Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kitchen Cabinets with DIY Drawers

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Some of you may have seen my sneak peek of what I have been up to last week.

Seriously, this project took me forever to do.
Day one consist of me going to bake some cuppy cakes and couldn't find the pan that I wanted and a glass mixing bowl sliding out of my bottom cabinet landing on the tip of my little piggy.
So scratch the whole cupcake making day.
I had a plan that I concocted in me head for about 3 seconds and got right to it.
I prematurely busted out the small shelf in both cabinets and headed to the store.
I saw some cool kitchen drawers that you can install inside your cabinets at Lowes a while back
and thought it would be a good way to get a little bit more organized.
I was going to run to Lowes, grab 11 of them.
 Install them and have the kitchen all cleaned up before Francis got home from work. Awesome!!!

Soooooooooo when I get there I realize that these darn drawers are $63-$65 EACH!!!!!!!!!!!


















No way. That is so freaken insane. It would cost me  over $700 to put drawers in my cabinets.
Crap! I already busted out the shelf in my cabinets.
Double Crap! I left Lowes to go to Homedepot just to learn that they don't have what I wanting.
Holly freaken cow, now what do I do?
Crap again. I thought about making a trip to Ikea to check out what they have but Ikea is an hour
away and I would be stuck in traffic. Houston traffic really bites by the way.
So instead I grab some 2"by2"s, 1"by2"s, 1"by3",1"by4"s, a box of screws and a few drawer hardware roller things. I got this, Right!? I spent $130 on supplies

I got home and didn't have any energy to even begin.
Called for some Chinese take-out and stared at all the pots & pans all over the house.
I was thinking about what Francis was going to say coming home to this.

I love this man guys. He came home and stood there for a few seconds looking around at
the pile of lumber and the pots & pans. The only thing that came out of his mouth was
"Did you get sesame chicken?" Why, why yes I did. I REALLY LOVE THIS GUY

Day two I got down to business.
This Is what I did for the next few days.

I started by making my drawers.  11 in all.
2) 13"by22"by4"
4) 13"by22"by3"
2) 11 1/2"by22"by4"
3)11 1/2"by22"by3"

I made them by using a basic drawer design.
4 sides and a bottom. It's so simple I don't even know how to explain.
I used 1"by2"s, 1"by3"s and 1"by4"s for my bottoms. Each one of my drawer bottoms are different.
I just thought it was fun.You can use some plywood cut to size for the bottom thou.



I decided it would be the easiest thing to make a housing or frame for my drawers and
just screw the housing into the cabinets already assembled.
This worked well and saved me the trouble of climbing under the cabinets
a lot just to measure and leveling cleats one by one.














This is what they look like.


This is what they look like installed.













































Add the drawer hardware to each drawer and the housing before installing the housing.

I love the raw wood look and decided to leave them that way.
Maybe I'll get tired of it someday and give then a good sanding and coat of paint.
But for now they are staying as is.


Go ahead and laugh that we need two drawers dedicated to rice cookers.
We had six and I didn't even realize it. I did donate two and kept four. It's all good!

This is my favorite part. I saved a grand total of $570 by doing it my self.

Love to hear from y'all!





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71 comments:

  1. I am so impressed! Way to go! So much better to do it yourself than to spend so much more on pre-fab items.

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  2. This is just the tutorial I needed. I hate my cupboards that I have to practically stand on my head to get anything out of! You did an awesome job on the tutorial and it was ingenious to build a frame to attach the too. You are my hero!

    {{hugs}}
    Deborah

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  3. This is a great idea! I'm definitely pinning this

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  4. OMG! You did a FANTASTIC job!!! I so want drawers like yours in my kitchen cabinets. I'm going to show my husband this post after we finish our bathroom...it might be a while before he's ready to do it, but what you did would work perfectly in our kitchen.

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  5. WOW, I would be scared to take on something like that, but you did it and it looks GOOD.

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  6. Love the drawers! I have to pin this for my future kitchen remodel, because I'm so tired of having to climb into the cabinet to reach the stuff in the back!
    Amy @ http://yellowhouseon3rd.blogspot.com/

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  7. dude, you rock! you flipping rock, and so does your sesame chicken loving husband.

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  8. Awesome! Definitely doing this in my kitchen...someday...

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  9. This post made me giggle, I have a cabinet that I open ever so gingerly for fear of its contents attacking. Then aside from giggling at your superb storytelling skills I was amazed by your problem solving/handywomen skills. Wow impressive. Great job!

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  10. This post is just awesome. I want these for our deep pantry but, they have to be custom made because it's not a standard size so we're talking $100 per drawer. You said it best "That is so freaken insane." I've been trying to come up with a DIY and now, I don't have to thanks to your very entertaining adventure. =D Thanks a million! I'm off to grab some wood & screws

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  11. What a fab tutorial. We are going to be tackling this type of drawer system in a pantry tyoe cabinet soon. Love this post for.inspiration. I love your post it made me laugh out loud. Megan

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  12. SOOO Thankful I saw you at Someday Crafts's party, I've been wanting to do this in my kitchen to but they are so expensive. $150 is the perfect price for me.

