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Over the years, Ken and I have completed a variety of repurposed kitchen cabinet projects.

We’ve made a kitchen sideboard, a coffee table bench, and even a quirky, burlap-wrapped cat litter cabinet.

The kitchen cabinets of old are often sturdy, and made with wood, while more modern cabinets can be a combination of wood and man-made materials. And who knows, as time goes on if real wood will continue to be a material used in cabinetry or other pieces of furniture, at all, for that matter. Thus, re-using cabinetry that was manufactured several years ago, or more, for other areas of your home, might not be such a bad idea, in my humble opinion. Of course, the supply chain issues only add to this notion, unfortunately.

Here is a quick view of the list of ways you can repurpose kitchen cabinets for other uses in your home.

  1. Coffee Table
  2. Storage Bench
  3. Cat Litter Cabinet
  4. Coffee Station
  5. Sideboard
  6. Bathroom Storage Side Cabinet
  7. Window Seat / Electronics Storage Cabinet
  8. Laundry Room Storage
  9. Built-In Dining Area Bench
  10. Outdoor Covered Free Book Library
  11. Breakfast Bar
  12. Kitchen Island
  13. Potting Bench
  14. Shoe Storage Bench
  15. Dart Board Cabinet

Lots of creativity going on here, right? Now let’s break out each one with more details for a better picture of what you can imagine for your home.

Upcycled Kitchen Cabinet Bench/ Coffee Table

Upcycled Kitchen Cabinet Coffee Table/Storage Bench

Turn a kitchen cabinet into a bench, a coffee table, or both. I found a singular vintage upper kitchen cabinet years ago. It was so sturdy that we turned it into a coffee table bench and kept it unadorned, yet functional for years. All along, we’ve used it to store board games and other miscellaneous gaming goodies.

Only years later, did we finally give it a fancy makeover with boho wallpaper for a much more chic appearance.

It still holds our board games and works as a coffee table, while it also doubles for extra party seating when we have a large crowd.

Repurposed Kitchen Cabinet Cat Litter Enclosure/ Coffee Station

DIY Upcycled Cat Litter Cabinet Transformation

Transform an old kitchen cabinet into a hidden kitty litter cabinet, or a coffee station (or both?) Once upon a time, Ken and I drove a good 20 miles to purchase two used vintage kitchen cabinets that were about 60 years old.

Frighteningly enough, when we were cleaning them up, these creepy red spiders came crawling out from inside the cabinets. I started hyperventilating, and Ken freaked out almost as much. Ken did the honors of “removing” them. We cleaned the insides down extra, extra carefully with bleach. Thank goodness there were only a few of those critters.

After we calmed down from that scare, we eventually created this quirky kitty litter enclosure out of the first cabinet. Ken cut an opening for the cat on the side. I painted the countertop with chalkboard paint and finished off the drawers and doors with burlap coffee sacks. 

In the end, I called it a coffee sack-covered, coffee station/cat litter cabinet. Try to say that 10 times fast, lol.

Pretty over the top, I know.

One lady even commented that she would never drink a cup of coffee that was served on top of a cat litter enclosure. I tend to think, she’s not the only one… I was over-reaching, to say the least, lol.

But,  if you’re looking for ways to repurpose kitchen cabinets, and you’re a cat-lover, a basic kitty litter cabinet (without all the frills I added) is certainly a great option.  

Or, if you are looking to set up a coffee station, then this idea may be helpful, too.

Re-Use Cabinets To Add Storage To Another Area of Your Home

Repurposed Kitchen Cabinet Sideboard (With A Wallpaper Covered Countertop.)

Maximize the storage in your home by moving an old lower kitchen cabinet to a new location. We turned the 2nd vintage cabinet into a sideboard for our kitchen. The cabinet was already painted white, which we preferred, but the key change we did make was updating the outdated countertop with faux wood wallpaper. The cabinet has lots of storage which gave our kitchen a less cluttered look. Always a great goal whether you use the piece in the kitchen, the craft room, or the garage, for example.

