So, you have a lack of storage space, a small kitchen and an alcove that looks sad. What can you do?
Well, we needed storage and lots of it! The solution was a cupboard that fitted in with the other period details of the house.
I pride myself in being good at organisation and I spent ages designing this DIY project. I love seeing the process from paper to product and I'm very happy with the result. What do you think?
My first step was to plan and measure the shelf heights we would need for what was to go on them. This was to make sure everything we wanted in there would fit, so we didn't waste any space.
The next step was to make a frame fastened to the walls and floor. It is easier if you can make this frame fit a standard size of door, but we opted to make them by using MDF.
The wood for the shelves was reclaimed from an old school, and I got S to cut it leaving a four inch gap between the shelves and the back of the doors.
The next step was the magic ingredient! I made and attached shelves to the backs of the doors, before we hung them. Again, I measured everything that was likely to go there so I got the most efficient spacing between them.
Then, it was just a matter of drilling holes for the doweling to keep everything in place. A whopping eighteen feet of shelving on the backs of the doors; perfect for herbs, spices, oils and different packages that can litter kitchen cupboards. It's so easy to see everything.
I painted the backs of the inside walls pink (had to get pink in there somewhere!) The shelves inside are finished in a honey gloss to make them wipeable. The frame and the door faces are painted in Farrow and Ball lime white. This is my favourite step; choosing the colours!
The key to creating extra storage space if you are making a cupboard or shelving, is to decide beforehand what you are going to use them for and making the shelf heights to fit.
What have been your storage solutions?
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