10 Uses for Kitchen Cabinets Outside of the Kitchen

Sofa Table with Storage

Why pay hundreds for a slim table to sit behind your sofa when a couple of kitchen cabinets could do the job -- for just a few bucks?

To create a one-of-a-kind sofa table, place three to five kitchen floor cabinets side by side and join them together with wood screws. Standard cabinets come in 3-inch (7.6-centimeter) width increments, ranging from 12 to 60 inches (30.5 to 152 centimeters) wide; the number of cabinets you use will depend on the length of your sofa. You can opt to leave the cabinet doors in place for out-of-sight storage or remove them to turn the cabinets into display shelves.

After the cabinets have been affixed to each other, it's time to put the icing on the cake. In this case, that means topping the cabinets with a solid material, such as medium-density fiberboard (MDF), that's 2 inches (about 5 centimeters) longer and wider than the cabinets and then painting it according to your personal style. You also could use granite or marble for a fancier look.

Love shabby chic? Then give your new sofa table a coat of paint and a vigorous scrub with fine-grain sandpaper for a rustic finish. If contemporary furnishings fit your style, then sandwich the cabinets between a stainless steel countertop and industrial casters [source: Siper].

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