Convert Messy Kitchen Cabinets Into Useful Drawers - A How To Guide
My wife and I loved the other project we did ( This one) that I decided to expend it to other parts of the kitchen!
We all Have this... A terrible messy lower cabinet that seems to just fill to the brim with everything! What a mess. We can fix this.
In this project we will be replacing existing lower cabinets with drawers.
Start by taking off the doors and the divider. The 2 1/2inch divider was simply held together with pocket screws, two on the top and bottom each. I simply had to break the paint seal and they came off without any issue.
We will need 4 drawers, so I start with cutting all the sides and the bottoms.
Time to assemble each of the boxes.
Basic but joints held together with glue and some screws.
A bottom finishes the box. Now we make 3 more for a total of 4.
The face frame on the sides leaves you with a gap.... so to fill the gap and provide a solid mounting surface, I simply added a 3/4 inch piece of plywood. This also helps transfer the weight of the drawers down the plywood to the base and not depend on the thin cabinet walls.
I mounted the full extension drawer glides to the wood first, then simply brad nailed them in place. On a few I had to shim them out slightly to make them flush with the face frame. I ripped a thin piece of hardwood to do the shimming.
The glides are rated for 100 lbs each, so I am confident they will hold up well.
We start adding the drawers in...
All the drawers are in... I even made a "secret pull out drawer within a drawer" to put silver ware and other items.
Here they are all pulled out... Some shelf liners are added as well to the bottoms.
Now you COULD simply add the doors back on and call this project done, but you would then have to open both doors every time you want to pull open a drawer. It is up to you.... I decided to build some drawer faces.
Because I went with drawer faces... I added a cross bar in the middle to provide a faceframe in the middle. A small piece of hardwood wood between the drawers to give a place for the faces to close over using pocket holes on the back.
For the drawer faces...
I took a two 6 foot poplar hard wood boards 3/4 inch think... They were 11 1/4 inch wide... I cut them to length and height... then routed the edges to make them match the rest of the kitchen cabinets.
I pre-drilled with drawer pull holes. These holes will help us mount them. You can see here I put some screws in those holes to make them perfectly aligned.
After I secure them form the inside... I then drill through to add the drawer pull handles.
Final with the knobs on and all the drawer faces in place.
We found that e LOVE drawers. So much more efficient than the cabinets stuffed with everything.
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