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Kitchen Storage Solutions

Sliding Tray Solutions

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by Jeff Patterson in Interior DIY Projects
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It’s safe to say we all want cool kitchen storage solutions.

And I’ve a got an awesome one.

Is it hard for you to find stuff in your kitchen cabinets – especially items in the way way back?

I felt this way with our kitchen sink and decided to build sliding trays.

If you’ve got some basic tools you can totally do this project.

In today’s tutorial you’ll learn how to build two sliding trays for under $120, discover priceless carpentry tips, and optimize your kitchen cabinet storage.

Kitchen Storage Supply List

Here’s the supply list

If my math is right this adds up to $117 but if you’ve got a few of the items it could be closer to $100.

That’s not bad considering a Rev-A-Shelf unit for under the kitchen sink costs about $239.

I honestly wanted to buy one but couldn’t justify the price tag. So I actually saved about $139 by doing this project.

Sweet!!!

You’ll need to construct bases for the sliding trays. But before you do that it’s SUPER important to get measurements for your cabinet.

Let me show you how I did this for our kitchen sink cabinet because it’s the most important step.

 

Getting Measurements for the New Kitchen Storage

The last thing you need is to make the sliding trays and then realize they don’t fit.

My wife warned me that if I did this and the trays caused our cabinet doors to not fully close then I’d be in just a tiny bit of trouble.

If you want to install sliding trays under your kitchen sink you need to account for shutoff valves, p-traps, the garbage disposal and cabinet door hinges.

Measure the width of the cabinet opening. This is the distance from hinge to hinge if you don’t have a center slat.

If you do have a center slat, like me, then you’ll need two widths. One for the door on the right and one for the door on the left.

Measure the distance between the edge of the hinge and the slat (my width was 17 1/2 inches for the left side)

Measure Cabinet Width

The depth of the trays will be determined by pipes or shutoff valves.

In my case, I had a shutoff valve on the left side and measured from its handle to just inside the front of the cabinet (my depth was miraculously 17 1/2 inches again).

The height of the base & tray together had to be 5 1/2 inches due to p-traps on both sides of the cabinet.

Height Measurements

You can use all these measurements to build the bases and sliding trays. And I’ve got some tips to help this go smoothly.

 

Building the Bases and Sliding Trays

I made the base and sliding tray for the right side of my kitchen cabinet before shooting the video tutorial.

Good thing I did because I had a few hiccups.

The primary problem was making the base too wide, which in turn messed up the slides. As such, the sliding tray didn’t work as smoothly as I hoped.

You won’t have the same problem after reading this.

The goal is to build a base that fits in your cabinet and a sliding tray that slides back and forth without any problems.

Use your width, depth, and height measurements to cut all the parts for the base.

You’ll need 2 to 3 of the 2 x 2 foot panels for the base.

Use Plywood Panels to Build Trays

Set your circular saw depth to just a hair over 3/4 of an inch.

Mark off your width measurement and cut the panel.

I laid the panel over scrap 2 x 4s, placed my right leg on the panel edge, and cut the base.

Cutting the sides of the base was accomplished by screwing the scrap panel piece to the 2 x 4s. I marked off the height using my pencil then made the cut.

Having the screw holes in the sides actually helps when attaching them to the base of the base frame.

Apply wood glue to the edges of the base. Place the side against the glued edge and drill holes through it & the base.

Fasten the side piece and base together using a 2 inch wood screw. I used my rafter square to make sure the angle between them was 90 degrees.

Fasten Side Pieces to Base

This part is super important. If the side pieces aren’t 90 degrees to the base the slides won’t work properly.

So be diligent in the construction of the base 🙂

You’ll build the sliding trays in a similar fashion but will have to account for the width of the drawer slides.

I had to deduct 1 1/16 inch from the tray width because of the slides and another 1.5 inches because of the 3/4 inch side pieces.

In addition, I deducted 1.5 inches from the depth of the tray because of the front and back pieces.

This might be confusing but my video will clarify it better. Watch it for all the details and to see how the drawers work. You’ll like it.

I could have pinned the trays together using my brad nailer but frankly the screws are a better option.

I only pinned the front and back faces because it looked better. This is totally optional.

Pin the Front Tray Face

Read the directions for your drawer slides.

You can also use a 3/4 scrap of plywood to raise the slide up the side of the base and tray.

Mount the Drawer Slides

One of my favorite tips for this part of the project is to add blue tape to your drill bit to stop it from drilling through the plywood.

Super helpful for other carpentry stuff, too.

I show you both tips in the video.

When you’re done mounting the slides insert the tray into the base and test the sliding motion.

Test Sliding Tray

Now for the fun part: adding the bases and trays to your kitchen cabinet!!!

 

Mounting the Bases and Trays

This is super easy.

First, remove the sliding tray from the base. This makes the installation in your kitchen cabinet a lot easier.

Tilt the base at a 45 degree angle and slide it into the kitchen cabinet.

Tilt Base 45 Degrees

You need to do this so that the base avoids the p-trap or disposal.

Drill two holes about 6 inches in from the edge of the cabinet opening. I explain why in the video.

Then screw the base to the cabinet using two 2 inch screws.

Screw Base to Cabinet

Just make sure you don’t drill or screw into any pipes or electrical wiring. Yes, this might be hard to figure out but do some investigating beforehand.

You can slide the tray into the base.

You’re all done!!! Here’s what my setup looks like

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What’s Next

Another great kitchen project is learning how to clean greasy kitchen hoods in minutes – you’ll be amazed!

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.

Ask your questions below and we’d be happy to help.

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

P.S. Our online store has great supplies for homeowners doing a bathroom remodel. You’ll find shower systems, tiling tools, and more.

178 Comments
  1. Glo. says:

    Due to some water damage, work needs to be done under my kitchen sink as well! Sliding drawers would be worth showing off!

    1. Water damage is common under sinks, such a pain in the rear end.

      You could add a piece of 1/4 inch luann to the bottom of the sink and that would help a lot Glo.

      Then you can add the sliding trays. It would look great 🙂

  2. Jane Weaver says:

    My husband, also a DIY(er), did the same thing with our kitchen cabinets…..what I need desperately, and can’t figure out how to do it, is the dreaded corner…..we have two that give us fits!!! Would love for you to come up with a fix for that! Have so loved your ideas, especially the drill scrubber!!! It is the greatest……thanks!

    1. Thanks Jane, I love the drill scrubber, too!!

      What kind of problem is your corner causing? Maybe we can figure it out via the internet 🙂

      1. Jane Weaver says:

        The corner is just deep, the depth of an oven, plus the door……probably about 28 to 30 inches???? Anyway, to get anything out of the back, you have to completely move everything at the front out first……same way on the opposite side of the kitchen.

        1. Linda Graves says:

          Agreed! Those dreaded dead-end corners are awful for access. We are looking for a different house currently and refuse to even walk into one that doesn’t have full access to the cabinets. It is so inefficient to have those corner cabinets which have difficult access to them.

