So much thought goes into a kitchen remodel that you may skip over something equally promising: what to do with those old kitchen cabinets you’re replacing! Homeowners who have a love affair for DIY projects have been incorporating old cabinetry into their space in all kinds of ways, both indoors and out. Recycling and repurposing is good for the environment, and it can be really chic as well. Why have your contractor haul away something you can use? With a little paint and some elbow grease, your old cabinets can live a little longer and add some quirky fun to your home.
Create A Bookshelf – Books need a good home just as much as your plates do! You can reassemble pieces of your kitchen cabinets to use in creating a shelf storage system. Add stain or color to make your shelving uniquely you, and choose to display your items openly, which is great for books, or keep the cabinet door if you want to be able to close off the space. The drawers can also be hung right on the wall to create even more storage spaces.
Make A Play Kitchen For Kids – We all remember playing in mini kitchens filled with plastic food as children; now it’s time to pass that experience on to the kids. Put a few cabinets together, add some laminate to emulate a kitchen counter, and get ready to play! Make sure to add some of your old pots and pans, too.
Use Drawers As Garden Boxes – Next spring, plant your flowers in the pull out drawers from your old kitchen. It’s a great way to organize the garden, and will give your backyard a unique look. Fill the drawers with soil and seed, and watch your flowers grow. If your cabinets are made from treated wood, you may want to avoid vegetables that you’re going to eat.
Create A Chest – Take a cabinet off the wall, flip it onto its back, and you basically have a ready-made chest. Change the color to match the surroundings. Stain it to make it look weathered for an outdoor area or paint it pastel for a baby’s nursery.
Cabinet Door Art – The flat cabinet door makes a great way to frame photos or art. Mount your piece on the door, and shellac the whole thing. Or add a layer of chalk board paint to the door to create a space for your daily doodles, or your to-do list.
Create A Cool Back Porch – A rustic backyard storage area is a must, and your old cabinets can be the backbone of your outdoor entertainment space. Stain or paint the cabinets to your liking, mount them on the wall of your patio, and store gardening tools, toys, barbecue tools, or towels. Put them lower to the ground to create a mini bar for your outdoor parties.
Donate Them – If you don’t possibly have time to complete one of these fun projects, give your local creative re-use store a call. Some other crafty homeowner will probably love to use them.