I am so excited to share another project with you from the kitchen renovation today. Yes, it’s another job crossed off the list, but it’s one of the things that was on the top of my must have list from the very beginning of the kitchen reno and it’s a great solution for some of the kitchen storage issues we face…a DIY trash drawer.
Right now we have a stainless steel garbage can and a very ugly plastic recycle bin sitting out in the kitchen. They are always in the way and I hate looking at them, so I really wanted to be able to hide them away. I have always had my garbage cans out in the open, and it’s never been a problem, but with space at a premium, we didn’t have a good place to put 2 bins.
Kitchen storage has been a huge problem in this small space since the day we moved in, so the only way to move the bins from out in the open to hidden away would be to construct a custom cabinet on the empty window wall.
Once the cabinet was constructed and installed, we built a wooden box to house the garbage and recycle bins and attached a soft close drawer slide on either side. There’s even some space in the box to store garbage bags and recycled plastic bags.
The door for this cabinet was a lucky find on our very first trip to a local ReStore, at a whopping $2. Not only was was the door the exact size we needed, but it was made of solid wood and it was a pretty close match to our existing cabinets. On top of that we found a second door that we were able to use on the cabinet next to this one (also for $2).
All I had to do was putty and sand the knots, then they were ready for primer and paint.
To attach the door to the drawer, we just screwed it on from the inside of the drawer.
Instant garbage/recycle drawer…well…not exactly instant but it’s done pretty close!
Now I don’t have to look at my trash and recyclables every time I go in the kitchen. Plus it opens up the space where the cans were and keeps the dog from getting in the trash. I love how it turned out!
What is your opinion on garbage/recycle bins? Are you ok with them out in the open or do you need them hidden away?