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10 Uses for Kitchen Cabinets Outside of the Kitchen

Cupboard Turned Toy Chest

If you have children, then you've probably experienced a common issue: far more toys than you have places to store them.

If your household's toy-to-child ratio is 16-to-1 (or any equally overwhelming number), the solution could be as close as your kitchen cabinets. You can repurpose a used or new cupboard by transforming it into a toy chest.

Upper kitchen cabinets, the kind you'd find affixed to a wall, will work best for this project because they don't have a base like floor cabinets do. Simply place the cabinet on its back, with the door facing upward. You'll want to replace the original hinges with specially made safety hinges that won't let the door slam on tiny fingers. After repainting the cabinet a cheerful color, you'll have a roomy and clever place to store toys -- on the cheap [source: Andreev].