Looking to hide your unsightly trash bins? Why not do so by blending them perfectly to the rest of your custom-built cabinets in your kitchen. For this project, we recommend using a double bowl vanity which can be purchased from CabinetNow.com along with the custom made doors, drawer fronts, and drawer boxes.
Let’s start this handy project by making sure that you have all the required materials to begin.
We have provided links to the exact product we used to achieve this beautiful finished project a the bottom of this article. The measurements used are for a basic height, double door cabinet but be sure to measure your kitchen before starting this project to make sure your trash can cabinets match the rest of your kitchen.
We also used Walnut wood to achieve this look. Price will vary by wood type and size of the cabinet box used. A single door Cabinet box would also look great and be as efficient.
- Wood Stain
Choose a stain color that will match the rest of the cabinets in your kitchen.
- Clear Polyurethane
This will protect your cabinets from water damage while adding a nice finished shine to your project.
- Multipurpose Rags
- Double Bowl Vanity
15 inch depth
- 2 Cabinet Doors
width: 19.5” height: 24.5”
- 2 Drawer Boxes
width: 17.5” height: 4.25” depth: 13”
- 2 Drawer Fronts
width: 19.5” height: 6”
- Four Drawer Slide Sockets
Slide Sockets keep the drawer slides and drawer box in place by fixing the drawer glides to the rear of the cabinet box.
- Four Drawer Glides
Measure the depth of the cabinet box before purchasing the sliders to make sure they fit just right. For our project, we used 14” universal side mounted drawer glides
- Two Trash Cans
Be sure to measure the height of the trash cans to ensure they fit to the inside of the door and allow for the doors to swing open once attached. For our project, we used 2 10 ¼ gallon trash bins
- 10 Feet of Chain
The chain will be cut into 6 pieces. Two pieces to secure the trash cans to the door and four pieces to secure the doors (two on each door) to the vanity.
- 4 Middle Hinges
There will be two hinges placed at the bottom of each door to make for a smooth open and close.
- 8 Sheet Metal Screws
These screws will be used to secure the chains to the doors and cabinet box.
- 4 Cup Hooks
The use of hooks to chain down the garbage cans will make for easy trash removal.
- 2 Door Handles & 2 Drawer Knobs
Try to get handles that fit your personality and compliment your kitchen!
- 2 Door Magnets
The magnets will keep the doors from swinging open under the weight of the trash.
- Optional Finishing Washers
These are optional and can be used to protect the wood when screwing the chains into the doors and cabinet box.
Screwdriver/cordless screwdriver and something to cut the chain with.
Check out this article on how to assemble your custom-made cabinet box from CabinetNow.com. http://www.cabinetnow.com/how-to/guides/how-to-assemble-vanity-boxes
Now that you have assembled your Double Bowl Vanity, it is time to turn it into your very own Secret Trash Bin. A lot of this project is customizable as you will want your trash bin to blend seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen cabinets.
Prepping your Work Station
The first portion of this project involves stain and a polyurethane spray so be sure to set up your station in a well-ventilated area or outside. Both items can create quite a mess so be sure to lay down plenty of cardboard under and behind the vanity, drawer fronts, drawer boxes, and the cabinet doors. Always wear gloves and protective eye-wear when using stain to reduce the risk of injury.
STEP 1: Staining your Vanity and Doors
Place the vanity, drawer fronts, and cabinet doors on a safe work surface. The easiest method is to open the cardboard box that the vanity came in and lay it flat on a work surface.
Begin staining by dabbing the rag into the stain can and, using long strokes, rub the stain into the wood. Wipe excess stain off and do not let the stain sit for too long on the wood to avoid uneven staining.
Once the vanity, drawer fronts, and cabinet doors are all stained and match in color, let them sit until dry.
STEP 2: Sealing your Vanity and Doors
Once the stain has dried, it is important to seal the entire vanity, drawer fronts, drawer boxes, and cabinet doors with polyurethane. This protects the wood from water damage and gives the entire project a glossy finished look.
Spray the Polyurethane gloss in long and even strokes to achieve the best finish. Be sure to wear protective gear when using the spray.
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