Not Just a Door Anymore |DIY Primitive Style Corner Cabinet


April 11, 2016 by Terry

This past Wednesday I shared a sneak peek of the corner cabinet that I built.

Today I am excited to share the completed project!  Of all the photos I took of it I will try to whittle it down to just a few or 12 … ha, ha!

This primitive style corner cabinet was inspired by the need for extra storage in our home for all the linens and extra china and ornaments that I have collected.  It was also inspired by an antique pantry door I had purchased a few years ago.  You may remember it from my photo shoot for the Bergere Beverage Bar (click HERE to view that post)


I loved this door but was not particularly fond of the yellow paint.  I loved the patina of it just not the color.  It had beautiful rusty hardware on it as well!

Shortly after Christmas while doing a room refresh on our living room, I decided it was time for that door to become a corner cabinet.

so this is it now …


This cabinet was built out of rough cut 1×10 pine planks.  I basically just framed the door and built a corner shelf to attach it all to.  Here is how it looked during the whole process.


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After it was all assembled, I sanded the entire piece down to get rid of slivers and any loose paint chips from the door.  It was brought in the house to fit it in it’s place.  That’s where it stayed for a while until I could decide how I was going to finish it.  I knew I wanted to lose the yellow on it but I did want some color too …



At this point anyone who saw it still didn’t realize that it opened to shelving and was actually a cabinet and not just a door leaning against the wall … really?  I guess It could still look that way to people.

I even clipped a small industrial lamp to the top for a little light when looking for something inside.


Finally I decided to mix up a little color of my own to create this pretty shade of blue.  I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk paint and mixed together these colors :  10 tsp Eulalie’s Sky, 6 tsp grainsack, 3 tsp Trophy and 4 tsp of Ironstone.  I know this sounds like a lot of mixing but remember, I was experimenting until I found a shade of blue I liked.  Plus I had to mix enough to cover the raw wood.  Milk paint acts more like a stain on raw wood and absorbs quite quickly.

I also mixed up a batch of just Ironstone for the door.  I left the inside of the door untouched to keep some of the wood charm.  On the outside I only painted the places that had the yellow paint on it leaving the rest of the paint original to the door.


Thank you Pam for this beautiful spring bouquet!  You are so thoughtful!


There is plenty of room for storage inside and I think I may add a couple more shelves.  I started to line the walls with antique book pages from a children’s fairytale book.  It has the same color of blue in the illustrations but I’m not sure it’s the look I’m going for.  Maybe just a white washed distressed wood would be better … hmmmm



I haven’t completely decided what to store in there just yet but for now it has all the extra throw pillows and sewing supplies out of sight :)



This little two tiered stand is my attempt at the DIY tiered stand that is so very popular right now.  It is rather cute I must say.  I used old chair parts and two old enamel ware pie plates to piece mine together.  I finished it off with salvaged drawer pulls from a previous project that I used as the feet for it.


This cupboard looks great alongside my primitive table.  I wish the table was larger so we could use it everyday.  Right now I use it as my desk.







So that’s my DIY Corner Cabinet.  If you have any suggestions for the final finishing of the inside I would love a few extra ideas!


Have a great day



If you missed last week’s Making Broken Beautiful you can check it out  by clicking here!


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34 thoughts on “Not Just a Door Anymore |DIY Primitive Style Corner Cabinet

  1. Gorgeous Terry! I absolutely love it! I also love all of the photos :) I am the same way and always take waay too many and have to whittle them all down :) You did a fantastic job. I hope that you’ll drop by and share this with our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party… I would love to share it with our reader. Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Lisa


  2. That cabinet is gorgeous, but so are all of your pictures. All so beautiful. The daffodils really make it all look like spring :)


    • Terry says:

      Thank you for the high compliments! The daffodils were a surprise gift one day from a sweet friend! Thoughtful friends are such a blessing and hard to come by! I hope you have an amazing week!


  3. tarahlynn says:

    What a neat idea! I love that you used old hardware for the door as well. Very pretty!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Tarahlynn! The hardware is original to the door, hinges and all! I really lucked out on this door that way. Thank you for taking the time to leave a sweet comment! I hope you have a great week!


  4. LUV IT!!! Especially the curved top–great job Terry!
    Actually, I really love all your projects–
    btw, I want to steal your french fauteuil AND the table!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you so much Catherine! You are a sweet friend! Thank you for your high compliments all the time, I really appreciate it! I hope you have a great day!


  5. Christine says:

    Drooling over here on my end!!! I LOVE it!!!! Even the before was super!!!!


  6. Your carpentry skills impressed the heck out of me, Terry! What a great way to repurpose an old door and add valuable storage space. I like your idea of using a white wash inside. Another option would be beadboard or beadboard paintable wallpaper with a wash of white and that pretty blue. Just my two cents.


  7. Peggy says:

    Delectable as always! You are one very talented lady! I love the door in it’s new role.


  8. I am in awe of your vision. The cabinet turned out so charming and the colors you chose really bring it to life. I can’t wait to see what you do on the inside.


  9. Hi Terry, What a great idea! Well done – the cabinet turned out so nice. Blessings, Janet


  10. acraftymix says:

    OMW!!!!! Gorgeous, stunning, amazing, WOW!! AbSooooooLutely love it <3


  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Really charming and functional too – a winning combination! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing, Terry!


    • Terry says:

      Bless your heart Sharon! I am so very flattered to be featured at such an inspiration filled party! Thank you so much for the high compliment of a feature! I hope you have a great day!


  12. Such a clever idea, Terry, and your cabinet is gorgeous!! Not to mention all your lovely pictures! Take care, Cynthia


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Cynthia! Your opinion means a lot to me! Thank you for taking the time to pop by and comment! I hope you are having a great week!


  13. Ha ha. Hi Terry, I just got your comment on Thursday Favorite Things. I was on the back-end adding another blog post that I accidently forgot to include in the door theme. I was headed over here to say thank you right when you commented. If you have a chance, go back and see Maria from Simple Nature Decors post. I think that one is right up your alley.

    You are so gifted. Seriously, I could feature your blog posts every week all day. That cabinet of yours turned out awesome. I was going to suggest lining the inside with a faded paper in a dainty cottage floral print. I would go for lighter prints instead of bold, but either would look fabulous with the rough texture. Fabric lining is an option as well, but as much as I like the look of fabric lined drawers, I find it tends to get a little grimy over time. Unless there is a product I’m unaware of that seals fabric fibers. Hmm.. I will ask some of my faux finish buddies and get back to you on that.

    Thank you for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things. :-)

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  15. […] Terry over at the Curator’s Collection continues to amaze me with her gorgeous pieces and this week was no exception… she turned a door into a beautiful primitive cabinet!  Check out her amazing work and lovely photos… you won’t be disappointed! Not Just a Door Anymore by The Curator’s Collection […]


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