          I feel the same about closets that have 2 or more feet on either side of the closet doors that have closet rod, but you cannot easily access what is hanging there.

          Any ideas on either item would be truly appreciated by many!!

  3. Sue Carroll says:

    This is a great idea and I think MAYBE one I can handle myself! I’m sick of using boxes to store everything, especially since I had a pipe burst inside the wall and everything got soaked and I now have a big hole in the wall. This will make my life much easier. Thanks again Jeff!

    1. Pipe bursts stink Sue!!

      Sorry to hear about your hole in the wall, too.

      You can handle one for sure. And if you do one maybe you’ll decide to do two 🙂

  4. Eric says:

    I’d like new counter tops.

    1. What would be your dream countertop Eric?

      Granit, quartz, marble….

      1. Eric says:

        Probably granite or quartz.

        1. Both would unbelievably cool 🙂

  5. Adrianne Hurtig says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Well, you made that look easy! What would I like to change in my kitchen you ask….everything! The cabinets, the counter tops, the back splash, the appliances, the lighting! Here’s a great idea…come to my place and you can help teach me DIY and have a ton of future episodes!! Clearly, I could really use this give away! Thank you.

    1. Lol, yes you could Adrianne.

      Are you looking to DIY your kitchen or hire someone? It sounds like you’ve got the skills to do it yourself.

      I could give you some advice either way and would love to answer any of your questions.

      One tip I’ve got is to find your materials way ahead of time so that you don’t run into backorders. This can be a nightmare and slow down your renovation, plus it’s super stressful.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, we’re currently still working on the birthday cake, haha.

      1. Adrianne Hurtig says:

        🙂 Cake is good! I’ll probably do a bit of half and half…DIY & then hire someone for the more complex (scary) jobs…the ones that look easy on DIY sites, but in reality are way over my head! The pre ordering materials to avoid back ordering advice was brilliant!! One of those, “Why didn’t I think of that” moments!

        1. I like cake too Adrianne, specifically chocolate on chocolate.

          Yum.

          There are so many different tips on kitchen remodeling. But going through a few has helped me identify a few things that might help others.

          It’s not fun experiencing problems firsthand. That’s what motivates me to share all the stuff I learn so that others won’t have a ‘hand to face’ moment 🙂

  6. Angela Thomas says:

    I bake a lot of cakes, cupcakes, and candy. I would love to have a better way to keep all my pans organized and easy to access. Maybe some dividers in my cabinets would work. A better storage solution for all the little baking tools would be great too.

    1. You know what’s funny Angela, we had our kitchen redone a few years back we still have issues organizing all the little pans and utensils.

      So I think coming up with a solution to this issue might be on my to-do list.

      I’m envisioning a vertical sliding tray for circular pans or muffin tins. The circular pans are tough because cabinets are square. So efficiency is an issue.

      Thanks for sparking my vision, I’m adding this to my list of ideas 🙂

  7. Patty Jensen says:

    Love your videos and help/hints! What would I like to change in my kitchen – THE COOK!! That’s me….how I would love to come home and have all my meals prepared and ready to eat the moment I walk in the door. Just kidding, I do love to cook. What I would really love to change in my kitchen are the cupboards. Considering that expense, I am looking for some “wallet easy” fixes. Thanks!

    1. The cook, you’re too funny Patty. Although a personal chef (just for Monday thru Friday) would be awesome.

      Do you want complete new cupboards or would you like to spruce them up with paint & new hardware?

      1. Patty Jensen says:

        New cupboards are out of my budget right now. They are the typical builders cupboards, so nothing fancy. For sure hardware, since they don’t have any now. I am a very new DIY’er, so the idea of drilling holes into the cupboards is a bit scary. Don’t want to have “swiss cheese” doors!!!

        1. Swiss cheese doors would be bad, haha.

          But you if you use a combination square and are careful then you can switch out the hardware.

          Best advice is to measure three times (twice is for non-anal retentives), mark the spots with a pencil, eyeball it a few times, then drill the holes.

  8. Brenda Frye says:

    My husband and I completely gutted and remodeled our kitchen a few years back and it is awesome. One thing we have found is that we really needed to put in a pantry from floor to ceiling. We didn’t at the time due to funds, but now we are planning on taking out one of the floor cabinets and building a pantry there instead from floor to ceiling. I also plan to put sliding drawers in each of my bottom cabinets. I have Lazy Susan’s in each corner cabinet and they work out great !! Had no idea we could build our own sliding drawers !! Thanks for the great tutorial on the drawers, that will give us a better opportunity to get them done without much expense.

    Thanks for all your wonderful ideas and videos !!
    Brenda Frye
    Haskell, Texas

    1. Thanks so much Brenda and fantastic job on remodeling your kitchen. That was a huge project!!! And not easy.

      What kind of advice do you have for anyone doing a similar project? I’m sure you have a few different tips that would help a ton 🙂

      1. Brenda Frye says:

        Jeff,
        My advice is to have everything bought and ready to go in before you start. Be patient, be prepared to wash dishes in the bathtub. One thing I regret is not getting a dishwasher or pantry. We had our stain, paint, flooring and tile for the countertops before we began. We bought our cabinets, one at a time as money permitted.

        1. Wonderful tips Brenda. Particularly the part about getting all your supplies ready before starting. There’s nothing worse than being delayed because the flooring is backordered.

          You’re inspiring us all to think about how to accomplish own dream renovations 🙂

  9. Julie Boone says:

    We are in the process of a kitchen remodel. We added a bar and moved the dishwasher underneath it. It has given us so much more space and the dishwasher is more convenient. We had a small space on either side of the new stove we put in so my husband made small cabinets for my stoneware cooking sheets. I am definitely going to suggest the rollout trays for under the sink, though – great idea!

    1. Your kitchen sounds wonderful Julie. We did a similar move with our microwave and placed it in the island. It frees up a huge amount of space.

      I’d love to see your cabinet setup for the cooking sheets.

      Send me pics if you have a chance because they sound way cool.

  10. Patti B says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! My husband tried making some sliders but didn’t think of building a base, which now explains why they don’t work quite like they should! (Picture 2 x 4’s nailed to the sides of the cabinets, looks so professional, NOT!) We’ll be making adjustments (aka bases) soon! Would also love a thrifty DIY solution for that space way back in the corner cabinets that we lovingly refer to as “the black holes!”

    1. Well at least your husband tried something, that’s a great start. It won’t take much to modify what you’ve got.

      Does your corner cabinet have a lazy susan or just bare?

  11. Kathie Cornelius says:

    Thanks Jeff. I love your tips, and they seem to come exactly when I need them. One thing I would like to change in my kitchen is the color of the glasstop range. It works very well and I cannot justify a new purchase based only on color. Ive considered spray painting it. Any tips?

    1. Boy, that’s a tough question Kathie.

      I’ve heard of people changing the exterior color of ovens but not the glasstop. I’d be worried that the paint would disrupt the heating process and be flammable.

