DIY Under The Sink Organization

The cabinet under the sink.

Mine was looking pretty scary. Some pipes were incorrectly installed when we moved in and we had a lot of water leaking under there, so there was damage. And it was ugly.

It’s also the place I tend to shove things that I should probably just throw away.

It’s been bugging me for months now, but I’ve just been squinting my eyes as I grab the dishwasher soap and pretending the mess doesn’t exist.

So when Wayfair issued the challenge to take on a DIY project we wish we had done sooner, I knew I would attack this poor, pitiful cabinet under the sink.

To prevent water damage to our new wood floors, I caulked around the edges of the cabinet, then painted two layers of latex paint on the cabinet floor and about six inches up onto the wall.

Hopefully this will keep any future water leaks from running in the cracks and onto our floors.

Can I just point out the awful condition of our cabinets? These close-ups make it really obvious why we are going to be refinishing them.

I added shelf liner for the cute factor and because it’s easy to wipe up if anything spills in there. You think shelf paper is easy, but it can turn into a stuck-to-itself mess in a hot minute. So here are my tips for applying shelf paper: cut it to size with the backing still on. Peel away a small section and stick it down along one edge. Then slowly pull the paper off of the back while you rub the top with a towel to stick it down. This is the best method I’ve found to keep you from getting bubbles or creases.

I also installed a DIY garbage bag dispenser. To make it, I screwed two curtain brackets into the wall of the cabinet. I stuck a wooden dowel through the center of the garbage bag roll, then set it in the curtain brackets. Talk about easy! I am just kicking myself for not doing this sooner. It is so much nicer than digging around to find the roll, then having to fumble with it to get a bag off.

I considered adding a pull-out tray like this one on the left-hand side, but in the end, I figured a basket would be less expensive and serve the same purpose. Who knows. Maybe I will end up buying a pull-out tray down the road. I do know that having my cleaners all corralled in a basket has been SO much nicer.

Here’s a little side-by-side comparison:

Okay, it’s nothing earth shattering. But the change FEELS amazing. The ick factor is gone and this storage space functions so much better now!

Now, who wants to come over and help me paint the cabinets?!?


  1. I'm tempted to paint the whole inside of the cabinet white. It might hide the pipes, and there is so much white in there, it might kind of blend everything together? Or maybe it would just make the garbage disposal *very* obvious, haha.

  2. Looks great!! I love using shelf liner! Our cabinets and drawers in the whole house were pretty sad when we moved in so we lined all of them. And it almost made them feel new!


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