CHI Good Questions: Temporary Fix for Cabinets?

CHI Good Questions: Temporary Fix for Cabinets?

Janel Laban
Jun 17, 2008

Amy doesn't like her kitchen cabinets: "I am an avid reader of the site (My day is not complete until I peruse the day's posts) and I had a question.I live in a small studio with the most inefficient and ugly kitchen ever. My cabinet doors are literally 1/2 in. plywood with 1 in. holes drilled in them instead of handles. I have lived in the apartment for a little over a year and will most likely be staying for another year...

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...I have tried thinking of what I can do to make the cabinets not look so cheap and give the space a little personality. I thought of removing the doors completely for an open shelf look but I don't think I could deal with the visual clutter. I also thought of putting little curtains up instead of the doors but I think that will be messy while cooking and a fire hazard.

My latest idea was to cover the faces in some cork and I could post recipes or my shopping list or pictures on them. The cork just has to come off relatively easy when I move out since it is a rental. Where could I find such cork material? or does anyone have a better idea?

Pictures are included and I already know one of the doors is crooked!

Ok, DIY brainiacs, please share your wisdom with Amy - any ideas for a temporary fix for the cabinets? How about the cork idea - how would you affix it so it was easily removable in a year?

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