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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Creating a Built-in Recycling and Refuse Center

Is it rubbish to talk about trash?

I mean, we all have it right?

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Storybook Cottage had come with a trash compactor. We think it might even have been original to our 30 year old house. The compactor had seen much better days. We tried it out for a good eight months before deciding it really wasn’t working for us. As you may know I am a big fan of recycling. The town that we live in has a great program and our recycling bins are picked up once a week. A trash compactor really is best for items such as milk cartons and cereal boxes . Since I recycle these items I didn’t really need them compacted.

What I really needed was a place for my wet and dirty trash. Things like vegetable peelings. Those items are not recommended to go in a trash compactor. So, this beast was taking up valuable real estate in my small kitchen.

Mr. Décor ripped it out. It weighed a ton. I didn’t want it going into a landfill since it still worked so we put it on Craigslist for free. It was gone in a blink of an eye. 

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Then came the job of cleaning up what was left behind.

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I’m not gonna lie, there was a high gag factor involved. It took two buckets of hot water to get the area clean.

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I then ripped up the nasty linoleum and scraped up the glue.

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I found a local woodworker to create the vision I had for the space. David Logan of New Creation Woodworking made my dream a reality. He truly did a fabulous job matching the existing cabinetry and creating a new drawer.

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There was enough room to create a base which could hold two waste bins. One for recycling and one for refuse.

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Here is a close up of how the door was attached to the base.

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A sign of a good craftsman. The wood base has dovetailing.

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The base sits on a metal rail that allows the bins to slide forward or backwards when you open and close the door.

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Our town requires that recycling be clean so I make sure to rinse out the jars and cans very well before putting them in the back bin. Trash goes in the front bin. I line it with a paper bag. You can get paper bags at most grocery stores. You just have to ask for one instead of a plastic bag.

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There is a small area in front of the cabinetry that needs to be retiled where the foot of the compactor sat. Mr. Décor will have it redone toute suite.

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Happy Wednesday!



GSGreatEscaper said...

What a remarkable job - and how nice to be able to rinse out your recycling and put it in an accessible, purpose built container!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This looks fabulous. What a great idea and your carpenter really did do an amazing job.

Lisa said...

What a great idea and use of space! Your contractor did a fabulous job matching your cabinetry!

Auntie Em said...

That is an amazing job! I always appreciate the skills of a good carpenter. This one seems to be a real craftsman.

Karena Albert said...

Brilliant idea Laura and you found the perfect guy for the job, it is done with care and quality!!

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Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Great idea. I use a similar one but it was store bought and made by Rev A Shelf but it only works if you already have the cabinet door! Your contractor did an excellent job matching the existing cabinets!

the cape on the corner said...

fabulous! we looked into adding a piece on to our existing cabinetry for this idea, and we were quoted a price of 2100 dollars from the cabinet maker. say what?!? now, the boyfriend will have to make the whole cabinet, but i know he's unsure of being able to match the exact stain.

Sue said...

So glad you are happy with David. He matched my cabinets and stain perfectly. Yours looks fabulous!

Terri Steffes said...

That is as clever as the day is long. Are you still on FB? I haven't been seeing your posts lately. I went to check on you through my blog reader! Old school, I know!

WendyBee said...

What a great project! I love this kind of update, one that improves appearance and efficiency, as well as supporting your efforts to recycle. Your carpenter did a beautiful job, and you did a great job documenting the change.

Christine said...

Way to go and redo the dinosaur.
It's clean, it's simple, it fits in!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Laura, between your husband and the carpenter you are one lucky girl. I love your recycling cabinet! Great job. Enjoy the weekend.
Julie xo

lynn cockrell said...

Your new recycling drawer is really great looking, Laura. How nice to have it in the same area as the regular trash container too!

lynn cockrell said...

Your new recycling drawer is really great looking, Laura. How nice to have it in the same area as the regular trash container too!