Turning a Cabinet Into a Tilt Out Trashcan

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We had a second extra cabinet (an upper that we removed when taking down a wall) and decided to transform it into a tilt out trashcan. This was the much needed dog-proofing that our kitchen needed!
We started with a similar process with our open shelving. The upper cabinets were about 12 inches taller than the lowers needed to me. So, we cut the tops off, cut off 12 inches, then reattached the tops (our new counters will rest on here when they are installed)
We had to build a new door to fit the cabinet. We built an L shape using 2 panels and added 2 small diagonal support braces. This was all wood glued, screwed, then the screw holes caulked.
Hinges screwed into the bottom of the door and into the base of the cabinet.
We also added some chain (this was actually scraps from a hanging light designed for high ceilings) so that the door cannot open too far. This is optional but otherwise the door opens REALLY far.
Door closed
Door open! Our dog hasn't figure out how to get in yet which is a win in my book.
Suggested materials:
  • Wood boards
  • White paint
  • Hinges (2)
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Morgan McBride
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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 29, 2017
    I love this idea, but like quick access while cooking. Will it stay open by itself?

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