DIY Pull-Out Cupboard Drawers

Pull out drawers……how I love you! 
This project was actually easier than I anticipated. I am really not that good with wood projects, but this came together pretty easily.
*Probably best to use a table saw, chop saw and drill for most of this.
We have OLD, BIG cupboards. The kind where you feel you almost have to climb in them to get something lost in the back.

First thing to do is to take out any shleves, and build a wall in the cupboard where you would want your drawer side to be.
 Then you’ll need to drill in some boards to even out the edge that is probably on the outside of the cupboard (otherwards your pull-out drawer won’t be able to be pulled-out). These boards will be what your drawer sliders are fastened to.
Next is to get some DIY drawer sliders at Lowes or Hm Depot. They were by the hardware in my Hm Depot. This picture is me setting the bottom of the drawer in, to make sure it fits. You can see the sliders are attached. I purchased the sliders that can hold up to 100lbs….just for overkill on the whole sturdiness thing.
Next is to build the drawer and attach the sliders to it.

I then decorated the drawers…..of course! Lots of primer, paint and contact paper makes for easy clean-up.
Actually, it’s best to paint everything before you attach the sliders, so that you won’t get paint on the sliders.

Ah… much better! Much easier to get to!

See how nice and far they slide out!
I just had to stencil numbers on them.

I’m probably going to have to build these in every house from here on out. They are wonderful!

….if you’re wondering where the baseboard is, that project is next!
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  1. Awesome! This pull out drawers are so functional and handy. I need these in EVERY SINGLE base cabinet in my house. Seriously. I removed all the regular shelves back when I painted the kitchen cabinets thinking I’d do the pull out drawers soon afterward. Never got to it! So, for 5 years I’ve had no shelves at all!

    Thanks so much for linking up with a project YOU built and for displaying my button!

  2. This is great! Thank you! I’ve been researching how to build our own instead of purchasing them. This is really helpful, thanks again!

  3. Loving your creativity! I’ve awarded you with the Stylish Blogger Award for your amazing talents ~ take a look:

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  4. Oh wow! This is such a smart, clever, fantastic idea! I love it. 🙂 You should totally hook this and your monogramed plate up to my Weekend Review Link Party. I am sure others would love these projects just as much as me. Keep up the inspiring work!

  5. Awesome idea! I am going to do this! Thanks for the inspiration and also the tutorial!!!

  6. Fabulous job! My uncle put those in the cabinets of our last home…I miss them!

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. I want to do that with my kitchen drawers. Katharine

  8. that is impressive!! i’ve wanted to do this for ages, i can only imagine how it would simplify my life:)

  9. I was telling my husband the other day that I wished we had pull-out’s in every cabinet. It never occurred to me that I could do it myself. This is on my to-do list. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial! I am your newest follower 🙂



  10. I love this. Thank you so much for sharing! I am your newest follower and I would be honored if you would link up your super cute blog over on my blog stalkin’ page.

  11. Awesome job! I told my husband I would like some of these now I think I can build them myself! 🙂 I am a new follower.

  12. Great work!! I love what you did. There is nothing like drawers vs plain old cabinets. I adore lots of big drawers in a kitchen.

  13. Awesome job! Of course I love the paper on the inside, I love those little surprises that are just for yourself 🙂

  14. They are a necessity – awesome job!

  15. This is such a great idea!! I have an old house with old cupboards too- love the look- not loving the functionality of them. You did a great job retrofitting these to work well for you and your family! Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style today- nice to meet you! Stop by and say hello sometime! 🙂

  16. Oh my word, I wish I had this about 3 years ago! We had an old house where you never knew what was in the back of the cupboard. Great job! You should stop over at and link up! I would love to see you there!

  17. Great tutorial and organization. Now you can come do mine. Thanks for joining WUW.

  18. Super fabulous!!! I am bookmarking this for when my hubby finishes the laundry room. 😉

  19. That is fabulous! I would love to do that to my cupboards!

  20. ok, you’ve totally inspired me to try this. they look awesome! and sooo functional!

  21. I so want this in my cabinets. I have to stand on my head to get things out!

  22. I’m amazed! That’s a very impressive cupboard transformation. 🙂

  23. I featured you this week in my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button. You earned it!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  24. Wow, this is very awesome. I have been working on making improvements to my mom’s kitchen, and this could be just the ticket for some of her cabinets!

  25. very cool…. i’ll have to tell dh!!!

  26. I LOVE this – I need to do this – I have the same type of cupboards!

  27. Love these drawers! So creative! I read your about me section and thought you may be interested in my “Bible Bloggin’ Wednesday” party that I’m starting this Wednesday. Come check it out 🙂

  28. I have to say that your comment on my 2011 review made my day. Very difficult year personally, so it was bittersweet to put together. Thank you! Ok . . I NEED these drawers in our too small to call it a pantry cabinet. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am putting the hubby on this right away. And I love your nursery. You are so talented.

  29. I am going to have to try this!!!!!


  30. There’s a lot of benefit of being creative. Like this drawers become trendy and more functional in just easy steps.

  31. I am so excited about these drawers. I put an old dresser on the curb this weekend, to wait for it’s ride on Thursday from the trashman……I thought I would take one last look at DIY projects involving drawers, and I am so glad I saw yours!!!! My mothers cabinets are big, deep CAVES…..and she literally could hurt herself trying to bend over and reach very far. I am committing to installing drawers before we go out of town this weekend!!!! (Keeping my fingers crossed that mine turn out half as good as yours!!!!!). Thank u for posting!!!!

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