Need a Bench for Your Mudroom? Use Your Old Cabinets above the Stove and Sink

During the tear out phase of your kitchen remodel, you might be wondering what you can do with some of those old cabinets. You've probably considered hanging a couple up in the mudroom to add some extra storage in the area. However, the old cabinets above your stove and sink can be combined to make a fabulous bench for putting on or taking off shoes in the mudroom. If this sounds like a good idea, use the following steps to create the bench yourself.

Step 1: Buy Additional Supplies

After the contractors remove the cabinets from the wall, set them on the floor next to each other, side-by-side, making sure the sides touch each other. Measure the length and width of the cabinets and write these measurements down so you can use them when purchasing some of the following materials:

  • drill
  • screw drill bit
  • small drill bit
  • furniture legs (with built in dowel screws)
  • stuffed padding the size of the width and length of the cabinets
  • medium wood screws
  • tarp
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • self-stick Velcro

Step 2: Attach the Cabinets

Turn the cabinets upside down on a flat surface; keep them side-by-side with the sides touching. Place the screw drill bit into the drill and insert screws into the sides of the cabinets to connect them together. Insert two screws in the top and two in the bottom.

Step 3: Touch Up the Paint

Lay the tarp down on the flat surface and turn the cabinets back over as you're placing them on the tarp. Use the paintbrush to touch up any chipped areas of paint or portions where there is no paint at all.

This is the perfect time to change the color of the cabinets. Simply paint the entire surface and allow it to dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Attach the Furniture Legs

Place the small drill bit into the drill. Turn the cabinets upside down and drill small holes in the spots where you want to place the legs. Typically, the best spots are on both ends and in the middle. Drill the holes in both the front and back for a total of six holes. These holes serve as starting holes for the screwing in the legs.

Screw the furniture legs into the holes and tighten them as much as you can with your hands.

Step 5: Attach the Cushions

Turn the unit over and place it in your desired location. Attach one side of the self-stick Velcro to the top of your new bench, along the outer edge. Attach the other side of the Velcro to the cushion, also along the outer edge. Then attach the cushion to the bench by lining up the Velcro and pressing down.

Replace the cushion anytime you want by simply adding new Velcro. Place shoes and other items in the cabinets to help keep your mudroom looking neat and organized. Ask your contractor, one like Davidson Remodeling Inc., for other ideas on reusing your old kitchen cabinets.