Recently Amanda from Old House to New Home invited me over to her blog to show off an exciting new project that I am working on!
As most of you know our current project is our Kitchen Project! We are absolutely loving this project so far… and this post talks about one of my favorite things so far!
I’m super stoked about this because I spend most my time in the kitchen! I have always loved the kitchen ever since we first looked at the home. It is spacious, and has a ton of possibilities. **SWOON** And that brings me to this project!
I was itching to get this eye sore out of the way. YICKS! That was the BEFORE.. Something had to be done! It was the first thing you see when you walk in the kitchen, the white is hard to keep clean, and if you really look hard enough from the dining room windows, YOU COULD SEE IT THERE! This had to change.
The hubby and I decided on a straight lined DIY Wooden Waste Basket Cabinet. The instructions (Which are located at the end of this post) are super easy to follow, with graphics and great examples. They are also so versatile, so if you want to adjust it to better suite your decor style, go for it!
2- 1×12 @ 6 feet long
1- 1×3 @8 feet long
2- 1×2 @ 8 feet long
Narrow hinges (the cheapo kind with flat headed screws)
pull of your liking
2 inch screws
1 ¼ inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
1-1/4” Pocket Hole Screws
Elmer’s Wood Glue
Elmer’s Wood Filler
120 grit sandpaper
Random Orbital Sander
Because we didn’t have our wood-shop set up yet, we decided build this baby in our driveway. So he did most of the building, and I did the beautifying! Here are some great shots of him working on our masterpiece…
Getting started was pretty simple. Just your basic line and cut. Once the major pieces were cut, he was able to start assembling them.
Assembly was some what more time consuming than the cutting. Not necessarily harder, just more time consuming! With the glue, and the nails, and the cleaning of glue. HA! We worked great as a team with all these pieces.
I have to say, I was starting to feel a little more relieved to visually see that all these pieces were coming together! He was buzzing through -no problem, but I am such “Follow the Directions Gal”. So when he was whirling around like it was nothing, my inner control freak was like, “WOAH HUSBAND! Slow down!”. But honestly… this is such a simple project!! I just needed to take a chill pill.
Look at that! It actually looks like something!!!
The finagling of the two saw horses, aka Make Shift Wood Shop, was the hardest part. But once we got the hang of how to do that, the project picked back up again! And with a little Mini Me helper like this one.. how can it not? Seriously, this assembly in total took a total of 2 hours! That’s it!!
After the cabinet was put together, it was MY TURN! I was really hung up on figuring out what color to choose. Paint? or Stain? AHHH So many options! I wanted to pick something that would go with my scheme of clean and crisp. My strange hue of green walls, and white accents… I needed something that wasn’t too bold, but didn’t blend in with everything at the same time!
So I slept on it, and then the next day we chose a darker stain, with a clear polyurethane to seal it. After 1 coat of stain, and 3 coats of poly, I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out! It has a old world vibe to it, and truly looks like it belongs there! I love the darker stain because it almost matches the woodwork in the door, and remaining woodwork through the house. The 100 year woodwork in our new home really shows some character, and expresses the story behind the history. I was really trying to add to that with this pieces so that it looked like belonged there.
The hideaway waste basket storage really makes it look like a piece of furniture. The aesthetics are great, but the functional system behind it.. SCORE! The chains were installed to keep the door from falling to the floor. The hinges on the bottom help anchor the door to rotate. The open back allows for easy transferring of the container and bag changing. The many perks to this piece truly add a hole new dynamic to the WOW factor. I love, love, loooove everything about it!
The grain in this wood (Pine) is fantastic with the dark stain. Some spots didn’t take as dark as the others, however I think that adds to it! The hardware and straight lines give it a modern twist. I didn’t want it to seem too Country Primitive, but I do think that the beat-up characteristics give old charm.
Look at that grain!!! I didn’t stain the top center as much as I did the edges because I wanted it to see weathered. I think my favorite part of this piece, other than the functionality, is the TOP! It turned out perfect!
I really hope you love this as much as I do! It is a huge bonus in the room, even for a trash can! I might feel sort of silly showing it off because of its function, however.. I will brag with pride. ha! This just might be the newest conversation piece in our home. 😉
For the instructions on how to build this new “Conversation Piece”, grab them here!
Thanks for hanging out with me!!! I’ll be in the kitchen, with a glass of wine.. admiring our work! CIAO!
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