Knocking Off Crate and Barrel
The inspiration for this was a buffet we saw at Crate and Barrel:
I built the buffet starting with the doors for a few reasons. I had never worked with glass before and routing a slot for it to sit in might be difficult. I was also cutting the individual boards for the doors with angled corners and anything off of a perfect 45 degree angle could cause the doors to be slightly larger or smaller than planned. So the thought was to build the doors and then build the box to go around.
The buffet is built out of S4S pine boards from Home Depot. For some of the larger pieces, I used their pre-joined 24"x48" boards rather than joining several together myself using kreg screws. Pamela never liked the look of pocket holes, so I wanted to minimize the number of holes I'd have to fill.
My brother had used some Rustoleum Satin Espresso spray paint for a project of his and we really liked the look. It's not quite as dark as some of the furniture we've purchased, but I might go back and give it a protective finish which may make it a bit deeper. Working with spray paint was a bit harder than normal paint + paintbrush. It was easy to cover large areas, but when you care about the finish and drips and paint buildup, it may not be the best way to go.
The top of the buffet uses a 24"x48" board cut down to match the frame. On top of that, I shaved down some strips to about 3/8" for around the edge of the tile. Again, the tile is leftover from our backsplash and I think is a nice touch to bring the kitchen together.