Trash Can Cover

Isn’t that an appealing title for a post?  Well, hopefully you’ll hang with me to see a pretty transformation.  Once we made over our kitchen island, our ugly trash can suddenly became uglier.  Mike had a great idea to create a trash can cover that would match the island, making it look more like a purposeful piece of furniture, rather than a plastic, smelly box:)  Here’s what our trash can looked like originally:

And here is what it looks like now, after Mike worked his magic:

Pretty, right?  Here’s how he did it.

Mike started by taking some melamine from our concrete counters {that material has come in handy for quite a few projects} and built 2 boxes.

Then, using his new kreg jig, he drilled some holes into the corners.

And secured them together with more melamine.

And he had the outline of the cover.

To match the island, he nailed on some beadboard to face the frame.

The lid came next.  He started with more melamine and traced a box through the center that would be about the size of our current trash can.

And used his new jigsaw {thanks Maggie and Trent!} to cut it out.

This will be the part that you will open to throw trash away so it needs to hinge.  We bought two small hinges and Mike secured them to the backside of the new lid.

He then faced this with beadboard also and trimmed out the box, using the same trim we had used on the island.  I finally gave it my attention by painting the whole thing in the same slate blue gray as the island and it was finished!

So what do you think?  Was it worth all the effort to create a little home for our trash can?  We think so:)

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  1. It was definitely worth the effort! What a difference!

  2. That is darling and so is your kitchen! You are so talented. I am a new follower and would love for you to FB!


  3. That looks great!! What a good idea!

  4. Thank you for the great idea! I have a “home made” kitchen island too and I hate how my black garbage sticks out beside it.
    Greetings from Canada,

  5. Very cool! I would love to make one for my dog food bag!

  6. Okay, so this is kinda cool! How have you found it for keeping clean and such? Being that it houses a trash can I’m sure things get dirty now and again! I think this is a really neat idea, and I’d love if you came to share it at the Head to Head Showdown link party, going on right now at

    • Hi Jen!
      Since the inside is melamine {which is a slick surface}, it wipes clean very easily. The opening is only as big as our trash can so trash does not fall behind or beside it either. It’s really no more work keeping it clean than our old trash can and looks much better:)


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