Liquor Cabinet with Hidden Drawer

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Project by RSmike posted 01-15-2011 01:50 PM 14107 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet was built around the glass windows that I etched.

My wife saw the image on these doors on a TV show. It took weeks for me to draw the image in CAD and make it look right. I printed the image on contact paper, stuck it to the glass, cut away what I wanted etched, etched it, and the glass sat around the house for months while I found the time to build the cabinet. Etching glass is pretty easy.

I just have to have something special on all my cabinets. The lower drawer isn’t really that hidden but it’s a fun place to keep our shot glass collection.


-- Mike

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 01:59 PM

Great job! What kind of finish did you use? Any special treatment? Looks great and it’s close to what I’ve considered for our new kitchen island. Again, nice work.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 02:16 PM

Beautiful work. Love the drawer. We just did our bathroom over and did away with the vanity and put in a pedestal sink. The drawer could be a disappearing shelf for us while shaving etc. Thanks for sharing a great idea

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 03:19 PM

Hey! Where’s the bottle of Maker’s Mark at?

-- Jim, Michigan

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 07:07 PM

I like it! I had the same thought about using it as a bathroom medicine cabinet. A pull out drawer would give a convenient shelf for the contact lens case while I’m poking my eye.

-- Tony -

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 08:49 PM

Great work. I love the detail with the hidden drawer!

-- “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign,does not declare,'That is mine!'” - Abraham Kuyper

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 09:47 PM

Now you can really invite the ladies home to see your etchings! (huge grin)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 05:53 PM

Ok someone asked about the finish…It’s a sprayed on (with HVLP) Behr latex. I don’t recall the color. I thin the Latex with water to shoot it. I like the look but the Latex stays tacky and blocks for quite a while. I’m starting to like the looks of latex applied with a foam roller. Then I topcoat with waterbased poly. It makes for a durable finish.

On this project is when I discovered that my miter saw’s arbor was shot. The whole cabinet is pretty much out of square and I fought with trying to fit the doors forever. ( I know own a Kapex. hehehehe ) In the end it looks nice to the average person. I’m a little disappointed with the “lines” but like the overall project.

The medicine cabinet drawer idea is great idea. I just redid mybathroom…..I could have made a drawer like this on the bottom of that cabinet….it would have been very stubby/shallow but it would have been really cool. I already have one motorized hidden drawer in my bathroom. I need to post that some time.

Thanks for the comments.


-- Mike

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 09:32 PM

OMG – I love this. What a great ensemble. And fantastic idea for the shot glasses…. sometimes you have a collection but you don’t necessarily want to display them.

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 01:33 AM

Love it the only thing is I would not put the Glasses in the draw I would be putting the good stuff in there to hide it Haaaaaaa well done

-- patch (Graham) Moama Australia

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 07:08 PM

Great cabinet. The etched glass and hidden drawer are great features.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 04:00 AM

super kool. boy, am I thirsty. really nice project

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 06:04 AM

Love the green color.

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