I'm gonna ask you a question, and I want you to be honest: do you have too much storage space in your kitchen? If you said, "Yes, I really do," then don't worry - I'll happily take your excessively spacious kitchen off your hands. I'm betting, however, that the overwhelming majority of you said, "Arch, you're crazy, there's no such thing as too much kitchen storage space!"
I know in my experience, even the slightest extra bit of space can make a monumental difference to the functionality of your kitchen. I love accumulating kitchen stuff (knives, pots, pans, gadgets, etc.), but my apartment has very little space to put it all, so it gets kind of cluttered. We recently bought a little rolling baker's rack from a garage sale, and let me tell you - those three bits of shelving and a hanging rack changed my life.
Recognizing the need for storage as well as some untapped potential underneath her kitchen counter, blogger Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane decided to take on a DIY project to put that space to use.
Amy wanted the look of a built-in cabinet, without the price of a professional remodeling job. So, she used her creative talents to turn an inexpensive bookcase into what she wanted.
She found some unassembled bookcases at IKEA and enlisted her dad to help cut them down to size so they would fit snugly underneath the counter. "Measure twice - cut once," is the motto to follow here.
To match the rest of her kitchen, she spray-painted all of the wood white.
Unfortunately, the project wasn't all smooth sailing. Amy's measurements were thrown off by her totally reasonable assumption that the walls and counter in her home were straight. Sadly, that wasn't the case, so some further adjustments were required.
Amy then inserted metal brackets to reinforce the spots she was planning on putting shelves.
Finally, some more boards were put in and painted to create that truly "built-in" look.
Check out the end results! That is simply stunning, and so functional too.
All it took was a few inexpensive bookcases, some paint, and a little know-how.
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