Ohhh yeaaa. You know what time it is. The long awaited, oh so intriguing drawer tutorial. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, we’re about to get crazy up in here with step-by-step instructions on how we added interior drawers to our kitchen cabinets.
But first, a little history. Last time I touched on this I mentioned looking into buying Ikea’s drawers. We have Ikea cabinets so it only made sense to buy the interior fittings that they offered. Except, when we had it priced out we discovered that it would run us around $200 for the first cabinet and it wasn’t even possible for the pantry cabinet. Umm. What? No.
So, we opted to make them ourselves 🙂
Let’s break these babies down.
Yep, I’m about to go all Ana White on you. I’m not even addressing the possibly that you may not know who that is. Time to come out from underneath the rocks people. Oh heyyyy, there you are 🙂
We didn’t take any real-life photos of the process (bad blogger, bad), so I’ve resorted to Google Sketchup to help us out. It may be easier to understand anyway. I’ll do my best 🙂
Alrighty. Good to know – The inside of the cabinet we were working with (a tall pantry cab) measured 28″ W x 24″D, so you’ll need to make adjustments to your measurements accordingly. Our finished product measured 25 3/4″ W x 23″D x 6″H.
If you explode the drawer a bit, you can see that it’s really just a simple box. The entire structure was made from 1/2″ plywood, strong enough to support the contents but light enough not to weight down the drawer slides (more on that in a sec). Rick made all the cuts before assembling anything, and then used a pilot bit with a counter sink and wood screws to combine the pieces. Patience is key here. The wood isn’t very thick, so you’ll want to make sure the screws go in as straight as possible to prevent the wood from splintering.
Once the box was assembled he filled all the holes with wood putty, and sanded the entire piece with a 120 grit orbital sander for a super smooth finish. We choose to paint our drawers white with Sherwin Williams Pro Classic (leftover trim paint from the kitchen) but a fun pop of color or a wood stain would look really nice too!
Next up drawer slides. You’ll want to purchase these before you even begin to think about measurements of the drawers. And please, don’t cheap out on these. There’s nothing worse than beautiful drawers that won’t open and close properly or fall off the track every time you use them. Ugh. Trust me. The instructions included with ours provided the exact amount of space that they would require, width wise. So it was more of less just a little math.
In order to allow clearance for the drawers to be pulled out without interfering with the doors on the cabinets, we added 1×2’s between the drawer slides and the cabinet base. Very important step if you want your drawers to actually open 🙂
We used some leftover 1×2’s for this step. See that empty space between the drawer and the yellow 1×2? That’s where the drawer slides will live.
We also added a few notched out pull handles in our drawers. Again, super easy. Rick just made a few measurements (our handles measure about 5 1/2″ at the widest point) and used a jigsaw to make the cuts. Definitely not necessary, but it was something that made the drawers feel a little more custom for us and less like a giant box 🙂
Are you still with me? Any kitchen organization going on with you guys? Anyone inspired to get out there and build some drawers? Or did I just bore you to death with numbers? Ha 🙂