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Kitchen Cupboard

Martha Stewart Living, September 1999

Mass-produced cabinets take on custom character with a few easy additions. Here, four matching brackets -- two right-side up, two upside down -- expand the usefulness of a double-door cupboard. A narrow shelf tucked underneath is the perfect spot for spices. Below it, a dowel between the brackets holds towels. On top, a flat horizontal strip keeps platters in place. Once painted, the multipart cupboard looks like a single piece of cabinetwork.

Comments (17)

  • Nayda 16 Mar, 2009

    I L O V E T H I S I D E A !

  • SMILETU 27 Feb, 2009

    Have seen this before and love it also. The use for this piece is endless.
    I especially like behind the bathroom stool as yet another cabinet for items.
    The small rooms would find this very useful that is for certain. Good post

  • Pamwith2bassets 26 Feb, 2009

    Just an idea for you...My brother in law built me a glass front cabin like this years ago. He drilled the towel rod [filtered word] all the way through, left the 2" diameter rod about 3 inches longer than the width of the cabinet and let it extend through the sides evenly. He then put a small dowel pin into the rod to keep it from coming through the sides. Looks cute and is much simpler than all the countersinking..

  • Mfosterjeweler 26 Feb, 2009

    To attach the dowel w/ a counter sunk flat head sheet rock screw (self threading) and wood glue. After putting together you can fill in the screw [filtered word] w/white silicone or wood dough and then paint. Good luck with this it can be a lot of fun.

  • JLBC 26 Feb, 2009

    This is one of the best ideas I've seen in a long time. I agree w/ the others that this is useful in so many areas of the home and work shop. Thank you MSL.

  • moj400 26 Feb, 2009

    I think I would predrill and countersink screws, and then either put in wood plugs or fill the holes with wood filler and paint.

  • sosolisalisa 26 Feb, 2009

    This is a great idea! The way I would attatch the pieces is with wood glue

  • BarbaraBowen 26 Feb, 2009

    This is awesome, consider me on my way to Lowe's to pick up the supplies! Thanks Martha!

  • Spiderwick 26 Feb, 2009

    This is such a great idea. One question: how do you attach the shelf, dowel and horizontal strip to the brackets;;;by nail or glue? I can only picture nailing them on from the outside of the brackets, which would then show. Is there another way?

  • pattiet 26 Feb, 2009

    What a GREAT idea! I agree with lbuser, this opens up a world of possibilities, all of which are very affordable. Thanks for this idea, Martha!

  • loisa 26 Feb, 2009

    I would love to do this in my hobby room and also in my laundry room!

  • JoanieS 26 Feb, 2009

    This concept would work in a bathroom as well... over the john??

  • Jaxbear 26 Feb, 2009

    This would work in the bathroom very nicely as well.

  • lbuser 26 Feb, 2009

    Okay, this opens up zillions of ideas. Mass produced cabinets and clearance cupboards begin to take on a whole different usefulness quotient. This is a truly great idea. I have a tiny kitchen with no extra wall space, however, I believe I could adapt something like this for the dining area.

  • tcw61 26 Feb, 2009

    I have real small kitchen with very limited space. This is perfect idea!

  • nbeltane 22 Jul, 2008

    this is adorable, i would also love this in my home

  • gabymartin72 28 Mar, 2008

    What a lovely idea. It looks so elegant, so charming. I'd definitely love it in my kitchen.