Simple Kitchen Repairs Everyone Should Be Able To Do

Simple repairs you can do yourself to update and improve the overall look of your kitchen, including instructions and list of necessary supplies.

There are many simple repairs that can be done in the kitchen. Everyone can be a do it yourself sort of person with a few simple instructions. Tools for simple repairs are commonly found in the home and using them shouldn't require any special training. Here are ten repairs that everyone can do.

1. Cleaning the screen on the sink faucet is something that should be taken care of several times a year. Water will always carry a certain amount of debris and the screen on the end of the faucet will catch the small particles and keep them out of your water. The screen also works as an aerator, which is great water saving device. When there is a lot of debris trapped in the screen the water doesn't flow freely. The cap on the end of the faucet should be removed by hand and the screen should be rinsed off, running water from the outside through to the inside of the piece. If the cap at the end of the faucet is tight, try using a rubber lid remover to take it off. If a tool is used to remove the cap it will scratch the surface. Replacing the end is done with just a few simple turns.

2. Removing stains from the countertop can make things look brand new in the kitchen. All countertops get stains on them from juices, coffees and teas. It isn't a good idea to use abrasives on the countertop because it wears away the surface. Household bleach is the best approach to removing stains. Bleach is also a good disinfectant, using it can take care of couple of common problems. If the stain is stubborn let the bleach sit. After the bleach is wiped off give the countertop a good cleaning and consider putting a kitchen wax made for countertops on it to prevent further staining.

3.Replacing the cabinet hardware can be a fun and refreshing repair to the kitchen. Just take an inventory of the handles you might need and make a list to get at the hardware store. It's totally up to the individual what kind of cabinet handle to purchase. The hardware can be removed with a screwdriver and replaced in the same way. This repair will add a fresh look to the kitchen.

4. Replacing old shelf paper is a simple repair most people can do. First it is important to remove the old paper and give the inside of the cabinet a good scrubbing. Let it dry and be on your way to replacing the paper on the shelves. There are a few types of paper to choose from and they usually have some simple instruction in the packaging. Make sure to cut the shelving paper to a proper fit and put all the items back into the cabinet. Having shelf liner keeps the dishes clean and protects the wood inside the cabinet.

5.Sometimes, from the heat of the kitchen there will be some peeling paint on the ceiling. Patching loose can paint is quite easy. It is important to cover the area below where the repair is going to be made. Find a scraper and scrape away all of the loose paint. If there are several layers that are peeled away it will be a good idea to cover it with a plaster patch. Just read the instruction on the container and allow the area to dry overnight. When the patch is dry, paint the ceiling with some leftover ceiling paint. If there is only a thin layer to cover use a primer and put down a coat before painting with the ceiling paint.

6. If the kitchen is wallpapered you might need to tighten up some loose seams. There are products to do this on the market or for small areas just use a little household glue. Inspect the wallpaper and look for loose areas. Apply a small amount of glue along the seam and press into place. There is a tool that can be purchased at the hardware store in the wallpaper section that does a great job of pressing down the seam; it takes away any extra glue. That tool can be used to give the repair a professional finish. Once the glue is somewhat dry, wipe with a damp sponge.

7. Covering stains on the kitchen wall can be a simple repair that is sometimes necessary. Food or water can hit the wall and leave a stain that cannot be washed away. For this repair the use of a good primer will do the trick. After applying the primer, let it dry overnight. Then you can cover the wall with a touch-up brush and stored away paint that matched the color on the wall. When paint is wet the color will appear different. Just let it dry to see how well it blends in to the old color.

8. Appliances will get nicked and scratched with everyday use. Covering up those little defects will keep appliances looking new for years. Most hardware stores will sell appliance touch-up paint. Purchase a small brush to use for the job and let your artistic talents take over. It is always best to start off with a small amount of paint and work you way up if more paint is needed. Be sure not to touch the area until the paint is good and dry.

9. For a new look in the kitchen, any homeowner can replace the cove molding on the base of the wall with a few simple tools. You will need a sharp carpenter's knife, a scraper and molding glue if the cove molding isn't self-adhesive. Just carefully remove the old molding with a good pulling motion and a scraper. Clean the entire area well to remove all the old glue and sweep away the loose dirt and debris. Follow the manufacturers instruction applying the new molding and trim where needed. A new color or just a fresh piece will brighten the look of the room.

10. Tightening the joints of the kitchen furniture will add years of life to the table and chairs that you use every day. Purchase a good wood glue and a rubber hammer. Gently tap the joints apart a little and add some glue. Hammer the piece back together and wipe away any excess. Too much glue will make the furniture look bad. Let the kitchen set dry overnight and you will find a set that is free of squeaks and wobbles.

Anyone can do many simple repairs to the kitchen. These ten are just the beginning to a new and refreshed look to that frequently used room in the house.

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