Convert a Cabinet Shelf into a Pull Out Drawer

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:19
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Convert a shelf into a cabinet pull out drawer. The shelf becomes the bottom of the pull out drawer, so all you need is wood for the sides of the drawer and drawer slides.

kitchen cabinet pull out diy

How to take an existing cabinet shelf and convert it to a pull out cabinet drawer.

I love this project because not only is is super functional, adding more storage and making your base cabinets more accessible, but you hardly need any new materials.  

I reused the shelf, making it the drawer bottom, so all you have to do is get wood for the sides and drawer slides.

Here's the steps outlined in a video:

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General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Room