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DIY Weekend Project – Add More Storage

Behind cabinet doors, on an existing bathroom vanity for example, is the perfect place to add storage bins.

Note: This project works best underneath vanity cabinets where there are no shelves.

List of Tools:

  • circular saw or hand saw
  • jig saw
  • pencil
  • compass (to layout the curves on the sides)
  • hammer
  • finishing nails
  • nail set
  • wood filler
  • putty knife
  • sander block
  • sand paper
  • paint
  • paint supplies

List of Materials:

  • (1) 1 x 4 x 96” select pine board (actual dimensions are 3/4” x 3 1/2” x 96”)
  • (4) 2” zinc mending plates (these could be painted as well as the screw heads, to match the paint of the storage bins.
  • (4) #10 x 5/8 in. Zinc-Plated Flat-Head Phillips Wood Screws
  • (4) #10 x 5/8 in. Zinc-Plated Steel Pan-Head Phillips Wood Screws
  • (12) 1 1/2” finishing nails
  • paint of your choice


  • The width may vary depending on lumber chosen, make adjustments to the plans as needed.
  • The length of the bin will vary depending on the width of the cabinet door.
  • The material thickness may vary depending on lumber chosen, make adjustments to the plans as needed.

Cut List:

  • (2) Sides– 7” x 3 1/2” x 3/4”
  • (1) Bottom– 10 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 3/4”
  • (1) Front – 12” x 3 1/2” x 3/4”


Step-by-Step Instructions:

1.   Cut the bottom to the length of 10 1/2”


2.   Cut the sides to a rough length of 7 1/2”.  Layout the pattern of the curves with a pencil compass. Cut along the line of the curve with a jig saw. Sand edges with sandpaper until smooth. Nail the sides to the bottom using finishing nails. Set the nails below the surface and patch with wood filler.


3.   Cut the front to a length of 12”.  Nail the front in place with finishing nails.  Set the nails below the surface. Patch with wood filler and sand smooth.


4.   Attach 2″ mending plate with flat-head screws. Have the plate over hang the storage bin about 3/4″.


5.   Attach storage bin to cabinet door with pan-head screws.


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Megan Crosbie

Megan Crosbie

As Marketing Coordinator for the Charles Reinhart Company, Megan Crosbie is primarily responsible for their online presence, including the social media strategy, website and blog.

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