Friday, October 18, 2013

Installing a Garbage in Existing Cabinets

Happy Friday!

Today's post is all about dirty, stinky, garbage.

We built our last home so we were able to customize our kitchen which included having our garbage in a cabinet. Seriously, anyone who doesn't have this needs to get it, it's the best thing since sliced bread! The garbage is hidden and you don't have to worry about the smells!

When we moved to the farm house there was a whole lotta cabinet space but the garbage was not installed inside a cabinet. For the first few months we lived with a plastic pop up lid garbage can that we put under the island.

First of all, it was on the other side of the island from where all the prepping/cooking/baking is done and where the sink is located, so it was incredibly inconvenient.
Second, it smelt, like bad. It also didn't help that right when you walk in the house from the garage is the kitchen with the island right there so it was the very first thing you smelt. 
Third, my dog is an ass. You might think that's a mean thing to say about our precious little Roxy, but it's the truth. You see, she's a Boston Terrier and that breed is known for being very smart. Roxy is smart but she uses her smarts for all the wrong reasons. She learned to jump up on the garbage can, use a paw to push the lid up and grab garbage out with her mouth. We came home or woke up to garbage all over our kitchen, dining room, and living room more times then I even care to know.

So I was over it and decided it was time to find a solution, and that's when I found this at Lowes:

It's a kit that allows you to install a garbage can in your current cabinets. (say hi to Adriana, she's hiding behind the box)

I also got this kit to go along with it:

This kit lets you attach your cabinet door to the previously mentioned kit so when you pull the door open, the garbage slides out with it. It's not necessary to do the door installation kit, however I thought for the how inexpensive it was, it was worth it so I didn't have to open the cabinet door, then pull out the garbage.

So Saturday night after I put Adriana to bed, I pulled out the drill and got started. I did the entire installation myself as Chris was in the field (yay for harvest) and I was being impatient.

The install process for the actual garbage can was incredibly simple, probably took me 20-30 minutes max. The door install though, sucked! Maybe it was just me but I thought the instructions were not clear and the pictures to go along with the descriptions weren't very helpful. So there were a few things I had to do over because I put the screw in the wrong way and then it prevented the door from closing or the screws didn't line up exactly the same so the door wasn't even when shut. In all cases, I just took the screws back off and redid it. Eventually (at least an hour later) I was done and TADA:

The garbage is now located in a cabinet and right next to the sink, it's the perfect location. I am so incredibly proud of myself for doing this installation completely by myself. I know to some it may not be a big deal at all but considering that I had never used a power drill up until I did this project, it's a big deal to me.

I've been working on a few other things around the house that I can't wait to share with you all, the wheels are-a-turnin' and I'm coming up with so many great ideas for future projects and decorating.

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