how to build a mock cabinet in a little space...


I thought I'd take a minute to address that little space between my stove and refrigerator today.  I guess I never did let you in on how that happy accident happened. (Thank you Apartment Therapy for the reminder.)

When I made my list of things I needed to address in the kitchen before the revamp, the space between the fridge and stove was right up there.  If I pushed the appliances as far apart as possible it gave me seven inches to work with.

My original thought was to make a pull out shelf on wheels that I could store baking sheets in but I am not a power saw girl and my husband was not working on my time frame (he wasn't ready to drop his list of projects to cut all the pieces for me, go so I went to plan B.

I placed a 6" x 30" shelf on top of a baluster leg and attached the unit to the wall with a 1 x 2 piece of scrap lumber secured to a stud.  Once it was done "we" decided it didn't quite look right with the leg exposed so I pulled a piece of scrap bead board (which happened to be exactly the right size) to see how it would look if I covered it up.

Here's were the lucky accident happened.  As I was contemplating adding a piece of wood to the front, it dawned on me how much the bead board looked like little drawers set horizontally.

One trip to Home Depot later, I added the hammered black nobs using a template I made out of paper to center the hole and a little scrap lumber kick plate at the bottom and wa-la instant "drawers"!

One day hubby man has promised to make me my plan A unit and I can just pop the front mock drawers off of plan B and attach it.  In the meantime, my ingenuity is working out just beautifully.

xo, Patty


  1. A perfectly perfect solution!!!!
    xo Kris

  2. Very cute! I'm passing this idea on to my daughter. She just bought her first home and also just started a blog. Please take a peek and say Hello!!

  3. Here is was thinking, where did she get that adorable and perfectly fitted little set of drawers? You sure had me fooled, brilliant solution :>)

  4. What a GREAT idea, Patty. I was thinking it WAS drawers. Don't tell and no one will be the wiser. It looks wonderful!!!! xo Diana

  5. I totally thought they were drawers!! Wow- I appreciate the genius all the more!

  6. Patty,
    A D O R A B L E!!!
    Creative solution!!!
    Fooled me, I thought it was drawers!!!

  7. 7 inches makes all the difference in a kitchen. I have a vintage range and have lots of furniture in my kitchen creating the set up I needed with just one wall of built ins-- for years, my stove set 8 inches further out than it sits today. One day, I decided-- I'm moving it all over! The vent hood and the stove-- my work triangle improved instantly.
    Now... that faux drawer front. I've not done anything like that-- though I've thought about it!
    This pure genius.

  8. OMG! I am so in love with this idea. At first I thought they were drawers and where in the world did you find one in the exact size....LOL So clever! Kit

  9. Looks great to me! Great job! Susan

  10. I really thought they were little drawers! So clever!!

  11. Brilliant!
    Necessity is the mother of invention :)

  12. SO clever Patty! I have the same problem because I went from a 36" to a 30". It's on our list of things to address but everything has taken a back seat to the porch so many this winter we will actually figure out what to do with it. I had no idea yours was not really drawers! Well done!

  13. I thought those were real drawers! Very clever idea.

  14. You are so clever, Patty. I love this! ~ Nancy


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