Trash is an inevitable byproduct of life. And it’s safe to assume that every home has at least one trash (and/or recycling) can.
The way I see it, there are only three options for where to place these necessary garbage cans:
1. Hide them in a cupboard (usually under the kitchen sink)
2. Leave them out in the open (often at the end of a cabinet)
3. Cover them with some type of box, basket, or crate.
No matter which of the 3 categories your garbage pail falls under, here are ways to spruce up your “rubbish” bin so that it can blend in with your decor!
Under the Cupboard
Sometimes placing your garbage cans under the kitchen sink is just the easiest option.
This means that the dog (or kids!) won’t go digging in it, that the stink won’t spread throughout the house, and you don’t have to worry about how ugly/pretty it looks.
Thankfully, there are some convenient ways to make this happen!
Tip-out cans are the ultimate type of can for those of us who want to put forth minimal effort.
It’s as easy as leaning down the cupboard door and dropping in the waste. Big Plans With A Little Budget has a great tutorial to help you build your own tip-out trash can.
Another option is under the cupboard trash cans.
These are a bit less convenient only because you have to actually open the cupboard door and slide out the bin.
But the benefit of these is that you can often include both a trash and a recycling can in one slider.
Head over to Makely to find directions to create your own set of pull-out trash cans.
If you have lots of room, a large corner cabinet, and a need for multiple cans, then this ultimate trash center is for you!
Make It Pretty
Do you have limited cabinet storage, or is your bin too large to fit under the sink? No problem.
There are plenty of ways to keep your trash can visible while also making it beautiful (and easy for your guests to find), aside from purchasing a new one
Paint can transform your rubbish bin. Paint a metal can to coordinate with your room’s decor. If you’re really crafty, you can even create a design on it!
Monograms are classy and always in style. This is a good option if you move frequently or your design changes often, since it matches everything.
This is my favorite option! I’m going to hunt down a nice wicker basket that will perfectly hold my trash can.
It looks nice, is easy to keep clean, and best of all, is unique!
Cover It Up
Add another small piece of furniture to house your garbage pail. Just A Girl And Her Blog offers a great tutorial on “How to Build A Custom Tilt-Out Trash Cabinet.”
I think a cabinet like this is a great addition to any kitchen because it offers another counter top, perfect for decorations or food during a party.
Wooden crates are easy to make thanks to the abundance and accessibility of inexpensive pallet wood.
This unique design would blend in perfectly with a country chic design style, wood cabin, or rustic kitchen!
Remember, every house has a trash can, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t blend in with your decor!