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YES!!! I finally did it. For months now I’ve been planning to upcycle an old CD tower into a rustic farmhouse cabinet for our little house by the sea but for some reason I just never got around to it. Until this weekend 😀 And I could kick myself for putting it off for so long. She turned out way better than I imagined. Can you see me doing the happy dance?
She’s so perfect for showcasing all those special little bits and pieces that are normally tucked away in a cupboard. Like this beautiful Lord of the Rings wine goblet. I mean seriously, that shouldn’t be hidden away somewhere, amiright?
And best of all the rustic farmhouse cabinet only took me a day to put together. If you’d like to make something similar, here’s how I did it.
CD towers are super easy to find in thrift stores and they’re really inexpensive too. It seems no one uses them anymore. We’ve had this one for years, and besides the layers of dust she was still in pretty good shape.
I measured the length and width of the CD tower and asked our local framing shop to make two frames that would fit neatly on the front of the tower. If you’re not
lazy scared like me you can always make your own frame. Confession time; I have this thing with angles. They frighten me and I normally get them all wrong. So I thought it best to get an expert to do it for me.
Okay let’s get on with that upcycle shall we. After wiping the CD tower down with a wet rag and a little bit of rubbing alcohol, she was ready for a coat of paint.
While the paint was drying, I could start turning those frames into some doors.
To create the rustic farmhouse look I decided to use chicken wire. Since the doors are actually “frames”, there’s nothing stopping you from using glass if you prefer. We just had a whole bunch of chicken wire left over from some of our other projects. I used a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the back of the frames.
Because the frames and the edges of the CD tower are really slim, the hinges needed to be quite narrow and strong enough to support the door. Piano hinges are your best bet for something like that. They come in different lengths and thicknesses so just make sure you get the right one. I used two for each door. One towards the top and another for the bottom. Hinges should always be mounted at least an inch from the bottom and top edge of the frame to prevent the wood from splitting.
When positioning the hinges just make sure that the center-part of the hinge is placed on the outer edge of the frame. Mark where you want you hinges to go and drill a small pilot hole before screwing them on. The pilot hole also helps prevent the frames from splitting.
For the door handles I found these cute little crystal knobs. The bottom bits were silver and that didn’t really work for me. But as they say in the classics there’s nothing a little bit of paint can’t fix 😉
To attach the door knobs simply drill a hole into the frame and screw them on, making sure they’re line up nicely.
And that’s it. The doors are ready to be hung on the CD tower.
Crunch time, well for me anyway. I’ve never hung a door before, and since there are two on the rustic farmhouse cabinet, I had to make very sure that they lined up perfectly. I must have measured at least five times, okay maybe seven 😉 to double and triple check. Once again I marked where to drill some pilot holes before screwing the hinges onto the sides of the CD Tower.
Fortunately all that measuring paid off 😀
All that’s left to do is install a magnetic catch and add some shelves.
A magnetic catch helps keep the doors closed and comes in two parts. A magnetic base, which is screwed into the cabinet and a striker plate that gets screwed to the inside of the door.
To install that catch place the magnetic base on the top or bottom of the cabinet making sure you align the front of the base with the edge of the cabinet. Mark where to screws will go, remove the base and drilling two pilot holes. Use a screwdriver to screw the magnetic base to the cabinet. Place the striker plate on the magnetic base and close the doors. Since our doors have chicken wire, it was really easy for me to see where to drill a hole for the striker plate. If you decide to use glass instead of chicken wire, I would suggest you add the magnetic catch before you insert the glass into the frames. That way you won’t struggle to figure out where to put the striker plate. Ask me how I know 😉
Now for those shelves. I had two options. Make the shelves out of scraps of wood or do it the easy way. Once again I took the easy way out. I just repurposed some CD covers to make the shelves 😉
We have a whole bunch of CD covers that are empty for some strange reason. Does that happen in your house too?
Anyhows, if you use the top bit of the CD cover and break the little end bits off, it’s the perfect size for a shelf inside the tower. Just give them a quick coat of spray paint and wait for them to dry. Sooooo much easier that cutting up bits of wood to fit.
The best thing about the shelves is you can adjust them up or down to fit those special things and add as many as you want. Pretty cool right?
See why I’m doing a happy dance? It was just so easy and the only time I stressed a little was making sure those hinges were perfectly aligned.
And the chicken wire inside the frame really does make it look all rustic and farmhouse-ish.
What do you think? Does it work for you?
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