Last week I showed you how simple it was to convert a basic kitchen cabinet into an island. This week I want to share with you how I converted the old laundry area in my kitchen into a beverage center, and added extra storage. When we moved the washer and dryer out of the kitchen we decided to take advantage of the existing plumbing and turn this space into a beverage center. After moving in the large refridgerator, I realized the sink cabinet would have to be custom made to fit the very small space that was left. The bar sink was reclaimed from a friends remodel project, and of course I didn’t want to actually buy the materials to make the cabinet so I had to dig into my stash.
I knew I wanted to use these great old table legs but they were not tall enough so I built an apron around the top of the legs to bring it up to counter height. And I had just enough old iron wood for the top. Instead of putting the sink in the center of the cabinet, I placed it to the front so there would be enough room for the coffee maker. Then I put a shelf below for extra storage. The large flour and sugar jars make me look domestic but my family doesn’t actually allow me to cook.
The shelves above the sink were made to fit the coffee and tea we drink daily. Because I can’t stand to see any wall space go to waste, I put in these plate rails for storing platters and trays.
The pot rack was made from reclaimed lumber and the lid rack is an inexpensive rail from IKEA.
The long shelves above the sink and fridge are, of course, hollow core doors and a great way to store and display those dishes that I love but rarely use.
Although the cookie jar is always empty, it makes me smile because it reminds me of all our great bike trips. This area is very handy and freed up a lot of storage area in my kitchen cabinets.