Have you ever experienced an “oh no” moment in your kitchen? A moment like this can make one feel like they have to immediately call a repairperson and spend a large amount of money to make repairs. It's one of the best places in your home to focus on home improvement projects.
However, there are some common problems that have easy repairs that you can do on your own in your kitchen that can serve as a DIY project, saving time and money overall. Not every problem requires picking up the phone and calling someone else. With the proper tools and knowledge, you can make some simple repairs all on your own!
Here are some common kitchen repairs that you can do at home whenever you experience an “oh no” moment.
Repair Your Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Your kitchen cabinets can experience a lot of wear and tear with the passing of time. This can be due to a multitude of factors, such as old hardware, screws coming loose from the door opening and closing a lot, or simply pulling on the door too hard.
Repairing cabinet doors is one of the easiest home repairs one can handle on their own. If a screw comes loose, simply locate it and retighten it to reattach the door to the rest of the cabinetry.
Sometimes, a loose hinge or damaged screw holes can contribute to cabinet disrepair. You may also repair basic scratches, holes, and scrapes. If you have wooden cabinets, you may notice some peeling after prolonged exposure to moisture. This is one common sign of water damage that should be addressed immediately. In this case, you might need to re-laminate your cabinets or remove the screw and replace them.
You can also apply silicone sealant to the baseboards of your cabinets to help them stay safe from further damages and it will act as a wood filler between areas of your cabinets and the rest of your kitchen.
Reseal the Kitchen Sink
As a general rule, any joints that may come into contact with water should be properly sealed, so don’t forget the wettest place in your kitchen: the sink.
The sink is the kitchen appliance that is the most exposed to water, so it is important to ensure the safety of the sink area to not just prevent mold growth, but also prevent water damage to other areas of the kitchen.
Sealing the edges of your sink can prevent mold from growing and stop water from leaking through to the lower cabinets or the wall behind the counter.
However, before applying a new layer of silicone sealant, make sure that all of the previous layer of grout or sealant is removed and start with a small amount to work with in the resealing process. Be patient after smoothing out the new layer and allow ample time for the sealant to dry, and keep track of any gaps or cracks you notice that will need to be refilled.
Use a silicone sealant that is durable, waterproof, and has mildew-resistant properties to ensure the safety and longevity of your sink.
Make a DIY Kitchen Cleaner
This DIY project is an easy and simple solution to keeping your kitchen clean. If you are looking to be more sustainable and/or use less harsh chemicals in your kitchen, turn to make green alternatives.
All you will need to make a sustainable cleaner is white vinegar, a spray bottle, a funnel, baking soda, and any essential oils you may want to use to scent your cleaner. Examples commonly used are eucalyptus or tea tree oil.
To start off, take the top off of an empty spray bottle. Then, place a small funnel into the opening and pour in 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar. Afterward, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. The baking soda will cause a reaction that will make the vinegar foam and bubble.
Wait for the foaming to settle before adding in 10 drops each of essential oil you desire to use. Simply fill the rest of the bottle with water and screw the top onto the spray bottle. Mix the ingredients by swirling the bottle and shaking the mixture together. Then you are ready to get to cleaning! This project is very simple and can be done in as little as 15 minutes.
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Not every project in the kitchen requires experience to complete. They also do not need to be intimidating tasks to complete. As long as you are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge, you can accomplish some simple projects that do not require a ton of effort.
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