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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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DIY Weekend Project: Make a Bathmat Using Wine Corks

Are you looking for something to do with your collection of wine corks?  Creating a bathmat might be an appealing way to reuse the corks you have collected.


  • Non-adhesive shelf liner
  • Hot glue sticks / hot glue gun
  • 175 wine corks


1.  Cut each cork in half lengthwise with a sharp pocketknife. Sand the bottoms flat if any of your cuts are jagged.

2.  Arrange the corks into a rectangle, flat sides down. Use a ruler or the lines on a cutting mat to make sure your configuration of corks is as close to a straight rectangle as possible. The mat displayed above is 18.5 x 30 inches (10 x 35 cork halves).

3.  Measure and cut the shelf liner to size with a rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat.

4.  Transfer the outer rows/columns of corks to the shelf liner and glue them to the topside of the liner. Apply a rectangle-shaped line of glue to the flat side of each cork, about 1/8 inch from the edge, line up the cork with the edge of the mat, and press hard. Wipe away any glue drops before it hardens fully.

5.  Once your frame is in place, transfer the rest of the corks to their corresponding position on the mat. You’ll probably have to do some arranging and trading places to make all the corks fit. Then remove one cork at a time and glue it down.

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