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Pallet and Barn Wood Built In Cabinet

Pallet and Barn Wood Built In Cabinet

The porch. The dog porch. The place where all the dog hair, dirt, and mud dance around with glee. Also, the place where tools, equipment, saddles and cowboy gear, gardening items and plants, and all the boots, hats, gloves, and coats pile up. This room needed help. A homemade built-in cabinet was just what it needed!

Psst! At the bottom of this post, you can read how you can see the SECRET compartment that I put in this cabinet and what we keep there! 🙂

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Pallets | Barn Wood | How to build a cabinet | How to dream up and build yourself a homemade built in cabinet to suit your needs just perfectly! Pallets and barn wood are the foundation of this project!

Old 2×4’s, pallets, and barn wood to the rescue!




The wood I found in the back pasture had been out in the weather for years! It gave it all beautiful color and character. But a lot of the boards are warped and were hard to work with. Nothing in this cabinet is square and most of the time I was trying to figure out how to fix a problem area.

To start, I wrote out what I wanted the cabinet to accomplish: Hold dog food, cat food, garden tools, beehive equipment, leather and leather tools, my tool junk drawer, workout equipment, dog beds and decorations. Phew! That’s a lot!

Then I drew out my design on paper. And thought about it a lot and dreamed up this way and that way of how to put it together. So the design I started with was not what the end drawing was.

Measure! Cut! And go!

We started by anchoring the 2×4’s down into the concrete floor. This is the only time my husband helped me (I’m proud of that!) Then the frame went up.

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First part of the frame

It was really hard to figure out how to do the back section with the pipe coming up in the middle of it all. I ended up doing two sections of frames on the back wall.

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Frame added alone the wall

All the hinges on the doors are heavy duty! The doors are very heavy.

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Door going on!


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All Together!

The drawers are heavy but functional. They just slide out on 2×4’s. Nothing special or difficult.

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Doors to hold all our “stuff”


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Someday I may have Bill help me figure out how to put some horseshoe handles on the drawers.

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I painted red and toasted almond on the back of the shelves.

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Red accent added

And the new home for the dogs and their beds! So much better than their beds just floating around wherever on the floor.

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Close the door! Hidden Dog Beds!


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And that’s it!

Our very own homemade built-in cabinet!

But that’s not all…there is more to this cabinet than meets the eye 😉 

We have a resource page for those of you who have interests in horses, homesteading, and God. There are 50+ printable and helpful tools, charts, and checklists. AND I’ve included pictures of the secret compartment. I think you’ll like it!

You can see a sneak peek into our resource page: 

Free Resource Page for Horse Owners

Free Resource Page for Homesteaders

Free Resource Page for God Seekers

Do you have projects where you have found and used old wood? These pallet cabinets are another project I completed in our kitchen to meet the needs of our family. I used pallet boards for that project as well!

Pallets | Barn Wood | How to build a cabinet | How to dream up and build yourself a homemade built in cabinet to suit your needs just perfectly! Pallets and barn wood are the foundation of this project!


Seriously, our free resource page is worth looking into. It has a great selection of tips and checklists that have helped me out greatly. This page is password protected and is updated almost weekly! How much better can it get?? 😉 Sign up below! Happy learning! 

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