x 4′ Aspen Board
- (1) 1″ x 8″ x 4′ Aspen Board
- (1) 1″ x 2″ x 4′ Aspen Board
- (5) 1″ x 3″ x 4′ Aspen Board
- (14) 1/4″ x 36″ Poplar Square Dowels
- (1) 2″ x 4″ x 4′ Construction Lumber
- (2) Magnetic Catch
- (6) 1/2″ x 2/5″ Carriage Bolts
- (1) quart Rustoleum Grey Hammered Paint
- (1) quart Xylol (you won’t use all of this)
- (1) quart Cabot Stain, Aged Leather (or stain color of your choice)
- Rag to stain with
- Plastic Sheet Cutter (believe me, it’s worth the $5…just buy this!)
- Sharpie Marker
- Metal Straight Edge (or ruler)
- (1) 1″ Foam Paint Brush
- HomeRight FinishMax Paint Sprayer
- Compound Miter Saw with wood blade and metal cut off blade
- Rockwell BladeRunner or similar
- Electric Sander and sand paper, both rough and fine grit
- Kreg Jig
- Drill and Driver
- Brad Nailer with brad nails
- Clamps and/or Tow Straps
- 1 1/4″ Kreg Screws
- Elmer’s Wood Glue
- Elmer’s ProBond Advanced
- Liquid Nail
- Paper Towels
First we built our bookcase. I really do love how simple IKEA furniture is to put together. We did not put the shelves in, but we assembled the rest of it together.
Next it was time to paint! We used Xylol to thin our Hammered Metallic paint to the consistency recommended for my HomeRight FinishMax. We used Xylol instead of water because this is an oil based paint. Also you will use the Xylol to clean up after you are done as well.
Always run your paint through a strainer before using it in your FinishMax. Even fresh paint can clog, so be sure to strain it first.
After our paint was prepared we painted the cabinet! I love how well the FinishMax worked for this project. It gave the paint a beautiful smooth finish.
We sprayed a couple of coats of paint on everything. The bookcase, the shelves, the casters, the bolts etc.
We chose this paint because it gave the shelf a beautiful hammered metallic look. It is hard to see in the photo but the texture is really beautiful and gave this piece a more industrial feel to it.
Then we trimmed the length of our 1/4″ x 6″ Aspen Boards (or plywood) so that they would cover the sides of our bookcase. They we used liquid nail and our nail gun to attach the boards.
Next we built our doors using 1″ x 3″ Aspen Boards for the frame of the door. And used the 1″ x 2″ Aspen Board for the cross member. We used our Kreg Jig and Wood Glue to assemble the door frames together.
Next we cut the welding iron to size. We used the 1″ iron on the bookcase and the 3/4″ iron on the doors. We cut the iron using our compound miter saw with a metal cut off blade. The iron will get hot so wear leather gloves, eye and ear protection. We used a grinder to smooth the edges of the iron where the cuts were made.
We used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced to glue the welding iron into place on the bookcase and doors.
We also cut and placed the 3″ x 1/8″ welding iron in place along the toe kick area of the bookcase.
We held our welding iron in place using clamps and tow straps and then we let it set completely.
We cut and attached (2) stacked 2″ x 4″ along the bottom of each side of the bookcase and then attached the casters.
Here is a closer shot of how the welding iron looks in place! Isn’t it so cool looking!? It gives this bookcase a very industrial look which I love! Also, it makes the bookcase very heavy so be sure to enlist help if you need it!
We attached the door hinges and doors to the cabinet by drilling pilot holes into the welding iron with a small drill bit and then we attached the hinges using screws. The doors are heavy and it is important to line these up well so you will probably need a second set of hands for this.
We also installed a magnetic catch to help keep the doors closed.
Next we stained all of the wood and let it dry.
Then we trimmed our acrylic panel to fit inside of the doors with our plastic cutting knife.
Next we cut, stained, wood glued and nailed (with 3/4″ length brad nails) our 1/4″ x 36″ Poplar Square Dowels along the back edge of the door frame windows. (We used our BladeRunner to cut these.)
Then we set the acrylic panel in place and added another 1/4″ x 36″ Poplar Square Dowels along the outside of the door frame window.
This secured our acrylic panel in place while keeping it clean and beautiful looking.
Here is a close up of these beautiful doors!!! I really love how the acrylic panels help to give this cabinet a very industrial look and feel.
Oh and we attached our handles too.
We use wood glue, our brad nailer and then carriage bolts to attach the trimmed and stained 1″ x 6″ and 1″ x 8″ Aspen Boards. (6″ flush with the back and 8″ in the front, overhanging a bit)
You can’t tell from this photo, but the seam of our top aligns with the seam of the boards on the side of our cabinet. It’s the little things like this that make a DIY piece look well done.
We decided that this would be the perfect new addition to our entry way! And I really do love it here! This industrial cabinet is just our style and makes a big statement when you enter our home.
Once we decided exactly where the cabinet would go, we used the hardware that came with the bookcase to attach this to the wall. The added wood and iron make this heavy and so I would hate for it to ever tip over.
One of my favorite details of this project are these casters and the iron along the toe kick! They really make this piece stand out!
We moved our Pottery Barn Knock-Off DIY Diamond Art to our entry way and this pretty vase and flowers for the time being to finish the look. I can’t decide if I will keep the vase and flowers here or return them to their original home in my Kitchen.
Oh and the inside!! I love how the hammered metal paint looks inside of this cabinet! This piece is not only beautiful but so incredibly functional!
And one more photo just for fun!
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