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How to Install a Trash compactor

How to Install a Trash Compactor

How to Install a Trash Compactor

Hello readers!  Today’s post, Hello I Live Here shows you how to install a trash compactor.  I have waited to get this one appliance back for quite some time.  Because our kitchen is on the smaller side, 10′ x 10′  – yep you read that right – I wanted to make sure I could part with the cabinet space before installing the trash compactor appliance.

How to Install a Trash Compactor

Finding I could not live without it, I took the reins and ordered a Sears Kenmore Trash compactor.  Needless to say, today’s post is all about how to install a trash compactor.  Hubby was surprised when he opened the door to see Sears Home Delivery today :-).  Yep, he quickly moved from working on a table, to help install a trash compactor.  Jumping from one project to another – that’s how we roll over here at Hello I Live Here ;-).  It’s all in the frantic life of Linda!

When we first moved into the Villa, I built a recycling center with the help of plans from the great Ana White that we retro fitted to our own needs to provide basket storage as well.  The best thing, this center worked to keep that unsightly can of trash covered.  Pee U!!! I hate looking at trash.  Now that I find we can live without that space, I decide today was the day.  Calling Sears just yesterday, I plead my case, told them I blog, and bam a trash compactor arrived the next morning (paid for by us of course, but Sears was great to give us free delivery).

Here’s are our steps for how to install a trash compactor:

We started by removing the drawers, doors and face frames from the existing kitchen cabinet.  The left kitchen cabinet opening was going to be replaced with the trash compactor, but the right kitchen cabinet was going to be reused.  So, we took great care not to break the kitchen cabinet face frames.

How to Install a Trash Compactor

Next, we cut out the bottom of the kitchen cabinet and the shelf inside.  We measured 15 ¼ inches inward, the width of the trash compactor, and used our skill saw to make room for the trash compactor.

How to Install a Trash Compactor

Before we went further with our install, we did a dry fit to make sure the trash compactor fit the space we cut – and it did – like a glove!  Since the right kitchen cabinet bottom shelf was unsupported, we added a 1 x 5” pine board to the bottom of the floor area.  We secured the pine board to the shelf using our Ryobi nail gun with 2” brad nails to secure the board to the underside and back of the cabinet for stability to the newly cut shelf.

How to Install a Trash Compactor

The next step in how to install a trash compactor was to add the side panel back to the cabinet.  This would create a kitchen cabinet space separated from the trash compactor. To ensure an exact fit, we cut our kitchen cabinet side panel 35” from floor to under counter.  Then we slid the side panel into place and used a pencil to draw a line atop the bottom cabinet.  This indicated where we wanted to cut our side panel.  Next, we drew a pencil line to mark the top kitchen cabinet shelf.  This pencil mark would define where we would router for the top cabinet shelf to slide into place.  This process provided stability to both the top and lower kitchen cabinet shelf area.  Strong as an ox! 😉 The way it should be.

How to Install a Trash Compactor

Then we had the electrician put in an electrical outlet.  We don’t like doing this part so we went to lunch and let them go at it. When we returned the electrical was complete.  Next we plugged in the trash compactor and slid it into place. The final step was to add the face frames we removed earlier.  We had to do trim the vertical center kitchen cabinet frames, but the horizontal frames fit perfectly.

How to Install a Trash Compactor

The final steps for how to install a trash compactor was to replace the kitchen cabinet door and drawer we originally removed.   compactor.

How to Install a Trash Compactor

That’s all there was to how to install a trash compactor!  Not so bad was it?

How to Install a Trash Compactor

Our next DIY Project is special kitchen storage that we partnered with D. Lawless Hardware – I think you will all be excited about this storage and the surprise of where we are installing this handy storage.  So make sure you stop by and see the post.

D Lawless Hardware

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Until tomorrow –

Linda 🙂

Old China Hutch Becomes New Again – Part 1

Annie Sloan Paint applied

Never leave an old piece behind – especially if it’s a China Cabinet!

Good afternoon Hello I Live Here readers.  Let’s talk old china hutches today.  Would you pass up a chance to transform an old china hutch?  The other day I was in a thrift store (Red Racks Thrift Store –  DAV Thrift Store) and came across an old china hutch.

Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

 

Bottom of China Hutch
Bottom of China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As others were walking past her with a sour expression, Hello I Lived Here saw the potential and swooped in to purchase this little gem for $40 (that’s right both pieces).

Living in a smaller home, space is necessary, so for us at Hello I Live Here this older jewel was the right size and would allow us to display our unopened dishes still stored. Below is a picture of the 1970’s jewel Hello I Live Here found and started transforming.  Here’s how we updated the old china hutch.

We started by taking off the old trim.  Don’t worry, we will save this for our recycle pile for another project! :-).

Old Trim on floor
Old Trim on floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubby was not so sure, but he humored me anyway and started the destruction.  The screws were hard to get to with our regular drill, so Curt removed the trim and piece needing to be cut with the Ryobi 18V Right Angle Drill which was terrific to fit in tight spaces.

P241_1_Final

Trim Removed
Trim Removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the old trim was removed, we scribed a line and cut off the rounded edge you see at the top in the photo with a craftsman circular saw, giving the china hutch a new square appearance.

Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw
Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw

 

Old Trim on floor - Craftsman Saw
Old Trim on floor – Craftsman Saw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the cut was complete, we screwed the cut piece back to the china hutch top.  Now the square, craftsman style we love over here at Hello I Live Here, helped to shape rest of the design for the china hutch.

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using our Ryobi 18V ONE+ 18GA CORDLESS 2″ BRAD NAILER, we trimmed out the sides with 1×2 into a craftsman type feel purchased from our favorite store, The Home Depot.

Ryobi-Nailer
Ryobi-Nailer
Sides Trimmed with 1x2
Sides Trimmed with 1×2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once set, we added 1/4 round moldings American Wood Moulding WM108 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. x 96 in. Wood Pine Quarter Round Moulding to finish the look.

1/4 Round used at bottom
1/4 Round used at bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making sure the 1×2 did not stand over the bottom frame, I took the 1/4 round molding and turned it into the opening and nailed upside down. This provided a square edge for the 1×2 to sit without overhang.

Moving on to the top, we trimmed out the top using a 1 x 4 x 8 Select White Pine Board and Focal Point DWT3144-16 1-1/8 in. 3-1/2 in. x 192 in. Primed Polyurethane Window/Door trim.

Trimmed with Select Pine
Trimmed with Select Pine

 

Front 1x3 installed
Front 1×3 installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

To finish the look we added a small matching WM 984 3/8 in. x 1-3/8 in. Pine Mullion Moulding to the bottom of the 1×4 and then added the original trim piece back over top of the doors (I try to use the old pieces in a new way).  We love using the Ryobi brad nailer.  Its airstrike technology truly helps wood from splitting by to large of force.   Below is what it looks like trimmed out – Not bad for an old 1970’s piece!

Old trim piece above doors
Old trim piece above door
Trimmed piece
Trimmed piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Hello I Live Here changed up the 1970’s China Cabinet, we primed the piece with a grey Rust-Oleum ultra cover latex primer.

primer
primer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the piece was older, a primer was necessary to provide a tight bond for the top coat, and provide a long lasting finish.  So what better choice than the trusted quality of Rust-Oleum 🙂

Primer on china cabinet
Primer on china cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once dry, we applied a thin coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre purchased from our friends at Wood Icing in the Chesterfield Mall.

Annie Sloan Paint applied
Annie Sloan Paint applied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This unique decorative paint provided the piece the quality look we at Hello I Live Here are used to seeing.  We will be following the Old Ochre color up with a light coat of Annie Sloan brown wax once we complete Part II of our post.  This will give the china hutch a consistent antique look for this old piece that is new again.

woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan
woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

 

 

sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is our suggestion that you use the Annie Sloan brush with the paint and wax (purchased at Wood Icing).

sloan small brush
sloan small brush

I know they are pricey, but my last piece I used a regular bush, but noticed I used more paint, lesson learned!  This wonderful brush allowed me to buff the piece just right the first time, conserving both the paint and the wax.  Well, that’s part I of the China Hutch make over.  Hope you enjoyed the first half of Hello I Live Here’s China Hutch make over. Join at our site in a couple days for Part II and the full reveal of the China Hutch!

Happy start to October Y’all!

-Linda C