      You could call the manufacturer of the range and get their thoughts. Maybe that’s a good place to start. Since it is a glass top I wonder if you’d be able to swap it out with another one with a different color?

  12. Liliana Wells says:

    My husband built two sliding drawers for me when we moved into this house. I love them. I don’t have one for under the sink yet. But I have the chemicals arranged in carrying totes that I can take fro room to room as I need them. The one I appreciate the most is for large pots and pans that I have next to the stove. I could use some type of arrangement for cookie sheets also. But I haven’t figure that one out yet.

    1. It’s like our kitchens are one big puzzle. Trying to figure it out takes a bit of time, especially with all the odd shaped cookware.

      I wish everything was just square. That would make life a lot easier, lol.

  13. sydney says:

    Cool idea, I’d love to add it to my base cabinet to be able to reach all our cans. I’m just wondering though if it would have been a little easier to make if you had used an undermount drawer slide then you wouldn’t have had to make the extra boxes to hold the drawers.

    1. I like your idea Sydney. Our cabinets have a little lip on the bottom edge and that’s one reason for the trays. But looking into your idea is well worth if the cabinets have a flush mounted face frame.

      Great idea 🙂

  14. Cynthia Paola says:

    Jeff,
    Thank you for doing this video!
    It’s awesome!
    I’ve wanted these slide out shelves for so long…
    I know what hubby and I are doing this weekend!

    1. I think I’m in trouble with your husband Cynthia.

      Don’t give him my email address, LOL.

      Keep me posted on your project. Can’t wait to see it 🙂

  15. Stephanie says:

    We’re hoping to paint our cabinets within the next few months, and put in a new floor after that… I want to paint while we have an icky floor that’s going to come out whether we get paint on it or not. 🙂

    1. Great idea Stephanie, who cares about the old floor getting paint on it.

      What kind of new floor are you going to get? Tile, laminate, cork…..

  16. Bob says:

    I desperatly need to install some form of storage system for all of the pot lids as well as the larger pots (we have a pot rack but what to do with the stock pots). It seems everytime I need a lid it causes an avalanche of lids which is no fun in slippers or barefoot. We had some mounted metal lid storage racks but it seems the metal hooks broke off one at a time and now we are down to storage for 1 6″ lid and I beleive 1 8″ lid.
    I do like the Rev A shelf at lowes but the style I would need is the wrong depth for our cabinets and the price is a bit high so I may experiment with some extra chrome racks from some bakers shelves I have.
    Thanks for all the good info and keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Bob, I like your idea of using the chrome racks. Please let me know how it turns our because it could be a great solution for a lot of us 🙂

  17. Jeff, the floor in my kitchen is beyond gross. Our house was built in 1930 and all the previous owners did was slap down one layer on top on the last layer. The vinyl tile (do they still make that stuff?) is circa 1970’s earth tones and is split, cracked, peeling and just so ugly it hurts my feelings. At present we’re having the entire house rewired (from the outside pole all the way to the light switches) and new H/VAC installed with attic insulation so we’re on the way to bringing the place into the present century! So of there was anything I would like to tackle at this moment its the kitchen floor. Seriously, I think the cat is even embarrassed to walk on it.
    Have a happy, boomin’ and sparkly fourth of July and a way fun birthday!!
    Paul S

    1. I’ve seen floors like your’s Paul. They were cool at some point in time. The last rental I rehabbed is about the same age as your house. The tiles just came right up and revealed 3/4 inch oak hardwood.

      Gazinga!!

      Great job renovating an older home. It’s not easy but super rewarding to see it get a facelift.

      I’m sure that what ever floor option you choose will be a winner and impress your cat. Thanks for the well wishes and I hope you have a fun 4th, too 🙂

      1. Patricia says:

        ROFL @ the cat comment!!! Too funny !!! ^-^

  18. Kim says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Kitchen pull out drawers would be great. I am always struggling to get things from the back or off those little half shelves they put in the bottom cabinets..ugh. Plus, I’d like to construct some kind of nifty spice holder that uses space efficiently. We are currently using a small lazy susan in the skinny cabinet next to the stove, but half the time I can’t find anything and there are all of those corners that don’t get used because of the round tray. It would be great to stop buying duplicates because I didn’t know we already had that particular spice.

    Good job on your project! Your wife must be proud. 🙂 Happy Fourth to you and yours!

    1. Roundness and kitchens, who was the genius that came up with that!! Just kidding, I feel your pain Kim. You think you’re out of cumin then find it the next day in the recesses of the cabinet, haha.

      I’ve seen a few different spice racks on Pinterest that are cool. Maybe that’s another project down the road.

      Thanks for the well wishes. Hope you have a fun weekend too 🙂

  19. marly z. says:

    I love the under sink drawers. I have drawer envy.

  20. Nancy Leszczynski says:

    You’re right Jeff….Lowe’s rocks. My dining room is a part of my kitchen and there is a lovely window at the end. My one big dream is to surround the window with cabinets and put a window seat w/storage or a cabinet right under the window. This would create soooo much storage that I might have to go out and buy stuff just to fill the cabinets up.

  21. Kay says:

    I would love to change my countertops we live in a mobile home and still have formica also to put ceramic floors in.

    1. You could do both projects no problem Kay. I know you have it in you 🙂

  22. Linda says:

    Hi Jeff,
    You are right about always needing more storage. I think that sometimes the contents of my cabinets invite friends over when I’m not looking.
    I would love to have pull out shelves in my kitchen. I would change all of them if I could. Your step-by-step videos are inspiring. Now if I was brave enough to “do try this at home!”
    Linda

    1. You’re braver than you think Linda. You are talented and can totally do this.

      It is weird how stuff magically accumulates in the cabinets. Our “junk” drawer is out of control.

  23. Donna says:

    I have learned so much from your posts. Thank you for doing what you do. I have a tiny kitchen. I wish I could afford to change the size of my kitchen!

    1. Thanks Donna, I’ve learned a lot from everyone who comes to HRT. It’s inspiring to hear other DIY stories and see what we can do with our minds.

  24. Nancy G says:

    I want a new counter top and drawers or sliding trays in my lower cabinets!

    1. What kind of countertops would you love to have?

  25. Joe says:

    I remodeled and included two sliding wire racks that are very close to the same size as yours for about $25 each at Home Depot. I also placed a plastic dish pan in the wire basket where the trap is located. When my trap leaked, all the water was caught in the dishpan. Ruined nothing as I only place plastic containers in the dish pan. Both maybe removed for cleaning under the sink.

    Next, design a “thing” so it is easy to store your extension ladder from the joists in the garage. One rafter has a frame (basically a square hole) hanging down to accommodate one end of the ladder. Shove in one end of the ladder. Lift the other end and there are 2 two wooden hooks on the rafter that swing out the way as the ladder goes up and close to hold the ladder. Pull a string and hooks swing open.

    Quirky.com has a design you can use and what they sell is a fortune, but that idea is sweet.

