Upon first inspection it’s a common variety fake drawer front. And it was. Until it wasn’t.
I’m not sure why all cabinet makers don’t just make all their fake drawer fronts like this one the type that pulls out so you can put your sponge or rag in it, but they don’t for some reason.
After eating 7 macaroons and an entire bag of Ruffles with dip last night I’m in a particularly foul mood today … so I’m going with “they’re just trying to anger me”.
After a couple of weeks of living with my new kitchen I decided I really needed to convert the fake drawer front underneath my sink into a useable space so I didn’t have to leave my J cloth, scrubbie pad, and plastic pot scraper laying on the counter.
Most false drawers like this are easy to remove. This Martha Stewart fake front is just attached with clips so you can pop it right off. Others might be attached with screws.
Once you get your front removed all you have to do is install your tray and hinges and you’re well on your way to being the greatest person on your block. You’ll invite friends and neighbours over for the sheer joy of making them jealous. Then you’ll bonk them on the head to induce a little harmless short term memory loss, so you can show them all over again.
To do this DIY all you need are the proper hinges and of course the tray that will hold whatever it is you want to hold in there.
You may as well do the easy part first to make you feel like you’re accomplishing something immediately. It’s the whole instant gratification thing.
So centre your tray and screw it in place. Make sure you pay attention to the closing and opening of the drawer so the tray doesn’t interfere with that. The plastic clip you see on the right needs to be removed. It will be replaced with the specialty hinge.
The hinges are marked left and right so there’s no confusion. When you hold up your hands as though you’re framing a picture, the hand that is in the shape of an “L” is your left hand. In case you were unsure. Don’t worry. I won’t judge you for not knowing. I will however judge you if you admit to liking canned cream of mushroom soup. For that I will judge.
Like so. Notice I am using the “R” hinge on the right side. Because I am clever. And held my hands up.
Place the hinge in the centre of your edge and mark your holes with a pencil. Drill your holes.
Install your screws. Do the same thing on the left side. I can’t believe I had to tell you that.
Now hold your front panel in place, slide under the cabinet and mark where the holes that attach the hinge to the drawer front are.
From underneath the cabinet (like you were when you were marking the hinge holes with a pencil) screw the hinge into the drawer front.
And the drawer in action.
That’s all there is to installing a tip down drawer. No mystery. No real effort. No real explanation as to why cabinet makers don’t just make them standard.
Which leaves me with my initial explanation. To anger me.
What’s the best way to cure macaroon and chip anger? Rhubarb Crisp obviously.
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