As you can see, there are a lot of clever ways to repurpose kitchen cabinets. So if you find a solid kitchen cabinet, or have one (or several) on hand, the question to ask is can you use it somewhere else in your home in a repurposed fashion? 

Remember, it doesn’t have to be nearly as off-beat as my coffee sack-covered coffee station/kitty litter cabinet.

PS: Watch out for terrifying red spiders!

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26th April 2022

Interiors – By Alexandra Stedman

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Storage: we can seemingly never have enough in our home. We finished our kitchen a few years ago and the change from everything in plastic tubs under a block of wood on trestle legs to actual items in kitchen cupboards was amazing! I’ll never underestimate good storage from here on in. But we still needed more, so I started my hunt for a pantry-style freestanding cabinet with glass doors (which means it will be reserved for chic crockery only – but worth it!).

I started on local marketplace sites: eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. At first it was hard to actually know what to look for! So I searched a few options and narrowed it down to ‘Welsh dresser’, ‘kitchen cabinet’ and ‘glass front cabinet’ – I then added this search to my alerts. I had to wait a few months to really find the best piece (like most great items – especially ones that fit in your home – I rarely find it online the day I decide to look. It takes time).

It was cream but had ‘good bones’ and was in excellent condition for £70. We had budgeted for £150 – as a brand new one can be upwards of £400 – so saved the rest of the money for decent quality paint. We borrowed a van to collect it and then, typically,  it sat in our hall for a week or so because it was very heavy and we didn’t want to risk scratching the floors! We waited for Chris’s dad to help us carry it into the kitchen and we got to work. It was already lovely so it only needed an gentle sanding, a coat of paint, and then a switch over of handles (this is a top tip for a frugal update – simple handles can completely change the look of a cabinet/wardrobe – we changed the handles on the Dunelm wardrobe in our kids’ room and it looked totally different).

I wanted to paint it a different colour but with our kitchen already being a strong green (our cabinets are colour matched to Little Greene ‘Obsidian Green’) I was worried about another completely different colour being too overpowering. So instead, we decided to keep it tonal and go for a lighter green. We chose Little Greene ‘Aquamarine Light’ in Intelligent Eggshell and then the shop we bought it from (The House Winchmore Hill) recommended the ASP (all surface primer) from the range, which is a great primer (we always use a primer for woodwork), especially for those tricky slightly shiny surfaces. 

The primer worked amazingly, and a year on, there are no knicks in the paint work at all! It took a few evenings to do (around kids) and this is probably three coats on top of the undercoat – inside and out! But I think it looks great and painting the inside a lighter colour really bounces the light around and means you can see the product inside the cabinet much easier (I originally wanted to paint it a contrasting dark colour inside but we tried it and you couldn’t see inside).

The last step was to change the handles (make sure the paint is really dry before doing this as it can pull paint away) – these are from my parents’ shop, Saxon Security – but you can also find on Etsy or local hardware stores.

We use this cabinet every single day and I love that I can see everything easily inside – it feels like it was always part of the kitchen and the best bit? It’s totally changeable – we can repaint or move into another room (maybe with some help!) at any time.

Design ideas for the kitchen in a private house – Furniture Design Center

Our clients often ask for advice on what style is better to decorate the kitchen and what furniture and wallpaper to combine the selected set. We usually recommend loft, high-tech, neoclassical and eco.

These styles are now at the peak of popularity and will be fashionable for the next five years. In addition, they are easy to adapt to others. For example, neoclassic under Provence, eco under Scandinavian or country.

In this article, we will briefly describe what distinguishes the kitchen in each of these styles.

Loft is always brick in the form of wall decoration or masonry apron

It can be gypsum brick, clinker, brick-like tiles, just painted brick wall.

Small loft kitchen

For a loft-style kitchen, you usually buy a set lined with plastic to look like concrete or wood. The deeper the texture, the better. That is, if it is a tree, its knots and cracks should be visible. Countertops are also ordered plastic or made of artificial stone for concrete.

