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How to Make a Pull Out Trash Can

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How to make a pull out trash can and recycle bin with a $2 repurposed kitchen cabinet door. 

I am so excited to share another project with you from the kitchen remodel.

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 remodel.

Not only that but it’s a great solution for some of the kitchen storage issues we face…a DIY pull out trash can.

DIY pull out trash can in kitchen cabinet

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’ve always had my garbage cans out in the open and easily accessible. It’s never been a problem before but with space at a premium, we didn’t have a good place to put 2 bins.

spackle on wall under window for kitchen remodel

Kitchen storage has been a huge problem in this small space since the day we moved in. The only way to solve the issue was to make a custom trash can cabinet on the empty window wall to hide them away.

wall of cabinets being built in kitchen remodel

Once we built and installed the cabinet, we constructed a wooden drawer to house the garbage and recycle bins.

There’s even some space in the box to store garbage bags and recycled plastic bags.

DIY pull out trash can box with slider
slider installed in kitchen cabinet

The door for this cabinet was a lucky find at a local ReStore, for a whopping $2. Not only was was the door the exact size we needed, but it was made of solid wood.

It was also a pretty close match to our existing cabinets.

And…what’s better than finding one cabinet door for $2? Finding a matching door that we were able to use on the cabinet next to this one (also for $2).

cherry repurposed cabinet doors

All I had to do was putty and sand the knots, then they were ready for primer and paint.

Kitchen garbage drawer

To attach the door to the drawer, we just screwed it on from the inside of the drawer.

trash can and recycle can in pull out trash cabinet

Instant garbage/recycle drawer…well…not exactly instant but it’s pretty close!

Now I don’t have to look at my trash and recyclables every time I go into the kitchen. Plus, it opens up the space where the cans were and keeps the dog from getting in the trash.

A double win.

I love how it turned out!

side view of cans in pull out trash cabinet

What is your opinion on trash/recycle bins? Are you ok with them out in the open or do you need them hidden away?

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DIY pull out trash can in kitchen cabinet