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DIY Board Game Cabinet

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How to make the perfect cabinet to hold all of your board games. Add some vinyl to decorate it and you’re ready for game night!

This cabinet was a happy mistake. We started out using the Ana White Barn Door Bookcase woodworking plan to make a cabinet for the kids’ bathroom. My husband adjusted the measurements for our space… but forgot to take into account the lip of the countertop. The cabinet ended up being a hair too wide and it was NOT worth pulling everything apart to cut it down and rebuild.

We decided to start new for the bathroom cabinet and use this for board games. It ended up being the perfect depth and we desperately needed something to store them on. While we originally wanted to make the barn door, we are holding off on that for now. With wood prices and the inconvenience of hauling the wood home, it didn’t seem worth going back again for more wood.


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So while the process to build this cabinet is the same as the Ana White plan, and we want to send you her way for the actual instructions, I’m going to give you the adjustments that we made. The wood cuts are completely different.

Shelf Dimensions

The final shelf dimensions are 28″ wide x 20″ deep x 72 3/4″ tall. The shelf width was 13 1/4″ and the top width (depending on the overhang) was 28 3/4″.

Shopping List

I prefer to use Purebond plywood because it’s furniture quality and doesn’t require a ton of prep work. You will need to prime the wood first. I keep a large bin of primer on hand because I do a lot of projects that need it. Raw wood always needs primer first before paint.

I recommend preordering the paint because it looks like they don’t typically carry it on their website. I had 1 qt which was barely enough… it took two coats, on top of the primer.

Cuts List

  • (3) 3/4″ plywood x 20″ @ 72″
  • (4) 1x2s @ 13 1/4″
  • (6) 3/4″ plywood x 20″ @ 13 1/4″
  • (1) 3/4″ plywood x 22″ @ 28 3/4″
  • (2) 2×2 @ 72″
  • (2) 1×4 @ 25″
  • (2) 1×2 @ 65″
  • (2) 1×4 @ 66″
  • (2) 1×4 @ 6 3/4″
  • (3) 1×4 @ unknown- angled pieces
  • (1) 1/4″ plywood @ 13 3/4 x 66″

This is the really basic tutorial on how we made the board game cabinet. I’ll talk a little more about our process when I write up my blog post about the kids’ bathroom cabinet, but Ana White has a full tutorial that we followed with our adjusted wood sizes.

What you'll need
8' 1×4
(4)
8' 1x2s
(2)
8' 1×3
(1)
6' 2x2s
(2)
Kreg Jig K4
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BEHR Premium interior semi-glass cabinet and trim enamel: Dayflower
Buy
1/4" Plywood, 4×8
(1)
Purebond Plywood 4×8, 3/4"
(2)
Buy
Primer
Buy
Cricut Transfer Tape
Buy
Cricut Maker
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Permanent Cricut Vinyl
Buy
Steps
1
Start by building your cabinet.
2
We added all of our pocket holes to our wood in advance.
3
Build the frame of trim for the front of your cabinet
4
Attach the trim frame to the front of your cabinet.
5
Prime and paint your cabinet. This is Dayflower.
6
Use your Cricut Maker to cut Permanent Cricut Vinyl of your SVG designs. Apply using Cricut Transfer Tape.
Check out Layering Cricut Vinyl On Wood: Chess SVG for more info on applying vinyl to wood.
7
Add your board games! (Photos outside but this lives in our basent)
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I made my own SVGs in Canva, then layered the designs on my wood cabinet.

Here’s the video:

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This easy to build cabinet is the perfect size for board games! Add vinyl and decorate it for the perfect addition to your game room.
Build this game room cabinet: it's the perfect size for board game storage!

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