    1. Man Joe, you have some great ideas.

      If you don’t mind sending me the pics of your wire basket design I’d love to see it. You had to feel like a champ after noticing the leak and not having an damage. Winner!!!!

      I’ll have to check out Quirky’s design and see if we can modify it.

    2. Joe says:

      I don’t know how to send a pix in the comment section, so I sent a link from Homedepot of one that is very similar. They have others. When I got mine, the box was all covered with dust. Mine is a cheaper version. I place a second dish pan (it is really not a dish pan as it is only 4 inches high, but that is another story of curb shopping.) I up graded to a second dish pan and that cuts down on debris. Next, I will try to find the Quirky link with that ladder holder. I don’t know if they ever put it in production. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rev-A-Shelf-X-Small-Chrome-Wire-Basket-5WB1-0918-CR/202855674 If you don’t hear about the ladder holder, then I did not find it.

    3. Joe says:

      Found it. It is called Ladder Latch on Quirky. https://www.quirky.com/invent/193135/action/vote/query/view=trending&categories=all

      Is it in production? Cost? Everything on Quirky in my opinion is over priced and 99% worthless. I believe they found a niche market for those people with money that want to buy something you don’t already have. All indications are that they are doing well. They have 3 3D printers to make prototypes.

      I can only see Ladder Latch going across the joists. I would only have room to go parallel to the joists because the garage door rides up so far. OK, an easy fix, but I’m 68, so I’m not going to do it. But, I have a dandy handyman.

      Next, my garage only has 4 joists, so I’m wondering just how much weight I can put up on joists. I save the ladder for the handyman.

  26. Isaac R says:

    This is definitely something I would like to do in my kitchen. Bending over and reaching in the back of the lower cabinets is a back killer.

    1. For real, I had back issues a few months ago and reaching that far is painful. For anyone with disabilities this tray idea is great. Thanks Isaac for bringing this up 🙂

  27. Patti says:

    I’d like to add more storage to my kitchen. I have the wire shelving in my pantry and would prefer other shelving. Will try to remedy this soon with wooden shelving. Always plenty of projects to do in a home and I look forward to getting busy getting them done. Thanks for this tutorial and for all you do. Love your site.

    1. Keep me updated on your progress Patti. Thanks for your kind words and for being here 🙂

    2. Joe says:

      Just a suggestion. Add dishpans or other similar containers to your wire baskets. Lift out one that is just loaded with our baking supplies, etc. Saves money, work, repeated trips. and debris falling through.

  28. Kiki McAdam/mcgaelicgal says:

    What would I like to change?? What WOULDN’T I like to change!! The kitchen needs a complete -floor to ceiling- overhaul! Thanks to this great DIY tip, one thing on my “wish list” is something I can do myself. Hooray!! Another thing I can do myself is strip & paint the cabinets, which will help the look in there tremendously. The old built-in gas grill that we never use needs to come out. (Major counter-space hog!!) Once that’s dealt with, moving stove, hood, fridge and cabinets around is next on the “To Do” list. Adding more cabinets and a peninsula is part of my vision. Pulling off old paneling and installing beadboard wainscoting, then painting the upper half is on the list. I’d love to rip out the hideous cardboard(?) ceiling or cover it with reproduction or salvaged tin. Replacing the UGLY 1970s worn & torn linoleum is a MUST!! My #1, most urgent wish/want is a new sink & restaurant-style faucet. (Sorry about the length/rant, but you DID say “be specific”! ;-p)

    Have a safe & fun weekend, and Happy Birthday!! =D

    1. Well Kiki you’ve got a vision and that’s a great start. Something tells me you might have a few Pinterest boards about kitchens, lol.

      But seriously, I think your kitchen has a ton of potential since you have space. That’s really the main problem for a lot of us. No space to work with is worse than anything else.

      Please keep me posted on your progress or if you have a question about something. I’d love to help. Although you’re on your own with the gas grill – haha.

    2. joe says:

      Just a suggestion. Check out IKEA cabinets. Most IKEA stuff is lousy, but the cabinets are a dream. Soft close for $7 vrs $135 from a cabinet shop. Real wood except for the ends of a row of cabinets. They hang on rails because in Europe, you can take your cabinets with you.

      I have the ash ones for 5 years and they look like new.

      Shop ebay for name brand faucets and sinks.

      Shop for your own granite rather than get it through IKEA as there is a middle man charge.

      1. Kiki/mcgaelicgal says:

        Thanks, Joe. GMTA! I spent a good couple hours in the kitchen section the last time we went to IKEA! 😉 Still haven’t decided yet whether we’ll paint the cabinets or get new. They’re not in bad shape (about the only thing in there that ISN’T), they’re just ugly!

        Yes, Jeff, we have LOTS of space — and a separate, walk-in pantry to boot! It’s a 1925 modified Cape Cod and has sooo much potential! And you can be sure I’ll be asking questions as we plow through everything! 🙂

        Hope your birthday was great!

  29. Carol says:

    I would love to change the shelf in the lower cabinets. Really, what were they thinking when they only made half shelves as the second shelf. Sliding shelves would be a God send to find things in the lower cabinets. What I really would like in my kitchen is about 10 foot by 10 foot more space. If I ever win the lottery:)

    1. You hit the nail on the head Carol. More space is sometimes the key ingredient. Yet it’s hard to figure out on a limited budget. If you add the sliding trays you’ll be off to a good remodel start 🙂

  30. Greg says:

    I need to build some shelves for the basement. I’m using plywood for the self, three high, 2x3s for the support, and mounting the whole thing on casters. With several shelves like that, I will have a modular high capacity storage system. And I’ll assemble it with my new Kobalt drill and driver set!

    1. Sweet concept Greg!!

      Especially using the casters to keep it mobile. You gotta send me the pics when you’re done. That dude is going to look awesome.

  31. jennifer says:

    I would love to have my kitchen designed in stainless steel including the floor…near the stove and chopping board…that way I don’t have to always sweep the floor…food will fall in then underneath will be washed with water whenever needed. maybe push a button…water rushing out to compost so the compost can filter out itself. the kitchen has to be in the center…everything in center…nothing on the side wall…then rotate if you want to use sink…or chopping board or stove…just swirl and just stand in one place. one big window will be looking at the garden…you will know what you need to cook by looking at garden…also other one is with an access to a green house for the winter….other window…to a deck.
    other idea is automatic vacuum at the baseboard so when you sweep the floor, push a button, it pops open and sucks in the dirt as sweeping into.

    1. Love the baseboard vacuum idea Jennifer. That would be awesome. No dust pan needed 🙂

      Great vision for how to use the garden and green house. That would be my ideal situation as well – to use what we grow instead of going to the grocery store.

      I’m constantly thinking of all the waste that goes into our food. Like bags, plastic, cardboard, etc. I wish we could reduce all the waste and be more efficient.

      Keep up the wonderful thoughts.