Concrete, wood, metal and rust are textures that must be played up in a loft kitchen. The main color is black. You can make it basic, that is, a black kitchen set or accent: black handles, hooks, shelves, racks.

Hi-tech – furniture without handles and a stainless steel faucet

Hi-tech is long elongated lines, rigor and chic. Make a linear layout in the kitchen, order a streamlined kitchen set, play on the contrast of bright colors: white, red, black. The set, as in the loft, is lined with plastic, natural veneer or varnished. In high-tech, built-in technology is required.

Hi-tech kitchen: no handles, stainless steel faucet, linear layout

Neoclassicism – no gloss and pretentiousness

Neoclassical kitchen set made of solid wood or painted with enamel MDF. Unlike the loft and high-tech, the facades are in a neo more interesting shape: slightly convex or carved. We recommend light colors. Soft chairs with a back and a round tripod table are usually placed in the neo-kitchen. A crystal chandelier is hung as the main lighting.

Neoclassical kitchen

Eco – wooden furniture and linen napkins

In fact, furnishing an eco-kitchen is easy – just choose everything natural.

Furniture may be recycled or old wood, plywood, rattan or wicker, glass, natural stone.

Cozy eco kitchen. Attention to colored glassware, wooden furniture, flowers in pots

The same applies to dishes – buy bamboo plates and glass glasses, iron mugs. In the design, we recommend using the fleet and floral ornaments.

It would be great if the eco-kitchen has a few fresh flowers or trees in a skating rink, such as lemon trees. Read about lighting and colors for such a kitchen in the article “Kitchen inspired by nature: novelties in decoration and design.


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Design kitchens: interesting ideas from bulthaup, Minacciolo, Marchi Cucine, La Cornue | Admagazine

Designing a kitchen set is a truly responsible and exciting task, because its author has to find the right combination of functionality and aesthetics. 15 of the most curious results of design thought – in our selection.

Designing a kitchen set is a truly responsible and exciting task, because its author has to find the right combination of functionality and aesthetics. 15 of the most curious results of design thought – in our selection.

1. b2 kitchen, bulthaup

When designing the b2 kitchen, bulthaup thought about how to fit everything you need for cooking and save space. This is how the kitchen-workshop appeared, which consists of three elements: a workbench, a cabinet for appliances and a compact sideboard.

Thanks to the variety of built-in fixtures and shelves, the cupboard has space for dishes, utensils and groceries.

2. Kitchen Tinozza, Minacciolo

The kitchen is a combination of three barrel-like cylindrical modules. One of the modules accommodates a deep sink and a waste container, the second – a gas burner, the third – a work surface. Designers have provided a place to store utensils and utensils inside the barrels.

The kitchen element with sink is designed to be stationary, while the other two are equipped with wheels so that they can be easily moved around. You can use the modular kitchen not only indoors, but also on the terrace, veranda or patio.

3. Kitchen St. Louis, Marchi Cucine

A new model from Marchi Cucine called St. Louis looks like she arrived in a time machine from 1955. Everything speaks about the connection with the era of the first satellite: pastel shades, and rounded corners, and spaced legs of one of the elements, and corrugated sliding glass doors, and even the font on the dial of the built-in clock.

The special charm of kitchen cabinets is given by profiles that are reminiscent of automotive design 1950s.

4. Kitchen La Cornue W, designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte, La Cornue

French designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte created the La Cornue W slab for La Cornue, which looks like a desk with thin legs and not ” weighted down with a built-in oven.

The oven of the same series is a separate piece of furniture. With such appliances, the kitchen will not seem like a cluster of heavy cabinets, and cooking on a stove with a width of one and a half meters will become a real pleasure.

5. Kitchen OLA25, designer Sergio Pinfarin, SNAIDERO

Kitchen, released by the SNAIDERO factory in honor of the twenty -five Pininfarina and Rino Snidero cooperation, offers the 2009 model in the new finish.

So, now the kitchen cabinet can be decorated with black matt, glossy white or cream panels, and the curved leg is painted with red, bronze or black lacquer. The working surface of the kitchen is made of polished glass.

