Your kitchen pantry cabinet can come in many different shapes and sizes: while some people have simple shelves, others will have full-on walk-in pantries. But no matter how big your pantry is, there’s no escaping the potential for a breakdown or the need for repairs. The question is simple: will you be able to repair it yourself? After you read this article, you will.
First, it’s important to realize that there are two different types of breaks. The break is either superficial or structural. For example, a scratch on your pantry door would fall under the “superficial” category in that it diminishes the attractiveness of your pantry. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t still use it. Structural damage, such as a broken shelf, can be a little more substantial and might even affect your quality of life – daily life, that is.
The best way to fix most items around the house is to understand how it is put together – and then take them apart. You’ll have to take apart most items to the point of the problem itself so that you can make the necessary repairs and build it back together again. That’s why it’s important to properly diagnose what’s wrong with your pantry. If you can’t get to the problem, you’ll have to do some removing, including actions like removing screws. Hey, it’s not home improvement without getting your hands dirty!
Common structural problems with pantries involve broken or stuck sliding mechanisms (for shelves and doors), broken hinges on doors, and broken shelves. Often, you’ll be able to make the repairs simply by re-attaching something to where it originally belonged. If there is more extensive damage, however, you’ll have to look into repairing the parts themselves and, failing that, replacing them.
You can replace virtually everything in your pantry if you understand how to find each part. If you know what wood to use and how to get it properly colored and stained, you can replace a dented piece of wood. You can order many of those online or find them in a hardware store if you know the specific parts to door hinges and slides.
What you do to fix your broken pantry will largely depend on the problems you face. But don’t fret; what’s important about your do-it-yourself home repair isn’t always the problem, but the can-do attitude you bring to the table. Don’t let your pantry be broken for weeks and months on end: it’s time to stop the procrastination and get things done!