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October 23, 2013

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

We are busy with the lounge {which I keep on telling you, is almost done!}, but
  we shifted to the kitchen for a small project ... or two ! I think most of us, at some or other time, are faced with the corner cabinet situation.  You know the one, the corner where two cabinets come together and somehow you lose space, or can not reach/see far enough into one of them. Well, I had both problems - lost space as well as out of reach.

This has been a thorn in my side for years and now it is sorted .. aanndd it only took a couple of hours. Right, this is a photo heavy post so, I will try to keep the chatter to a minimum ...
Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

The BEFORE - we have already removed the door on the cabinet to the right as well as the plank closing the gap between the two cabinets {never even knew there was a gap..}

As they say - marks the spot/s - the items are right in the back and not easy to remove.

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

Actually, just about everything was hard to reach

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

The gap ... {which I never noticed !} ... we removed the front plank
Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

The door on the right has been removed and the cutting down has started - both the side walls had been removed {see next pic}
Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

A small plank was inserted to the bottom shelf and the two cabinets are now joined there - same was done to the upper shelf - Roy also shifted, temporarily, the drawers cabinet to push the right cabinet closer to the one on the left - he had to remove the counter top. To stabilize the cabinets {because of the removal of the side walls} we fixed some planks {stretching from one to the other cabinet} underneath the counter and the shelf, which is out of sight, but keeps everything sturdy.
Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

This is the crazy simple bit - we joined the two doors with 3 L-brackets to form one big L-shaped cabinet door. You can see where the original door hinges were and has now been removed.


Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

Here is a better pic of both filler planks
Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen


Self explanatory pic ;-)

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

We can now only open the door {which is now one large L-shaped door} from the right side - I kept the door on the left as is, purely to make it seem like a cabinet on it's own

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

Closed   {Note the pull out drawer under the eye level oven on the far left - coming up further down}
Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen


Open and re-packed  I also added some under-shelf baskets

A lot of changes here - the plastic containers are now in a new place, the pots which have been in the pull out drawer {see below} previously, are now in this cabinet, together with their lids, neatly stored on a dish rack

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

The items marked with an X, are not being used often, therefore I do not mind them being in a corner now - still reachable however !

Open Up The Kitchen Corner Cabinet ~ Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick #DIY #Organize #Storage #Kitchen

Here we have the pull out drawer - now, filled with pans and their lids - see how the L-shaped door sort of opens up around this drawer?

There we have it - years of frustration and finally easy access after a simple few nips and tucks !




Easily create access to that awkward corner cabinet with a small trick


30 comments:

  1. I have those corner shelves I ove the under shelf storage I am dong that that's a great idea!

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  2. Now that is genius!! I don't have a corner cabinet in this house...but I very well may in my next one. Pinned it just in case!

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  3. Brilliant! Such a better use of the space. And I can't say enough good things about "under the shelf" baskets -- I suggest them to clients for kitchens, pantries, bathrooms... such a simple way to get a little extra storage!

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  4. So smart - wow, can't believe how much storage you gained from doing this. Found this over at the Live Laugh Linky Party.

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  5. So clever and so much better. Thank you.

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  6. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good CakesOctober 25, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    You are so clever! I never would have thought to do that #1 .... and #2, there's no way I would have tried to tackle that myself! Great job :) I'm sure you'll make good use of that other little space too!

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  7. Great idea! I have two corner cabinets, and the wasted space drives me crazy! Love what you did here!

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  8. That is such a clever fix! I referred to my corner cabinet as the "dead zone" -- the place where seldom-used items to to die, get buried, and forgotten.....lol!

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  9. That is one great space!! Very organized and well utilized.

    Love it! I love all things organized of course.

    Visiting from #SITSSHAREFEST

    Keep it Touched,

    KG
    www.kgstyleblogs.com

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  10. Wow!! We have this exact problem; above and below! I wonder if my brother would do this for me as a Christmas gift?! He's good at that sort of thing. And I'll bet that open space will make a great storage space for cookie sheets. That's what I'd do anyway!!

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  11. Wow I am loving your kitchen dear :D useful post

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  12. Such lovely detailed article... reminded me of my kitchen we designed and got it done last year only. I also got Magic rotating carousel for the corners :)

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  13. My mom did the same thing to utilize the space :D

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  14. great tip..such an awesome use of space.will show to my mom.. :D

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  15. creative idea #bsp

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  16. This is really nice. I will keep it in mind when I will do my kitchen :)

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  17. Awesome post, great idea for utilizing the space ;)

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  18. Great one - Mom would love to read this one ;)
    #BSP

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  19. I saw such cabinet openings at Ikea and I think it's a great idea! I'm keeping it my mind for my kitchen redo, it's small and I don't need any wasted space!

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  20. Really helpful. We're planning to get the kitchen renovated and I definitely want every inch of space utilised.

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  21. awww... that s areally neat idea!!!

    #bsp

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  22. very nice post, I love new ideas like this :) keep it up #bsp

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  24. OMG Linda, this is fantastic....I want one! Thanks so much for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday party. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week.
    Happy Thursday
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.
    http://kraftycardsetc.com/

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  26. Susan@Organized 31October 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Absolutely brilliant!

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