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I was redoing the downstairs bathroom and there was two cabinets in there. They took up way to much room so decided even if I reinstall , I would only do one after the bathroom is done up.

So I was thinking what to do with this cabinet. Although it helped determine the theme for the bathroom project, it certainly didn't go with anything else as is.

Recently I did an Instructable on re purposing an old frame into a dart board frame. So that gave me an idea I could make this into a cabinet to store darts as well as maybe converting into a little work station to replace flights or change out shafts. And I still had flannel left over from that project that I thought I could utilize.

I also did an Instructable on how to do a quick stain and wipe to fix up old scratched up furniture. In that instructable I said it only works on real would not laminated MDF. I still stand by that statement but wanted to see how far I could take it on MDF.

So this is basically just a re purpose a cabinet you can make the cabinet into whatever you want to use it for as this is only to give you ideas. I might link to some of my other Instructables if it is pertinent to the step.


Step 1: Getting Supplies and starting a game plan

Get your Base Bathroom Cabinet

Tools required for this step:
Screwdriver
Allen Head wrench
Small pry bar
Small baggy
Rubber Mallet

Supplies not required but recommended to be on hand:

Wood Glue
Small or Medium Clamps

Optional:
Camera

Game Plan:
Decide what to do with the base cabinet: I already have determined it will be a dart cabinet. So I don't plan on keeping the slotted doors. The inside back will be covered by the felt. I have to keep the bottom slotted shelf as it acts as support and tightens the sides. I could cut a board and replace the bottom shelf but this is also to utilize as much as possible. I will cut a board the the width of the shelf below the doors to add a fold down extension to the shelf.

Take it apart:
Remove any screws, bolts , cams or other attachment fixtures and put in small baggy for later re assembly
After all the screws are out try pulling apart with hand at first. Be very careful of thin pieces of would always try to grab were the most support is.
Most MDF furniture utilizes dowels as well. Depending on who put it together these are usually glued with Elmers or wood glue. Depending on the age you should still be able to separate it a bit to see where any dowels are located.
After you find the dowels slid a pry bar next to it and pry open.
repeat this process until the whole unit is apart.
Be careful of dowels by corner edges it is very easy for the MDF to break off at the edge by the dowel.

If a piece does break off. Immediately Wood glue the piece back and clamp it till it dries. This will make sure all the pieces are just as they should be when it comes time to reassemble.

If you are working with something that has a lot of pieces you might want to have a camera handy to take pictures as you remove each part, pay close attention to take images of any holes or attachment points. This will make it easier for assembly later on. I personally think it takes some of the fun out of it nut it is an option.

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