Recycling Center Anyone?

Recycling Center

Recycling Center you can build yourself!

Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

It’s all about recycling today.  We all understand that recycling is important.  It helps with energy savings, can reduce greenhouse emissions and cuts down on water/air pollution.  But do the cans in our kitchen’s  need to be visible while doing a good deed?  You can purchase a can with a lid, however, the lids get lost, broken or just plain do not work.  I am all for recycling, but wanted a little style while doing this good deed.  Could it be possible I could class up my trash container?  The answer, YES, yes you can!

While at the library searching for ideas, a book “The Handbuilt Home” by Ana White, jumped off the shelf and into my arms like it heard my request for a classy way to store my trash.  I read through the book and stumbled on her Recycling Center plans.  You can get the plans for it at Ana White.  After reading her book and falling in love with it, I decided to purchase the Kindle Version, and it’s been worth every penny I paid for it 🙂 .

With book in hand we got to work.  This project was not hard, and the plans were well thought out (thank you Ana White!)  We followed the directions, and completed our new recycle bin.

1.  We built the frame using our Kreg Jig 2″ screws as Ana suggested, to build the box which included the top, bottom, and sides.  We soon found out why the bottom shelf was 2 1/2″ from the bottom, and why we needed to leave a 3/4″ gap underneath the top shelf as suggested.  She was right, read the plan before you start building 😉 We did make sure it was square!  Brownie points there please.

Recycling Center - start with a box

2.  Next, we attached the bottom trim piece using 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue.

Recycling Center - Add trim and shelving

3.  Moving on, we covered the back.  Instead of using 1/4″ ply, we used an extra piece of bead board we had in the garage (recycling and saving money all at once!)

Recycling center - Add beadboard to the back

4.  The plan calls for cutting footers. I personally went with straight edges because I hate to sweep under those darn small openings, but you are welcome to use what you like 🙂  We cut, glued and nailed, and moved to the next step

Recycling center - Build the door using 1x4

5. and 6. called for us to add the trim to the back of the unit and then the front of the unit.  This is where you will see a 3/4″ gap left at the top – don’t freak out like we did – there is a reason why it’s there!

Recycling center - Build the door using 1x4

7. Here’s where you fill that 3/4″ gap – the missing front edge. Nail and glue in place the size of 1×2 you need (ours was longer because we doubled the size of the unit. That last piece completed the cabinet construction, and we moved to the next piece of the puzzle.

Recycling center - Finish work

8.  Refer to the plan to make the cuts for your door trim, and sides for the can insert.  We used bead board to complete our door to match the back panel.  We also left the second side open to install baskets in the openings to hold small items.

Recycling center - perfect for baskets Recycling center -The final product - Door, hardware and stained

9.  We hinged the door to the bottom so it would tilt out, and attached a decorative handle  just as the plan suggested.

Recycling center - Fits perfectly

The one thing we did different, the top – we added a piece of burlap and Mod Podged it down.  We then cut a piece of plastic we had in the garage to cover the burlap and finished with an L-shaped molding that we painted black to give some contrast to our useful can holder.  This allows us to use the top for goodies with easy cleaning.  We also added an air freshener inside the can from Airwick, as we all know recycling can get messy 😉   Our recycle center came out very classy, and looks like a piece of furniture.  To get the antiqued finish with used Bear flat paint left over from our Villa wall color and Minwax aged oak stain combo.  We LOVE it! You can no longer see the trash – problem solved!

Recycling center -adding a Mod Podge burlap top Recycling center -adding a Mod Podge burlap top Recycling center -add some trim to the top

That’s our post for today!  We thank Ana White for the plans.  If you have not gone to her site ( ), please do – you will not be disappointed.

Remember, re-purpose, recycle, but always store properly if it does not fit the first two cycles!  Bright and sunny Wednesday everyone!


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