    "Did you get the sesame chicken?" This part made me giggle.

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  13. Lovely! I was wondering how the weight of the wood would do with the drawer slides. we just moved and have plates in a lower cabinet - so the kids can unload the dishwasher...but this would make things lots easier. Thanks for sharing you ingenuity!

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  14. Wonderful project! I told my husband about the pile of lumber and pots all over and all your husband said was, "Did you get sesame chicken?"

    Everybody needs something along these lines. There are also drawer slides that fit UNDER a drawer that might fit Nicole's needs. I have some wire drawers that work well for plastics and paper goods.

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  15. This is amazing! I need to get my hubby to make some for our kitchen. What a great money saver!

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

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  16. This is impressive! Thanks for linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We love having you and hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

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  17. Great idea. I hope to see you at My Dream Canvas. Visiting you from Wow Us Wednesday.

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  18. You are AMAZING! I want these. I am featuring them tonight at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  19. That is awesome! It's too bad we are about to move into a rental house because I would LOVE to do something like this. Great job!

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  20. Good for you! Well done! I love to see when we women can fix/create whatever we need!

    Noreen
    http://craftyjournal.com

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  21. Great job! Way to tackle a big project like that. I love those cabinet drawers and would love to have them when we get a house of our own someday.

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

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  22. Nice work!!! We've been brainstorming ideas for bathroom and kitchen cabinets and pull-out drawers are high on the list for sure! Love what you've done! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  23. First of all- you are freaking funny!! And second- I am jealous! This is exactly what I want to do- can you come over?

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  24. I would like to thank all of you awesome ladies for all the kind words and for pinning this project. The traffic that's visiting here via Pinitrest is CRAZY. Gosh. I think I gained a whole three followers from that. LOL,! I love my followers, All 82 of them.

    Nicole- The wood drawers are not heavy at all. They do slide in and out very easy. Sorry for not answering your question sooner, I have been working in my garden a lot and haven't much time to read my comments.

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  25. For the drawer assembly did you use nails or screws? I can't tell from the pictures. I'm not sure how these are weighted but The only option I have to secure the frame is to screw the bottom piece to the bottom of the cabinet. If I try to screw through the side it will go straight through to the other cabinets and if I try to secure the back to the back of the cabinet I might hit a pipe. Do you think securing the bottom is enough???

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  26. PS I'm going to attempt this using old pallets so I save on the cost of lumber ;)

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  27. Hey Loraine,

    I love this project! It's super ingenious. I have a very basic question that may seem silly, but how did you get the boards on the bottom to stay together in their side-by-side position? Did you have some kind of bracket underneath holding them?

    I'd really like to recreate this project in my kitchen. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

    ~Liz (www.widgapae.blogspot.com)

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  28. WOW! Love this idea and even better that you did it yourself, saving a tonne of $$$

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  29. Another thing to add to my to do list!

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  30. Bravo!!! Great job, I love love my pull out drawers. If I ever move that will be the one thing I will regret leaving behind!! But now that I see how easily yours went together, I can build my own.

    Bobbi

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  31. Fantastic!!! Thanks for posting

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  32. This is a great idea. What a savings, too!
    It looks simple enough I could do it!

    Some people would argue that slide outs take up too much cupboard space; but I say organizing in a way you can find what you're looking for really quickly is worth a few square inches of space!

    Great job! Pat

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  33. This is a great tutorial! I will be adding drawers to my kitchen
    Peggy

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  34. Fabulous!! Might just have to tackle this one for my new place. :)

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  35. I love that you figured out a way to do this yourself! I wish I was handy and could do something like this myself, too!

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  36. OK, you are now my official new Hero!!! I am so impressed that you just went out and did it!!! and your man is amazing too!
    I am liking you on facebook and following you from now on, forever.

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  37. I have a shop work bench that is open underneath and need drawers for storage. I will get right on this project!!
    My hubby had his shoes (flip-flops, slip-on's, tennis shoes, work shoes..at least five pair) laying on the floor of our master closet. Now me, I HATE CLUTTER! I got tired of picking them up, so I decided to make a shoe organizer in one of the open cubbies on his side of the closet. After deciding what size openings for the shoes, (men's shoes are a lot larger) I measured carefully and went to the garage to get started. I made them so they slipped together, so when all was done, I tapped it into place and not a nail or screw was needed to hold it in place. Voila! Now, he puts his shoes away...sometmes without me having to tell him to.

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  38. Thank you for this great idea!! I've been trying to explain this to my husband FOREVER & he just couldn't comprehend what I was talking about so now I can visually show him!! : )

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  39. Did you have to use a router to shape the "dipped handle" on the front of the drawer?

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  40. I'm in nearly the same predicament tonight as you were in when you decided to DIY. I desperately want drawers in 5 or 6 cabinets, but I saw the prices tonight. Crazy! I think this project may go on the to do list for a couple upcoming vacation days. Thanks so much!

