How to Build a Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet

This step by step woodworking project is about how to build an a farmhouse kitchen cabinet. I have designed this rustic kitchen cabinet with double front doors for my countryside property. The property has come with an old house on it, which I plan to restore. This is Episode 1 of a long series of projects I plan to build for this property, so feel free to come back to see the progress. See the rest of the countryside projects HERE. This project only requires common materials and super basic tools, so anyone can get the job done in one weekend. Make sure you check out all my other DIY tutorials HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.



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Building a Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet

Building a kitchen cabinet

Building a kitchen cabinet


  • A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 36″ long LEGS
  • B – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 32″ long, 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 10 1/2″ long SIDES
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 35″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 32″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 35″ long BACK
  • E – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39 1/2″ long TOP
  • F – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 27 1/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 25 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 17 1/2″ long 2xDOOR
  • G – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 36 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 10 1/2″ long SHELVES



  • Adjust the size of the project to suit your needs


  • One Weekend



Farmhouse kitchen cabinet plans

Building the side panels

Building the side panels

Build the side panels from 1×4 slats and 1×2 trims. Add glue and 1 1/4″ nails for the to lock the panels together tightly.

Fitting the legs

Fitting the legs

Drill pocket holes along the side panels and add glue to the joints. Insert 1 1/4″ screws to reinforce the joints.

Building the back panel

Building the back panel

Build the back panel from 1×4 lumber and 1×2 cleats.

Assembly the frame of the cabinet

Assembly the frame of the cabinet

Drill pocket holes along the back panel and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock it to the side panels.

Front frame supports

Front frame supports

Fit 2×2 supports to the front of the cabinet. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.

Fitting the shelf supports

Fitting the shelf supports

Fit 1×2 cleats to the sides of the cabinet to create the shelf.



Use 1×4 lumber for the tabletop. Glue the tabletop together tightly and then use screws to attach it to the cabinet.

Fitting the shelves

Fitting the shelves

Fit the 1×4 slats to the bottom and to the shelf.

Building the doors

Building the doors

Use 1×4 lumber for the door panels. Attach the 1×2 trims to enhance the look of the doors.

Fitting the doors

Fitting the doors

Fit the doors to the front of the cabinet and then lock them into place with hinges.

Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Plans

Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Plans

Take a look over the tutorial to see how I built my own farmhouse kitchen cabinet.



How to build a farmhouse style kitchen cabinet


Gluing up the side panels

The first thing I did for the project was to glue the side panels. I cut the 1×4 slats at the proper dimensions and then I added glue to the sides. I aligned both ends and then clamped them together tightly.

Fitting the cleats

Afterwards, I added 1×2 cleats to the top and bottom of the panels. I aligned the edges with attention, drilled pilot holes and inserted 1 1/4″ screws. These cleats will reinforce the strength of the side panels.


Side panels

Next, I drilled pocket holes along the side sides of the panels, so I can attach them to the 2×2 legs.


Fitting the legs to side panels

I added glue to the sides of the panels then aligned the legs into place tightly. I clamped the components together and then inserted the 1 1/4″ screws to lock them into place.


Back panels

Now, we are going to build the back panel for the farmhouse kitchen cabinet. Therefore, I started by gluing up the panel, in two sections. My workbench was too small to do the glue up in one piece, so I had to split the panel in two.


Back panel

After making the two sections, I locked them together with glue and by attaching the 1×2 cleats. I drilled pilot holes and inserted the 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure you align the edges before inserting the screws, to get a professional result. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the back panel.


Assembling the cabinet

Next, attach the sides to the back panel. Align the edges and make sure the corners are right-angled. Insert screws through the pocket holes to lock the components together tightly.


Tabletop frame

Continue the project by assembling the frame of the tabletop. I used 1×2 lumber for the frame, as I ran out of 2x2s.


Farmhouse cabinet frame

The kitchen cabinet is starting the take shape already. Not bad for a few hours of work and B quality slats.


Fitting the tabletop

Next, I attached the slats to the top of the cabinet. Make sure you glue the tabletop slats together tightly before attaching it to the cabinet.


Building a farmhouse cabinet for kitchen

Attach the slats to the bottom of the cabinet. Make sure the corners are square and drill pilot holes before securing the slats to the cleats with 1 1/4″ screws.


Fitting the shelf slats

Fit  the 1×2 cleats for the shelf to the sides of the cabinet. Next, attach the shelf slats to the cleats and lock them into place tightly with screws.


Building the door

Building the doors for the cabinet is a lot easier than you might imagine. Glue the door panels together and then attach the 1×2 trims. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Next, insert a few brad nails to reinforce the joints. Moreover, you can insert a few screws through the slats into the trims.

Use a sander to take a 1/8″ from the doors on the side, so you can actually fit them into place and make then open easily.


Fitting the door

Fit the door into place and make sure there is a 1/8″ gap on all sides. Drill pilot holes and insert screws to lock the hinges to the cabinet and to the doors.


Rustic farmhouse kitchen cabinet

After you fit the second door, you need to make small adjustments so they open and close easily. Fit a latch to keep the doors locked together tightly. Optionally, you can also install some handles so you can open and close the doors easily.


DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet

Use 120-220 grit to smooth the surface thoroughly. Moreover, you should fill the gaps and the holes with wood putty and let it dry out before sanding the surface. Apply a few coats of stain and then seal everything with clear lacquer.



I had a lot of fun with this project, considering it only took me 10 hours to make. I used B quality lumber, but I am really pleased with the end result. This cabinet is for my countryside property and I made it to organize a few items I had found in the 100 year old house.



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