Annnyway, I found this cabinet thingy at a yard sale (7.50). I am not sure what it was intended to be, as it is very sturdy, but has this huge open area underneath, with no evidence of ever having had shelves. Maybe it was intended for a trash can from the start? No idea.(oh, my goodness, these pics are horrible, especially the before shots. Note to self: check before shots BEFORE I change anything!!!!)
But it is perfect, I stuck it in the middle of the room as an island, which is very handy. I built a pull-out contraption with casters, so I can put the trash can inside, and it rolls out at the touch of a finger. Bear in mind that I am not a woodworker. I had never touched a saw before I bought this house. I have no clue about the "right" way to build anything. I just picture what I want in my head, and go for it.
I wanted a big, easy to grasp pull. I had this oval cork from an old jar candle, so I put lots of glue so it wouldn't fall apart (although it is a very hard cork, not the crumbly kind), then attached it with one screw in the center. I glued a shiny penny over the screw, just for fun. Put a cheapo towel rack from the Dollar Store on the end. I had this slab of some sort of granite-type stuff, which is oddly shaped, but just the right size to put on the top. (My son-in-law got that someplace a few years ago, and knew I would like it. Thanks, Joe). Some leftover bead board that I took down from the living room, and a piece of trim (cost, 2.00 at the local lumberyard), and I have a covered trash can. Plus a handy surface, and a place to hang a towel.And there is space at the back, behind the trash can, for cartons of trash bags. The bead board was somewhat lighter in color than the original cabinet, so I stained it with homemade stain, then waxed it with Trewax clear wax. The trim isn't right, I may, or may not, redo it. I attached the cork before the trim, and neglected to take into consideration that there would not be room to trim across the top. Duh. With aallll that glue I put on the cork, no taking it off and then putting it back lower!
This is not the place the cabinet belongs, which is in the middle of the kitchen, with the open side toward the stove, but when I took pictures with it there,
The dogs don't think much of it, but mommy is happy.