  32. JoeyfromSC says:

    Jeff, this is awesome! I wished I was more handy ha..But your video & all of your instructions does make it look very doable for me lol

    I want to change the countertops badly!!! ughhh ha…I also need to build this slide-out system for underneath my sink too! Thank you for the chance to win! I could really use these drill & driver tools! Happy 4th!
    Joey

    1. Thanks Joe, you can do this. Don’t worry about being too skilled, frankly I’m no Bob Vila. Just getting started is a good first step.

      Hope you have a great 4th as well 🙂

  33. Mike Grady says:

    Great job, Jeff. I could’ve used this 6 years ago…my wife had me build small shelves under the sink but this is much, much better!
    BTW – speaking as a man who has literally almost burned down the house 4 times, you might want to consider mounting your fire extinguisher to the wall. Having it in plain sight significantly increases your chances of thinking to use it on an emergency…even though I didn’t. 🙂

    1. That’s a great tip Mike. I’m sure you’ve got some crazy stories based on your fire extinguisher placement.

      I need to get a second one for the upstairs 🙂

  34. This is a really cool project. It’s simple and really handy. I love how under the sink there’s no need for fancy dovetail joints and fine grade plywood. I’d like to do it too, but the plumbers that initially installed our water missed the wall by a mile. The stub up is within 6″ of the front of the cabinet and blocks access for a drawer.

    1. Those guys, what the heck were they thinking.

      Hope you’re alright and everything is settled after the dust storm out in AZ?

      That sounded scary

      1. We’re all good here. I’ve seen much worse. The pool’s cleaned up so I can move on to other stuff.

        1. You’re a guy’s guy Mr. John.

          I gotta say that those kind of storms would frighten me more than Freddy Kruger. Bad stuff.

          Glad to hear you and your family are safe. And the pool is open!!!

  35. Lea says:

    My cabinets are outdated and could really use a facelift but not sure about taking project on myself. Hubby and I might be able to master the sliding drawers. They would me a big help

    1. You can do the sliding drawers Lea. And don’t be afraid of tackling your kitchen.

      With the right planning and preparation it’s not all that bad 🙂

      Is there a part of the renovation that scares you the most?

  36. Lidia Cobb says:

    I love all your DIY tips! I am thinking of changing my kitchen cabinet color to update them. I can’t decide if I want to paint them or strip and re stain them. I would love to hear if you had any experience in this area.
    Lidia

    1. I haven’t done either just yet Lidia. But when I’d lean toward painting the cabinets. Especially since there are so many durable paints out there.

      The big box stores have a tremendous amount of paint options for kitchens. Go with a paint that will clean up easily (likely a semi-gloss or gloss), won’t stain or discolor, and is resilient to heat.

      You can brush or roll it on. Or if you want a more professional look go with a paint sprayer.

      Keep me posted on your project. I think it’ll turn out great 🙂

      1. I also prefer paint for MANY reasons! Giani makes a paint solution that would be great for this project. It requires very little prep work compared to most paints and would not require you to remove doors to paint separately . I would suggest just using a deglosser before painting. Somehow it seems that most women prefer a paint finish while many men would finish every interior surface of a home with natural woods. If you do decide to use a wood finish I would suggest Minwax PolyShades – a product that combines polyurethane and stain.

  37. Michelle says:

    I’d love to be able to build a small pantry in my kitchen! It’s a tiny, tiny kitchen with very little cupboard space though, so I just don’t know how to change it….

    1. You could use IKEA’s online software (free) to design it Michelle. If you live near an IKEA they will even help you (again for free) come up with an efficient design. It might be worth checking out.

  38. Carol says:

    I would love to replace my formica counters. They’re in good shape but not attractive. Still I have other “have to’s” well ahead of the counters so it will wait. Thanks for the tips!

    1. You’re super welcome Carol.

      Newer laminate countertops look very attractive and might be an affordable option.

  39. Tim says:

    I would love to install a water line to go to my fridges ice making machine.

    1. Do you have access to your water line from the basement or a crawl space Tim?

      If so, you can do this project pretty easily. One of the plumbers I work with warned me not to use a saddle valve for these types of water lines.

      I can’t for the life of me remember which kind he said to use but there are several out there that are far better than saddle valves.

      Hope you had a great weekend.

  40. Wally says:

    Great idea. Would make a video on how to open a ceiling that had previous leak to check if there is mold and how to clean any and replace the piece you cut after you finish.

    1. You’re in luck Wally. I have a video on HRT where I’m replacing a section of ceiling.

      I don’t address checking for mold or cleaning it. But the ceiling repair will save you a ton of money if you DIY it.

      Here’s the link

      http://hrtllc.wpengine.com/how-to-patch-drywall/

  41. Jodi says:

    Our kitchen could use a complete redo. I have many plans in my head/paper but get a little overwhelmed with the time it would take. But I was about to start on a corner and work my way around when I broke my leg. Slows everything down. Anyway the corner I was going to start on has a bunch of mis matched tables and shelves to hold things. I was going to build in real cupboards and countertop. Oh well a fall project perhaps when I can walk. I would love a new drill/driver set. Can never have to many and I am working on teaching my daughter how to DIY.

    1. Sorry to hear about your leg, OUCH!!!

      I hope you get better quickly. Make sure to right down your plans. You don’t want to miss out on a good idea.

      Great job teaching your daughter how to DIY 🙂

      1. Jodi says:

        Thanks, I’m hoping it heals quickly too.

        I have started a spreadsheet by room. I keep adding. It is a little frustrating that I can’t get any of it done so the list grows.

        I think it is important for my daughter to learn to skills. I didn’t marry a handy man and she might not either when she grows up. Luckily for my husband I really enjoy all the projects.

        1. Great job with the spreadsheet Jodi. That way you’ll have all your ideas in one place.

          I do the exact same thing.

          It’s great that you enjoy all the projects. The process sometimes is the most enjoyable part 🙂

  42. Liz says:

    I would like a big range and double ovens in my kitchen. and definitely want sliding drawers in all of the cabinets and especially in the pantry. I tend to forget about the things I have stored in the back of the pantry.

  43. Laurie Forbes says:

    This drill/driver set would be great! 🙂
    Like a lot of people, I have water damage under my kitchen sink, and both this set, and making some new sliding drawers would be a definite improvement.
    Thanks SO much for your detailed tutorials with lots of pics for us beginner DIYers!

  44. We are building a new home in High Springs, FL to be closer to our daughter. Definitely want my hubby to put these in our bathroom vanity and in the kitchen. My husband has a long “honey-do” list with amazing ideas I have gotten from YOU. Also numerous helpful hints to repair minor things in our house that is For Sale in Auburndale, FL. Thanks So Much!!

  45. Hi, Jeff,
    I’ve changed the backsplash to more than 5,000 individually attached pennies so I’m ready for my next project. Somehow I got my husband to agree to let me cut out a rectangle from two of the builders’ grade cabinets and install sandblasted glass. I haven’t hand time to connect my sandblaster to the compressor so this will be over the next few weeks. I’ve already painted 32 white pulls copper. They really jump out now. Love the storage ideas for under the sink!

    1. You go Sally!!!

      Holy mackerel, you’ve been busy.

