Kitchen Cabinet Repair: Routine Maintenance

By Leslie A.M.
RefacingCabinet.com Columnist

Routine kitchen cabinet repair is one way to keep green kitchen cabinets: reduce, reuse recycle.

The basic concepts of going green are:

  1. Reduce your consumption,
  2. Reuse what you can, and
  3. ecycle whatever can be refined and reformed into something else.

Regular kitchen cabinet repair can help keep your cabinets in tip-top shape so you can reduce your need to replace them too soon. Feeling inspired? Reuse and recycle materials in useful ways.

Reduce Your Need to Buy New Cabinets: Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

You keep your cabinets clean, inside and out. You keep your hardware secure and polished. Even so, your cabinets just might be dated and boring. Resurfacing kitchen cabinets can give fine maple kitchen cabinets a freshened up look or completely change the look of discount cabinets. Change the finish with stain or paint.

Reuse Your Oak Kitchen Cabinets

If your cabinets are a nice, sturdy wood like oak, that have lasted through a few generations of use, perhaps you are ready for new cabinets or, at the very least, replacement kitchen cabinet doors. You can reuse your cabinets or drawers in unique ways. A pulled out drawer mounted on a wall with the bottom of the drawer against the wall, can make a really interesting display cubby. Add a few shelves and you have a really interesting spice rack. The drawer pull makes a nice decorative flourish on top or bottom--however you hang it.

Recycle for Green Kitchen Cabinets

It's a good idea to recycle any materials you might remove in your kitchen renovations. Cabinet doors can be used a number of ways in your home. Mount them flat on a wall in your child's bedroom and paint with chalk paint, or use the wood in your fireplace. As long as it is wood without too much finish on it, it should warm your home as well as any firewood.

Center your kitchen cabinet repair around conservation

 

About The Author

Leslie A.M. Smith is a freelance writer and desperately needs a new kitchen. Until she can afford it, she has her eye on refacing her cabinets.