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IKEA Herringbone Door Makeover

Well it's no lie we've had this white Besta Cabinet about 5 years now, and changed the doors twice for a new look within that time. We first purchased it with the black/brown doors on all 3 pieces and had the glass in the middle for the TV box. Two years past, then our last IKEA visit we saw the greyish tone doors on sale for 10.00 ea in the markdown section ... Yes! We always check that section first for things we are looking for like lost hinges, knobs or odd thing-a-ma-bobs we buy for add ons in our cabinets. Once we completed our farmhouse makeover in our downstairs family room, the Besta cabinet once again, was on the list for a makeover. Either that, or she was going to get sold to the highest bidder on facebook! Now I'm the first to admit I would rather DIY a piece of furniture and sit there for hours contemplating on what I could do with this, rather than buy another piece of furniture or give it away.

While browsing some design pins for our next farm table build I noticed a table with a pretty herringbone design.. and thought very nice... I could do that on these doors and leave it natural looking with the pine, maybe do a pickling wash, that would work. The herringbone design is also great to redo over a flat coffee table, to add to barn doors, make as shutters etc. Remember, depending on the project you might want to add a trim edge around a table top or bigger doors so you don't see the cut edges. ;)

As you will see this DIY is pretty easy... so let's do this!

1. draw a line down in the middle of each door as a guide. I used all 1 x 4" boards for this , which took 3.5, 6 footers for each door. I purchased 7- 6' boards for the two doors, and had a little to spare.

2. Starting at the "bottom" of the door , Line up your first two boards so the space opening is a little triangle centered over your line. This is your starter point, clamp it down good, and you will see by the first picture you will be alternating each board back and forth in the herringbone pattern (zigzag ) and cutting the edges at a 45 degree angle on the outside edge of the door. I let the boards overhang, and marked them underneath where the cut will be to cut each board separately. Each piece lines up right on top of each other alternating so it will stay straight if your starter is straight. Tape them as you go will keep it all together so you can get an accurate cut. Hoping you can understand this part, to save on wood -Once you cut a 45 degree angle you will be able to use that leftover angle piece on the opposite side of the centerline. Once you reach the top you will have a small triangle piece to cut to fill the last little space.

3. Once all your pieces are cut you can glue and nail down each in place. I used wood glue and a brad nailer but only down the middle on the zigzag, and one on each piece around the outer edge to keep it looking clean. Clamp it down if you can in a few places for drying, but I just placed a bunch of boards on top to hold it down while the glue dried overnight.

4. To finish the doors I sanded it all over nice and smooth 150 grit to then 220, vacuumed it all down and wiped with a tack cloth. I decided on a white wiping stain by Old Masters (like pickling ) which goes on beautiful, using a chip brush with lite application, 12" square portions at a time , wiping it off as you go. OLD MASTERS 12416 Oil Based Wiping Stain, Pickling White.

We are thrilled with the results and the new life it gave to our tired old Besta Cabinet! We just need a few hidden pulls and done. Light , clean, and fresh looking. I added just two baskets in the middle section to hide away candles or a few books and gave them a whitewashing with chalk paint to complete the modern farmhouse look. Give it a try, time to upgrade an old plain coffee table or doors, herringbone...a beautiful look , easier than you think! Questions? drop me a line, I'm happy to help.


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