      I remember talking to you about the penny backsplash. It sounds awesome. Make sure to send me some pics. I’d love to see it.

      Keep on truckin with all the DIY. You’re on a roll 🙂

  46. Chantal Frittelli says:

    I would like to add a pantry into my kitchen so that all the food items are in the same place instead of in different cupboards. What would be the best way to incorporate it into a corner section of a kitchen. I want to be able to reach things without moving everything around. Perhaps it would be better to do it on a straight section and do sliding units that can come out of the cupboard and hold all the tins??

    1. That sounds like a great plan Chantal. Sliding units would certainly help optimize your space.

      Are you in the middle of planning a new kitchen?

  47. Larry Wimberly says:

    Look great! I did the same thing 12 years ago, but I put my drawers in boxes and then inserted the boxes into the cabinets. They work great but I have a galley kitchen with only 4.5 ft between the cabinets. As my wife says, “It’s a one-man kitchen!” Wish I had a bigger kitchen, but with the kids gone, we’re going to downsize the house but upside the kitchen.

    1. I like how you think Larry.

      A smaller house with a bigger kitchen would be fantastic. Especially if the kids are on their own and it’s just you and the Mrs.

  48. maria says:

    I would like to know if you can advise me on how to make my corian counter top refreshed and less scratched. Thank you

    1. I wish I had some good advice Maria. Alas, I’m only a humble handyman. If I had to guess, and that’s what I’m doing, you might be able to buff the counter and get it looking new again. But more research would be needed to see how to do it.

  49. Lori Jones says:

    i would love a countertop that i can put a hot pan on or cut on (if cutting board is not around) and not ruin it.! paint my cabinets, and lower the “bar”. The bar is way too high! needs to come down about 6 inches!!

    1. Lol, I would like to lower my bar too Lori but the Stubborn German in me won’t say yes.

      Having a resilient countertop would be great in the kitchen.

      What kind would you love to have?

  50. Maury Welsh says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I have a very dated kitchen. I have started with new hinges and handles. I have moved on to removing the 50+ years of paint off the doors and drawers. (Not finished with that one yet) The list goes on. But, who wouldn’t want to win that cool drill and driver set? If I do, THANKS! If I don’t, THANKS! It does not matter, because all of the great ideas you give for free, are just as important as the right tools. Thanks again. Maury

    1. Thanks Maury, you’re so nice.

      Great job with stripping your doors and drawers.

      That’s not easy stuff.

      How did you approach it?

      1. Maury Welsh says:

        Hello Jeff,
        This house was built in 1958. I have watched many people strip paint
        on the internet. Brush, wipe, spray it on. They all look so easy, I can do that!
        Wrong! It is not so easy to take 4-5 layers of paint off. We painted the
        cabinets when we moved in 9 years ago. I tried each wet method of paint
        remover. None of them wanted to remove the yellowish layer. I think they might
        have used that truck bed liner as paint. Hardest paint I have ever seen.

        Well, I have an orbital sander, what a great idea! I went through several pads
        just to do one door. I have an belt sander, winner! You have to be a little
        bit more gentle with this. I start with the belt sander at 50 grit. This gets me through
        the yellow layer. Then I go to 120 grit to get down to the wood, but just barely.
        Then I switch to the orbital sander with 220 grit. Now we are nice and smooth.

        I worried about lead paint, so I made sure I had a good respirator and goggles.
        I am about 1/3rd through this project. I am doing the doors first, then I will
        move to the cabinets. That is going to be a mess! I will have to put up a
        barrier to keep the dust out of the rest of the house.

        I love doing repairs around the house. It makes me feel good when it goes
        as planed. When it does not, well, then I look like Tim the Tool Man.
        Anyway, all is good and I am really trying not to screw this up. Gotta keep
        the wife happy you know.

        Thanks for the reply.
        Maury

        1. Maury, you rock.

          Please make sure to send me some pictures of your project. Your dedication and workmanship will help others who want to do the same thing.

          I thank you so much for sharing how you’re restoring your kitchen cabinets cause this is a huge project others need to do.

  51. I’d put those wonderful pullouts in the lower cabinets so I wouldn’t have to stand on my head to reach those dishes anymore. Have a great week!

    1. It’s funny what kitchens make us do, lol.

      Thanks Lillace 🙂

  52. Debby Stebel says:

    My husband, Rob, remodeled our kitchen years ago and I love the personal designs he added. He left for heaven 5 years ago, and I miss him so much. He would have loved building those sliding cabinet fixtures for me! I could really use them now, as I have a pinched nerve in my hip and bending down to fetch items from low cabinets is next to impossible. Thank you for your many DIY ideas. Your creativity is so much like my Rob’s! Know that you are appreciated. Thank you so much!

    1. Ahh Debby, you’re comment is so sweet. Thank you for sharing your love for Rob and his abilities.

      I’m sure he’s watching over you and making sure all is good.

      I hope your hip gets better. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to help you in any way 🙂

  53. Elizabeth Madsen says:

    I used Howard’s restore a finish on the cabinet doors a few years ago and couldn’t believe how well it worked. Also replaced the hinges and handles on the cabinets to update. I have tile to replace the linoleum flooring and the countertops need to be replaced. These drawers would be awesome for under the sink but due to water damage from previous owners the plywood piece is missing. I’m sure I could somehow replace it but not sure since there is the divider.

    1. That’s a super common problem Elizabeth.

      You could tear out the remaining wood and tack down a piece of plywood. The plywood could sit on top of 2 x 4s attached to the floor or you could attach them to the sides of the cabinet.

      Of course it would take a little math and some elbow grease. But you could totally do this.

      1. Elizabeth Madsen says:

        I already took out the remaining wood. Never thought about the 2x4s. Thanks for the tip!

  54. Elizabeth Madsen says:

    Also I could use some solutions for deep cabinets and pan storage. I need the deep cabinets due to small kitchen but it’s hard to get to what’s in the way back. And the pans well I think I’m not the only one with that problem.

    1. You’re not the only one, that’s for sure Elizabeth. Deep cabinets are fabulous but I think they should come with a roll out system.

      1. Elizabeth Madsen says:

        Couldn’t agree more! These kitchen drawers might actually work for a couple of them!

  55. Rebecca Weeks says:

    There is several things I would like to change in my tiny kitchen. The countertops, resurface the cabinet doors, but the biggest eyesore for me is that I want to change out my 1970’s vent hood over the stove. It’s huge, I’m constantly hitting my head on the sharp corner, and it totally blocks the otherwise open view between the kitchen & living room. Problem is, don’t know what other hood that can take it’s place that would still do the intended function over the stove, without buying an entire new stove as well. Second is that I just don’t know how to do it.

    1. They make so many cool hoods these days Rebecca. I don’t think it would hurt to take a few pictures of your kitchen and talk with the folks at one of the home stores. The installation might be easier than you think.

      It’s worth checking out 😉

  56. Kathy Mayberry says:

    I would love to win this. My birthday is tomorrow; couldn’t think of a better present.

