We have a second little sink that I haven’t seen the bottom of since the first week we moved in.
That’s because it always looks like this:
Filled the the brim (and often overflowing) with our recycling stuff. It’s been Will’s chore for a long time to take this stuff from the sink to the bin in the garage…but since we don’t drink that many bottled beverages or use that many canned goods or jars - it doesn’t get taken out but maybe twice a week. So there she blows. And she does. She really does. She blows a big one in the midst of my
clean kitchen island.
So I decided that for Mother’s Day I wanted a recycling bin. Romantic, huh?! Yup…right up there with a pair of noise cancelling headphones. Which by the way, Jeremy – I also want those. I want those like a nerd wants a graphing calculator (with optional periodic chart hardcase – SCORE!)
ANYHOO… we have a trash can that is built into our end cabinet. And after a little brainstorming, we came up with a plan to squeeze another can into this little pull-out…making it…yes….here comes the post title….a TWOFER.
Excuse the nasty. Just keeping it real.
So we popped out the existing can and saw that the board supporting the one can was simply slipped into a grove cut into all four sides.
Then we set out to find a matching trash can. No such luck. The closest thing we could find was a smaller (not as tall) and slightly more rounded can at the local home improvement store. The size of the ‘mouth’ was a close enough match – and that was what was most important.
We prepped for our five minute cabinet makeover by just plopping down a drop cloth and getting out the necessary tools.
Jer used his drill with a large drill bit to make holes in the corners. We wanted the support wood to break up and fall out of the sides…so we figured that attacking the corners first would weaken it for future cuts.
Then Jer used the sawzall. Honestly, he probably could have used the jigsaw but I think he just really misses the feel of the sawzall in his hands. I must admit…sometimes I just go down and hold it myself. Its awesome.
So after the cuts were made – no real plan for the cuts – just do it till the skinnier weak pieces broke and fell outta the groove…
We were able to slide this big piece out and break it into two.
Then we were left with a square hole.
A perfect hole for two
It works out pretty nifty, huh?
And now I have a space for trash and recycling.
You can thank me later for this beauty of a shot
So I feel better knowing that we have a spot for our recycling and it’s not on the island collecting dust.
Did you have a weird mother’s day request? Any other folks out there trying to be just a smidge more green by installing a permanent recycling bin? Or perhaps you just wanna guess how many hands and feet are in the photos above…seriously…it’s more appendages than my average post. See how generous I am