One of the frustrating things about most kitchens is the lack of functional cabinet space. Builders seem to have a tendency for making small, thin cabinets that are great for cutting boards, but not much else. But, now you can turn that narrow upper or lower cabinet in your kitchen into a functional 3-tier pullout! This is ideal for organizing and holding spices and other small pantry items close at hand, but out of sight.
Now, before we get started, you'll want to first make sure your cabinet dimensions are at least 27" high, at least 22 3/8" deep and the width of the opening is at least 5 ¼" to use the pre-fabricated cabinet systems we feature below. Otherwise, you'll need to build the shelf pull-out assembly from scratch.
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Take off the existing cabinet door and hinges by removing the screws.
If there's a center shelf in the cabinet you're converting you can either pull it out or cut through the middle of it with a saw and knock out the pieces with a hammer. Be careful not to damage the interior of the cabinet. Remove the pieces and debris.
If your cabinet height is greater than 27", you'll need to lower the height by adding additional scrap wood to the top of the interior of the cabinet. Simply attach one piece at a time by using your cordless drill to screw it to the current cabinet top (or previous piece of wood) until you bring the height down to 27". You may need to insert a few shims such as paint stirring sticks if you need to fill a measurement less than ¾;". This process is necessary to properly attach the top of the assembly unit.
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Place the assembly into your cabinet opening. Slightly slide the unit assembly forward so that it just clears the face of the cabinet.
Fill the old screw holes from the cabinet door hinges with wood putty. Once dry sand the putty with light grit sandpaper for a smooth surface. Then stain or paint the holes to match the existing cabinetry.
Hold the cabinet door over the front of the assembly face and center it to fit over the cabinet opening (as it was previously). Mark the assembly edges on the back of the cabinet door. Remove all pieces.
Place wood glue to the front of the assembly face. Next, align the cabinet door to the assembly face with your marks, and clamp the two pieces together with c-clamps.
From the inside of the assembly, first drill pilot holes through the assembly face into the back of the cabinet door. Then insert screws to hold the pieces together.
Re-insert the assembly unit, now with the cabinet door, into the cabinet opening. Push the door all the way in to its closed position.
Slowly pull out the unit making sure the base of the assembly doesn't slide within the cabinet. Mark the screw-hole positions from the assembly onto the cabinet. Drill pilot holes and attach with screws.
JANE TIP: If the door doesn't close properly, take the mounting screws out and realign and try again.
Close the door to ensure a smooth glide and full closure, and you're done!
That's all there is to it! Now it's time to spice up your cooking