French Door Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet

This simple French door Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet is great wood working project for a beginner. Be sure to use a wood French Door, because you will be drilling into it. You can find great vintage French Doors at flea market, salvage yards, antique shops, and reuse it centers.

This French Door Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet table will cost you about $100 or less, depending on how much you have to spend on your wood French Door. I find vintage wood French Door from $0 all the way to $45. Check the salvage yards and the alleys first to find the free wood French Door. You can make this entire coffee table in one day, but don’t forget to factor in the drying time for paint.

To Make a Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet Out of a wood French Door you will need:

1 wood French Door

Plywood Sheet

2X4’s

Power Drill

Wood Screws

Wood fence posts or legs

L brackets

Plywood

Primer

Paint

Piano Hinge

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Now, the first step is to measure your wood French Door. I like to subtract one inch of the length and the width, so that when I build my Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet base I have a lip hanging over the top of the table.

Now, cut your 2X4’s to build a box that is slightly smaller than the length and width of your vintage French door.

Have your sheet of plywood cut to this same size. You will also need another piece of plywood cut to another size in a minute.

Screw together the wood frame of 2X4’s. Attach the plywood sheet to the bottom of the frame you just built.

Now, flip this box over two that the plywood is on top. In each corner use your drill to pre drill a hole in ach corner. Be sure to hit the 2X4 frame you built. Now, screw in you wooden legs or wood fence posts.

Fence posts are perfect for this shabby chic look. You can also buy pre made wood legs that are perfect for wood French Door Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet at the home improvement store and even at Ikea. Just make sure they make your French door counter height.

Now, flip the wood French Door box over and stand it on your legs.

Now, attach your piano hinge to the top of the 2X4 frame.

Attach the other side of the piano hinge to the frame of the wood French Door.

The wood French Door will lay flat on top of the table creating the top surface of your Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet.

Now, below the top part you need to install a few storage shelves to make this storage Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet. I like to use an L bracket on each leg to hold another slightly smaller sheet of plywood as a shelf. You can do one or two of these.

Now, I recommend sanding the wood surfaces lightly. Wipe the dust away and then prime the wood French Door Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet out.

Let this dry and then apply a paint treatment. Crackle paint and milk paint are all great paint treatments for a vintage or shabby chic look.

For a contemporary vintage look you could paint the wood French Door Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet out in high gloss paint in a bright color like red.

Now, if you need some privacy in the wood French Door Shabby Chic Dining Room Buffet and do not want anyone to see what you are storing inside you could apply some of that privacy sheeting made to adhere to window. You can buy it buy the roll at any hardware store. You could also spray on some frosting spray paint.

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