Smart Uses for Old Kitchen Cabinets after a Remodel
So you’ve remodeled your home and completely changed your kitchen. The appliances look sleek and modern, the flooring looks elegant and sophisticated, and the cabinets are functional, spacious, and convenient. However, you’re now left with old materials, including countertops, flooring tiles, and kitchen cabinets. While throwing these old items in the landfill might seem like an obvious step, there are better options, especially for the cabinets. With a little patience and creativity, you can get the most from your old cabinetry. Before you throw them out, consider these three uses for old kitchen cabinets. You just might discover that one of these is perfect for you!
3 Uses for Old Kitchen Cabinets After a Remodel
Donate Them to Charities, Non-Profits, and Other Organizations
If your cabinets are in decent condition, you may be able to donate them to local charities and organizations that can put them to good use. This accomplishes two good things. First, you keep waste from going to the dump, and you help people who may be less fortunate. Habitat for Humanity, for example, is always looking for “gently used” building materials, so it never hurts to see if they could use your unwanted cabinets in one of their home projects.
Remember that before you donate your cabinets, make sure all the doors and drawer pulls are in working condition. Always keep the doors and drawers together with the cabinets so nothing is lost. While you’re remodeling your kitchen, remember that Habitat for Humanity also takes doors, windows, lighting fixtures, handles, and leftover lumber.
If you decide to donate your items, make sure you tell the contractor who will be removing the cabinets. He or she might assume that the materials will simply be going to the landfill, but you would want them to take extra precautions to keep them in decent shape.
Donate your kitchen cabinets after a remodel, and you’ll feel proud when the process is complete.
With a little creativity and ingenuity (and maybe a little help from Pinterest), you can do practically anything with your old kitchen cabinets. One of the most popular and simple craft ideas is to remove the doors and decorate them however you like, making a fully customized and one-of-a-kind wall decoration. You can paint them with elaborate designs or cut out the center and create a rustic wooden picture frame.
One popular use for old cabinet doors is adding chalkboard paint and creating a family posting area. This can be used to organize daily events or help grocery shoppers get all the right items.
You could also mount tall, narrow cabinet doors horizontally and attach clothes hangers, or attach smaller hooks to hang your necklaces and other jewelry.
Another one of the uses for old kitchen cabinets is to make cubbies and storage areas. One simple solution is to take two cabinets, mount a table surface to the top, and place a board across the back for structural support. You now have a convenient little desk that gives children plenty of storage for toys and games. It will be the perfect size for kids, and give them a piece they can enjoy for years.
The options are limitless and the fun is endless when you get crafty with your old kitchen cabinets.
Reuse Them in Other Areas of the Home
Surely there’s another area of your home that could use new cabinetry and storage. The garage is a common choice for old kitchen cabinets. Many people have tools, chemicals, and equipment that need to be properly stored and away from children and pets. Old kitchen cabinets are perfect for storing cans of WD-40, bottles of motor oil, and jars of screws. They will help you stay organized and keep items off the garage floor, where they can easily be run over by inattentive drivers.
The basement is another place for your old kitchen cabinets. Like the garage, the basement is usually loaded with tools and equipment that rarely get used and are usually in the way. Instead of having a cluttered basement, mount the cabinets in the basement and start to organize your home from the bottom up!
From playrooms to man caves, there are plenty of places and uses for old kitchen cabinets.
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