Kitchen Cabinet Rollouts
The lower cabinets in your kitchen often waste space, as they’re deep and it’s hard to bend down to reach right to the back. But custom cabinet rollouts use the space more efficiently and also save your aching muscles from all that bending and reaching. By choosing affordable materials, you can build rollouts to house pots and pans, bakeware, food items like cans and boxes, and even your waste and recycling bins. And check out our other kitchen storage and organization tips to save even more space.
This project was made with 1/2-inch Baltic birch plywood, but other wood will do, and you might be able to find suitably sized offcuts to reduce costs even further. You can build a pair of rollouts in a morning, using basic tools, a table saw and a miter saw, and we’ve also included instructions for adjusting the measurements to fit your cabinets.
Drip Irrigation System
DIY projects aren’t limited to indoors! If you love your garden, you know how important proper watering is to its success. For less than $50, you can install a drip irrigation system that will keep raised beds and containers watered for at least two weeks. For larger areas, the system uses plastic supply pipe, studded with emitters that are simply pushed into the pipe. The container system uses 1/4-inch pipe with built-in emitters. Both can be used in combination.
You’ll also need an outdoor faucet and a battery-operated timer to give everything a good soak every 2 to 3 days. Best of all, the whole system can be coiled and stored away when you don’t need it.
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This wall niche is both practical and beautiful, and it’s surprisingly easy to build and install. In a bathroom, it makes a great place for keeping toiletries, toothbrushes and beauty essentials handy, or put it in the kitchen for keeping storage jars and spice containers. It also works well in the bedroom or living room as a way to highlight photos or mementos.
The oak frame is built first, and finished with stain. (Choose pine if you’d like to save some money.) Then, it fits neatly into a stud wall. See our comprehensive guide to cutting into drywall. As well as basic tools, you’ll need a circular or table saw, a miter saw, a router and a dry wall saw. A brad gun makes nailing easier.