    1. July is a great month for a birthday. We’re both summer birthdays 😮

  57. Debbie says:

    I have a round bar separating my kitchen and my living room in my trailer. It takes up alot of space. I still want a bar but a straight one with storage underneath. Jeff give me some ideas on how to do this…..

    1. I’d have to see a few pics Debbie.

      Feel free to send them my way and maybe we can use our brains to figure it out.

  58. VICKI SHAMBLEY says:

    My kitchen…hmm my house was built in the 50s for starters .This winter
    All plumbing backed up.I took kitchen drain. Apart and bathroom..thought they were clogged..well..it was septic..could not afford to get it drained for 2 months..while it was -2 degrees daily I had a decision. Shower,flush, or dishes..so got sinks together..now they leak..kitchen obv for a long time..all rotted and electric very old..above stove microwave just died. So long story short.. that is just the tip of the ice burg happy belated b
    Day. My birthday is Sat July 12th ..I am a carpenters daughter..so know tools well. Thank you for listening

    1. Oh my word Vicki, you had a rough winter!!!

      Good job trying to figure it out yourself. That’s bad luck though with regard to the septic. Yucky stuff.

      Happy early birthday. Make sure to enjoy your special day.

      Is your septic in good shape or does it need some more work?

  59. Kate says:

    I have a wonderful KitchenAid mixer but I don’t use it too often. I’d love to add one of those lift-up shelves to put it on. At the very least, it would mean more counter space. It would also mean less heavy lifting for this ol’ lady to set it out when I do want to use it. At the very best, I’d like to be able to just pull it out and up, then use it right on the shelf without moving it to the counter at all. How cool would that be?! BTW, got the pieces for the grout scrubber. Haven’t had a chance to put it together and use it yet but it’s definitely on my To-Do List

    Thanks, Jeff!

    1. I love that idea Kate. You have to keep me posted and I want to see pics!!

      Yah, that little brush is way awesome. I used it this weekend and it still kicks some butt.

  60. Celene Resong says:

    I love these tips (caulking was spot on as well as painting straight ceiling lines)! We recently moved and had to downsize. Storage is key for us. We have been working to hang shelves, racks, etc. As our money had to go to housing and the cost of moving, we have been doing everything DIY. It has been great, but we have been having to repeatedly borrow our neighbor’s drill and driver set and I fear we are becoming one of THOSE neighbors. We need to hang racks overhead in our garage, I need to build a cabinet for my mops, vacuum, etc., hang things in the boys room, and the list goes on. A drill and driver set of our own would be wonderful. (At 5’2″, a driver is a miracle tool as it provides me with the power I otherwise would not have and I can get a lot more done if I do not have to wait for my husband to be available.)

    1. My Mom is 5’2″ but let me tell you, I once saw her hit my brother with a yard stick and it broke over his head. What can I say, he was 16 at the time and probably deserved it, haha.

      But it is hard to get leverage when you’re a bit shorter. So I totally understand the need for good tools.

      Great job on all your projects Celene. Please keep me posted on your progress and share any tips you have 🙂

  61. Annette says:

    I would love marble countertops but afraid won’t match the rest of the house. It’s open floor and everything is pretty simple, no fancy stuff in my modest house. The cabinets can use a little paint and handles. I never added them, been here 16 yrs! Thank you for all you do!!!

    1. Thanks so much Annette.

      If I can help you feel more confident in doing the paint and handles let me know. I’d be happy to do a tutorial for you. Quite a few other DIYers had similar concerns.

      So maybe this is something I should do later this summers.

      Marble is so classy. I love the look 😀

  62. Dirk Smit says:

    Hi Jeff:
    Just recently caught on to your blog. Great ideas and I appreciate the detailed instructions. I have the sense that, in any of these projects, nothing is left out. That’s not often the case in project instructions like this. So good for you.

    If I were to change anything in our kitchen, which was renovated two years ago (not by me) it would be to add a built-in bookshelf. It seems to me that many plans for new kitchens or kitchen renovations do not give enough attention to this essential piece of kitchen furnishings. Need I add that it needs to be large, large, large, enough to handle my spouse’s cookbooks, some stitchery items, (possibly a small cupboard) for storage of a current knitting or other project, space for my current novels and non-fiction reading, and probably some ornaments. I’m not about to build it, but I can dream – right?

  63. Bill Thompson says:

    Have light colored formica countertops. Need new ones!

  64. Lauren Sato says:

    Love your ideas, videos, tips and tricks. I refer to your website often! I would like to refinish my kitchen cabinets and replace the doors with sturdier materials. Recommendations on new finishes would be helpful as well.

  65. Ed Balek says:

    I’d like to make pull out shelves for my cabinets.

  66. cindy says:

    I need to add more cabinets.

  67. rob says:

    Here’s my kitchen problem:
    The house was hand built by the prior (original) owner in 1957. He built all the cabinets himself. The drawers run on wood-on-wood rails which are on the bottom of each drawer (as opposed to two rails on each side). Every time you open a drawer a bit of sawdust falls into the drawer below.
    Can you think of any remedies?
    Thanks
    Rob

  68. dennis allen says:

    great timing jeff. this is my next project after I complete my garage workbench. how did you know?lol! keep up the great videos.l
    dennis

  69. I am fortunate enough to have a pantry in my kitchen, however I would like to make significant improvements in it storage ability both in increasing storage and making finding a better way to organize contents. For those who do not have an actual pantry perhaps you can show a way to build one.

  70. Lori B says:

    This was great! I have looked at the manufactured sliding storage and just couldn’t afford it. This might be something I can do!
    My house is only three years old, so not a lot to be done in my kitchen except change out some lighting fixtures, put in a different faucet – things like that to personalize my house. I would ultimately like to take out the slider and put in French/patio doors too, but I think that job is way over my skill set!!

  71. David Nelson says:

    Jeff, your way of adding cabinet trays looks so much easier than the plans I’ve been sitting on for about a year. I can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

  72. Mary says:

    I want to paint my 30 year old kitchen cabinets! They are in great shape, so I don’t want to replace them.

  73. Lisa Damore says:

    I have a kitchen need that may be similar to what some one mentioned earlier. I love to bake and have a ton of cookie sheets, muffin pans, cooling racks, etc. that are fought to store – don’t want to stack them on top of each other and they are all different widths so St aiding them on their sides always ends up with a bunch falling over when I pull one out to use. Ideas?!? Love your videos, so vet easy to follow!

  74. Karl Snowden says:

    This is a fantastic project! I will put this to use.

    I’m having a problem with the color of the grout in my kitchen. It’s dirty from the heavy traffic. It should be a tan color instead of dark brown. Are there ways to clean, bleach, re-grout, etc. to get the grout back to a better condition?

