Building a Kitchen Pantry Cabinet

What You'll Need
Wooden panels of various sizes (depending on size and number of shelves)
Contact paper or laminate material (optional)
Stain and lacquer
Paint brushes

A good kitchen pantry cabinet can serve several purposes; not only does it help to enhance the look and feel of your kitchen or pantry, but it is also a useful way of conserving space for storage and for protecting your food over a longer period of time. There are a huge number of different types of kitchen pantry cabinets, and the right one for you will depend on several factors, including the space that you have in your kitchen, the budget that you have, the level of experience you have working with design and carpentry, and more. Read on for a brief step by step guide on how to build a kitchen pantry cabinet that is relatively simple but attractive and effective.

Step 1 - Design Your Cabinets

Using a pen and paper, decide how to design your cabinets. You can set them up in a variety of different ways in order to produce the best type of cabinet for your needs. Sketch out how large the cabinet that you'd like will be. If necessary, use a tape measure to determine how large the space that you have for your cabinets is. Then you can decide how wide and tall the cabinet should be, how large the shelves will be and how many you'll need, whether the cabinet will open from the left or right side, and more.

Step 2 - Attach the Base and Sides of the Cabinet

Once you have your cabinet model designed, you can attach the base and the sides of the cabinet in order to see exactly how large they will need to be. If you need to, adjust the sides of the wood paneling by cutting and sanding them down. Otherwise, use a screwdriver and screws or a hammer and nails to attach the base to the wall. A level can help to make sure that you attach the cabinet on a perfectly horizontal axis.

Hammer in the side panels and the top of the cabinet and base as well. This will provide you with a sturdy foundation for your cabinet.

Step 3 - Attach the Shelves

Hammer in the shelves of the cabinet as well. Attach contact paper or laminate coating to them, if you desire.

Step 4 - Stain the Cabinet and Mount the Face

If you wish to give your cabinet a distinctive appearance, stain the front face with stain and paintbrushes and then treat it with a lacquer protective coating after the stain has dried. Then, attach the hinges to the left or right side of the cabinet base, depending upon how you'd like your cabinet to open. Finally, attach hinges to the cabinet face and connect the two so that your cabinet is complete.