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  41. I love your craftwomanship. I have been wanting to do this as well, but I don't think that I could have accomplished this task as well as you did. Thank you for sharing. I am impressed.

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  42. I adore your creativity and craftsmanship. Thumbs up.

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  43. My entire kitchen needs these! It's all deep cupboards that I can't find anything in!

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  44. My entire kitchen needs these! It's all deep cupboards that I can't find anything in!

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  45. truly an awesome and inspiring idea, Great Job!!

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  46. Have you ever made drawers instead of having a lazy susan? I have been looking into as it would be more usable space but i don think i would know where to start

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  47. WOW!!!! I've been trying to convince my husband that we need these drawers & like you saw the price & decided to suffer. I would love to put these in & luckily my husband is very handy in these situations. That & the new countertops would be a huge improvement on our kitchen without breaking the bank! Thank you so much for the information & inspiration

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  48. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for the tute. I want to do this in my kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
    Stephanie

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  49. I had to laugh at your inspiration predicament. I got absolutely sick of those stupid, crawl around on the floor cabinets and put in drawers. I'm not fond of pull-outs because I bang the door up too much. I retrofitted my entire cabinet (4 of them) with drawer boxes and fronts. I experienced the very same "So there." feeling! Love them. Your pull-outs are cool with the raw wood. you might want to seal the inside of the drawers, though, because by now you've probably figured out what happens when you spill or even get water in them! :)

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  50. OH MY HECK!!! You are frickin GENIUS!? I would have never figured out how to do the whole cleat thing...I love the way your drawers turned out! I am putting this on my to do list ASAP. We just ripped out our kitchen this week and will be redoing it in a few weeks more. I'll be showing my Honey what you did so he can help me duplicate the idea! Thank YOU!

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  51. Thanks for sharing this amazing tutorial, i never thought it would be this much easy to make kitchen drawers.

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  52. What tool do you use to get the front knobby thingy?

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  53. Thanks for posting this... ive been thru the exact kinda day and ive looked for good references of how to do my own. Its helpful just to see what others have run into, what lumber they used, etc. Thanks from TN!

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  54. Usually I am not regular to read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, quite nice article.

    andrew
    kitchen remodeler college station

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  55. I love your ingenious idea of creating your own frame for the rolling thingies. I've wanted to do something like this for year because of all the wasted space in the bottom cabinets. They become a wasteland of unused, can't be found anyway items. I think I have a new project I can do (and will do). Thank you.

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  56. Hi,

    Lovely decor and awesome tutorial!!! Your finished product looks amazing.

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  57. Great publish . It needs me almost Half an hour to research the whole publish. Definitely this one of the useful and useful publish to me. Thanks for the talk about.

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  58. Great job! Can you tell me how you did your drawer bottoms and face?

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  59. Definitely, this is the first time I encountered kitchen cabinets with drawers, this revolutionized cabinets, just like you mentioned - no need to peek and go inside each cabinets and look for pans and pots. These drawers saves time and money, well, you inspired me a lot while scanning your blog, thank you.

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  60. Could you please spend few words on how to making the drawers? I find it quite intimidating...thanks for your great ideas!,

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  61. Could you please spend few words on how to making the drawers? I find it quite intimidating...thanks for your great ideas!,

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  63. I love this! They have tons of these rolling supplies at the re-store! Thanks for the idea!!

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  64. Hi! Thanks so much for making me laugh! That is just the way I do projects!! I love that you made this really simple to save us loads of bucks! I thought it may be worth mentioning that most pressure treated lumber is coated/soaked in a arsenic containing chemical stew that makes it last longer. Unless you buy special hardwood lumber for woodworking which is not chemically treated, it would really be smart to sand and paint it since you will be touching it, and it could come in contact with food or dishes. Just a thought! Thanks Again!
    Rachel

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  66. Was looking for a new project after putting down 3/4 '' hardwood flooring by my self at 71yo. Thoroughly enjoyed doing the floors. I had a whole box of wood left over and told my kids Im using the left over wood to make a box to be buried in,..My kids think their mother has lost her marbles. Bruce flooring is Marsh Oak and perfect for underground. lol Not just yet. Need to make draw divider for my silverware. You cant buy anything as good as you an make. Stumbled onto your drawers. LOVE it!!! Thanks for all the pics and info. I will be doing that too. Great job! Linda

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  67. Like Liz, I too was wondering how you got the boards on the bottom to stay together in their side-by-side position? Did you have some kind of bracket underneath holding them and if so, did you just lay them inside, glue them or screw them? I was overwhelmed wondering how to make cabinet drawers after cutting up my existing ones to install a dishwasher in my older house. Thank you for sharing a doable method that looks great!

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  68. Awesome pictures in your blog if anyone is looking for a best ideas for bathroom and diy kitchen cabinets
    and pull-out drawers are the perfect examples of these things.

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