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Dear Hometalk: How Do I Add More Storage to My Small Kitchen?

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$60
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Do you have a small kitchen like I do? I have a cute, cheap, easy solution for you!


how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Here's my tight kitchen; counters packed, cabinets stuffed. But here's the answer...
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
First, I hopped over to Michael's to purchase 3 wooden crates.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Next, I went to Home Depot & purchased some lockable Swivel Caster wheels, wood glue & some metal mending plates.

First, start by removing labels& sanding the crates. Mine was a little rough so I wanted to make sure it was smooth.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Next, remove the top two wooden slats from each crate. I used the hammer claw to loosen the slat & then knocked it off with the front of the hammer.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Most of the brad nails came out with the wood, but you can also remove them with pliers.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
After that, it's time to start assembly! Use some wood glue to attach the bottom crate to the middle crate & let it dry for a little bit to let the glue set. After that, attach the middle crate to the top.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Let this dry. Next, flip it around & add the metal mending plates to add some extra security. You could probably skip this step but I wanted to make sure mine was extra sturdy.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Next, add some paint, stain, or leave it raw! (You could also do this step before you assemble). I knew I was going to distress mine with sandpaper so I didn't use primer with the paint. After painting, you could also add some varnish to set it.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
After you've let the paint or stain dry, flip the cart over. Grab two of the slats you knocked off to add more support to the bottom. Again, you can removed the brad nails with pliers. Next, wood-glue them into place. After the glue dries, it's time to add the wheels! I started by laying them all out & marking where the screws were going to go. Then, I drilled a hole (this is to prevent the wood from splitting). Finally, twist the screws into place with a screwdriver.

**Please note that the wood has the potential to split. This is another reason I added the wood slats to the bottom for extra support. When screwing, don't force the screw in & as long as the screw is the proper size & you add at least two of them to the wheel it should be secure.

You're done! This little cart is SO CUTE & could go pretty much anywhere in your home!
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Don't have enough cabinet space? You can use this cart to hold plates, water bottles, glasses & bowls. Super cute, & easy access!
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Don't have a pantry? You can use this to hold pantry items! Make sure if you add snacks or other types of food that it's enclosed in a container so you don't attract bugs or mice. Store flour, sugar, plastic bags, snacks, spices, the possibilities are endless!
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Does your pet take up too much of your cabinet space? Make a little pet cart! You can hold their toys, food, treats, kitty litter for cats or leashes for dogs.
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Need something fun for entertaining? Add some glasses & some wine to make it a bar cart!
how do i add more storage to my small kitchen
Coffee maker taking up too much room? Make a coffee station! You can sit your coffee maker in the top & add K Cups, mugs & tea bags onto the other shelves!
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3 of 17 questions
  • Sharon
    on May 25, 2019

    I have very little counter space and I use my counter appliances daily. I need a suggestion to store them in my kitchen that is easily accessible

    • Dyan
      on May 27, 2019

      Sherri, that would also make the bottoms more secure than placing the items on the slats which are not as stable. It would also make the unit taller.

  • Carol
    on May 26, 2019

    If you have a small kitchen we’re do you put it?

    • Jackson
      on May 26, 2019

      I have a small kitchen and would have nowhere to put one of these.

      One note, if you place it on a counter you wouldn't need the wheels.

  • Dawn
    on Jun 6, 2019

    I don’t have a question, just want say that I did this cart and I’m so glad I did looks great thanks

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  • Jenny
    on May 26, 2019

    Wetting the screws will help prevent the wood from splitting.


  • Dyan
    on May 27, 2019

    I would sand first. Prime the wood second, especially since most of these crates have knot holes that will bleed through most paints. I would then paint before assembling because working around the hardware can be a huge pain in the neck. That is unless you are looking for a very temporary solution.

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