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DIY Tilt-out Trash Can

Awhile back, I posted about the stool I built that doubled as a water dispenser stand in my kitchen.  It seemed like a waste of space, and since I was also in need of a way to hide my garbage can, I decided to build something that would hide the garbage can and hold the water dispenser.  This is another creation from Ana White’s website; you can check out the free plans HERE.  I altered the height and width to match the space I had available.  One suggestion – make sure you have a garbage can that will fit inside, before you build.  You’d be surprised how difficult it is to find one that works when you alter the width!

I built my tilt-out cabinet more than a year ago using scrap lumber and leftover beadboard, and didn’t post about it until now because I’ve had good intentions of removing the center beadboard and replacing it with a piece of union jack patterned sheet metal. Other household chores keep getting in the way (old homes = work work work) so I’m not sure if or when I’ll get around to it.

If you’ve never built anything, Ana White’s website is a fantastic place to get acquainted.  Many of her plans utilize a Kreg Jig (a neat and simple tool that allows you to drill pocket holes – sold at most home improvement stores) and lots of photos to guide you.  This cabinet can be customized in so many ways and was a fairly simple build – give it a try!  Happy Friday!













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simple stoolI have very old pipes in my house, and my tap water is not very appetizing.  Even the dog agrees.  So, following much research, I recently purchased a stainless steel countertop water dispenser.  It’s been taking up counter space in my tiny kitchen ever since.  This week I decided to build a stand for it.  Not long ago, I discovered Ana White’s website, an amazing resource for free woodworking plans, many very simple.  I built this stool using her plans.  It could easily be used as an accent table, a plant stand, or any number of things!

water dispenser

This posting has a lot of links!  I should mention that I have zero affiliation with any of the products, brands or websites mentioned – just linking to the info in case you want to explore further.

I really enjoy building accent furniture, so I invested in a Kreg Jig, which allows me to make pocket holes. It’s incredibly handy and simple to use.  If you know how to operate a drill, this is a breeze.  They have several different models, so even if you’re on a budget, the bare bones model will only set you back $20.  I splurged and purchased one model up, since it allows you to drill the two holes (shown below) without any re-positioning.  Holes can be left as is or filled with special inserts or wood filler.

pocket holes

This stool doesn’t require a Kreg Jig, but it does require a miter saw capable of making a double bevel.  If you don’t have one, there are plenty of other plans that don’t involve angled cuts.  For those new to woodworking, should you build this stool, I have one suggestion:  either forego centering the rungs or simply use all 2×2’s… replacing the 1×2’s with 2×2’s.  This advice is only for those who are new to woodworking and may not have the appropriate clamps or a strong grip.  It will save you time.

I opted to go with a slightly distressed finish for my stand.  I began by lightly sanding the  edges and corners of the stool – with a heavier sanding on the seat corners.  Then, I painted all of the edges with raw umber artists’ acrylic (any dark-colored latex paint is fine, and would probably be better, I just didn’t happen to have any).  There are a ton of distressing tutorials out there on the web, for those interested.  I was too impatient to find one, so my method was trial and error (if you’ve read my recipes, you’ll soon see that my building and baking skills have a similar style, ha).


Next, I painted the entire stool using some leftover ‘perennial’ green (which just happens to perfectly match my tea kettle!) Benjamin Moore Natura paint (which is zero VOC).  This may require two coats.  If you’re not familiar, VOC stands for volatile organic compounds – they’re the harmful stuff that’s emitted into the air.  Whenever possible, I purchase zero VOC paint and low VOC stain and primer.  I think it’s important to support environmentally-safer options, especially when the products work just as well!  Plus, why would anyone want to have excess chemicals floating around inside their home?  Dutch Boy Refresh paint is my favorite zero VOC paint, and what I typically buy these days.  Be aware that despite being zero VOC before mixed, colorants are not always zero VOC and so for those who are sensitive, your eyes may sting a little and you will pick up on a bit of odor – still, far better than traditional latex paints.  

Once all paint was dry, I took a sanding sponge, and gently sanded the edges of my stool.  This allowed the dark undercoat to show through.  Sanding irregularly in terms of how much you sand and how hard you sand will make it appear more natural.  If you sand too hard and the bare wood shows (see the bottom edge of my rung in the photo below), you can always go back and dab some dark paint on the area, then lightly wipe off any excess.  Keep in mind that the more textured your wood was to begin with, the easier it will be to create a naturally distressed look.  You may want to seal your project; I didn’t, because I was in a hurry and figured a ding here and there will only add character.  



Over the next several weeks, I’ll be constructing two more shorter stools to replace an ugly bench that goes with my kitchen table, as well as some new doors for my kitchen cabinets.  Gardening is also in my thoughts, so stay tuned for an easy indoor set-up for starting seeds.

 Happy building, and I’d love hear your techniques for creating a distressed finish!


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