As I’ve mentioned before, I do not LOVE my kitchen. But it’s workable, it’s a big space, and hey, it’s a kitchen!
I’m a big believer in fixing the things that bug you though, and it’s always bothered me that two of my kitchen cabinet door don’t close all the way. Every single time I open and close them, I think about it, and it bugs me.
About a year ago, I bought some magnet attachments for the cabinets that I could use to MAKE them stay closed. But I never put them up, because I was wary to add them and to have to drill through the laminate doors without drilling all the way through.
So still, the cabinets bugged me.
Then, my parents mentioned replacing one of the hinges on a cabinet door in their kitchen, and said it made it shut much better. They thought it might work for me too. A ha! I thought.
I finally went to Lowes this weekend for hinges, and I’d taken a picture with my phone of the hinges I was looking at, because I forget pretty quickly what things look like when I’m looking at lots of other hinges. Fortunately, a Lowes employee came over to see if I needed help (they’re so nice there). I showed him the hinge and explained my dilemma, and he suggested that instead of buying a hinge (they only had one interior hinge, like I needed, and it didn’t really look like my hinge and was a lot bigger), that I should try to adjust it. I must have looked alarmed, so he said that each hinge has a little screw inside that allows you to adjust them. He said to play around with it – turn it to the right, and if the door opened wider, then I was going in the wrong direction.
When I got around to it last night, I got out my trusty screwdriver and had to figure out which screw was the right one. I initially thought it was the one on the front of the hinge:
But when I unscrewed that a little, the door became loose. So I realized it was the screw tucked into the side of the hinge.
Of course, on the door I photographed, I was never able to get it to close all the way, though I certainly improved the problem. That leads me to believe that I probably DO need a new hinge or two on that door, but it’s not a priority. But I was able to fix the other door completely, and I’m SO excited to have a kitchen that doesn’t look sloppy with open cabinet doors anymore!