Over the years, Ken and I have completed a variety of repurposed kitchen cabinet projects.
We’ve made a kitchen sideboard, a coffee table bench, and even a quirky, burlap-wrapped cat litter cabinet.
The kitchen cabinets of old are often sturdy, and made with wood, while more modern cabinets can be a combination of wood and man-made materials. And who knows, as time goes on if real wood will continue to be a material used in cabinetry or other pieces of furniture, at all, for that matter. Thus, re-using cabinetry that was manufactured several years ago, or more, for other areas of your home, might not be such a bad idea, in my humble opinion. Of course, the supply chain issues only add to this notion, unfortunately.
New Ways To Re-Use Old Kitchen Cabinets
Here is a quick view of the list of ways you can repurpose kitchen cabinets for other uses in your home.
- Coffee Table
- Storage Bench
- Cat Litter Cabinet
- Coffee Station
- Bathroom Storage Side Cabinet
- Window Seat / Electronics Storage Cabinet
- Laundry Room Storage
- Built-In Dining Area Bench
- Outdoor Covered Free Book Library
- Breakfast Bar
- Kitchen Island
- Potting Bench
- Shoe Storage Bench
- Dart Board Cabinet
Lots of creativity going on here, right? Now let’s break out each one with more details for a better picture of what you can imagine for your home.
Upcycled Kitchen Cabinet Bench/ Coffee Table
Turn a kitchen cabinet into a bench, a coffee table, or both. I found a singular vintage upper kitchen cabinet years ago. It was so sturdy that we turned it into a coffee table bench and kept it unadorned, yet functional for years. All along, we’ve used it to store board games and other miscellaneous gaming goodies.
Only years later, did we finally give it a fancy makeover with boho wallpaper for a much more chic appearance.
It still holds our board games and works as a coffee table, while it also doubles for extra party seating when we have a large crowd.
Repurposed Kitchen Cabinet Cat Litter Enclosure/ Coffee Station
Transform an old kitchen cabinet into a hidden kitty litter cabinet, or a coffee station (or both?) Once upon a time, Ken and I drove a good 20 miles to purchase two used vintage kitchen cabinets that were about 60 years old.
Frighteningly enough, when we were cleaning them up, these creepy red spiders came crawling out from inside the cabinets. I started hyperventilating, and Ken freaked out almost as much. Ken did the honors of “removing” them. We cleaned the insides down extra, extra carefully with bleach. Thank goodness there were only a few of those critters.
After we calmed down from that scare, we eventually created this quirky kitty litter enclosure out of the first cabinet. Ken cut an opening for the cat on the side. I painted the countertop with chalkboard paint and finished off the drawers and doors with burlap coffee sacks.
In the end, I called it a coffee sack-covered, coffee station/cat litter cabinet. Try to say that 10 times fast, lol.
Pretty over the top, I know.
One lady even commented that she would never drink a cup of coffee that was served on top of a cat litter enclosure. I tend to think, she’s not the only one… I was over-reaching, to say the least, lol.
But, if you’re looking for ways to repurpose kitchen cabinets, and you’re a cat-lover, a basic kitty litter cabinet (without all the frills I added) is certainly a great option.
Or, if you are looking to set up a coffee station, then this idea may be helpful, too.
Re-Use Cabinets To Add Storage To Another Area of Your Home
Maximize the storage in your home by moving an old lower kitchen cabinet to a new location. We turned the 2nd vintage cabinet into a sideboard for our kitchen. The cabinet was already painted white, which we preferred, but the key change we did make was updating the outdated countertop with faux wood wallpaper. The cabinet has lots of storage which gave our kitchen a less cluttered look. Always a great goal whether you use the piece in the kitchen, the craft room, or the garage, for example.
As you can see, there are a lot of clever ways to repurpose kitchen cabinets. So if you find a solid kitchen cabinet, or have one (or several) on hand, the question to ask is can you use it somewhere else in your home in a repurposed fashion?
Remember, it doesn’t have to be nearly as off-beat as my coffee sack-covered coffee station/kitty litter cabinet.
PS: Watch out for terrifying red spiders!
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