Build a DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can

Build a DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can

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Hide that bathroom garbage away with this easy DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can!

I’m kicking off our huge Master Bathroom Remodel with this quick and easy bathroom organization upgrade. I decided to hide our bathroom garbage out of sight by building a DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can.

Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing a lot of DIY projects and makeover updates for our Master Bathroom. Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter or follow along on Instagram to see how it goes. 🙂

Dark Blue and Dark Wax Vanity Makeover with new stained plywood cabinet liners and a built in cabinet garbage can. See how she built the garbage can and find out about the makeover here. #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomMakeover #BathroomGarbage #BathroomOrganization #BathroomIdeas
I have to say, I thought about completely removing these vanities, they were in such a rough state. But they are 3/4″ custom built ins. So, I decided to save them. And I’m so glad I did. This cabinet door garbage can, new handles and paint, and new stained plywood liners have completely restored this vanity into better than new condition, guys. You can see the bathroom before and after photos here. The Vanity Makeover steps and details are here.
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Now, let me show you how to build a easy DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can!


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DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can Build Video

DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can – Materials Needed

DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can – Build Tips

Not all cabinet doors are made the same. Some are made of particle board and other easily damaged material. Those might not be able to handle this project.

You can hide that bathroom garbage away when you build your own custom DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can. This a quick and easy DIY win! #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomStorage #BathroomIdeas #DIYIdeas
My bathroom cabinets are 3/4″ plywood with 1/2″ centers.

Also, some cabinet doors might have 1/4″ panels in the middle. Make sure to screw this garbage can into thicker parts of the door. You should also watch out for doors with weak hinges. This garbage can only ways a pound or two, but a weak hinge or weak particle board might not be able to handle that.

Lastly, make sure that the dimensions for your garbage can will work with your cabinets. Having a can sticking 4 or 5″ out from the door will make it impossible to close the door, if it’s attached close to the edge of the cabinet door.

So, grab some scrap wood and test where you’ll have to attach the can to still allow the door to close. You can use that test to decide how big you’ll want your can.

DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can – Steps

Be sure to watch the video below to see me actually build a DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can.

Step One

Use the build tips above to decide what size you want your garbage can to be. You can go with my 1/2″ plywood and 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding design or go with your own design. Cut your wood to size. You’ll need 2 sides, 1 bottom, and a face or front piece.

You can hide that bathroom garbage away when you build your own custom DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can. This a quick and easy DIY win! #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomStorage #BathroomIdeas #DIYIdeas
Using a straight edge guide to cut 1/2″ plywood with a circular saw.
Step Two

Sand the pieces smooth. Dust off. Then glue and brad nail the pieces together. Wipe away glue then use wood filler, as needed. Let that dry.

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Using Ryobi Brad Nailer and Glue to assemble the box.
Step Three

Sand the garbage can again. I sand to 120 or 150, when painting, and 220 when staining. Wipe away all dust with a slightly damp cloth. Then apply your finish. Let dry.

You can hide that bathroom garbage away when you build your own custom DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can. This a quick and easy DIY win! #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomStorage #BathroomIdeas #DIYIdeas
Sand all surfaces, edges, and corners smooth.
Step Four

Now, you’re ready to attach your angle brackets. Pick the right size for your door. I used 1 on each side and the bottom.

You can hide that bathroom garbage away when you build your own custom DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can. This a quick and easy DIY win! #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomStorage #BathroomIdeas #DIYIdeas
Angle Brackets attached and ready to mount.
Step Five

Attach the can to your door by pre-drilling the screw holes. Make sure you use screws that aren’t too long for your door. Pop in a little garbage bag and enjoy never having to see that garbage can again. 🙂

You can hide that bathroom garbage away when you build your own custom DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can. This a quick and easy DIY win! #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomStorage #BathroomIdeas #DIYIdeas

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That’s it for building a DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can. BUT, some of my incredibly talented blogger friends have also made some cool projects to help you get organized. You can check them out here.


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Or, my steps for patching wood rot or damaged wood with Bondo.

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36 thoughts on “Build a DIY Cabinet Door Mounted Garbage Can”

  1. This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! I wanted to let you know that I would be featuring your project at this week’s link party. The party starts tonight at 7:00 p.m. CST. I hope you will share a new project! Have a great day! Hugs!

  2. Can I be in love with a garbage can? This is such a smart and clever way to hide it, totally love and am doing this!! Thanks for sharing Stephanie!

  3. This is awesome, I love that you built your own to fit. I could have used this a few years ago when we had a paper eating dog who drug stuff out of the bathroom trash cans all the time. I had to get covered cans but would really like something like your creation even better.

    • I didn’t even think about the dog side of this build. But so many people mention it now. This is a great way to keep those dogs out of the garbage! Thanks!!

  4. This project is genius! I love that you thought to remove the garbage from the floor. I can think of so many places this would be useful in my home. Thank you for sharing this how-to tutorial!!

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