6. Kitchen Artematica InVitrum, Valcucine

The Valcucine factory has released the most environmentally friendly kitchen with a glass frame and facades. It is made from recycled glass and aluminium, the production of which has reduced the amount of energy used by 20 percent.

All elements that make up the kitchen can be recycled, and thanks to the abundance of glass and mechanical fasteners, the kitchen did not have to use glue and other toxic materials.

7. Z.Island Kitchen, designed by Zaha Hadid, Ernestomeda

Designed by architect Zaha Hadid in collaboration with Ernestomeda and DuPont, the futuristic Z.Island kitchen resembles the interior of a spaceship. The main element of the kitchen is a tongue island with a hob, an audio system, a touch screen and a built-in MacBook.

A streamlined sink unit with dishwasher and backlit wall panels with audio speakers complete the kitchen. You can control kitchen appliances, as well as sound and light, through four sections of the main menu: Mac, Lights, Aroma and Heater.

8. Kitchen Invisible, Toncelli

The new line of Invisible kitchen furniture, created by Toncelli, is aimed at convenience and reliability in use. Like the perfect butler or secretary, she is inconspicuous yet effective.

Rigorous design and discreet colors do not distract attention from business, and carbon fiber doors do not need handles – they open thanks to an innovative system patented by Toncelli. The kitchen is equipped with a display built into the work surface.

9. Kitchen Starck by Warendorf, designed by Philippe Starck, Warendorf

Universal designer Philippe Starck has designed a kitchen set for the Warendorf factory, the center of which is a comfortable work unit with a niche and decorative panels in colored glass.

Round tables and bar tops with metal legs similar to trombone or tuba bells can be made from the same glass. Kitchen cabinets designed by Stark include, in addition to built-in appliances and sections for dishes and groceries, bookshelves.

10. KI kitchen, design by Nendo, Scavolini

The name of the KI kitchen by design bureau Nendo for Scavolini is translated from Japanese as “container”. A simple white container is the main decorative and functional detail of the kitchen set and a motif that is repeated in the design of the sink, gas stove, hood and even chairs.

Contrary to the traditional approach, the author of the kitchen designer Oki Sato did not clutter up the space with wall cabinets; instead, he used long, open wooden shelves with neatly arranged containers.

11. Slide Kitchen, Dada

The use of drawers in the kitchen is traditional, but Armani/Dada has given it new life with the Slide kitchen.

Features an island with a massive marble top that slides back to reveal a steel worktop and hob.

Cabinets and appliances are also hidden behind inconspicuous sliding doors in the island and main kitchen unit. American laurel cabinet fronts with inlaid horizontal metal slats help disguise functional elements.

12. The Drawer Kitchen, designed by Getta Gschwendtner, Schiffini

It’s hard to imagine a kitchen set without drawers for storing dishes and utensils. Designer Getta Gschwendtner decided to take this statement to the extreme and designed the Drawer Kitchen for Schiffini.

This kitchen island is more like a sculptural composition made up of drawers of different sizes. Asymmetrical facades of the kitchen are made of wood, the contrasting shiny work surface is made of steel.

13. Kitchen 38e8, Lago

Modular kitchen 38e8 from the Italian factory Lago looks like a constructor made of bright details that can be folded into countless compositions.

Cabinets with colored glossy fronts can be used to create any figure, while a bright storage module of a non-standard shape can be continued with a bar counter or an island of the same color. Closed storage compartments complement open shelves, which can also be arranged in interesting configurations.

14. Kitchen Alnomarecucina, Alno

Postmodern flirtations with the interior (such as table legs in the form of women’s legs) often end in failure, but it’s nice to see that there are exceptions. An example is the Alnomarecucina kitchen by Alno.

Yacht-style kitchen island and hanging base cabinets; The impression is complemented by a noble combination of white color and textured wood, as well as a sail hood mounted on the mast. For all its decorativeness, the kitchen is quite functional: there is enough space for dishes and utensils in the beveled sections on the “sides” of the yacht, a sink and a hob are built into the island’s countertop, household appliances are in a separate block.