  75. Patricia Harrison says:

    Jeff,,
    Happy Birthday first off,,, I would love to win this sweet prize because I have a builder craptastic kitchen and my daughters fiance and she are coming to help me get my house back in order after it being empty for over a year,, the mice moved in and took over when I came home I was overwhelmed I don’t even own a regular drill and living on SSDI it isn’t in the budget either so I enter all the contests I can to try to get what I can, borrow what I have to, the church members used to help me but since my daughter will be living her without being “married” yet the help will stop from them. Not trying to lay it on here, it’s all the truth, but I’d be so very grateful to win this most awesome prize..
    Again… Happy Birthday to you!!

  76. Linda says:

    I would love to redo my kitchen cabinets to a dark wood tone. Help!

  77. Linda Ware says:

    I’m a senior citizen, and trying to get things from the back of my cabinets, is a pain. Putting rolling shelving in would really help. I’d like to Thank you for your step by step tutorials, for your projects, they really are easy to follow.

  78. Chet says:

    Changing countertops. Adding new sink. Widening island so work area is closer to stove. Adding pullout drawers to island cupboards.

  79. Deborah Hammonds says:

    Wow you are amazing!! I have to do all of my repair work and your instructions are easy to understand. I have a galley kitchen and am wondering if I take all of my top cabinets down, and put only shelves up, would this open my kitchen up and not make it look so cramped ? What are your suggestions on this, and I love your site! Thanks

  80. Candace Frazier says:

    I don’t think it’s something I would change but more like a repair necessity. We recently had a roof leak info our kitchen. As a result the ceiling needs to be repaired. Although we have done drywall replacement in our bathroom we’ve never done a ceiling. Also I’m not sure if we can replace half of the ceiling or if the entire ceiling needs to be replaced. We definitely didn’t have tools like that drill and driver when we did our bathroom..which may have made our work much easier. Oh and there’s a ceiling fan in the kitchen. Not sure if it needs to come down before we try to take out part of the ceiling or if it’s in the ceiling beams. We need lots of help as you can tell.

  81. Dale C. McKillips says:

    Jeff:

    I like the sliding trays. I had a neighbor contact me the other day and she had water damage to the bottom of a cabinet. This may be the perfect fix without having to replace the bottom of the cabinets.

    Thanks Jeff,

    Dale

  82. Ike duran says:

    My kitchen cabinet doors need to be renewed and the inside of the lower level cabinets small. Ewe! I sprayed them with Kilz and it helped but didn’t solve the problem. Thanks for all your videos and my birthday is July 3. Small world!

  83. Marsha says:

    I am spending my summer holiday in my vintage Toyota motorhome. The kitchen cabinets are too shallow and nothing but small black holes waiting to swallow my dishes, appliances, and cleaning supplies. Everything has to work around all of the plumbing. Any suggestions?

  84. Naomi says:

    My basement flooded twice in one year-so when I am done working on my finished basement my attention will go to my kitchen. The house is 8 years old but the cabinetry already looks old and dingy so I will definitely paint them 🙂 the sliding drawers would be perfect for my island cupboards-where I store all of the pots and pans. Will definitely pin this for future reference!

  85. Linda Follis says:

    I would love new counter-tops…what is the best material to use for this project? Granite, quartz, Corian, Formica? Which lasts a long time while keeping looking good? Are there maintenance to do for each? I have tile now – I remember when I couldn’t wait to get tile, but it is more of a nightmare than a dream! Thanks!

  86. Bonnie Tom says:

    I love this. The thing is I have a friend who is in Shelf Genie, but really want to try it myself. What I was surprised at was being able to build the base outside the cabinet and then just insert it after it is built and works. The thing is – it is worth the investment in parts just to try. I love your details, video’s, and tips. It also is helpful in your admitting some of the mishaps and tips to avoid those mishaps.

  87. anna says:

    The cabinets in my kitchen are very narrow. they would love an upgrade!

  88. Clair Wall says:

    Well, I live in a sadly neglected circa 1955 house. Last update was in mid ’70s. My kitchen had walpaper from original build. I tried to explain to the fellow at the big hardware store that my drywall had Brown paper on it, not white like todays. He just didn’t believe me. Anyway, I am 53, never done a home project other than ripping out old carpeting, helping hubby to lay vinyl flooring, paint, and scrape perished carpet backing off oak flooring. I am going to replace water damaged floor in kitchen, re-do the layout, .remove and replace lower cupboards and doors of upper cupboards, remove ’70s built in oven, figure out how to create a small, moveable island, replace ceiling. That used to have ceiling tiles that fell off in the summer heat. Leaving globs of glue behind that look like smooshed poop blobs. All this with no budget, got to pinch it out here and there and do it all as and when. Wish me luck! 🙂

  89. Liliana Wells says:

    Our house came with a sink back splash and a stove back splash, both of which are a thin Formica sheet, the same thing that’s on the counters. Since they are both dark green and appliances are black, they make the kitchen look dark. I would like to remove these back splashes or paint over them, as well as the counter. I like the idea that you can wipe them down to clean them; but they are just too dark. I would like to brighten the room.

  90. Britt Dodd says:

    For our kitchen, it’s very closed and not really attractive, as kitchens now are based on open floor-plans. I’d like to remove the wall separating the family room and the kitchen, replace it with a manufactured beam, and re-design the cabinets to fit the new layout. What would need to re-design the cabinets and pantry to accommodate the new space.

    An island with a built-in stovetop would finish off the kitchen, and would be complimented by a french door leading outdoors. This would also bring in much-needed light to brighten up the new and larger space.

  91. This is a great idea, and an excellent alternative to storing everything in boxes. Thanks for the tutorial!

  92. Dorothy S. says:

    There are so many things I would like to do around the house but do not have tools to tackle them. This would be great to have. Thank you for the chance to win this drill.

  93. Margaret says:

    If I could change something in my kitchen it would be my kitchen counters and sink…the sink which is a very stained white sink has hairline cracks which leak when you fill the sink with water …and my counters are just old and dated….I did really like your directions for making pullouts for the cupboards.

  94. Linda Graves says:

    I do love the idea of these shelves & it even looks easy enough for a grandma like me to do.

    Silly Question: Although I do like the idea of the sliding shelves, I don’t like the utilitarian look of them. Would it cause any problems to paint/stain them? If not, what would be the most durable way to finish them? My preference would be to have them light/bright, like white paint. Doable? Or would they chip and end up looking shabby?

    1. You could totally paint them Linda. In fact I think that’s a great idea.

      Go ahead and prime then paint. Use a good primer so that your paint will stick. Then you can apply a protective topcoat to the paint. Rust-Oleum has a great clearcoat that you can spray on. Some people even apply polyurethane but I’ve not tried this yet.

  95. Syed Sajid says:

    haven’t any text to check? haven’t any text to check? Click “Select Samples”.I love this. The issue is I actually have an admirer WHO is in Shelf jinnee, however actually need to undertake it myself. What I used to be shocked at was having the ability to create the bottom outside the cupboard and so simply insert it when it’s designed and works. The issue is – it’s well worth the investment in elements simply to undertake. I like your details, video’s, and tips. It is also useful in your admitting a number of the mishaps and tips to avoid those mishaps

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