Black Hole Cabinetry March 24, 2011 DIY, Organization, Our House, Tutorials 19 Comments 23229 You know what I mean. The kind that is waaaaayyyy too deep and has all kinds of unusable space. I was fed up with our tall pantry cabinet. Every time I’d put something in there, it would slowly get pushed further and further back until I could no longer reach it. Eventually I’d forget it was even there. You wouldn’t believe what I discovered when I finally cleaned it out in preparation for this project. Custom cabinets have all kinds of fun drawers and pull-out options, but if you don’t have the moolah to overhaul your kitchen don’t fret! You can find install-it-yourself type organization products at places The Container Store and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. But if you’re really cheap, you can make your own. I am cheap. I think we’ve established that, yes? Here’s what you’ll need (or bribe your handy hubby to basically do this for you): Drawer slides in a size close to the depth of your cabinets (found in the hardware section of HD or Lowes)- we bought 22″ ones. They were about $8/ea Lumber to build out your existing shelves (1×3) Small furring strips (1×2) to build out your cabinet opening (I’ll explain later) Drill and screws Saw Depending on your cabinets, you may or may not have to do this first step. Our boxes have a “lip” on them that hides about 1″ of the shelf on either side. In order to be able to pull the shelf in and out, we’d have to trim the shelves and bump out the drawer slide to the edge of the opening. Attach one half of the drawer slides to your furring strips. Using the 1x3s, Mike made our 3 existing shelf bottoms into drawers. He trimmed the shelf by about 2″, then attached the 3 new sides using screws. Mount the other half of your slide to your newly built drawer. Once you have all the drawers in, you can load them up with all your crap and it will still look organized! You like the ramen basket? Yeah…that’s what happens when I don’t supervise the shopping. In any case, I’m LOVING the added storage and the fact that I can see everything I’ve got. Total cost was less than $30 (and we bought nice lumber). *****Linked Up****** 19 Responses Graziela March 24, 2011 Thank you for showing us how easy it can be! It looks awesome! Reply Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co March 24, 2011 I’ve totally been plotting my pantry redesign, and if my hubby decides he doesn’t want me to do the “swap” (making the larger coat closet the pantry, and converting the current pantry into the coat closet), then I might have to utilize your shelf technique! I’ve been wondering the best way to do this. Thanks for sharing!!! Reply Dianne @ The Inspired Housewife March 24, 2011 Wow! What a great way to make use of that “black hole” space every kitchen seems to have. 🙂 Just out of curiosity – why didn’t you put a ledge on the front of the drawers? Reply Lovely Crafty Home March 24, 2011 I thought about it, but I wanted as much space as possible and adding a front would have taken up another 1″. Maybe down the line… Reply Amy with Good Day March 24, 2011 Amazing! I have pantry envy—-who am I kidding, I have whole kitchen envy, but this is way over the top! Reply Melissa March 24, 2011 M’kay… so, I’m usually a lurker… but I love, love, LOVE THIS!! If we weren’t renting, I would be installing this in my house RIGHT NOW!! Reply Teri March 24, 2011 Ooh! Super smart! 🙂 Reply Lisa March 25, 2011 That’s a great idea! We have a cabinet/pantry like this and it’s such a pain to use. I’d totally do this, but it’s not worth the effort when we plan to redo the kitchen in the future. Great job! Reply Jami @ An Oregon Cottage March 25, 2011 You’ve got to be kidding- it’s this easy to make these? Brilliant! I’m bookmarking this and will add this to our “to-do” list for our kitchen- I have so many of those “black hole cabinets. 🙂 Reply Lovely Crafty Home March 25, 2011 It’s totally easy and CHEAP! Reply Maren March 25, 2011 My deep cabinets drive me crazy. Thanks for the great idea! Reply Stephanie March 27, 2011 Really really great idea! I’m going to keep this in mind for future reference. And you made it look SO easy! Stopped by from FJI. Reply Kassi @ Truly Lovely March 28, 2011 Such a GREAT idea!!! I’m hoping to be able to do this to the large cabinets in my new house! Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays!! Reply IAMSNWFLAKE April 8, 2011 Thanks for the tutorial!! I love pull out shelves so much that I’ve even had them installed in the bathroom’s vanitory. No more wriggling and twisting to get to the toilet paper rolls stashed at the bottom shelf all the way back. Reply Nancy April 10, 2011 I am doing this! I don’t know when, but I am going to do this! Thank you so much Nancy Reply Karen April 3, 2012 We’ve been talking about doing this to our pantry. You just proved that our thoughts could be a reality. I’m going to put my “handy hubby Mike ” to work!!! Reply Five Favorite Friday Links (Plus A Bonus) - An Oregon Cottage November 20, 2013 […] Rachael showed how easy and inexpensive it is to make cool slide-out cabinet shelves over at Lovely Crafty Home. This is going on our kitchen-update-in-progress “to do” list […] Reply Five Favorite Friday Links (Plus A Bonus) April 25, 2015 […] Rachael showed how easy and inexpensive it is to make cool slide-out cabinet shelves over at Lovely Crafty Home. 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